Kayleigh Giddens Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 4-10. This is the second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Giddens and the fourth of her career.

The Lubbock, Texas, native led the Aggies to road wins at San Jose State and Fresno State. She hit .357 with 6.43 kills, 3.00 digs, 0.57 service aces and 7.50 points per set.

"We had a good week on the road and our team played well against two pretty good teams," Giddens said. "I am happy to receive the honor and I hope we can continue to play well."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Falls 4-1 At Idaho

The Aggie soccer team scored in the 2nd minute of their match with Idaho but a pair of goals by Idaho in the waning minutes of the first half were too much for the Aggies to overcome as they fell 4-1 to Idaho on Sunday afternoon. "We started very well and did a good job of sticking to what our gameplan was but then kind of got away from it in the last 10 minutes of the first half," said head coach Michael Needham after the match. "The last five minutes of the first half they [Idaho] put a lot of pressure on us and we made a couple of mistakes."

Lauren Cope put the Aggies on the board just a minute and fifty five seconds into the contest as she knocked in a rebound off a shot by Kristen Powers putting the Aggies ahead 1-0. It was Cope's second goal of the 2010 season and Powers' first assist of the season and it ended a nearly 193 minute scoreless drought by the Aggie offense.

The Aggies would hold on to the 1-0 lead until the 42nd minute when Idaho's Erica Hart found the back of the net. Idaho's Lauren Layton and Chelsea Small were credited with assists on the play as Layton threw in to Small who headed the ball to Hart.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 10/10/10

Tough Enough To Wear PinkOn a day of exciting football across the country, two winless teams provided one of the most entertaining games of the day and one of the most entertaining three point fourth quarters we can ever remember. It wasn't the prettiest football game played, seven combined turnovers, 16 combined penalties for nearly 200 yards. In fact, the Aggies had more penalty yards (75) than passing yards (38) and the Lobos had more penalty yards (115) than net rushing yards (114) but in the end, it was another classic Battle of I-25.

Saturday night was also the Tough Enough To Wear Pink game supporting breast cancer research. The Las Cruces community helped raise $506,939 in cash and in-kind donations for the Cowboys for Cancer Research foundation.

There are so many standout players for the Aggies in this game, it's nice to finally be able to point to great performances in a win instead fo pointing to good performances in a loss. The heros of the game. There are two who are obvious, Andrew Manley who came in off the bench cold and threw an amazing pass to Marcus Allen that got the Aggies down to the Lobo four yard line on the game-winning drive. No disrespect intended for the Aggie quarterbacks but we haven't seen that kind of pass from an Aggie since the Chase Holbrook days. And of course kicker Tyler Stampler who nailed three field goals on the night, including the pressure-packed game-winner. It's been a very long time since Aggie field goal kicking hasn't been an area of major concern, who knows, maybe even as far back as the Danny Villanueva days.

Robert Clay came out of virtually nowhere to make his presence felt in this game as well. He ran the ball nine times for 44 yards and was the Aggies' second leading rusher on the night. But more importantly, he was the player who came out of the scrum in the endzone with the ball that kept the Aggies in the game. To that point, the Aggies were treading water after falling behind 14-6 after grinding out a 6-0 lead. It was the only touchdown the Aggies scored but it was a huge boost heading into halftime.

Defensively, Donte Savage and Pierre Fils played like they had played all last season they both had their names called several times during the game for tackles, tackles for loss, sacks, particularly Donte Savage. The Aggies had five takeaways (forcing three fumbles and an interception, the fourth fumble came on special teams) and generated two sacks and six tackles for loss which is something that will no doubt please Coach Walker and Coach Lindsey who is calling defensive plays for the Aggies now.

The Aggies still have a long way to go, nobody's denying that, but at least they don't have to worry about a winless season (something that is a distinct possibility for UNM).

The Aggies now focus on the conference schedule. It's a wide open league from spots 4-9, Boise State, Nevada and Hawai'i are clearly the cream of the crop right now. Can the Aggies steal a game or two from Fresno State/Idaho/Nevada/Hawai'i? We'll see. Certainly the Aggies' most winnable games will be San Jose State/Utah State/Louisiana Tech. The good news is that two of those three are at home.

The Aggie soccer team is back in action today as they look to break through in the points column in conference play. The Aggies need to get some points as they try to qualify for the WAC tournament. Their task will not be easy today as they take on Idaho in Moscow. The Vandals are 11-3 on the season and are shooting for a school record 12th victory today.

It sounds easy but it probably isn't but the key to stopping Idaho is stopping Chelsea Small. She leads the Vandals in goals scored with 11. Nearly 60 percent of her shots are on goal and she has six game winning goals in 14 matches played. She leads the WAC in shots per game at 5.43 and haas naken 30 more shots than the next closest player in the WAC. She's also tied for the league lead in goals scored with 11.

The Vandals have scored 26 goals on the season while only allowing 14. Much like Boise State this past Friday, the Vandals have made their living scoring in the first half as 17 of their 26 goals have come in the first 45 minutes. Lauren Layton is the Vandals' most dangerous assist person with five.

Conference soccer is interesting in that, the Aggies can actually have a better outcome with a win and a loss this weekend than they would have with two ties. Since three points are awarded for a win, one point for a tie and none for a loss, the Aggies, if they're able to upset Idaho, would come away from the weekend with three points. Two ties would have given them just two. Just something to keep in mind.

Also, Idaho probably has a little extra motivation facing the Aggies. Last season the Aggies stunned Idaho 3-2 in Las Cruces. Idaho was up 2-0 after just 21 minutes of play but the Aggies stormed out of halftime scoring three goals. No doubt Idaho remembers that match and will be out for a little payback today.

The match is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. MT start. There are no live stats or streaming video that we're away of. If we get scoring updates, we'll pass them along via our Twitter page (@AgsBleedCrimson).

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AggieVision :: NM State vs. UNM Game Highlights

Aggie Football Uses Late Field Goal To Defeat Lobos 16-14

Seth SmithNM State vs. UNM Photo Album - Tim Barnett-Queen
NM State vs. UNM Photo Album - Rich Chavez

The 101st renewal of the in-state battle between New Mexico State and New Mexico provided another classic ending in the series as the Aggies once again used a late fourth quarter drive to stun their rivals. Aggie true freshman quarterback Andrew Manley led the Aggies on an 8-play 40 yard drive that culminated in a 22-yard field goal by redshirt sophomore Tyler. The Aggie defense would force five Lobo turnovers and the fifth, an interception by senior Davon House, would seal the victory for the Aggies as they snapped an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season.

Taveon Rogers took the opening kickoff to the Aggies' 46 giving them outstanding field position to start the game. The Aggies converted a pair of third downs before facing a 4th and 2 at the Lobos' 21. Head coach DeWayne Walker sent in the field goal unit and kicker Tyler Stampler nailed a 39-yard field goal to put the Aggies up 3-0 with 9:57 left in the first quarter.

UNM started their first drive on their own 18 and after a converting a first down on 2nd and 2the Lobos' drive stalled at their 35 as Pierre Fils broke through the offensive line and got pressure on quarterback Brad Gruner whose pass sailed over the head of Bryant Williams forcing a Lobo punt.

The Aggies would take over on their own 27 and on second and seven, Robert Clay took the pitch took it to the 33 yard line but a personal foul foul penalty on UNM's Jake Carr gave the Aggies a first and 10 at their 48. Two plays later Taveon Rogers made a big gain run on the end around 29 yard gain down to the Aggie 19 yard line. The Aggie drive would stall at the UNM 15 bringing Tyler Stampler on to try a 34-yard field goal. Stampler would nail the field goal giving the Aggies a 6-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Defeats Fresno State 3-1

Kayleigh GiddensThe Aggie volleyball team improved to 4-1 in WAC play as they defeated Fresno State 3-1 on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies dropped the first set 25-23 but bounced back to win the next three sets 25-17, 25-20, 25-14. Kayleigh Giddens continued her solid play finishing with 25 kills while setter Jennah DeVries recorded 54 assists.

The Aggies and Bulldogs battled closely in the first set as the Aggies held an early 9-6 advantage after a kill by freshman middle blocker Desiree Scott. The Bulldogs would cut the Aggies' lead to one at 10-9 on a kill by Lauren Berger but a service ace by Rocio Gutierrez a few plays later would give the Aggies a 13-10 lead. The Bulldogs would respond with three straight points to tie the set at 13-13. The Aggies would regain a two point advantage at 16-14 on a kill by Kayleigh Giddens but two straight points from Fresno State would tie the set at 16 all. The Aggies would score four of the next five points to take a 20-17 lead and would hold a 22-19 lead after a block by Whitney Woods. However, the Bulldogs would take a timeout to try to stop the Aggies' momentum. Out of the timeout the Bulldogs would score six of the final seven points to take the set 25-23.

The Aggies would jump out to a quick 3-1 lead in the second set but the Bulldogs would tie the set at 4-4 on a kill by Brianna Clarke. The Agies would respond with a 4-0 run to take an 8-4 lead but Fresno State would once again answer tying the set at 9-9. Kayleigh Giddens would record back-to-back kills which was followed by a service ace by Kelsey Brennan and another kill by Giddens giving the Aggies a 13-9 lead. The Aggies would maintain their four point advantage at 19-15 on a kill by Kelsey Brennan. The Aggies would end the set on a 6-2 run to take the set 25-17 getting a service ace by Jennah DeVries on set point to seal the set win.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 10/09/10

It's finally gameday! The battle of I-25. You often hear coaches and players say that you can throw the records out when playing a rivalry game. We're sure that both teams would love to do that. At a combined 0-9 on the season both teams are desperate for a victory. Both teams are desperate for anything positive. The Aggies and Lobos have nearly identical statistical rankings, unfortunately they're all at the wrong end of the spectrum.

The Aggies and Lobos are both likely to start their backup quarterbacks today. That gives a slight edge to the Lobos because their backup quarterback, Tarean Austin, started last week while the Aggies' backup quarterback, Tanner Rust, was forced into emergency duty midway through last week's contest.

Neither defense has been particularly good either, however, the Lobos do have one thing the Aggies don't on defense, takeaways and sacks. The Aggies are hoping to change both of those today and it will be absolutely critical for a victory for the Aggies that they pressure the quarterback (whomever that may be) and force turnovers.

Special teams will be another area that could determine the outcome game. Both teams have a strong kick-off return game. Taveon Rogers has been one of the lone bright spots the past two games for the Aggies. He set a school record against Kanasas for kickoff return yardage and had a strong showing last week against Boise State. Last week against UTEP the Lobos got a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from freshman Myles Daughtry and they also blocked a field goal attempt and returned it for a touchdown.

With the way the Aggie and Lobo offenses have struggled, the punters could see a lot of action today. If that's the case, field position will be huge. The Aggies will be relying on true freshman punter Jake Capraro for the second straight week. He's averaging 37.1 yards per punt but knocked two of his nine punts inside the 20 last weekend against the Broncos. The Lobos' punter Ben Skaer is averaging 41.9 yards per punt on the season.

As we mentioned at the start of the week, this is just the seventh time that the two teams have met with both teams winless. We also noted that five of those six games were determined by a touchdown or less. We expect nothing different tonight. Despite the struggles of both teams, this should be a close game and should be another classic like last season.

The game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff and can be seen on AggieVision, ESPN3.com and ESPN Game Plan. You can listen to the game on the Aggie Sports Network while streaming audio and video will also be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

Finally, if you think that Lobo fans have given up on their team and aren't excited for tonight's game. Think again. This video should get you ultra-motivated to get out to Aggie Memorial Stadium tonight to support the Aggies.

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Aggie Soccer Falls 6-0 On The Road To Boise State

The Aggie soccer team suffered a 6-0 loss to Boise State on Friday afternoon as the team continued WAC play on the road. "I thought they did a great job of putting us under pressure and putting our backs under pressure," said head coach Michael Needham after the game. "They scored some pretty good goals."

The Broncos got on the board in the 11th minute as Shannon Braxton scored her fourth goal of the season off an assist from Cheyenne Jones to put the Broncos up 1-0. The Broncos would go up 2-0 in the 27th minute as Cheyenne Jones would find the back of the net for her first goal of the season off an assist by Ashley Walsh. The Broncos would cap the first half scoring on a goal by Lauren Hickok off an assist from Kati Lucas to put the Broncos up 3-0 in the 43rd minute.

The Aggies inserted true freshman Erin Wosick into the goal at halftime to get some experience in conference play. "It's big for Erin," said Coach Needham. "Erin deserves to play. It wasn't a situation where we gave a kid minutes because of where we were at. It was an opportunity to get her on." He added, "She made a couple good saves. Her distribution was good, her punts were good, her goal kicks were good. Her position was off a little but that comes with a little bit of rust from not playing in that many games. I thought it was definitely good to get her on."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Know The Foe :: Lobo Q&A With The Daily Lobo's Ryan Tomari

Know The Foe :: UNM
The 101st renewal of the Battle of I-25 may not be the sexiest matchup of the season in college football this season but as The Daily Lobo Sports Editor Ryan Tomari succinctly put it, "It's still Lobos and Aggies," and it's still the biggest football game in the state of New Mexico. We've enlisted the help of Ryan to help Aggie fans get to know the Lobo football team a little better before the game on Saturday.

The Lobos and Aggies are a combined 0-9 heading into Saturday's rivalry game in Las Cruces, given the tough start for both teams, what is the mood in Albuquerque surrounding this game?
The mood in Albuquerque: When does basketball season start? The fact that head coach Mike Locksley has posted back-to-back 0-5 records isn’t sitting well with a majority of UNM boosters and fans. Not to mention, he is 0-1 against the Aggies. Another Locksley loss to NMSU on Saturday could be unhealthy for Lobo faithful.

With the two schools being separated by just a three hour drive, are Lobo fans planning to make the trek to Las Cruces this year or are they planning to sit this meeting out because of UNM's 0-5 record?
It’s still Lobos and Aggies. Lobo fans will make the short drive down south and cheer on UNM, especially students at UNM.  Continue Reading This Post >>