The Daily Aggie :: 11/06/10

The Aggie football team is in Logan, UT today to take on the Utah State Aggies. The last time the Aggies were in Logan they left with an embarrassing 47-2 defeat and shortly thereafter the Aggies were looking for a new head coach. That was two years ago. Last season the Aggies extracted a small measure of revenge defeating Utah State 20-17 on a last-second field goal (if you've somehow forgotten, check out the AggieVision highlights for a refresher). Unfortunately for the Aggies it was also the last win they would get in 2009.

This year the Aggies head into Logan fresh off another last-second win, this time courtesy of the arm of Matt Christian and the hands of Taveon Rogers. The Aggies are hopeful that the win can be the turning point for the program. More than anything the Aggies must show continued growth and consistency regardless of whether they win or lose the game today. As Coach Walker mentioned in this week's interview, the Aggies have shown through his first two seasons that if they can get a game to the fourth quarter and it's close, the Aggies have proven they will find a way to win. They're 5-1 in games decided by three points or less. The problem through the first season and a half has been that other 15 games have not been any closer than 15 points.

The Aggies will have their hands full with Utah State quarterback Diondre Borel. The talented quarterback could be considered "Colin Kaepernick-lite." Borel threw for 399 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another touchdown against none other than Kaepernick's Wolf Pack last week as the UtAgs put up 42 second half points (after being down 35-0 at halftime) in a 56-42 loss.

While New Mexico State showed some signs of life last week on offense, it's still probably not a good idea for the Aggies to try to get into a scoring match with Utah State. The NM State defense will need to finally put together four full quarters of defense in order for New Mexico State to come out of this one with a win.

It's a very early start once again as the Aggies and Aggies will kick off at 1:00 p.m. MT. There will be no television coverage of the game. Fans can tune in on the Aggie Sports Network and streaming audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required). Live Stats will be available via the Utah State athletic website.

The Aggie volleyball team hosts San Jose State tonight in the Pan Am as they look to improve to 11-2 in WAC play. The Aggies have dominated San Jose State winning 17 matches in a row. The Spartans have taken just seven sets off the Aggies during the past 17 matches and it's doubtful that they'll add to that tally tonight.

Tonight's match will be streamed online via Aggie Access (subscription required) and the broadcast can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces (streaming audio is also available via Aggie Access)
UPDATE:Only streaming video will be available for the match tonight.

Yesterday we shared an odd score from the Idaho/Nevada volleyball match, the third set 37-35 victory by Nevada. Today we have an even better one to share. Louisiana Tech's women's basketball team squeaked by Oklahoma Panhandle State University on Friday night by a final score of 93-18 in an exhibition game. Head coach Teresa Witherspoon delivered the money quote after the game, "Defensively we were much better tonight, then [sic] the other night."

Ya think?

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Men's Golfer Joon Lee Earns WAC Player Of The Month Award

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Junior Joon Lee of the New Mexico State men's golf team earned Western Athletic Conference Player of the Month honors for October.

A junior from Surrey, British Columbia, Lee recorded three top-20 finishes last month. First, he opened October by winning the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M. with a 4-under par 212 (74-71-67).

He then finished in fifth place at the Firestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio with a 3-under 213 (68-75-70). In his final tournament of the month, Lee tied for 18th at the Aggies' Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate with a three-round total of 219 (70-75-74).

He ended the month with a 71.5-stroke average and carded five of his nine rounds under par. New Mexico State finished in the top four of all three tournaments.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/05/10

The Aggie volleyball team defeated Fresno State last night 3-1 winning the first set 25-20, losing the second set 25-22 but winning sets three and four 25-15 and 25-21. The Aggies improved to 10-2 in WAC play and 16-10 overall. The Aggies also got some help last night from Idaho. The Vandals and Nevada Wolf Pack played in an five-set match that included a 37-35 third set (won by Nevada). Idaho ended up winning the match putting even more distance between the Aggies and Wolf Pack (and Idaho) in third place as the third place teams have five losses.

The Aggies return to action on Saturday night when they host San Jose State who is coming off a loss to previously WAC-winless Louisiana Tech. The Spartans had a chance to climb into a tie for 6th place along with Boise State and Fresno State had they won the match last night. Instead, they fall a game behind both teams and are likely looking at another loss on Saturday when they face the Aggies.

We have not forgotten about the Aggie women's basketball preview that we promised this week. Unfortunately, our available time to work on the preview has been limited but we hope to have it posted by Monday. In the meantime check out the photos from last night's volleyball match as well as the photos from the Aggies' practice session this past Tuesday.

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NM State vs. Fresno State Match Photos

Aggie Volleyball Defeats Fresno State 3-1

The Aggie volleyball team survived a bit of a challenge from the Fresno State Bulldogs overcoming a fourth set deficit to take home a 3-1 victory on Thursday night. The Aggies won the first set 25-20 but fell in the second set 25-22. The Aggies rebounded to crush Fresno State 25-15 in the third set and then overcame a late 18-15 deficit to take set four 25-21.

The Aggies led the first set early 7-4 but the Bulldogs rallied to tie the set at 7-7 on a kill by Brianna Clarke. The Aggies would go on an 8-1 run to take a 15-8 lead and pushed their lead to 17-10 but the Bulldogs would make a strong push cutting the Aggie lead to just two points at 19-17. As they had done in the first set in Fresno, the Aggies would take a three point lead at 22-19 however this time they would not allow a Bulldog rally and finished off the set winning 25-20.

The second set saw the Aggies and Bulldogs battle closely through the early part of the set with the two teams tied at 7-7. Fresno State would go on a 3-0 run to take a 10-7 lead but the Aggies would tie the set at 13-13. With the set tied 15-15 the Bulldogs would go on a 4-1 run to take a 19-16 lead. After a timeout by the Aggies, they would cut the lead back down to two points at 19-17. However, the Bulldogs would go on a 3-0 run to push their lead to five points at 22-17. The Aggies would cut the lead to just two at 24-22 but Taylor Horton would record a kill to end the set 25-22.

The Aggies would dominate the third set winning 25-15 after the set saw seven ties early. The Aggies would forge ahead 12-10 and pushed their lead to six points at 20-14 before finishing off the set. The Aggies would record 16 kills agains just four attack errors to hit .387 in the set.

The Aggies would trail the Bulldogs for most of the fourth set and faced a three point deficit at 18-15 before tying the set at 18-18. The Aggies would finish out the set winning 25-21 and winning the match 3-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Men's Basketball November 2nd Practice Photos

NM State Men's Basketball November 2nd Practice Photos

The Daily Aggie :: 11/04/10

The Aggie volleyball team is back in action tonight as they take on Fresno State. The Bulldogs come in to the match at 4-7 in WAC play and currently tied for 6th place with Boise State but hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Broncos by virtue of winning the two meeting this season.

The Aggies are firmly in second place at the moment but need to continue to win in order to solidify their hold on the 2-seed, first round bye in the WAC tournament and their potential at-large hopes.

Fresno State comes into the match hitting .167 on the season. They are led by Marissa Brand who is averaging 3.33 kills per set. Brianna Clarke is second on the team averaging 2.50 kills per set. Korrin Wild is third on the team averaging 1.78 kills per set. The Bulldogs average 2.31 blocks per set with Brianna Clarke leading the way at 1.28 blocks per set. Kelly Mason leads the team in digs averaging 4.61 digs per set.

This is a match that the Aggies want to win in three or four sets at the most. Fresno State is 4-1 in five-set matches this season. They're just 3-6 in three set matches and 3-6 four set matches.

Tonight's match will be televised on AggieVision with streaming video available via ESPN3.com.

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