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NM State Baseball Signs Eight Including Two New Mexico Natives

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State baseball head coach Rocky Ward recently announced the addition of eight new student-athletes, as each have signed National Letters of Intent to play and attend school at NM State.

The Aggies are bringing in a couple of left-hand pitchers, four right-handers, one that can also play in the outfield, a catcher and an infielder. These student-athletes come from California, Washington, Oklahoma, Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico.

"We are happy with the signing class. We filled our needs with quality baseball players and continued to get more athletic across the board," Ward said. "We don't lose much off of this 2011 team, but this group of new Aggies will make us much deeper and more versatile on the mound and should be able to fill the voids left by graduating seniors."

The Aggies start the season February 12 with the Annual Alumni Game at Presley Askew Field before opening the regular-season with a three game series against Houston Baptist Feb. 18-20.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 12/08/10

Apologies for the light posting this week. It's finals week for NM State and there simply isn't much to be reported this week while the students are finishing up their academics.

However, there are a couple items of note. The WAC postseason awards for football were announced and Davon House and Taveon Rogers both earned spots on the WAC's postseason teams. House started the season as a First Team All-WAC player and finished the season as a First Team All-WAC player. Taveon Rogers earned Second Team All-WAC honors as a kick returner. His honor is well deserved but does not come without a bit of controversy. As good as Rogers' kick return season was, and it was quite good, it wasn't the best in the WAC. Utah State's Kerwynn Williams actually had a slightly better (a little over 30 yards better) year in terms of kick return yardage.

That's significant because Rogers set and held the NCAA's single-season kickoff return yardage record for exactly one week. He set the record against Hawai'i and the following Saturday, USU's Williams broke the record against Boise State.

Here's where the controversy lies. Louisiana Tech's Phillip Livas earned First Team All-WAC honors as a kick returner, Rogers earned Second Team honors and Williams got left off entirely. That's the problem with these postseason awards. They're generally highly subjective and the voting is done by the coaches so they're of course going to vote for "their guys" which we have no problem with. However, you can't snub a guy like Kerwynn Williams, particularly when he sets both the single-season WAC and NCAA records for kickoff return yardage.

A similar type of snub happened a couple years ago in softball. A Fresno State pitcher was an All-American but got left off the All-WAC teams (we're a little hazy on the details but it did happen).

Anyway, that got way off the original topic. The other postseason award news came yesterday as volleyball's Jennah DeVries was named to the AVCA West Region's First Team and Kayleigh Giddens was named to the Honorable Mention team.

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Jennah DeVries And Kayleigh Giddens Earn AVCA West Region Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Jennah DeVriesLEXINGTON, KY - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the all-region teams Tuesday, Dec. 7, with junior setter Jennah DeVries earning West Region honors and senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens earning honorable mention honors.

DeVries, a native of Sedalia, Colo., earned the honors for the second consecutive year as she led the Aggies and was second in the Western Athletic Conference with 11.06 assists per set. Dani Mafua of Hawaii, was also named to the West Region team and didn't have many more assists than DeVries as she averaged 11.19 per set.

Giddens led the WAC and is currently fifth in the nation in kills per after averaging 4.84 per set. She also led the WAC in points per set with 5.33 on the year, which ranks her sixth nationally.

"Jennah and Kayleigh had good seasons' statistically and we are happy for them to be honored," head coach Mike Jordan said. "It is well deserved."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Davon House Named First Team All-WAC, Taveon Rogers Second Team All-WAC

Davon HouseNew Mexico State senior cornerback Davon House and junior WR/KR Taveon Rogers were named to the 2010 All-WAC Football teams as voted on by the league's nine coaches. House followed up his First Team All-WAC preseason selection by being named to the WAC's First Team for the 2010 season. House finished the season with two interceptions including one returned for a touchdown against Hawai'i on Senior Day. House played in and started all 12 games this season and finished with 57 tackles including 29 solo tackles. He 10 pass preak ups and 12 passes defended and forced one fumble.

Rogers electrified the Aggie kick return game setting the NCAA single season record with 1,410 kickoff return yards. The record would stand for one week before being broken by Utah State's Kerwynn Williams. Rogers' 1,410 yards shatters the NM State single-season kickoff return record of 778 yards let in 2009 by Tonny Glynn. Rogers set the Aggie single-game kickoff return yardage record against Kansas on September 25th with 219 yards on six returns.

Rogers also became a valuable part of the Aggie offense recording 18 catches for 278 yards and two touchdown catches. Rogers led the team with 1,742 all-purpose yards and averaged 145.2 all-purpose yards per game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 12/06/10

The Aggie women's basketball team avoided an upset at the hands of Cal State-Northridge yesterday afternoon thanks in large part to Tabytha Wampler's career day. Wampler finished with a career-high 26 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and hit 12-of-16 free throws. The Aggies held Northridge's three top scorers, Violet Alama, Jasmine Erving and Janelle Nomura in check. In fact, Alama's team-high 12 points was the single lowest team-high this season. The previous was 15 points. As we had mentioned yesterday, the trio had combined for team highs of 15 (twice), 16, 20, 22, 24 and 32. The Matadors hit just 31.1 percent of their shots and just 27.6 percent in the second half including 0-for-9 from three point distance.

The Aggies actually shot worse than the Matadors did hitting just 31.8 percent in the first half, 28.1 percent in the second half and 29.6 percent for the game. The Aggies saved themselves at the free throw stripe once again hitting 18-of-21 in the second half and 30-of-38 for the game, nearly half their point total.

The Aggies get a much needed break this week and will return to action on Monday, December 13th when they travel to Michigan. In fact, the Aggies play just five games from now until the start of conference play on January 6th, however, it's a challenging schedule that includes Michigan (4-4), Arizona (5-2), Utah (3-5), New Mexico (5-3) and UTEP (5-2).

The WAC looks to be much improved this year. In fact, only one team, San Jose State, is under .500 at the moment. The league's aggregate record is 40-31 but if you take out San Jose State, the WAC is 40-23.

It's a light week in general for New Mexico State athletics. The Aggie men's basketball team will play on Saturday at The Pit and the swimming and diving team will be in Las Vegas, NV.

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NM State vs. Cal State-Northridge Game Photos

NM State vs. Cal State-Northridge Game Photos