The Daily Aggie :: 08/27/10

It's just under an half an hour until the Aggie volleyball team will take the court for the first time in the 2010 season. New Mexico State plays Florida International at 10:00 a.m. MT at the FSU Invitational. They'll be facing Florida State later today at 5:00 p.m. MT.

FIU's setter, Natalia Valentin, was named the Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year yesterday and today's match will showcase two very very good setters with Preseason All-Conference setter Jennah DeVries manning the duties for the Aggies. Valentin averaged 11.87 assists per set last season.

Offensively, FIU's main weapon is FIU sophomore outside hitter Jovana Bjelica who was also named to the All-Sun Belt Conference Preseason squad and was named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year last season. Bjelica averaged 3.34 kills per set last season which was second most on the team and she hit .261. She also averaged 2.42 digs per set.

As a team FIU hit .254 last season while holding opponents to a .180 hitting percentage. FIU's setter, Valentin, was also the leader in digs per set at 2.93.

There are no live stats available for this morning's game versus FIU but we spoke with the NMSU SID who is with the Aggies and they are hoping to tweet some scoring updates on their twitter page @NMStateAggies and we'll retweet those updates on our page @AgsBleedCrimson.

Tonight's match against No. 15 Florida State will have live stats and will also be streamed online via Seminoles.com All-Access (subscription required).

The Aggie soccer team returns to the pitch tonight as they face Jacksonville State. We promised an interview with Coach Needham but his schedule did not allow us to connect yesterday.

This is the first home tournament in the Aggie soccer program's history. Jacksonville State is 0-2 on the season after posting a pair of losses last weekend losing 2-0 to Gardner-Webb and 3-2 to Georgia State in double overtime.

The Aggies are 0-0-1 after tying Montana 1-1 last weekend. Yolanda McMillion has scored the lone goal for the Aggies this season while Mikaela Bitner has been pretty solid at goalkeeper for the Aggies.

Tonight's match is set for a 6:00 p.m. start with streaming video available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

Finally, The Sporting News has released their 2010-11 Preseason Polls and they've picked New Mexico State to finish second behind Utah State. They also named Wendell McKines and Troy Gillenwater to their Preseason All-WAC teams. (H/T Parsing The WAC and Jon Wilner/Mercury News)

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News reports on his blog that Remi Barry has enrolled at NM State.

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Aggie Quarterback Jeff Fleming To Transfer

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach DeWayne Walker announced Thursday afternoon, that quarterback Jeff Fleming has decided to transfer.

Fleming, a native of Fullerton, Calif., played just one season with the Aggies, starting nine games. He threw for 789 yards on the season, including four touchdowns and was 87-of-172 on his pass attempts with 12 interceptions.

"We are disappointed that Jeff (Fleming) has decided to transfer but we wish him the best in his future endeavors," Walker said.

Fleming also rushed for 280 yards on 79 attempts, including three rushing touchdowns. His three rushing touchdowns were the most by any Aggie player in 2009.

The Daily Aggie :: 08/26/10

The Aggie Volleyball team left this morning for Tallahassee where they'll open up the season tomorrow at noon ET against Florida International. The team was scheduled to leave the Pan Am Center around 4:00 a.m. this morning (in case you thought traveling was all fun and games!)

Be sure to check out this week's interview with head coach Mike Jordan as well as Ellen Miks' second entry in her Aggie Volleyball Diary.

Also good news for Aggie volleyball fans is that all AggieVision produced matches will be streamed on ESPN3.com this season. This is a huge deal for AggieVision and Aggie volleyball. There isn't a lot of non-football/baseball/basketball content at the college level that is streamed on ESPN3.com so for Aggie volleyball to have their televised matches also streamed on ESPN3.com is a huge huge coup for them and the guys at AggieVision.

And speaking of streaming online matches, the Aggies' match against Florida State tomorrow night will be streamed on the Seminoles.com All-Access site (subscription required). The Aggies' match versus Florida State is just one of five matches that FSU is streaming live this season.

The Aggie soccer team is getting ready to kick off their first home tournament tomorrow. We'll be talking with Coach Needham later today and we'll have that interview posted this afternoon so be sure to come back and check for that.

Lost in the conference shuffle/rearrangement is the impact on the Olympic sports in the WAC. Dave at The WAC Softball Blog took a look at the top 15 regular season crowds last season and two of the Aggies' games against Fresno State, both in Fresno, were among the top five. The second largest crowd of 1,700 was April 24th meeting (likely a combined attendance for the doubleheader) which the Aggies lost 7-6 and 3-1 and the fourth largest crowd last season was the Aggies' game the previous day against Fresno State which they lost 4-3 in extra innings. The Fresno State vs. New Mexico State has been a budding rivalry and has produced some of the most exciting games in WAC play and it will be a shame to lose those games after Fresno State leaves to join the Mountain West after the 2012 season.

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Select Aggie Volleyball Matches To Be Streamed On ESPN3.com

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State athletics department is proud to announce that all of this year's volleyball matches produced for the Aggie Vision television network will also be available on ESPN3.com (formerly ESPN360). ESPN3 is a broadband channel distributed by participating Internet service providers (ISP).

"Through AggieVision, more people have been exposed to New Mexico State University than ever before," said Steve Macy, Associate Athletic Director. "This partnership with ESPN3 allows that trend to continue and permits even more fans and alums to learn about the university and its programs."

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The Daily Aggie :: 08/25/10

Be sure to check out the latest entry in Ellen Miks' Aggie Volleyball Diary. Ellen shares a couple of humorous stories from Aggie practice in this week's entry.

Also be sure to check out this week's interview with Aggie head volleyball coach Mike Jordan in case you missed it yesterday.

The big news of the day came from Aggie football as head coach DeWayne Walker named Matt Christian as the Aggies' starting quarterback. Christian transfered from Palomar Junior College.

The Aggies open up the 2010 season on September 11th at home against San Diego State.

KRWG has a pair of e-mails sent to NMSU faculty and staff yesterday by Dr. Boston and President Couture.

Also, the Salt Lake Tribune has obtained the text of the resolution that was passed on August 13th (the one that has the $5 million buyout clause).

Video of a potential Aggie recruit after the jump...

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Ellen Miks' Aggie Volleyball Diary :: August 23rd, 2010

Ellen MiksHello Aggie Volleyball fans! What an exciting week for Aggie Volleyball! We had our Alumni match this past Saturday and it was so much fun to compete in that atmosphere! I must say thank you to all of the fans that attended, we really appreciated having you there and supporting us and our Alumni!

I just want to give a shout out to our newest Aggie fans Kayleigh and Emmy! We met them at the autograph signing and they also came to the kids clinic before the match on Saturday. They made signs and came to the game and it was great to add more supporters for our program!

Also, I must add this little blurb about what happened in practice earlier in the week. First, we were scrimmaging and our freshman middle, Desiree Scott was transitioning to hit and definitely tripped over the ten foot line on the court. The whole gym busted out laughing and it was a great way to ease the tension of practice.

Also, during warm ups on the first day of regular practice, Brynja Rodgers was doing ladders and at the beginning of one set completely tripped over one of them and slid a good 10 feet across the floor. Once again, we all immediately started laughing, even the coaching staff. We are off to FLORIDA this Thursday! We are ready to start the season and can’t wait to compete against great teams! Until next time… GOOOOOOOOO AGGIES!

Matt Christian Named As Aggies' Starting Quarterback

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Heading into the third week of preseason workouts, junior Matt Christian has been named the New Mexico State starting quarterback, Coach DeWayne Walker announced after practice Tuesday evening.

Christian, a junior transfer from Palomar Junior College, led the Comets to a Golden Empire Bowl title in 2008 and a Southern California runner-up honor in 2009. During his two seasons in San Marcos, Christian helped the team compile an 18-6 record after starting 11 games; passing for 2,329 yards and 23 touchdowns. In 2009, he was named a J.C. GridWire preseason All-America honorable mention selection, but was later sidelined due to a broken hand midway through the season. A year prior, the San Diego native was selected as a second team All Southern Division selection at quarterback as a redshirt freshman and claimed Player of the Game honors in the 2008 Golden Empire Bowl.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. McGill Highlights (Canadian Tour)

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The Daily Aggie :: 08/24/10

The Aggie volleyball team is just a few days away from kicking off their 2010 season. We spoke with head coach Mike Jordan in this week's interview about the alumni weekend and got his thoughts about the club as they look towards Friday's season opener against Florida International.

This weekend's tournament will be an opportunity for the Aggies to notch some RPI boosting victories, which was something that plagued the team last season until their victory over Colorado State at the end of the season. As Coach Jordan mentioned in the interview, all three teams were the 2009 conference champions in their respective conferences and thus all three made NCAA Tournament appearances last season. Florida State advanced to the Elite Eight, Florida A&M lost a very close five set match to Jacksonville State and Florida International was swept by Florida in the first round.

One interesting item from this past weekend was that the Florida State team also held an alumni match and their alumni defeated the 2010 team 4-1. It should be noted that all five sets were played to just 15 points but nonetheless, it's seems to be a rare occurrence when an alumni squad defeats the regular squad.

We haven't discussed the realignment issue in a few days, partially because nothing new has happened other than Utah State admitting that they turned down a Mountain West invitation and Hawai'i acknowledging that they have contacted the Big West.

Jared Eborn of the Deseret News was able to get a hold of a draft of the agreement between BYU and the WAC that had been drawn up prior to Fresno State and Nevada's departure. Of note in the agreement was the added television exposure via BYUTV for the non-football sports.

"BYU commits to televising via its cable network the following WAC events: all matches of the WAC volleyball tournament not televised by ESPN, all games of the WAC men's and women's basketball tournaments not televised by ESPN, all games of the WAC baseball tournament and softball tournament," the agreement stated. "BYU will have the rights to televise any other WAC championship events that is wishes, along with any other regular-season events when permissible per the ESPN contract."

But, unfortunately it did not happen (and appears very unlikely to happen now that Fresno State and Nevada are in the Mountain West starting in 2012).

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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 08/23/10

bleedCrimson.net:: Your thoughts on the alumni weekend?
Mike Jordan:: It was a blast. So much fun to see so many players from the past and their families. It takes you down memory lane. It's a really neat deal to see Annika Donaldson-Williams and her kids and her husband who I'd known a little bit, it was really nice because we haven't had a chance to see her too often. She was a junior when I took over, it's been quite a while since she finished playing. It's been a decade. It was great to see them come back and enjoy playing and seeing the team and interacting with them and touring the facilities. I like the look in their eye knowing that they had a hand in building what we have now.

bc.net: How did some of the new players do in the match against the alumni?
MJ: Freshmen and sophomores that haven't played much or at all tend to be a little nervous. We saw a little bit of that early but once they loosened up they played pretty well. I was really impressed with Rocio Gutierrez. She did a good job on the left and passed great serve receive which we were hoping for out of whoever plays that spot. She played real well.

The transfer middle, Michelle Kuester, her shoulder is getting stronger and she gets a little bit better every day. She didn't play all spring and played sparingly in the fall because of the arm. Her progress, we've got to bring her along slowly but we think we're going to see a player that can help us.

Desiree Scott is such a phenomenal athlete but she's got a lot to learn still but she's competing hard. The two of them are going to see some time at that other middle spot.

Shelby Tamura and Ellen Miks did a good job at libero and defensive specialist. They passed the ball pretty well, made some good defensive plays, gave us good energy. Ellen in particular served the ball real well which is great because we weren't satisfied with her serve last year, we thought it was too easy. We worked at it and she's made really good strides there. All in all I like what I saw from the new players and the youngsters. As long as our veteran players play well I think we've got a shot at being pretty good.  Continue Reading This Post >>