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

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 >> Weekly Coach Harkins Interview :: 10/13/10 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. 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 >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/13/10 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 >>

The Daily Aggie :: 10/13/10

Be sure to check out this week's interview with Aggie head football coach DeWayne Walker. The Aggies have a win under their belt and a renewed sense of confidence, especially on defense, which Coach Walker hopes will get them win a few more games this season.

Of course, the question on everybody's mind is, "Will Andrew Manley start at quarterback on Saturday?" The answer? Well, you won't get an answer until later this week. Coach Walker and his staff want to evaluate their situation throughout this week and are waiting to see if Matt Christian will be available on Saturday. Manley will definitely see time on Saturday though.

We're definitely one of those people who are on the "start Andrew Manley" bandwagon, however, we made the following comment last night in response to the Las Cruce Sun-News' Teddy Feinberg's acknowledgment that he too thinks Manley should start.

Jeff Fleming did almost exactly the same thing against UNM in last year's game that Andrew Manley did in this year's game. Trevor Walls had started the UNM game and was largely ineffective moving the offense throughout the game, particularly in the second half. Jeff Fleming was inserted into the game in the fourth quarter for two series, the last of which he moved the Aggies down the field on that epic 16-play, seven minute game-winning touchdown drive. The fans went crazy, everyone thought that Jeff Fleming should be the starting quarterback the rest of the season.

Jeff Fleming is now a quarterback at Sacramento State.

Just food for thought as we all hope the "young pup" gets the start on Saturday.

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AggieVison :: NM State Sports Weekly :: Donte Savage Interview Weekly Coach Walker Interview :: 10/12/10 Your thoughts on the big win over New Mexico this past Saturday?
DeWayne Walker: I think it's great for our program. I know a lot of people, especially the analysts, want to make a big joke about it. The worst game, two teams that are winless and this and that but for us, this is a building point for us as we continue to build our program and build some confidence.

It was just great to the players and the coaches and the alumni and the student body and the administration, it was just good to see everybody have the chance to enjoy a big win from my standpoint. That's what it's all about at this stage of the season. We've talked a little bit through the first four games about there being moments in each of those games where in the back of your mind where you're thinking, "Here we go again." There were a couple of those moments on Saturday but your kids fought through it and really created their own good fortune. The special teams play towards the end of the second quarter and then the forced fumble in the fourth quarter that set you up for the game winning drive.
DW: We tweaked some things last week in practice which for me, I think gives me a chance to be more creative paying attention to our football team and just looking for things. I spend most of my time other than looking at their offense, defense and special teams and really studying our football team. We did some things last week from a practice standpoint and continuing to work on our mental approach to what we're trying to get done and it was just good that they believed that they could win a game. It was fun to see them win a game in that fashion.

Last year we beat UNM in the same type of fashion, we beat Utah State, we held off Prairie View who ended up having a very good football team. It was just fun looking at the stadium being packed, you had a good football game going and we were able to pull the game out. To me, that atmosphere, that's what I dream about being able to establish here for the years to come.  Continue Reading This Post >>