The Daily Aggie :: 08/28/10

The Aggie volleyball team split a pair of matches in the FSU Invite on Friday afternoon defeating a very good Florida International team 3-1 before falling 3-1 to No. 15 Florida State.

The Aggies' best play during the two matches came in set three against Florida International and set two against Florida State. The Aggies hit .368 in the third set against the Panthers, "We played a really efficient game three, very few errors there and we saw glimpses of how good we're going to be down the road," said Coach Jordan. In the match against Florida State the Aggies had a lot of trouble passing serve receive except for the second set, which not coincidentally, they won. ""[The difference in passing] It's confidence. FSU didn't really do anything different at the service line," said Coach Jordan. "They hit a ton of great serves. Five of their six servers hit great serves. We got on a roll and got some confidence going for a while and it was great."

"I'm confident we'll learn from it, I've got confidence in this group that they'll make the adjustments they need to make and part of it is not making mistakes in bunches, being a little bit tougher and bouncing back from mistakes better," said Coach Jordan. "The one game we passed pretty well [second set], we wound up winning it. We were in it competing the whole time but the rest of the time they out-served us and out-passed us and put a ton of pressure on it."

In the fourth set against Florida State, in which they fell 25-10, Coach Jordan was able to get some other players some playing time which he believes will benefit the team in the long run. "Just to get them some experience was good. Twelve of our thirteen players saw action and I think we're going to benefit from playing a great time like this. Losing in four is not fun but they're a great team and we've just got to improve."

The Aggies will take on Florida A&M today at 3:00 p.m. MT. "I expect them to be a foreign loaded team, they win their conference every year and we're playing them on their home court. They're going to be tough." Florida A&M lost in four sets to Florida International last night winning set one 31-29 before losing the final three 25-18, 25-16 and 25-15.

We're not sure about live stats for today's game when we find out, we'll post the link on Twitter @AgsBleedCrimson

The Aggie soccer team broke the seal on the win column just two matches into the season as they came from behind to defeat Jacksonville State last night at Aggie Memorial Stadium. The Aggies allowed a goal in the second minute but then shut out the Gamecocks over the final 88 minutes of play. Head coach Michael Needham was really excited about his team's play (outside the incredibly early goal). "We played the best soccer we've played as a program to this point and that's exciting," said Coach Needham. He was also impressed by the play on the field by both teams. "The soccer was pretty good. There was some creative flair through the whole game."

He was also happy to get the first victory this early in the season (the Aggies also got in the win column early last year winning their fourth match). "We're 1-0-1 right now and I'm happy with that," said Coach Needham. "I think we had good chances against Montana but I also think Montana had good chances against us. I think 1-1 was a fair result. I'm very happy with where we're at. We've got to take care of it on Sunday and try get ourselves to 2-0-1 going into UNM."

Coach Needham also mentioned that he will try to get true freshman goal keeper Erin Wosick some playing time in the next couple matches, "It's going to be important that we have two [goalkeepers] that can go if need be."

One of the other aspects of the team that Coach Needham has been happy with is his team's depth. "We're deeper and I didn't even get to use our depth tonight. Sunday [against Montana] I think we went 17 or 18 deep and tonight we only went 16 deep. We've got to get more players more minutes but at the same time my job is to make sure I put players in in situations where they can succeed," said Coach Needham. "We've got a bunch of players who are real capable of getting the job done and I look forward to seeing each one of them." One of those players who really impressed coach Needham last night was sophomore defender Megan Hendler who transferred in from the University of Dubuque (IA). "Tonight Megan was big-time for us. She was really good. She was one who came on as an outside back and went on and played forward for us and I thought was pretty good tonight."

The Aggies will wrap up the home tournament with a match against Prairie View A&M on Sunday afternoon.

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Aggie Soccer Notches 2-1 Victory Over Jacksonville State

Mary Kate KoziolThe New Mexico State soccer team notched their first victory of the 2010 season with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Jacksonville State in the Hotel Encanto Aggie Classic on Friday night.

After giving up a goal in the second minute, the Aggie defense was airtight for over the final 88 minutes which allowed the Aggies' potent offense to get win the match for them. "After that happens, that's an easy time to fold," said Coach Needham. The Aggie offense would outshoot Jacksonville State 29-11 including a 17-6 advantage in the second half, during which the Aggies scored their two goals. "Last season we saw a lot of 29's get put up against us. I was real pleased with that [tonight]," said Coach Needham.

Mary Kate Koziol scored the Aggies' first goal knotting the match at 1-1 in the 47th minute off an assist from Crystal Burns. "Mary Kate's goal is a goal she scores in training at least once a training," said Coach Needham. "She got a ball at the top of the box and was just able to get herself free and she just doesn't miss from there." The assist was Crystal Burns' second assist of the season, her first coming in the Aggies' season opener against Montana. It's also her program leading fifth assist. "Last year Crystal would have just taken that 1v1 and we've had a lot of conversations with Crystal about assists being just as good as goals," said Coach Needham. "She made that happen. She drew a defender to herself, she played it to Mary Kate and Mary Kate just stepped up and scored it."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Loses 3-1 To No. 15 Florida State

Playing in their second match of the day at the FSU Invite the New Mexico State Aggie volleyball team lost 3-1 to tournament host No. 15 Florida State. The Aggies lost the first set 25-16 but rallied to win set two 28-26 before losing sets three and four 25-16 and 25-10 respectively. Kayleigh Giddens finished with a team-high 14 kills with seven attack errors for a .219 hitting percentage. She also added nine digs. Florida State's Visnja Djurdjevic led all players with 17 kills on 33 swings with just two attack errors and recorded 12 digs.

For the second consecutive match the Aggies dropped the first set, losing 25-16 as they gave up a pair of big runs to the Seminoles. The Aggies struggled with their passing serve receive. "They just put a ton of pressure on us and we just passed it bad for the majority of the match," said head coach Mike Jordan. The two teams traded the lead early as the Aggies held a 2-1 advantage before the Seminoles answered to take a 4-2 lead. The Aggies would score three in a row behind a kill by Whitney Woods and a pair of attack errors by the Seminoles to take a 5-4 lead. With the set tied 6-6, Florida State would go on a 7-0 run to grab a 13-6 lead. The Aggies responded with three points in a row to cut the lead to 13-9, however, Florida State would answer back with an 8-2 run to take a 21-11 lead. The Aggies would once again run off three points in a row to cut the Seminoles' lead to 21-14 but the lead would prove to be too much for the Aggies to overcome as Florida State would close out the set 25-16.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Opens The Season With A 3-1 Victory Over Florida International

Kayleigh GiddensThe New Mexico State volleyball team kicked off the 2010 season with a 3-1 victory over defending Sun Belt Conference champion Florida International at the FSU Invitational on Friday afternoon behind a match high 18 kills from Kayleigh Giddens. The Aggies dropped the first set 25-20 before rallying to win set two 26-24, set three 25-22 and set four 25-23. "We were a little nervous but the good news is we got good leadership out of our four All-WAC kids and they stepped up and made a lot of plays," said head coach Mike Jordan. "Once we started to relax we had some really good moments." With the victory the Aggies improve to 1-0 on the young season while FIU drops to 0-1.

The first set saw both teams battle back and forth trading points early on. New Mexico State held a 12-9 lead after kill by senior right-side attacker Whitney Woods, however, FIU would win three of the next four points to tie the set at 13 points apiece. The Aggies would once again take the lead at 17-15 after a kill by Kayleigh Giddens. The Panthers would respond winning seven of the next eight points to take a 22-18 lead prompting Aggie head coach Mike Jordan to call a timeout. The Aggies would score a point out of the timeout to cut FIU's lead to 22-19, however, a kill by FIU's Jessica Gehrke put FIU up 23-19. The set would end on an attack error by Aggie freshman Rocio Gutierrez giving FIU the first set 25-20. The Aggies hit just .029 in the first set with 13 kills but 12 attack errors while FIU hit .231 getting just seven kills but committing just one attack error.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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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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