bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Walker Interview :: 10/05/10

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the game against Boise State last Saturday?
DeWayne Walker: We got a chance to see the third ranked team live and in color and they're everything we thought they would be. Obviously we were severely overmatched in a lot of ways. It was good to get through it and it was good to experience a top five team in the country.

bc.net: Who were a couple of players that had good individual performances against Boise State?
DW: Taveon Rogers did another good job running back kicks. Donyae Coleman continues to show up. He's continued to play his butt off for us week in and week out. Those were the two that probably stick out more than the others.

bc.net: Talk a little bit about the injury that Matt Christian suffered and what's his status for the game on Saturday against New Mexico?
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AggieVision :: Football Press Conference Week Five

Arthur Surreaux Named WAC Men's Tennis Player Of The Month

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State's Arthur Surreaux has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Month for September.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 10/05/10

The Aggie softball team hosts the National Fastpitch All-Stars tonight at the NM State Softball Complex at 6:00 p.m. The NPF All-Stars shut out the Arizona Wildcats last night in Tucson. The All-Stars' Cat Osterman and Jamee Juarez combined to pitch a perfect game against a pretty potent Wildcat offense.

It should be an exciting night of softball with a chance to see some of the stars from professional softball.

As of right now there will be Live Stats available for tonight's game, however, there is not scheduled to be streaming video but if that changes we will let you know via our Twitter page (@AgsBleedCrimson).

Here are a few of the players who are scheduled to appear in tonight's game for the All-Stars: Cat Osterman, Megan Willis, Vicky Galindo, Taryne Mowatt, Francesca Enea, Jamee Juarez, Andrea Duran, Caitlin Lever, Angie Quiocho and Jessica Williams.

Taryne Mowatt and Francesca Enea are a couple of players to keep an eye on. Enea was a star for the Florida Gators and was a big part of their WCWS team last year while Mowatt was a star pitcher for the Wilcats a couple years ago and won a national championship in 2007.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/04/10

It's Tough Enough To Wear Pink week for New Mexico State and it all culminates on Saturday with the Tough Enough To Wear Pink football game which also happens to the Rio Grande Rivalry game with New Mexico.

The teams are 0-9 combined heading into the game and as we chronicled yesterday, it's the worst combined record for the two teams in the 101 year history of the rivalry.

Both teams are banged up at quarterback, we're not even sure who the starter will be for New Mexico this week. The Aggies are in a similar predicament at the quarterback position after starter Matt Christian left Saturday's game late in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. We've heard reports that Christian is likely out this week. That leaves the Aggies with redshirt freshman Tanner Rust taking the snaps. Coach Walker said in his postgame radio interview after the game that if Rust was the starter this week that they would obviously have to look at simplifying the offensive game plan for him.

Even if Christian is able to play, the chances of him being at 100 percent are pretty slim and a shoulder injury could limit the Aggies' playcalling (perhaps limiting their use of the deep ball). We should get official word on Christian's status for the game tomorrow in the weekly media conference.

The Aggie volleyball team bounced back from their 3-0 sweep at the hands of Hawai'i with a better performance against Arizona. The Aggies won the first set 25-20, hung tough in the second set before falling 25-23 and then lost the next two 25-16 and 25-17.

After posting no blocks against the Wahine, the Aggies had 10 blocks against Arizona. The Aggies will hit the road to take on San Jose State on Thursday night and then Fresno State on Friday afternoon. The Spartans stunned Utah State 3-1 on Saturday night in Logan. The Spartans are now 2-2 in league play. The Spartans lost to Boise State in five sets and defeated Idaho in five sets and got swept by Nevada.

The Aggie soccer team was shut out by Utah State at home yesterday to fall to 0-2-0 in league play. Utah State was picked to win the regular season title and is now well on their way after going on the road and getting six points this weekend with wins over Louisiana Tech and the Aggies.

The Aggies will take their first road trip to Idaho as they'll face Idaho on Friday afternoon and Boise State on Sunday afternoon.

It'll be important for the Aggies to get some points out of this weekend as they try to qualify for the WAC tournament.

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NM State vs. Arizona Match Photos

NM State vs. Arizona Match Photos

Aggie Volleyball Falls 3-1 To Arizona

Jennah DeVriesThe Aggie volleyball team played even with visiting Arizona through the first two sets before running out of steam and falling in four sets 25-20, 23-25, 16-25, 17-25. The Aggies were led by a team high 16 kills from outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens. The Aggies held Arizona outside hitter Tiffany Owens to a .280 hitting percentage as Owens finished with 20 kills on 50 swings with six attack errors.

Arizona jumped out to a 3-1 lead on the Aggies but the Aggies would hang tough with the Cats and claimed their first lead of the set at 11-10. With the set tied 11-11, the Aggies would get kills by Whitney Woods and Amanda Tonga along with an attack error by Arizona's Cursty Jackson to jump to a three point lead at 14-11. The Aggies would extend their lead to four at 18-14 after a kill by Kelsey Brennan. The Aggies would still lead by four at 22-18 after another kill by Kelsey Brennan and would close out the set at 25-20 on an attack error by Arizona's Whitney Dosty.

The second set saw Arizona again jump out to a 3-1 lead early. The Aggies would trail by three points at 12-9 after a service ace by Courtney Karst. The Aggies would trim the Arizona lead to one at 13-12 on an attack error by Arizona's Paige Webber and would tie the set at 15-15 on a kill by Kayleigh Giddens. Arizona would go on a 5-1 run to take a 20-16 lead in the set forcing an Aggie timeout. Out of the timeout Arizona's Cursty Jackson would get a kill putting the Aggies down 21-16 and forcing another timeout by the Aggies. The Aggies would respond and trim the Arizona lead to just one at 22-21 on three consecutive kills from Desiree Scott, Amanda Tonga and Kayleigh Giddens. A kill from Tiffany Owens would give Arizona a 23-21 lead but the Aggies would respond with a kill by Whitney Woods to cut the lead back to one at 23-22. After a service error by Rocio Gutierrez gave the Wildcats a 24-22 lead, Amanda Tonga and Kelsey Brennan combined to block a Whitney Dosty attack cutting the lead back to one at 24-23. However, the Wildcats would close the set out on a kill from Tiffany Owens to take the set 25-23 tying the match at one set apiece.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Utah State Match Photos

NM State vs. Utah State Match Photos

Aggie Soccer Falls 3-0 To Utah State

Dani De La VinaThe Aggie soccer team lost its conference home opener falling 3-0 to preseason favorite Utah State on Sunday afternoon. The Aggies drop to 6-4-2 overall and 0-2-0 in league play after the first weekend.

Utah State's Kendra Pemberton put the visiting Aggies up 1-0 in the 16th minute. Neither team would score in the remainder of the half as New Mexico State was outshot 8-2.

Utah State would add to their total in the 55th minute as Katie Crosland snuck a ball past Aggie goal keeper Mikaela Bitner to put USU ahead 2-0.

The Aggies would still trail by two goals when Utah State's Lauren Hansen would score in the 90th minute on an assist from Shantel Flanary to make the margin 3-0.

The Aggies recorded five shots in the second half but could not find the back of the net and they finished the match with seven shots while Utah State had 15. Aggie goal keeper Mikaela Bitner was credited with six saves on the afternoon while USU goal keeper Molli Merrill had one.

The Aggies head on the road as they continue WAC play in the state of Idaho where they'll face Boise State on Friday at 4:00 p.m. MT and Idaho on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. MT.

The Daily Aggie :: 10/03/10

Last night's game went pretty much as expected as the Broncos easily overpowered the Aggies. We posed several questions in yesterday's Daily Aggie regarding the game outside of the outcome. Will the offense finally be able to put together a consistent performance? The answer was no, though it certainly did not help to lose starting quarterback Matt Christian in the second quarter, though, even had Christian not been injured, we may have seen Tanner Rust anyway just so he could have gotten some live action. As it turned out, Rust played the entire second half.

Will the offensive line keep its sackless streak going? The answer was no, however, they did only give up one sack but it was a costly one that resulted in a fumble by Matt Christian that the Broncos turned into seven points.

Will the defensive line be able to end its own sackless streak? Again, no. The Aggies got a little pressure on Kellen Moore once or twice but never really came close to sacking him.

Will the defense force a Bronco turnover? This was a no, but Donyae Coleman came close, batting down a pass in the first quarter that he might have been able to intercept.

Can the Aggies do what they have yet to be able to do this season and start well coming out of the second half? Again, the answer to this one was no but with a redshirt freshman quarterback who had seen zero playing time as a quarterback at the Division I level, the Aggies get a pass on this one.

The big question surrounding Saturday's rivalry game with New Mexico is whether or not the Aggies will have the services of Matt Christian and even if they do, will he be even close to 100 percent? If the sideline report from last night on Christian's injury turns out to be true, we don't expect to see Christian next week (and possibly longer) but we'll have to wait for official word from the Aggies this week.

We did some digging into the record books and Saturday's meeting between the Aggies and Lobos will mark just the seventh time in 101 meetings that the two teams will enter the game both winless. Interestingly enough, all of the occurrences have come since 1985. Now, four of the previous six times (1985, 1987, 1988 and 1989) have come when the two teams were each 0-1 which almost doesn't count. In 1991 when the two teams met, UNM was 0-4 and the Aggies were 0-2. In the 2000 meeting the Lobos were 0-3 while the Aggies were 0-1. This will mark the worst combined record, 0-9, when the two teams have met. The worst record by either team entering the rivalry tilt is when the Lobos were 0-8 heading into the game in 1968.

The good news for fans of both sides is that the games when both teams have been winless have turned out to be very competitive with five of the six determined by a touchdown or less. The bad news for Aggie fans is that UNM is 5-1 in those six meetings.

Here is the list of games with the year, record, outcome and location of the previous six meetings:
1985: UNM 0-1, NMSU 0-1 - UNM 34, NMSU 27 (Las Cruces)
1987: UNM 0-1, NMSU 0-1 - NMSU 17, UNM 14 (Las Cruces)
1988: UNM 0-1, NMSU 0-1 - UNM 36, NMSU 34 (Las Cruces)
1989: UNM 0-1, NMSU 0-1 - UNM 45, NMSU 13 (Albuquerque)
1991: UNM 0-4, NMSU 0-2 - UNM 17, NMSU 10 (Albuquerque)
2000: UNM 0-3, NMSU 0-1 - UNM 16, NMSU 13 (Las Cruces)

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