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The Daily Aggie :: 09/28/10

The Aggie volleyball team hosts No. 6 Hawai'i tomorrow, the Wahine are no longer No. 5, apparently winning two matches via sweep in the WAC is cause for a one spot drop in the polls even though one of those sweeps came against a very very good Utah State squad.

The Wahine will be making their very first road trip of the season and it was pointed out by one of the Hawai'i beat writers that the trip to the mainland to face the Aggies and Louisiana Tech is flipped this season. Usually Hawai'i faces Louisiana Tech first, then travels back westward to face the Aggies. Will this make a difference? It could.

Traveling east is always a little easier than traveling west in our opinion. For the Wahine, an 8:00 p.m. match time is like playing at 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon in Honolulu. However, when the tables are turned, a 7:00 p.m. match time in Honolulu is the equivalent to an 11:00 p.m. match time in Las Cruces.

Given that the Aggie/Wahine match is first up on the slate, perhaps the Wahine will still be a little worn out from the travel to the mainland. As anyone who flies regularly for work knows, travel days are never any fun and even though you're just sitting on a plane doing nothing, it tends to wear you out.

Whether or not that will be the case with the Wahine tomorrow night, we'll have to wait and see. In the meantime, check out our interview this week with Aggie head volleyball coach Mike Jordan.

Aggie head football coach DeWayne Walker announced this morning that he is turning over the defensive playcalling duties to linebacker coach Dale Lindsey in order to put more focus on both sides of the ball.

We'll try to get more from Coach Walker on his decision today when we speak with him for this week's interview.

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Walker To Focus On Team Responsibilities; Dale Lindsey Takes Over Defensive Play Calling

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach DeWayne Walker announced Tuesday at the team’s weekly press conference that he has shifted defensive play calling responsibilities to linebacker coach Dale Lindsey in an effort to allow him to focus more on the team as a whole.

Walker said he needs to make sure that his voice is heard on both sides of the ball and this will give him the opportunity to continue to build the program in the right direction.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/27/10

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on Kayleigh Giddens' play last weekend.
Mike Jordan: Kayleigh played well obviously. She's really attacking the ball well at a high level and overmatched Louisiana Tech physically. We're happy she's playing so well and hopefully she'll continue to put up those kind of numbers against everybody.

bc.net: Your thoughts on the match against Hawai'i on Wednesday night?
MJ: They're a tremendous team and they're ranked 5th for a reason. They've got a lot of weapons and ball control is probably their strength as it always is. Year in and year out they're one of the best digging teams in the country if not the best and they can frustrate you. We'll go bomb a ball and it'll come back and we'll go bomb another ball and it'll come back and we try and do too much and make an attack error. That's kind of been the M.O. for our matches with them. When we've beaten them we've been a very good blocking team that's frustrated them. We've blocked enough balls to kind of get in their head and force them into taking more risks and making them make some attack errors.

It's going to be one of those matches where we're going to have to win some long rallies and right now digging is not the strong suit of our team but we've got the offensive weapons to compete for sure and hopefully the home crowd will be worth a couple of points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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The Daily Aggie :: 09/27/10

It's another big week for Aggie athletics as the volleyball and football teams host Top 5 opponents this week. Volleyball is preparing for the No. 5 Wahine on Wednesday night for a nationally televised match on ESPNU.

The Wahine, like the Aggies, swept through their opening weekend of competition defeating a very very good Utah State team on Thursday night and then handling Nevada on Friday night. The Aggies had no trouble with Louisiana Tech sweeping them on Thursday night in Ruston and then coming home and sweeping them on Saturday.

Wednesday night's match is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. first serve.

The Aggie football team also hosts a Top 5 opponent when No. 3 Boise State comes to town on Saturday. The Aggies are coming off a 42-16 loss to Kansas on Saturday and are still struggling to find their way defensively. The Jayhawks came into the game against the Aggies giving up four sacks per game. The Aggie defense did not register a sack against the Jayhawk quarterback Jordan Webb. In an article by Matt Tait in yesterday's edition of the Lawrence Journal-World, Tait wrote, "So pleased was Webb with Saturday’s performance by his offensive line, he actually was looking forward to today. “It’s an awesome feeling, obviously,” Webb said. “I won’t be very sore (today). Our offensive line played great today. Communication was really good, our tempo was good, and overall it was just an execution thing.”"

We bring it up, not to pour salt in the wound, however, with Boise State coming in, the Aggies absolutely must get pressure on Kellen Moore. Moore is one of the deadliest passers in the country and if given time, he will systematically pick defenses apart. The Broncos have surrendered just one sack this season and have sacked opposing quarterbacks 11 times.

We have a lot of respect for Boise State head coach Chris Petersen and we believe him when he told Idaho Press-Tribune writer Dave Southorn that he won't be running up the score in an attempt to earn "style points." Note: But that doesn't mean the team won't score 50 points... The Broncos beat Wyoming 51-6, however, they scored 44 of those points in the first three quarters. And if you remember back to last year's game in Boise, the Broncos had the ball at the Aggie 2-yard line end of the game and the Broncos took about three straight knees instead of pounding the ball in for a touchdown.

It may sound like we're conceding a Boise State victory this week, rest assured we're not. Anything can happen. However, even the Aggie coaching staff knows it's an uphill battle this week against No. 3 Boise State. When asked about facing Boise State on Saturday Coach Walker told Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News, "Just try to get through the next one without getting murdered." Realistic expectations for a team that has surrendered 40-plus points in each of the first three games.

With this being game week against the Broncos, we urge all Aggie fans to check out the outstanding website One Bronco Nation Under God for all things Boise State football related. That being said, if you don't have a sense of humor, you should probably steer away from OBNUG this week.

We'll be participating in OBNUG's Blog Bet (also known as the annual guest post by Kevan Lee) and we'll be swapping Q&A's with OBNUG this week. Stay tuned.

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Kayleigh Giddens Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 20-26. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Giddens and the third of her career.

The Lubbock, Texas, native led the Aggies to a pair of wins over Louisiana Tech to open WAC play. She hit .513 with 7.67 kills, 3.33 digs, 0.50 service aces and 8.42 points per set over the two matches. In the first match against the Lady Techsters, Giddens posted her WAC-leading seventh double-double of the season with a season-high 24 kills and 12 digs. She also added three blocks and a service ace. In the second match against LA Tech, she tallied 22 kills on a career-high .556 hitting to go with eight digs and two service aces.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Earns 2-1 Come From Behind Victory At Wyoming

Crystal BurnsThe Aggie soccer team closed out non-conference play with an exciting come-from-behind victory on the road at Wyoming. The Aggies got a pair of second half goals from Lauren Cope in the 64th minute and Crystal Burns in the 80th minute on the way to victory.

"It's a great win. A lot of factors go into making it a great win," said head coach Michael Needham after the match. "To play well on a Sunday is always a good sign going forward. To be at altitude for four days, four days above 4700 feet and today being at 7200 feet and being able to be behind at halftime and come back and score two goals and win, all those factors make it a very good and very big win for us."

Wyoming came out aggressive in the early part of the match and nearly took the lead in the 12th minute Nahiomy Ortiz knocked in a shot off a cross from Chelsea Coddington. However, offsides was called and the match remained tied 0-0. Wyoming would come back eight minutes later and take the lead as Wyoming forward Carmen Blume knocked a shot in the top left corner off a pass from midfielder Liz O'Reilly. " I thought they did a nice job of coming out and putting pressure on us right away," said Coach Needham. The Aggie defense would respond stopping attacks in the 28th minute and the 42nd minute.

"I think the hardest part of adjusting to altitude is that first time you try to take a deep breath and can't get it. We did a nice job of rebounding from that and finding our legs a little bit."  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/26/10

The Aggie football team dropped to 0-3 after a 42-16 loss to Kansas. We mentioned yesterday that the special teams battle would be one to watch and while the Aggies had a record setting performance by Taveon Rogers who finished with with 219 kickoff return yards on six returns, the downside to that record is that meant that Kansas had scored prior to at least five of those six returns (subtract one for the opening kickoff), the game's tide turned on a special teams play made by Kansas. The Aggies had just tied the score at 7-7 in the second quarter and on the ensuing kickoff, Kansas' D.J. Beshears returned the kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown putting Kansas up 14-7. While that certainly didn't end the Aggies' hopes in the game, it definitely killed any momentum the Aggies had built on the previous drive.

That being said, the Aggies were still only down by two touchdowns at halftime, however, as was the case last week against UTEP, Kansas scored quickly in the second half turning a 14-point deficit into a 21-point deficit less than two minutes into the second half.

On the plus side, the Aggie offensive line did not give up a sack for the third straight week. We can't remember when was the last time an Aggie football team has gone three straight games without surrendering a sack. Unfortunately on the flip side of that, the Aggie defense did not sack the opposing quarterback for the third consecutive game which, against a team that had given up 12 sacks in their previous three games (four in each game), is a bit disappointing.

The Aggies didn't turn the ball over which is also a plus and something that is a big part of the equation for winning football games but equally as important, the Aggies did not force any turnovers either (and have yet to force one through three games).

The Aggies' task does not get any easier, in fact, it probably gets harder as No. 3 (we'll see where they're ranked when the polls come out) Boise State comes to town on Saturday.

The Aggie volleyball team swept Louisiana Tech for the second time in three days and are off to a 2-0 start in league play. The Aggies won 25-18, 25-19 and 25-11. Kayleigh Giddens again dominated the Lady Techsters with 22 kills on 36 swings with just two hitting errors and a .556 hitting percentage. In two matches against Louisiana Tech she has recorded 46 kills on 78 swings with just six hitting errors and a .513 hitting percentage. She has made a very strong case for WAC Player of the Week.

The competition gets much tougher for the Aggies as they'll host No. 5 Hawai'i on Wednesday night for a nationally televised match on ESPNU.

The Aggie soccer team is back in action today as they take on Wyoming. The Cowgirls are 6-5 after knocking off Boise State 1-0 on Friday night. The Aggies lost 1-0 in overtime to Northern Colorado on Friday night. The Cowgirls are a very stingy defense having given up just 15 goals in 11 matches, six of those goals came in one match against Creighton meaning the Cowgirls have given up just nine goals in their other 10 matches.

The Aggies have also been stout defensively giving up just five goals in nine matches.

The match is scheduled for a noon kickoff and there will be no live stats however, there will be live updates via the Wyoming women's soccer Twitter page (@WyoSoccer).

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