Aggie Volleyball Receives Votes In AVCA Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll

The AVCA Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll was released today and New Mexico State received 14 votes placing them 41st in the rankings. The Aggies' regular season schedule includes nine matches against teams that are either ranked or are receiving votes.

New Mexico State will face #15 Florida State and Florida International (receiving votes) in the FSU Invitational on Friday, August 27th. On September 10th and 11th the Aggies will face Rice who is receiving votes and then #23 LSU. NM State will then travel to Albuquerque to face in-state rival New Mexico who is also receiving votes before heading to Tucson for the Arizona Invitational on September 17th and 18th where they'll face Pepperdine (receiving votes) and #18 Arizona.

The Aggies will then host #5 Hawai'i in a nationally televised match on ESPNU on September 29th at 8:00 p.m. MT and then four nights later will host #18 Arizona. The Aggies will travel to Honolulu to face the #5 Wahine on Sunday, October 31st.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ellen Miks' Aggie Volleyball Diary :: August 16th, 2010

Ellen MiksHello Aggie Volleyball fans! My name is Ellen Miks and I am currently a sophomore here at NMSU. I was extremely honored to be asked to write this blog for y’all, especially since the person who wrote it last year was one of my good friends Kelli Goodan. We miss the seniors very much this year, but we are looking forward to continuing their legacy that they left behind.

First a little about me just so you know who is giving you updates on the Aggies… I am from Denver, Colorado and I went to Columbine High School. I plan on majoring in math so ultimately I can be a high school math teacher. You should see the looks I get from people when I tell them I want to be a high school math teacher… all they tell me is, “Good luck!” As for my volleyball position, I am a DS/Libero/Outside/Rightside/Middle…. Whatever coach tells me to play I do it!

I believe I should do a small recap of our season last year. We ended up being 20-9, but unfortunately that was not quite good enough to qualify for the NCAA tournament. We had a very difficult preseason, but as we played more games, we started to come together as a team. Near the end of the season we were playing really well, and we went back to my home state and beat the Colorado State Rams in four games! The CSU Rams ended up going quite deep into the tournament, making it to the Sweet 16. Although it was hard to swallow at first, we knew we belonged in the tournament, and that’s why this year we are determined to win more games like the Colorado State game, and beat more teams like them.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 08/17/10

How can you tell your program is on the rise? One of your assistants gets a head coaching job. That's the situation that Aggie swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt finds himself in. Assistant coach Heidi Voigt was named the head coach at Northern Michigan yesterday. The Aggies have improved leaps and bounds in Coach Pratt's five seasons and are now perennial contenders for the WAC title. In fact, so much has been talked about as far as Boise State's departure from the WAC on the football side of things but Coach Pratt and the Aggie swimming and diving team are one of the teams who will definitely benefit from Boise State leaving as the Aggies finished in second place last season to Boise State at the WAC Championship meet.

We're not trying to infer that the Aggies cannot win a league title while Boise State is still in the league, quite the contrary as the Aggie program is gaining ground on the WAC by leaps and bounds each season and a WAC title could very well be in the cards this season but their rise to the top could be hastened by the Broncos' departure after the 2010-11 season.

Don't forget that we'll have our Aggie volleyball and soccer previews posted a bit later this week. Be sure to check out our interview with Aggie head soccer coach Michael Needham as well.

We're also very excited to reveal that Aggie sophomore outside hitter Ellen Miks will be writing the Aggie Volleyball Diary this season. Ellen's first entry will be posted later today!

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bleedCrimson.net Coach Needham Interview :: 08/16/10

bleedCrimson.net: How did Friday's Crimson and White scrimmage turn out?
Michael Needham: It went well, it went real well. The game was very even and the kids were all competing. We're still trying to figure out what's going to be the right combination of players and the right group for playing UTEP on Friday. It was a good runout and it was a good chance to see the kids in a game environment."

Even though it was against ourselves I felt that it was pretty competitive. The pressure could have been a little bit better. There wasn't quite as much defensive pressure as I would have liked in terms of preparing us to play a rivalry game next Friday. At the same time you're playing against your teammates and you play a little bit differently anyway. All in all it was good. We got through it healthy which is the most important part. We had a some great performances from a lot of kids and got exactly what we wanted out of it.

bc.net: What have been the differences starting year two versus year one?
MN: The first thing, and it's very similar to last year, the first thing we're looking for in preseason is for our group to come together as a team and to get to know each other a little bit. I think they've done that really well. I'll credit my returning players on that. Any time there's going to new players, they were all new players last year, any time you bring in a new group of players and you're trying to incorporate them and get them going, you're trying to make them as comfortable as possible as quickly as possible. All credit to our returning players. They've been great to the incoming kids. They realize that both groups of players, both the returning players and the incoming players, are all going to contribute to this effort. They've treated them very much as equals and not made life real difficult on them as a group of freshmen. That was the first thing, come together.   Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 08/16/10

Coming later this week we'll have previews of the 2010 volleyball and soccer teams. We've talked to both Coach Jordan from volleyball and Coach Needham from the soccer team and both are excited and have high hopes for the upcoming season.

The Aggie soccer team held their first Crimson and White scrimmage on Friday night and we got Coach Needham's thoughts on the event:

"It went well, it went real well. The game was very even and the kids were all competing. We're still trying to figure out what's going to be the right combination of players and the right group for playing UTEP on Friday. It was a good runout and it was a good chance to see the kids in a game environment."

"Even though it was against ourselves I felt that it was pretty competitive. The pressure could have been a little bit better. There wasn't quite as much defensive pressure as I would have liked in terms of preparing us to play a rivalry game next Friday. At the same time you're playing against your teammates and you play a little bit differently anyway. All in all it was good. We got through it healthy which is the most important part. We had a some great performances from a lot of kids and got exactly what we wanted out of it."

We'll have more posted from our interview with Coach Needham shortly and look for our Aggie soccer team preview later in the week.

One quick football note, today's afternoon practice has been moved from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Also, our 2010 Aggie Football Desktop Wallpapers are available to download.

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The Daily Aggie :: 08/15/10

The Aggie football team will be able to practice in full pads starting today. The NM State athletic website has a video report from yesterday's practice. (View the full practice schedule here)

Beau Bagely of KTSM NBC 9 in El Paso has a video report from the Aggies' media day which was this past Thursday.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News writes that the Aggies believe that new offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar can get the Aggies' offense jumpstarted. One of the keys to the Aggie offense being productive will be the play of the offensive line. Teddy Feinberg also talks about Aggie transfer Aundre McGaskey and Soeili Fakalata who will anchor the O-Line for the Aggies.

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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 >>