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The Daily Aggie :: 10/08/10

The Aggie volleyball team won their 17th straight match over the San Jose State Spartans last night and they did so rather convincingly winning 25-13, 25-14, 25-20. The Aggies improve to 3-1 in league play and 9-9 overall.

Kayleigh Giddens had a match-high 20 kills and the Aggies played solid defense. Unfortunately there is no box score available so we can't provide you with any statistics from last night's match. However, through the first two sets, the Aggies were hitting an efficient .349 (31 kills on 63 attempts with just nine hitting errors) and holding the Spartans to a .016 hitting percentage (13 kills on 63 attempts but 12 attack errors).

The Aggies head to Fresno to take on the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs swept Louisiana Tech on Thursday night keeping themselves in the thick of things in the middle of the pack. Louisiana Tech is now 0-4 in league play and if things don't turn around quickly for them in conference play, they'll be sitting at home while six other teams are in Las Vegas for the WAC Tournament. There is still a logjam in the middle of the league with Idaho (3-3), Utah State (2-2), Boise State (2-3), Fresno State (2-3) and San Jose State (2-4) all within a couple of losses of each other. Hawai'i is 4-0 while the Aggies and Wolf Pack are 3-1 with the losses coming at the hands of Hawai'i (Nevada's in Honolulu, the Aggies' in Las Cruces).

The Aggie soccer team looks to get back on the good side of the ledger today as they take on Boise State at 4:00 p.m. MT. The Aggies are looking for their first points in the 2010 conference season after losing to Nevada 1-0 in double-overtime on the road and 3-0 to preseason favorite Utah State at home. The Aggies' opponents this week, Boise State and Idaho, are each 1-0 on the season.

The Broncos have scored 15 goals this season while allowing 14. Today's match, surprisingly will mark just the second home match of the season for the Broncos. They're 1-0-0 so far in home matches and 4-7-1 overall. Two-thirds of their goals (10) have come in the first half. While the Aggies have only allowed 11 goals all season, they have struggle just a little bit at times giving up early goals and teams have scored five goals against the Aggies in the first half.

BSU is led by Katy Oehring and Shannon Saxton in the goal scoring department. Each have scored three goals for the Broncos while Saxton has also added three assists.

Today's match is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. MT start time and Live Stats will be available via the Broncos' athletic website.

Finally, some interesting news out of Albuquerque prior to tomorrow's rivalry game. The Lobo band will not be making the 225 mile trip to Las Cruces this year and the band members are not too thrilled about it either.

A report by KRQE in Albuquerque states that the cost of the trip is approximately $8,000 and a private fundraising effort netted just $65.

Spirit Band Drum Major Kristina Austell told KRQE, "It's the only away game we get to go to all season and we can’t go. It’s a big game, it’s the rivalry game. And you just don’t get that kind of excitement from other games."

Tough economic times all around for the New Mexico universities.

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Ellen Miks' Aggie Volleyball Diary :: October 8th, 2010

Ellen MiksHello Aggie volleyball fans! We are in OCTOBER! The leaves are starting to fall, the colors are changing, and most noticeable change in Las Cruces is it’s getting windier! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year not only because of the weather but also because we are strictly in conference now!

We are in CALIFORNIA right now… we just played San Jose State and we head off to Fresno State to take on the Bulldogs. We had a few awesome fans at our San Jose game; Madison Hardy’s family came to support us as well as Mike Crews! It was great to meet her family, especially her two nephews. They were adorable! It was also great to see Cruzer again… the last time we saw him was at camp in the summer!

Only a few more road trips left… and only six more home games! I feel like we haven’t played nearly enough games in front of our home crowd. We will just have to make the most of what we have left!

So an update on Steph’s leg… She says that she may be out of the boot relatively soon! Hopefully by next week she will be walking without the boot on! She is making a great recovery, and we can’t wait until she is back 100%!

That is all for now, but I hope you are enjoying the season as much as we are! Until next time… GOOOOOOOOO AGGIES!  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Harkins Interview :: 10/07/10

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on your last meet the Paul Short Invitational?
Paul Harkins: It was definitely good to get that kind of experience running in that type of crowd and that type of environment. We as coaches know we definitely left something on the table out there and we know we're capable of a lot more than the results showed. It was a good first experience to go down to sea level but we know we're capable of so much more and the kids have a lot more potential than what they showed out there.

bc.net: Your thoughts on the performances of your men's and women's teams?
PH: The guys did a solid job of maintaining their nice, close tight pack. There were only 17 seconds from one to five which is very very good. They actually had the best spread out of anybody in the field, we were just a little too far back. But, they were a little concerned running at sea level, it's a little bit different feeling and because of that you have to push yourself a little bit harder and I think they settled a little bit too much in the middle of the race. They closed hard and were getting a lot of the guys at the end but I think they settled a little bit too much in the middle and didn't realize how hard they could push given that they were running at sea level.

When they start breathing as hard as they do at altitude, at altitude once you start breathing hard you know the end is near and at sea level it's a whole different ballgame. You can breathe hard for a lot longer and still maintain your effort and your speed.

On the girls' side it was good to have Courtney back. She's showing no ill effects from the hamstring twinge from a while ago. Her and Camille both ran solid for us up front. I think they were capable of more as well. Same thing as the men, I think they settle a little bit in the middle of the race and didn't push quite as hard as they could have just because there's that fear of dying when you're running at sea level and you start breathing harder early and I think in general that's what our teams did.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Cruises To Road Sweep Of San Jose State

Kayleigh GiddensThe Aggie volleyball team used a dominating performance by Kayleigh Giddens who finished with a match-high 20 kills to cruise to their 17th consecutive victory over the Spartans and improve to 3-1 in the WAC and 9-9 overall. The Aggies easily won the first two sets 25-13 and 25-14 and held off the Spartans 25-20 in the third set for the sweep.

The Aggies trailed early in set one 5-3 but turned on the afterburners tying the set at 7-7 and winning seven of the next six of the next seven points to take a 13-8 lead. After a Kayleigh Giddens attack was blocked by San Jose State's Sarah McAtee and Alex Akana to cut the Aggies' lead to 15-10, New Mexico State would go on a 7-0 run fueled by Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods behind tough serving by setter Jennah DeVries.

Giddens would record two kills and a solo block while Woods would get a kill and a block along with freshman middle blocker Desiree Scott. DeVries' strong service was highlighted with a service ace during the run. The Aggies would finish off the set winning 25-13 when SJSU's Caitlin Andre committed a service error.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Fans Showing Strong Support For Aggie Football

It's no secret that the two biggest games every year for Aggie football fans are the rivalry games against I-10 rival UTEP and in-state rival New Mexico and are generally the highest attended games each season. The games are so important for many fans that often times other big matchups are often not as well attended by Aggie fans.

With the football team off to a rough start in 2010, Aggie fans have still come out strong to support their team and that reflected in the final numbers from this past Saturday's game against No. 3 Boise State, the highest ranked opponent to ever visit Aggie Memorial Stadium.

In fact, the Aggies set a single-game record for gross sales for a non-rivalry game purchasing 7,109 single-game tickets (excludes season tickets) for a total gross revenue of $104,569, nearly double amount of the highest grossing game from the 2009 season. The 7,109 tickets purchased is second only to the 9,363 tickets that were sold when the Pac-10's Oregon State visited Aggie Memorial Stadium in 2001.

A total of 19,661 fans saw the Aggies and Broncos square off on Saturday evening.

"I think it's been great," said head football coach DeWayne Walker when asked about the fan support this season. "I think the San Diego State, our first game, there was great support. This last game, it was great support. From that standpoint I think our fanbase has picked it up."

The Aggies host in-state rival New Mexico on Saturday and the Aggie football team is hoping for another strong showing from the Aggie fanbase. "I'm sure this game we'll have great support," said Coach Walker.

The Aggies and Lobos kick off at 6:00 p.m. MT at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Tickets can be purchased the at NM State Ticket office or by calling (575) 646-1420.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/07/10

The Aggie volleyball team is back in action tonight as they square off against San Jose State. The Spartans are 2-3 in league play and there is a large group of teams sitting in the middle of the standings at .500 or just below. This is a big match for both squads as the Aggies try to separate themselves a bit from the middle of the pack and the Spartans try to maintain their position in the middle of the pack. With just six teams making the conference tournament again this season, every match counts, especially early as teams try to keep from digging a hole that they can't get out of.

The Spartans are coming off a sweep at the hands of Idaho, however, the Spartans defeated Utah State 3-1 in Logan and last night the Utah State Aggies defeated Idaho 3-1 so as you can see, it's been a crazy start to the season. The Aggies are 2-1 in league play along with Nevada and both teams' losses have come to No. 5 Hawai'i who is 4-0.

In league play, the Aggies are hitting .291, just a few points behind Hawai'i at .297. San Jose State is hitting .196. The Spartan opponents are hitting .249 in league play while Aggie opponents are hitting .176 in league play.

The Aggies lead the league in assists per set at 14 and are second in kills per set at 14.89. The Aggies are Spartans are 8th and 9th respectively in blocking in league play which something that the Aggies have been working on.

San Jose State is second in the league in digs per set at 13.75.

As Coach Jordan mention in this week's interview, the Spartans don't necessarily have a "go-to" attacker. Hanah Blume leads the Spartans at 2.92 kills per set, Alex Akana is second at 2.15 kills per set. Brianna Amian is third at 1.97 kills per set. Katie Turner leads the Spartans in digs per set at 3.24 while the Spartans have three players averaging over two digs per set.

Tonight's match is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. MT first serve. There will be no radio for tonight's or Saturday afternoon's matches. Live Stats should be available via the San Jose State athletic website.

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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/06/10

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the match last week against Hawai'i?
Mike Jordan: Hawai'i was difficult. They're a fantastic team. I think it's the best floor defense team I've seen ever. I thought maybe last year's was the best and they're better this year. They're a better blocking team than they were a year ago. Getting kills was pretty difficult and we're a team that can hit the ball pretty well.

It was frustrating because we didn't block anything, we didn't hit anything and they hit for way too high a percentage. Also frustrating in that we were battling for a while, it was 16-18, they get a little bit of a run and we kind of hang our head. This team is a team that needs to learn to battle back and play from behind. Hopefully we'll figure that out pretty soon. But Hawai'i is in a different level right now. They're definitely as good as last year I think and a legitimate Final Four caliber team.

bc.net: On Sunday you took on Arizona and one of the big differences between the match against Hawai'i and the match against Arizona is that you had 10 total team blocks against Arizona after zero blocks against Hawai'i. What changed from Wednesday night to Sunday night?
MJ: Well, we're making incremental changes. There was definitely a need, and we recognized that, to make some improvements and some adjustments there. We started to do that. I think we'll get better at as the season progresses. We played better floor defense too and extended some rallies which was good. Arizona's got a lot of weapons, they're tough to handle at times but we were right there. If it weren't for one or two breaks going our way, we could have gone up 2-0 in that match. I thought it was a huge improvement from our performance on Wednesday against Hawai'i.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: OBNUG Guest Post

It's time for our annual guest blog post by the gentlemen at One Bronco Nation Under God. If you're not familiar with the OBNUG blog bet, the winning team's blogger gets a guest post on the losing team's blog. Once again the winning blogger was OBNUG and the loser was, well us. However, when it comes to guest posts by OBNUG, there are no losers (unless you have no sense of humor). So, without further ado (and because when we commit to something we actually go through with it, unlike a couple of people in Reno and Fresno), here is the OBNUG guest post.

Scene: Fourth quarter of the Boise State and New Mexico State game. WAC TV announcers Guy Haberman and Dick Tomey with the broadcast.

Tomey: … and that’s how I ended up with four fingers on my left hand and the nickname Nubbers.
Haberman: We’re joined now in the booth by some special guests. From Boise State: quarterback Kellen Moore and tight end Kyle Efaw. And because he’s on the WAC’s email list: OBNUG.
Moore: Hi there.
Efaw: How’s it going?
OBNUG: I was told there’d be soft pretzels.
Tomey: This guy has a blog. It’s a blog with a lot of potential. It does some good things every now and then, like that one feature …

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