Ellen Miks' Aggie Volleyball Diary :: August 23rd, 2010

Ellen MiksHello Aggie Volleyball fans! What an exciting week for Aggie Volleyball! We had our Alumni match this past Saturday and it was so much fun to compete in that atmosphere! I must say thank you to all of the fans that attended, we really appreciated having you there and supporting us and our Alumni!

I just want to give a shout out to our newest Aggie fans Kayleigh and Emmy! We met them at the autograph signing and they also came to the kids clinic before the match on Saturday. They made signs and came to the game and it was great to add more supporters for our program!

Also, I must add this little blurb about what happened in practice earlier in the week. First, we were scrimmaging and our freshman middle, Desiree Scott was transitioning to hit and definitely tripped over the ten foot line on the court. The whole gym busted out laughing and it was a great way to ease the tension of practice.

Also, during warm ups on the first day of regular practice, Brynja Rodgers was doing ladders and at the beginning of one set completely tripped over one of them and slid a good 10 feet across the floor. Once again, we all immediately started laughing, even the coaching staff. We are off to FLORIDA this Thursday! We are ready to start the season and can’t wait to compete against great teams! Until next time… GOOOOOOOOO AGGIES!

Matt Christian Named As Aggies' Starting Quarterback

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Heading into the third week of preseason workouts, junior Matt Christian has been named the New Mexico State starting quarterback, Coach DeWayne Walker announced after practice Tuesday evening.

Christian, a junior transfer from Palomar Junior College, led the Comets to a Golden Empire Bowl title in 2008 and a Southern California runner-up honor in 2009. During his two seasons in San Marcos, Christian helped the team compile an 18-6 record after starting 11 games; passing for 2,329 yards and 23 touchdowns. In 2009, he was named a J.C. GridWire preseason All-America honorable mention selection, but was later sidelined due to a broken hand midway through the season. A year prior, the San Diego native was selected as a second team All Southern Division selection at quarterback as a redshirt freshman and claimed Player of the Game honors in the 2008 Golden Empire Bowl.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. McGill Highlights (Canadian Tour)

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The Daily Aggie :: 08/24/10

The Aggie volleyball team is just a few days away from kicking off their 2010 season. We spoke with head coach Mike Jordan in this week's interview about the alumni weekend and got his thoughts about the club as they look towards Friday's season opener against Florida International.

This weekend's tournament will be an opportunity for the Aggies to notch some RPI boosting victories, which was something that plagued the team last season until their victory over Colorado State at the end of the season. As Coach Jordan mentioned in the interview, all three teams were the 2009 conference champions in their respective conferences and thus all three made NCAA Tournament appearances last season. Florida State advanced to the Elite Eight, Florida A&M lost a very close five set match to Jacksonville State and Florida International was swept by Florida in the first round.

One interesting item from this past weekend was that the Florida State team also held an alumni match and their alumni defeated the 2010 team 4-1. It should be noted that all five sets were played to just 15 points but nonetheless, it's seems to be a rare occurrence when an alumni squad defeats the regular squad.

We haven't discussed the realignment issue in a few days, partially because nothing new has happened other than Utah State admitting that they turned down a Mountain West invitation and Hawai'i acknowledging that they have contacted the Big West.

Jared Eborn of the Deseret News was able to get a hold of a draft of the agreement between BYU and the WAC that had been drawn up prior to Fresno State and Nevada's departure. Of note in the agreement was the added television exposure via BYUTV for the non-football sports.

"BYU commits to televising via its cable network the following WAC events: all matches of the WAC volleyball tournament not televised by ESPN, all games of the WAC men's and women's basketball tournaments not televised by ESPN, all games of the WAC baseball tournament and softball tournament," the agreement stated. "BYU will have the rights to televise any other WAC championship events that is wishes, along with any other regular-season events when permissible per the ESPN contract."

But, unfortunately it did not happen (and appears very unlikely to happen now that Fresno State and Nevada are in the Mountain West starting in 2012).

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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 08/23/10

bleedCrimson.net:: Your thoughts on the alumni weekend?
Mike Jordan:: It was a blast. So much fun to see so many players from the past and their families. It takes you down memory lane. It's a really neat deal to see Annika Donaldson-Williams and her kids and her husband who I'd known a little bit, it was really nice because we haven't had a chance to see her too often. She was a junior when I took over, it's been quite a while since she finished playing. It's been a decade. It was great to see them come back and enjoy playing and seeing the team and interacting with them and touring the facilities. I like the look in their eye knowing that they had a hand in building what we have now.

bc.net: How did some of the new players do in the match against the alumni?
MJ: Freshmen and sophomores that haven't played much or at all tend to be a little nervous. We saw a little bit of that early but once they loosened up they played pretty well. I was really impressed with Rocio Gutierrez. She did a good job on the left and passed great serve receive which we were hoping for out of whoever plays that spot. She played real well.

The transfer middle, Michelle Kuester, her shoulder is getting stronger and she gets a little bit better every day. She didn't play all spring and played sparingly in the fall because of the arm. Her progress, we've got to bring her along slowly but we think we're going to see a player that can help us.

Desiree Scott is such a phenomenal athlete but she's got a lot to learn still but she's competing hard. The two of them are going to see some time at that other middle spot.

Shelby Tamura and Ellen Miks did a good job at libero and defensive specialist. They passed the ball pretty well, made some good defensive plays, gave us good energy. Ellen in particular served the ball real well which is great because we weren't satisfied with her serve last year, we thought it was too easy. We worked at it and she's made really good strides there. All in all I like what I saw from the new players and the youngsters. As long as our veteran players play well I think we've got a shot at being pretty good.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Menzies Adds Tom Lewis To Basketball Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies has hired Tom Lewis as the team’s new coordinator of player development. Lewis joins the Aggies with a wealth of experience at the professional, college and high school levels.

"Adding Tom Lewis was a huge coup for us," Menzies said. "Tom brings an extensive breadth of knowledge to the program. He has worked with training NBA players such as Tyson Chandler. We’re very pleased and appreciative that Tom was wanted to come back to the college level with the Aggies."

In the 2009-10 season, Lewis was an assistant coach for the Cal State Los Angeles men’s basketball team. He spent the previous five years, from 2003-08, as the head boy’s basketball coach at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., following a stint as a women’s assistant coach at Rutgers in 2002-03.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 08/23/10

The Aggie women's soccer team got a second chance to officially kicked off the 2010 season and they did so earning a tie against Montana. The Aggies went down 1-0 in the 11th minute when Montana's Kaitlyn Heinsohn scored an unassisted goal. The Aggies would go into halftime trailing 1-0 but came out in the second half and put together an aggressive half. For all the talk that we've done about the new players for the Aggies, in the end it was a pair of familiar faces who came through for the team. In the 68th minute, Crystal Burns delivered a ball to Yollie McMillion who was able to put it in the back of the net. It was a role familiar to both players as Burns tied for the team lead in assists last season and McMillion developed the reputation for being clutch with all three of her goals last season being game winners.

McMillion nearly delivered a golden goal at the end of the first overtime but her header hit the crossbar. Montana raced down the field and nearly had a golden goal of their own but a great save by redshirt freshman Mikaela Bitner, the second one of the overtime period, sent the game to double overtime.

To illustrate just how aggressive the Aggies were in the second half and overtime periods, Montana had outshot the Aggies 7-3 in the first half. In the second half and both overtime periods, the Aggies outshot the Grizzlies 15-6.

Up next for the Aggies is another first, their first home tournament as they host Jacksonville State and Prairie View A&M on Friday and Sunday.

Be sure to check out the photos from yesterday's game as well.

The Aggie volleyball team also gets their season underway this weekend as they open up on the road in Tallahassee, FL on Friday at 10:00 a.m. MT against defending Sun Belt champion Florida International. Later in the day the Aggies will take on No. 15 Florida State at 5:00 p.m. MT.

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NM State vs. Montana Match Photos

NM State vs. Montana Match Photos

Aggies Tie Montana In Season Opener 1-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For only the second time in school history, the New Mexico State soccer team ended a match tied after 110 minutes. The Aggies posted a 1-1 tied with Montana after double overtime in NM State’s 2010 season opener.

“I think it was better than on Friday, and this is a work in progress,” head coach Michael Needham said. “As far as our kids’ battle and resolve, to go from 1-0 down to come back and make it 1-1, I was very proud of them for that.”

Sophomore forward Yolanda McMillion tied the match at 1-1 in the 67th minute when sophomore midfielder/forward Crystal Burns found her in the middle of the box. Both the score and assist were the first of the season.

The Aggies trailed 1-0 after Montana’s senior forward Kaitlyn Heinsohn found her own rebound in the middle of the box and scored the first goal of the match in the 11th minute of action.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 08/22/10

The Aggie volleyball team swept the alumni 3-0 last night but needed to come from behind to do so. Be sure to check out the photos from last night's match.

The Aggie soccer team is back in action today at 6:00 p.m. at Aggie Memorial Stadium when they attempt to officially kick off the soccer season. The Aggies' opponent today, Montana, played in Albuquerque on Friday night and got drilled by the Lobos 7-0, it was 3-0 within the first 22 minutes of the match.

As you know, the Aggies' season opener against UTEP was cancelled due to bad weather so they haven't officially played a match yet. However, the Montana match tonight provides sort of a "do-over" for the Aggies. They know some of what they needed to work on from Friday night's first half and we expect that the Aggies will come out ready again tonight.

The match can be heard on KSNM AM 570 with Kyle Doperalski calling the exciting action. The match can also be heard online via Aggie Access (subscription required) with streaming video also available.

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