Hard Work Drives Whitney Woods To The Top Of Her Game

Whitney WoodsThe date was November 25th, the location Las Vegas, Nevada. Amidst the celebration by the Hawai'i volleyball team and their fans and the consolation of the New Mexico State players by their teammates and parents, Whitney Woods sat alone quietly in the first row in the stands behind the Aggie bench staring off in the distance. Her team had just lost the WAC Tournament championship match to Hawai'i, one of three losses to the Final Four bound Wahine last season.

Losing is never any fun. Losing to Hawai'i in the championship match of the WAC Tournament is even less fun. For Woods, this loss was a little tougher to take. "I took it hard because I knew we were able to beat them. No doubt about it," said Woods. "There were just plays in the game where we let our guard down and let them get in our heads."

Nearly nine months later, Woods enters the 2010 season as one of three seniors on the Aggie volleyball team and was named to the WAC's preseason All-Conference team along with with her teammates Kelsey Brennan, Jennah DeVries and fellow senior Kayleigh Giddens.

The preseason All-Conference pick should come as no surprise to anyone that's watched Woods play the past two seasons, however, for Whitney the metamorphosis into an All-Conference right-side attacker didn't happen overnight.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Hoops Coasts To 88-57 Win Over Vanier

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC -The New Mexico State men’s basketball team concluded the first day of action on its preseason tour in Canada with an 88-57 victory over Vanier College at Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec.

Sophomore guard Bandja Sy scored a game-high 21 points for the Aggies. Sophomore forward/center B.J. West contributed 16 while senior guard Gordo Castillo had 15 points. Sophomore forward Tyrone Watson and junior center Hamidu Rahman were both in double-digits with 13 and 10, respectively. Playing in his hometown for the first time in an Aggie uniform, junior guard Hernst Laroche scored eight points against his former team. Guard Damon Buckley led Vanier with 13 points while forward Kazadi Gauthier scored 11.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Hoops Wins Preseason Tour Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAINT LAMBERT, QUEBEC - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team opened its preseason foreign tour in Canada with a 80-76 win over McGill University on the Champlain campus in Saint Lambert, Quebec. Senior guard Gordo Castillo paced the Aggies with a team-high 21 points.

The Las Cruces, N.M., native scored 16 second-half points to power a solid second half effort for the Aggies. NM State had four other players in double-figures with junior center Hamidu Rahman and sophomore forward Tyrone Watson contributing 12 points each. Freshman center Tshilidzi Nephawe added 11 while junior guard Hernst Laroche scored 10 in his homecoming.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 08/10/10

Practices start this week for the Aggie football and volleyball teams. Plus the Aggie men's basketball team begins games on their Canadian tour as well.

The Carleton University athletic website previews their matchups with NCAA Division I opponents including the Aggies.

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks with Coach Jordan and a few players about the volleyball team's competition for playing time.

With all the focus on incoming JUCO All-American running back Kenny Turner, Aggie opponents should definitely not forget about returning starter Seth Smith. Smith rushed for just over 1,000 yards last season. Wade Denniston of the Logan Herald-Journal talks about the former walk-on's leap into the starting role.

Don't forget that the Aggie women's soccer Kick-Off Party is on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Game Sports Bar and Grill in Las Cruces. The cost is $20 per person.

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The Daily Aggie :: 08/09/10

Geoff Grammer of the Santa Fe New Mexican has a great piece on Aggie running back Kenny Turner.

The Aggie football team opens up fall practice on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. and are open to the public.

The full fall camp practice schedule can be viewed here.

The Aggie men's basketball team headed to Canada yesterday and Jason Groves has posted the Aggies' schedule of games on his blog.

Jason also has a feature on Hernst Laroche and his growth in becoming a leader for the Aggies.

You can follow the Aggies' Canadian trip on Twitter (@NMStateAggies).

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The Daily Aggie :: 08/07/10

The Aggie volleyball team will appear on television a total of eight times this coming season. New Mexico State announced yesterday that seven matches will appear on AggieVision and one match, the Aggies' home date against Hawai'i, will be broadcast by ESPNU. Among the seven matches on AggieVision this season are the non-conference match with Arizona as well as the Aggies' road match against Hawai'i.

The Aggies' Alumni Match is two weeks from today, August 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Pan American Center. The Aggies' kick-off banquet is a couple days later on Tuesday, August 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. See Mel's post for more reservation details for the banquet.

The 2nd Annual Marvin Menzies Open will be held on September 2nd at Picacho Hill Golf Course in Las Cruces. It's a four person scramble and the entry fee is $200 per person. You can download an entry form here.

Coach Menzies stopped by the News New Mexico radio show yesterday to talk about his fundraiser (interview begins around the 18 minute mark).

And late this week the WAC made an official announcement about the format changes to the WAC Tournament. The NM State athletic website has quotes from Coach Menzies as well as women's basketball head coach Darin Spence.

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Can You Feel It In The Air?

Ahhhhhhh...August in the Mesilla Valley. It's an exciting time - green chile will soon be roasting, kids are heading back to school and...what's that I see on my calendar? AGGIE VOLLEYBALL!!

Kicking things off is the annual Alumni Game on August 21st at 7pm at the Pan Am Center. It's always fun to see the alums come back and show our current players a thing or two as well as catch up with what they've been doing with their lives.

The following Tuesday, August 24th is the Annual Pre Season Banquet at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The social hour begins at 6:30pm, followed by dinner at 7:30pm. The cost is $35 per person or a table for $400 that includes seating for 8 folks and 2 student athletes. You can reserve now by emailing Felicia McCracken at fym@nmsu.edu or calling Tricia Wright at 646-7714. It's always a fun event.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Picked To Finish 8th In Preseason Coaches Poll

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - Utah State has been selected as the favorite for the 2010 Western Athletic Conference season as determined by a vote by the league’s nine head coaches. The 2010 WAC preseason all-conference soccer team and Players of the Year were also announced as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Utah State placed second last season in the WAC with a 5-2-1 regular season record. The Aggies received three first place votes for 59 points. Utah State returns 16 letterwinners, including eight starters from last year’s squad. Boise State was voted to finish second, receiving six first place votes with a tally of 58 total points. The Broncos won the 2009 WAC Tournament championship. Last season’s regular season champion, San Jose State, received 40 points to place third.  Continue Reading This Post >>

ESPNU To Televise NM State vs. Hawai'i Match In Las Cruces; Match Moved To Sept. 29th

The Aggies' match against Hawai'i in Las Cruces will be televised by ESPNU and as a result, the match date has been moved from Friday, October 1st to Wednesday, September 29th. The match time has also been changed from 7:00 p.m. MT to 8:00 p.m. MT.

ESPNU will televise four other WAC matches this season including the WAC Tournament championship match on Wednesday, November 25th from The Orleans in Las Vegas, NV.

Wednesday, Sept. 29 - Hawai’i at New Mexico State - 8 p.m. (MT)
Wednesday, Oct. 6 - Utah State at Idaho - 7 p.m. (PT)
Thursday, Oct. 21 - Hawai’i at Idaho - 8 p.m. (PT)
Monday, Oct. 25 - Hawai’i at Utah State - 8 p.m. (MT)
Wednesday, Nov. 25 - WAC Tournament Championship Match - 6:30 p.m. (PT)

The Daily Aggie :: 08/05/10

The 2010 WAC volleyball preseason coaches poll was released yesterday and the Aggies were picked to finish second behind Hawai'i. The Aggies also had four players named to the preseason All-WAC team, the most of any of the nine schools. The four players, Kelsey Brennan, Jennah DeVries, Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods, were all named to last year's All-Tournament team as well.

As far as the rest of the predicted finishes, last year's third place team, Idaho, was picked to finish sixth. Fresno State was picked to finish third, their highest preseason pick since the 2004 season. Utah State was picked to finish fourth, Boise State fifth, Nevada seventh, Louisiana Tech eighth and San Jose State ninth. As was the case last season, only the top six in the final regular season standings will play in the WAC tournament.

Here are a few quotes from coaches around the league (courtesy of their local papers or media relations departments).

[NM State head coach Mike Jordan]
"We have four first team all-conference players back, which is a great start. There's going to be good competition for a couple of lineup spots on our team and we are deeper than we were last year. I like the look of this team a lot. I think we can be every bit as good as we were in 2008, when we tied Hawai'i for the title and were nationally ranked all year."

[Hawai'i head coach Dave Shoji]
"We always use the WAC season to tweak anything we find out in the preseason. In the preseason there is not a lot of time to experiment or look at a lot of lineups because you want to win those matches. We've got to play to win.

"The WAC season allows us to run some different things, look at alignments and that sort of thing. I'm real hesitant to do that in the preseason."

[Fresno State head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell]
"We're gaining momentum and respect within the conference -- I like this. I suppose our fast-track rebuilding has earned notice and I'm humbled."

[Utah State head coach Grayson Dubose]
"Preseason polls are just that - preseason, no one gets an award for the preseason poll. It is a way to get people thinking about our league and volleyball. Our team is looking forward to getting in the gym Monday and working hard to improve on last season."

[Idaho head coach Debbie Buchanan]
"We don't mind being picked sixth. That's not where we want to finish, but we know we're going to have to work hard every day to prove people wrong. That's a fair pick based on what we lost after last year."

Utah State has released its women's basketball schedule and the Aggie vs. Aggie battles will happen on Saturday, January 22nd in Las Cruces and Thursday, February 24th in Logan. New Mexico State swept the regular season series with Utah State last year winning 56-55 in Logan and then rolling to a 73-54 victory a month later.

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