Aggies Fall To Fresno State On The Road 33-10

Seth SmithThe Aggie football team couldn't sustain the momentum from the win over in-state rival New Mexico as they fell 33-10 at Fresno State on Saturday night after falling behind 30-3 in the first half. The Aggies held Fresno State to just three second half points but the offense could not overcome the 27-point first half deficit. Kenny Turner provided the team's only touchdown as broke through the Fresno State defense from 19 yards out midway through the fourth quarter.

True freshman quarterback Andrew Manley received his first collegiate start but received a rude introduction to life as a starting quarterback as he was sacked twice on his first two drives and fumbled twice including a snap that got past Manley and into the Aggies' endzone resulting in a safety.

For the second straight game the Aggie special teams recovered a muffed punt, however, the Aggie offense was unable to move the chains and the Aggies were forced to punt.

The Aggie defense allowed a 57-yard touchdown run by Robbie Rouse on second and 6 from the Bulldogs' 43 yard line putting the Aggies down 7-0 with 10:33 left in the first quarter. The teams would trade punts and on the Aggies' next possession, Manley would have the snap sail past him on 2nd and 13 from the Aggies' 14 yard line. The Aggies fell on the ball in the endzone resulting in a Fresno State safety putting the Bulldogs up 9-0 with 5:54 left in24 the first quarter.

On the ensuing Fresno State drive off the Aggies' free kick following the safety, the Bulldogs would drive 58 yards on five plays capped by a 30-yard touchdown run on second and five by Isaiah Burse. The extra point would put the Bulldogs up 16-0 with 3:15 left in the first quarter.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Erases 2-0 Deficit To Stun Idaho 3-2

Rocio GutierrezFor the second straight match the Aggies were forced to play a five-set match but tonight against Idaho it was a welcome sight. The Aggies were dominated through the first two sets losing 25-16 and 25-18 and went into intermission searching for answers. The Aggies came out of the break with the answers they needed and dominated the Vandals through the final three sets 25-17, 25-16 and 15-8 to cap the unlikely comeback. Kayleigh Giddens tied for match-high kills with 18 and added 10 digs for her league-leading 9th double-double. Freshman outside hitter Rocio Gutierrez provided a spark off the bench for the Aggies and recorded 11 kills on 24 swings with just two attack errors for a .375 attack percentage. She also added 11 digs for a double-double.

The Aggies never led in the first set as the Vandals would go on a 5-0 run with the set tied 2-2 to take a 7-2 lead. The Aggies would get no closer than four points at 8-4 as the Vandals slowly added to their lead and led by seven points at 20-13. The Vandals would close out the set 25-16 taking a 1-0 lead.

Set two saw the two teams battle back and forth as the set saw 12 ties as the two teams would be knotted up at 13 points apiece. With the Aggies trailing 16-15, the Vandals would go on a 6-0 run to take a 22-15 lead. The Aggies would get no closer than six points as the Vandals would close out the set 25-18.

At intermission the Aggies were hitting just .100 with 17 attack errors while the Vandals were hitting .426 with just two attack errors.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Midland College Game Photos

NM State vs. Midland College Game Photos

The Daily Aggie :: 10/16/10

It's gameday Aggie fans! The Aggie cross country, softball, volleyball and football teams are all in action today. The Aggie softball team is at the NM State Softball Complex today and tomorrow as they take on Midland College and Eastern Arizona College today and then play a doubleheader with Midland College again tomorrow.

The Aggie volleyball team hosts Idaho tonight in the Pan Am. Idaho swept Louisiana Tech on Thursday night in Ruston and comes into the match with a 5-3 record in conference. The Vandals are a very good blocking team averaging nearly three blocks per set. Alex Sele and Kelsey Taylor lead the way for the Vandals at 1.39 and 1.32 blocks per set respectively.

Offensively, Allison Walker and Alicia Milo lead the Vandals at 3.88 and 3.18 kills per set. Milo is hitting just .114 on the season however. Kelsey Taylor leads the Vandals in hitting percentage at .295 and is averaging 1.96 kills per set.

The Aggies had a little trouble with the Boise State block in the first set of the match on Thursday night and it will be interesting to see how the Aggies adjust and play against the best blocking team in the WAC.

Tonight's match is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. first serve and can be heard in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570 with Kyle Doperalski calling the action. Streaming video and audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie football team is in Fresno to take on the Bulldogs tonight at 8:30 p.m. MT. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

The question on everyone's mind of course is who will get the start at quarterback? Coach Walker said throughout the week that it would be a gametime decision. He also told KMJ AM 580 in Fresno that Matt Christian did practice and is further along in his recovery than the coaching staff had expected.

Fresno State is coming off a 22-point loss to Hawai'i and today's game is their Homecoming game. Don't expect the Bulldogs to come out flat against the Aggies. They still have hopes of winning the WAC's regular season title. The Aggies have played the Bulldogs tough in two of the past three meetings losing by just seven points in 2007 and 2008 and last year the Aggies were down by just 10 points at halftime.

It will be interesting to see how the Aggie defense plays tonight coming off their great performance against New Mexico. How much will the confidence gained from last week's performance help them this week? Coach Walker is hoping the defense has some of its swagger back. They'll certainly need it tonight against Fresno State's offense.

Game time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. MT and again, the game will be televised on ESPNU. The game can be heard in Las Cruces on KGRT 103.9 with Jack Nixon calling the action. Streaming audio will also be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie soccer team notched a very important victory last night over Fresno State. The 2-1 victory was highlighted by a pair of goals by two Aggie freshmen, Dani De La Vina and Mary Kate Koziol.

The victory gave the Aggies three crucial points in the conference standings and keeps them in the hunt for a spot in the WAC tournament. The Aggies also got some help from Idaho last night who defeated Nevada 1-0 on a goal in the 89th minute to keep the Wolf Pack at three points. The Aggies are right in the thick of things for a spot in the conference tournament and with two of the final three remaining matches at home, their chances of qualifying are very very good, especially if they play like they did last night against Fresno State.

Coach Needham was particularly pleased with his team's performance in the first half telling us afterwards that the team executed their game plan perfectly.

He was also very impressed with the way the Aggies bounced back after allowing the Fresno State goal in the 79th minute that tied the match at 1-1.

The Aggies take on San Jose State tomorrow at noon at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Spartans were stunned by Louisiana Tech in overtime losing 5-4 after the Spartans had jumped out to a 2-0 lead by halftime and led 4-2 in the 80th minute before a furious rally by the Lady Techsters saw them score a goal in the 84th minute and get a penalty kick in the 89th minute and then the game-winner overtime in the 95th minute.

Coming off the loss at LA Tech, Coach Needham expects the Spartans to come out fired up against his Aggies and said that Sunday's game will be an absolute battle between the two teams.

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NM State vs. Fresno State Match Photos

NM State vs. Fresno State Match Photos

Aggie Soccer Scores Late Penalty Kick To Down Fresno State 2-1

The Aggies celebrate a goal by Mary Kate Koziol against Fresno StateNM State vs. Fresno State Match Photos

The Aggie soccer team notched an important 2-1 conference victory on Friday night over visiting Fresno State. The Aggies earned a crucial three points in their quest to make the conference tournament. "I thought Fresno State was a very good soccer team and for us to get that result was very good and very important for us," said head coach Michael Needham after the match.

The Aggies had a pair of freshman score goals for the team as freshman defender Dani De La Vina scored in the 11th minute while freshman midfielder Mary Kate Koziol scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 85th minute.

The Aggie offense came out strong and aggressive and freshman Dani De La Vina put the Aggies on top in the 11th minute on a great individual effort as she scored from 20 yards out sending a ball in over the head of the goal keeper into the right side of the goal. "It started from the way she played defense which for her is really important," said coach Needham. "I think Dani went in, she won like three tackles in a row just putting them under pressure. She gets loose at the top of the box and she's pretty lethal. Their goal keeper is pretty aggressive off her line and Dani does a nice job of putting the ball up and over the top of her for a pretty good finish."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Watch Aggie Cross Country Online At Pre-National Invitational

Aggie fans can watch the men's and women's cross country teams compete at teh 2010 Pre-National Invitational on Saturday, October 16. Both the women's and men's races will be streamed online for free via Registration is required to view the online video stream.

The women's team is competing in the 6K White race which will start at 11:35 a.m. CT. The Aggies will be competing against Air Force, Arizona State, Baylor, Bucknell, Butler, Cal Poly, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida, Georgetown, Georgia, Harvard, Illinois, Indiana State, Jacksonville, James Madison, Kansas, Kansas State, LaSalle, Louisville, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Montana State, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Ohio University, Rice, San Francisco, Stanford, Stony Brook, Toledo, UC‐Santa Barbara, Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley, Western Kentucky, Washington State and Wisconsin.

The men's team will be competing in the 8K White race which is slated to start at 12:50 p.m. CT. The men's White field includes Air Force, Alabama, Arizona State, Butler, BYU, Central Michigan, Cal Poly, Cincinnati, Colorado, Columbia, Eastern Kentucky, Georgetown, Harvard, Indiana State, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, LaSalle, Liberty, Loyola Marymount, Minnesota, Morehead State, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio University, Oklahoma, Portland, Providence, Southern Utah, Tennessee, Toledo, Tulsa, Utah State, Western Kentucky and Washington State.

The Daily Aggie :: 10/15/10

The Aggie volleyball team squeezed past Boise State last night in five sets. After dropping the first set 25-20, a set in which the Aggies hit .000 with 11 kills and 11 errors, the Aggies fell behind 11-7 in the second set. Head coach Mike Jordan called a timeout and whatever was said to the players in that timeout got them going because from that point in the match trailing by four to the end of the third set, the Aggies absolutely dominated the Broncos. They outscored Boise State 43-20 during that stretch winning set two 25-19 and set three 25-12. The Aggies sided out 100 percent of the time in set three, that's the first time we can remember ever seeing that stat in an Aggie match. What that essentially means is that every time the Broncos were on serve after winning a point, the Aggies scored the next point which also means Broncos did not score consecutive points at any point in that third set. Also aiding the Aggies' cause in that set was the Aggies' .448 hitting percentage. They recorded 16 kills on 29 swings with just three attack errors.

The Aggies nearly duplicated their sideout effort in the deciding fifth set as they sided out six out of seven times and held the Broncos to a -.188 hitting percentage. The Broncos had just three kills on 16 swings with six attack errors. Kelsey Brennan dominated the end of the match as she had a hand in all five of the final five points for the Aggies. She came through with a 13 kill, no error performance on a night when the Aggie outside hitters combined for 24 kills but also 22 attack errors.

Up next for the Aggies is Idaho tomorrow night followed by Nevada on Sunday night. The Vandals swept the Lady Techsters last night in Ruston and will come in with a 5-3 conference record.

The Aggie soccer team begins the second half of the conference schedule tonight as they host Fresno State. The Aggies need to start earning some points in order to realize their goals of making the WAC tournament for a second consecutive season. The good news for the Aggies is that three of their final four matches are at home and three of those teams, Fresno Sate, Hawai'i and San Jose State are all within four points of the Aggies. Today's opponent, Fresno State, is also winless in conference play.

Fresno State comes in at 0-2 in conference and 4-7-2 overal. They're winless at home and 3-2-1 on the road. The Bulldogs have scored just 11 goals on the season but have only allowed 17 goals. However, they have allowed 12 of those 17 goals in the second half of their matches. Nicole Duff leads the Bulldogs with three goals and two assists while Laura Dodd has three goals and one assist. Claudia Cardenas has scored two goals for the Bulldogs and also has two assists.

Kaitlyn Revel has been in goal for the Bulldogs the majority of the season and is the goal keeper of record in all but one of the matches. She has a .732 save percentage on the season allowing 15 of the Bulldogs opponents' 17 goals.

The match is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start and streaming video will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie men's basketball team's season gets underway today as teams can officially practice starting today.

The Aggie women's basketball team has actually been practicing for nearly two weeks thanks to a new early start date on the women's side.

The WAC preseason polls and preseason All-WAC teams will be announced early next week!

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Aggie Volleyball Holds Off Boise State 3-2

NM State vs. Boise State Match Photos - Rich Chavez's Album
NM State vs. Boise State Match Photos - Raul X. Ruiz-Rooney's Album

It looked easy at times and it looked hard at times but in the end the Aggie volleyball team came away with a 3-2 victory over visiting Boise State on Thursday night to improve to 5-1 in WAC play and 11-9 overall. The Aggies dropped the first set 25-20 before winning sets two and three 25-19 and 25-12. The Broncos forced the fifth set by winning set four 25-21 but the Aggies would prevail winning the fifth set easily 15-7.

Kelsey Brennan took over for the Aggies in the fifth and deciding set scoring the final five points of the set via a block assist, three consecutive kills and then a block assist on match point to help the Aggies extend their winning streak over the Broncos to 13 matches.

The Aggies dropped the first set 25-20 after leading 11-8 early. The set would be tied at 15 points apiece before the the Broncos would go on a 5-1 run to take a 20-16 lead. The Aggies would trim the lead to two points at 21-19, however, the Broncos would go back up by four points at 23-19 after a Whitney Woods attack was blocked by Sadie Maughan and Cailin Fellows. The Broncos would take the set 25-20.

The Aggies would fall behind early in set two as they trailed 11-7 after a service ace by Fiona Jones. An Aggie timeout would be called by head coach Mike Jordan and out of the timeout the Aggies would go on a 12-2 run to go ahead 19-13. The Broncos would cut into the Aggies' lead cutting it to just three points at 20-17 after a service error by Kayleigh Giddens, a service ace by Boise State's Amanda Remy and an attack error by the Aggies' Michelle Kuester. The Aggies would call a timeout to try to halt the Broncos' momentum and with the Aggies up 21-18, they would finish the set on a 4-1 run to take the set 25-19 as Kayleigh Giddens recorded the kill on set point.  Continue Reading This Post >>