The Daily Aggie :: 08/14/10

Be sure to check out all the great video interviews that the guys at AggieVision have put together from the 2010 Media Days for football, volleyball and soccer:

Football:
Players
Running Backs Coach Shaun Johnson
Defensive Backs Coach Mike Rutenberg
Offensive Line Coach Jason Lenzmeier
Offensive Coordinator Mike Dunbar
Head Coach DeWayne Walker

Volleyball
Head Coach Mike Jordan, junior setter Jennah DeVries, senior right-side attacker Whitney Woods and senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens. Also be sure to check out our feature on Whitney Woods (in case you missed it). We've also got photos from the Aggies' practice on Thursday.

Soccer:
Head Coach Michael Needham, sophomore defenders Elise Nordin and Courtney Irwin

The Aggie men's basketball team wrapped up their Canadian exhibition tour with a 65-53 victory over Carleton University last night. In case you didn't know (and we didn't until last week), Carleton University has won six of the past eight Canadian University national championships.

Marek Wacyk who runs the CIS Hoops.ca basketball blog had this to say about last night's game:

It was apparent from virtually the opening possession that coach Marvin Menzies' group was well schooled on the defensive end, as their bigs were instrumental in helping to stop Carleton's ball screen action and the wings/guards able to guard the ball consistently, with little need for help. The result was an inability for the comparatively smallish Ravens to create advantages off the dribble that typically leads to open 3's or get the ball inside or rebound consistently, leading to a series of Aggie run outs and a 14-5 lead with about 8 minutes gone in the game. Later, the longer, more athletic Aggies weaved in a zone defense, doubling down on most post catches where quickness and size advantages created either poor looks or turnovers, allowing New Mexico State to maintain double digit leads for much of the affair, played in front of a half-full crowd estimated at just under 1,000 at the Raven's Nest.

Regardless of the competition, it's great to hear that the Aggies are playing so well on defense early. The Aggies' defensive effort was a concern at times last season, particularly in the non-conference portion of the schedule. The fact that the Aggies' defense was effective against Carleton's ball screen action is a good omen for the upcoming season when they face teams that run that type of offense (Utah State, Idaho, probably Boise State under new head coach Leon Rice who came from Gonzaga all come to mind).

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Aggie Hoops Wins Final Game of Foreign Tour 65-53

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team concluded its preseason foreign tour in Canada with a 65-53 win over Carleton University in an exhibition game. The Aggies finished the tour 5-1.

Senior guard Gordo Castillo scored a team-high 16 points while junior guard Hernst Laroche had 13. Junior center Hamidu Rahman recorded 12 points, all in the second half, and freshman guard Christian Kabongo finished with 11.

The Aggies posted a 37-25 advantage at halftime. Kabongo led all scorers with 11 points and both Laroche and Castillo added nine in the first 20 minutes of action. NM State finished its trip against a Ravens program that has won six of the last eight national championships.

The contest scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 14, at Carleton has been cancelled. The Aggies return to the court in October when official practice begins for the 2010-11 season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Volleyball Practice Photos :: 08/12/10

NM State Volleyball Practice Photos :: 08/12/10

Fisher Named To All-TCL Team And Named TCL Freshman of the Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Texas Collegiate League recently announced the 2010 All-TCL team with New Mexico State catcher Zac Fisher on the top of the list at catcher, while also being named Freshman of the Year.

Fisher, a 2010 Ping!Baseball News All-American, led the East Texas Pump Jacks as he wrote himself into the record books breaking the league record for doubles in a season with 17. He also became the second straight Pump Jack to be named the TCL Freshman of the Year.

"This was a great experience for me and I learned quite a bit," Fisher said. "I am excited to get back to Las Cruces and get back to work with the Aggies."

The NM State catcher also led the league with 34 RBI and he was among the leaders in home runs (4), hits (54), runs (30) and slugging percentage (.515).  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: 2010 NM State Football :: Media Day/Player Interviews

Editor's Note: There will be several player video interviews available, all of them will be posted in this post so be sure to keep checking back for new videos as they're posted  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 08/13/10

Aggie football media day was yesterday and the guys at AggieVision have put together a series of video interviews which you can view below this post.

Tonight is the first annual Crimson/White soccer scrimmage at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggie soccer team kicks off their season one week from today against I-10 rival UTEP. Their match next Friday will mark the start of the 2010-2011 athletic season at New Mexico State.

The Aggie basketball team played the fifth game on their Canadian summer tour against the Kia All-Stars and came away with a convincing 102-74 victory. The Aggies will play one more game tonight which will conclude the tour. The Aggies have canceled their scheduled exhibition for tomorrow which was to be against the Ottawa Guardsmen Alumni team.

Our WAC summer check-in has been posted at Rush The Court. A quick note on the article, we were asked to provide a power ranking for the league which we sort of did. We ranked Utah State at 1, New Mexico State at 2, Nevada at 3 but spots 4-8 we think are a Pick 'Em (with Hawai'i coming in at No. 9) so the power ranking listed in the article is not what where we think each team will finish, rather, it's just the artificially assigned number that the editors at RTC gave to numbers four through eight.

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Aggie Hoops Rebounds With 102-74 Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC -The New Mexico State men’s basketball team returned to the court and surpassed the century mark with a 102-74 win over the Kia All-Stars in Trois-Rivieres (Three Rivers) during its foreign preseason tour in Canada.

The Aggie offense was potent in the first half with a 54-37 advantage behind 13 points from junior center Hamidu Rahman. Junior forward Tyrone Watson was also in double-digits with 11 points while both junior guard Hernst Laroche and sophomore guard Bandja Sy scored eight each.

“We had a favorable outcome,” head coach Marvin Menzies said. “It was one of those types of games where I didn’t really know how we were going to perform based on the fatigue factor that we experienced last night.  Continue Reading This Post >>