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 Flotrack.com. 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!

On to today's links..  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>

Aggie Vision General Manager Joe Brackman Wins Emmy

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - Aggie Vision general manager Joe Brackman claimed an Emmy® Award from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Oct. 9.

Brackman earned the award for Interview/Discussion-Program/Special or Series with a program titled "Conversations in Black History." The piece included interviews with NM State Athletic Director McKinley Boston, football head coach DeWayne Walker; track and field head coach Orin Richburg; and men's basketball head coach Marvin Menzies. Each interview highlighted the unique role each of these African-American men and their impact on intercollegiate athletics at New Mexico State.

Originally produced for use in the coaches' show, NM State Sports Weekly, as well as Aggie Vision games last February as part of Black History Month; the series was repackaged into a half-hour program for use on NewsMakers on NM State's KRWG-TV. The full program aired in March and was nominated during the summer.

Although Brackman could not attend the ceremony last weekend because he was managing the Aggie Vision coverage of the NM State football victory over rival New Mexico, he was appreciative of the recognition.

"It was an honor to receive the award," Brackman said. "It's great recognition for the work we're doing at Aggie Vision and KRWG. I'm very appreciative to all of the people who helped make the show come to life, and especially grateful to Dr. Boston and the three coaches who were willing to be interviewed."

Brackman's piece was a series of interviews done in honor of Black History Month, bringing light to the subject of how few black head coaches there are in the college and professional sports landscape.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 10/14/10

The Aggie volleyball team is back in action tonight as they kick off three matches in four days with a battle against Boise State. The Aggies can put some separation between themselves and the rest of the WAC who are chasing the Aggies and Wahine at just past the quarter point of the conference season. The Broncos are 16-5 overall and 3-3 in league play. In their six matches, they've had four five-set matches and two four-set matches. They're 0-2 in those four-set matches but 3-1 in the five set matches with their only loss coming at Fresno State.

The Broncos are led by their middles Alisha Young who is averaging 3.40 kills per set and is hitting .352 on the year and Sadie Maughan who is averaging 2.80 kills per set and hitting .377.

Defensively they're led by Amanda Remy who is averaging 3.31 digs per set and both Young and Maughan are averaging just over a block per set as the Broncos as a team are averaging 2.51 blocks per set.

At the beginning of the season, junior libero Amanda Remy took dead aim at the Aggies telling Justin Dalme of the Arbiter (Boise State's student paper), "We can beat New Mexico State. Last year that was not a big expectation, this year it is. We should definitely be third or second in the conference."

We'll find out tonight whether the Broncos are up to the task or if the Aggies will score their 13th victory in a row over the Broncos.

Don't forget to check out this week's interview with Aggie head volleyball coach Mike Jordan for more on this match as well as the two other matches this week.

First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. MT and the match can be seen on AggieVision with streaming video available via ESPN3.com

The Aggie women's golf team won their home tournament, the Price's Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate, by five strokes. The win was the first for the Aggies in the home tournament since 2006.

Be sure to check out our photos from yesterday's action.

The Aggie men's and women's cross country teams are headed to Terre Haute, IN for the Pre-Nationals where they'll be competing against some of the top teams in the country on both the men's and women's side.

We spoke with cross country coach Paul Harkins for this week's interview and he and his wife have high hopes for both teams in this weekend's meet as they're shooting for a Top 15 finish on both sides.

The Aggies have this meet and then head to Moscow, ID for the WAC Championships at the end of this month where the women are the defending champions and the men look to earn their first ever conference title.

On to today's links...  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Harkins Interview :: 10/13/10

bleedCrimson.net: How has your teams' training been going the last week and a half in preparation for the Pre-National meet?
Paul Harkins: Training has been going very well. We had a great workout last night, we had a great workout last Friday and had a great workout the Tuesday before that. Both the men and women are fairly confident and I think are very ready to go. I'm hopeful that they learned quite a bit about running at sea level from the Paul Short experience going into the Pre-National meet. I think they're definitely capable of doing some good things this weekend.

bc.net: You've talked about the differences between running at elevation and running at sea level and the Pre-National meet will closer to sea level. What have you seen differently from your kids in the last week and a half in terms of preparation and mindset having gone through a sea-level meet at the Paul Short Invitational?
PH: I think they understand the difference in feeling a little more now. They've all ran at sea-level before but when you haven't done it in a while it can be a little bit of a shock. Plus when you're running at sea-level you're running a lot faster and if you haven't prepared for that yet, we'd only done two workouts leading up to that race where we were essentially trying to get down to sea-level race pace or faster and so I think that was a little bit of a shock to the system. I think those workouts provided some benefit but I don't think it really hit them until the week after or this week. I think they should really be ready going into the meet this weekend.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Price's Give 'Em Five Tournament Photos

NM State Price's Give 'Em Five Tournament Photos

Aggie Women's Golf Wins 2010 Price's Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate Tournament

Demi MakLAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's golf team won the 2010 Price's "Give 'Em Five" Intercollegiate, which was being held at the NMSU Golf Course this week with a team score of 2-over-par 866.

It is the first time since 2006 NM State has won its home tournament as the Aggies beat out 13 other teams from across the country. The Aggies went into the final day of the tournament tied for first with Baylor after carding the best round of the day on Tuesday. NM State had the best round of the day and the second best round of the tournament on Wednesday, with a 286.

Baylor, who came in second, finished five strokes behind the Aggies, while Mississippi State and UTEP tied for third with a 19-over-par 883.

"It was a great tournament and we are very proud of our players, staff and everyone involved," head coach Paul Brilliant said. "It proves that we are working to get back to where we want to. The hard work the student-athletes and co-head coach Jackie Booth are putting in is paying off."

Freshman Demi Mak of Hong Kong led the way for NM State this week as she carded two rounds under par finishing with a 2-under 214. She fired a 71 in round one and in the final round to finish for a tie for second. Mak shot 11 birdies in the three-day tournament, most for an Aggie in the 2010 Price's.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/13/10

bleedCrimson.net: This is a big weekend for your team with three matches in four nights and a chance to separate yourselves from the rest of the WAC and keep pace with Hawai'i.
Mike Jordan: It's going to be a big challenge, three matches in four days. We agreed to play Nevada on Sunday. As coaches we try to take care of each other. The scheduling creates a lot of issues for our teams. We try to do what's best for the student athletes. Nevada, that match was scheduled for Monday here but they'd have to fly here Sunday, play Monday night, travel home Tuesday and then they'd play again later in the week and they'd miss a ton of school. I agreed to pay it on Sunday and hopefully we'll be rested enough and play at a high level but we have two matches before that.

Boise State is obviously a very good team coming off a win at home against Utah State in five and they're playing better than they were a year ago, they've got a little more experience, a couple of good middles that can do some things and it's not going to be an easy victory. None of them are at this point. We've got to work hard and play well to win.

Idaho always has a good blocking team. They're athletic. We've had some good matches with them in the past. We know we're going to have to play well to win each match.  Continue Reading This Post >>