Aggie Volleyball Falls 3-1 To Pepperdine At Arizona Invitational

Whitney WoodsThe Aggie volleyball team opened up the Arizona Invitational with a 3-1 loss to Pepperdine on Friday morning. The Aggies lost 25-21 in the first set, 28-26 in the second set, came back to win set three 25-22 before falling 25-17 in set four.

The Aggie volleyball lost the first two points of set one and fell behind 7-2 forcing an early timeout. Pepperdine added two more points out of the timeout to push their lead to seven points at 9-2. Three straight points by the Aggies including a service ace by Madison Hardy cut the Waves' lead to 9-5 but Pepperdine would go on another 7-2 run to push their lead to 16-7. The Aggies would cut the lead to six at 16-10 after three straight points and Pepperdine would maintain the six point advantage at 19-13.

Down 22-16 in the set, the Aggies would cut the Waves' lead to just four at 22-18 after a service ace by Rocio Gutierrez. The Waves would have set point at 24-19 but the Aggies would score back-to-back points to cut the deficit to just three at 24-21 however, an attack error by Rocio Gutierrez would give the Waves the first set 25-21.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/17/10

The Aggie volleyball team is back in action today at 11:30 a.m. MT. The Aggies wil take on Pepperdine in the morning match of the Arizona Invitational. Pepperdine is 6-4 overall while the Aggies are also 6-4. Pepperdine is led offensively by Kim Hill who is averaging 3.47 kills per set and is hitting .279 on the season. Victoria Adelhelm leads Pepperdine in hitting percentage at .410, she is averaging 2.56 kills per set. Both Hill and Adelhelm are listed as middle blockers. Outside hitter Lilla Frederick is second on the team in kills averaging 2.79 per set and she it hitting .236 on the season. Defensively the Waves are a good blocking team averaging 2.41 blocks per set. Middle blocker Brittney Clark leads the team at 1.09 block per set and Victoria Adelhelm is averaging 0.97 blocks per set. Libero Stevi Robinson leads the Waves in digs averaging 4.09 digs per set.

The Waves are 1-2 on neutral courts this season as they were defeated by New Mexico and Stanford in Albuquerque while defeating Tulane in that same tournament (and claiming the battle of the Waves).

The Waves have a couple of common opponents with the Aggies as we mentioned that they lost to New Mexico to start the season losing 3-0. They defeated Rice 3-0 (the Aggies also defeated Rice 3-0).

The second match of the day will see the Aggies take on Texas State. The Bobcats are the defending Southland Conference champions and are 6-5 on the season but have won four of their last five matches. Texas State has four players, three freshmen and a junior, averaging over two kills per set and are led by freshman outside hitter/middle blocker Preslie Alexander at 2.76 kills per set. She is hitting .236 on the season. Freshman middle blocker Madeline Gaffney leads the Bobcats in hitting percentage at .407 but is averaging just 1.40 kills per set. Junior middle blocker Amber Calhoun and freshman outside hitter Amari Deardoff are both hitting over .300 with Deardoff hitting .301 and Calhoun hitting .388.

Defensively the Bobcats average 2.02 blocks per set with freshman middle blocker Ashlee Hilbun averaging 1.21 blocks per set. Junior libero Jennifer Neice leads the team in digs averaging 3.47 digs per set.

Streaming video will be available for the Pepperdine and Texas State matches and is free.

Live Stats will also be available for both the Pepperdine match as well as the Texas State match.

The match versus Pepperdine is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. MT first serve while the Texas State match is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. first serve.

The Aggie soccer team is back in action this evening as they host Alabama A&M. Tonight's game is the first AggieVision produced soccer match.

Alabama A&M is 0-7 on te season and quite frankly has struggled mightily. They are allowing a mind boggling 7.14 goals per game this season while having scored just one goal in seven games.

Teams are averaging 25.6 shots per game while Alabama A&M is averaging just four shots per game.

Given the Aggies' defensive ability this season, we would be shocked if Alabama A&M scored a goal in this game. That being said, you can be sure that Coach Needham has drilled into his players' heads this week that you can't overlook any team, no matter how bad they are. You never want to be a team's first win, especially one like Alabama A&M.

The Lady Bulldogs have used four different goal keepers and as you can tell from the statistics, none of them have had much success. We wouldn't be surprised to see freshman goal keeper Erin Wosick start today's game (as she did against Prairie View A&M as they try to build their depth at goal keeper.

Today's match is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start time and can be seen on AggieVision.

Finally, be sure to check out this week's interview with Aggie cross country coach Paul Harkins, this week's Know The Foe with MinerRush.com's Adrian Macias and Steve Macy's latest blog entry.

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Calling All Aggies :: A Great Celebration Of Our Country

Written By: Steve Macy, NM State Associate Athletic Director

Last Saturday night, we had the great pleasure and honor to recognize the victims of 9/11, as well as our men and women in the armed services. This celebration showed that collaboration between the university, athletics, the Pride Band, the community and our military bases is indeed a worthwhile and achievable goal.

You may have heard the term, “town and gown,” which symbolizes the bond between the university
and the city it serves. Here in the Mesilla Valley, we have seen a strengthening of that bond and an
event like last Saturday brings that goal closely to reality. This can be seen in President Couture’s firing of the cannon and being part of the on-field presentations to our sponsors and military leaders. It can be seen in the ROTC and student groups that chalked the names of the 9-11 victims on the concourse. It can be seen in contribution of tickets to our WWII veterans. Most of all, it can seen in the long standing ovation received by our military.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Know The Foe :: Miner Q&A With Miner Rush's Adrian Macias

Know The Foe :: UTEP
This week the Aggie football team will travel to El Paso to take on I-10 rival UTEP. We've enlisted the help of Adrian Macias, founder and editor of MinerRush.com to give Aggie fans a look at the UTEP football team and what to expect from the Miners on Saturday.

The Miners are 1-1 on the season but after last week's loss to UTEP, you'd almost think the Miners were 0-2.  What's your feeling on where the Miners are headed this season?
That's a very keen observation.  The Houston loss was definitely a punch to the gut for us.  We realize that many people outside El Paso didn't think much about the 2010 UTEP squad, but those of us who really follow the team knew that if he had even minimal improvement on defense it could be a very special bunch.  Afterall, we have five seniors on the offensive line, the nation's second leading returning rusher, and a senior (four-year starter) quarterback.  Most Miner fans knew the new defense would need some time to gel, but we definitely expected a shoot-out.  Losing Donald Buckram for that game, and the fact that it got so lopsided at the end, was very deflating.   Of course we also lost arguably our best defensive player, Braxton Amy, with a torn ACL too.  It was about as awful a start to the season as we could have planned on.

That said, the offense is moving the ball.  We're seeing some of the new guys on defense show signs of talent (notably Travaun Nixon at CB) and the schedule sets up in a way that should allow the defense some time to come together.  I think UTEP should pull of a string of wins in the coming weeks.  If the Miners get by NMSU, and Buckram looks healthy in his return, we can move past the sting of the Houston loss.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Harkins Interview :: 09/16/10

bleedCrimson.net: How has your team's preparation for the Kachina Classic been the past couple of weeks since your meet in Albuquerque?
Paul Harkins: It's been tough, the kids have been handling it very well though. We've had two really good workouts this week, Monday and Wednesday, it was intense but they're handling it well and looking sharp and looking ready to go.

bc.net: As far as times are concerned based on how your teams performed last year what are you looking for for improvements?
PH: I think we'll have some solid improvements. Based on how everybody's been running we've had three girls running faster than where our number one was a year ago and on the men's side we've had anywhere from four to six or seven guys running faster than our number one was a year ago. I definitely think they should probably be running a bit faster. Of course, who knows, if we get a rain storm or something like that the night before and turns the golf course soggy you never know. But that would be my expectation. Everybody should be improving but I think we'll have a solid group running ahead of where our number one did a year ago on both sides.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Release 2010-2011 Men's Basketball Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With a WAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team returns to the court in 2010-11 with 17 regular season games in the Pan American Center.

Currently, the Aggies have two nationally televised games on ESPN2 at San Jose State (Feb. 23) and against Utah State in Las Cruces (March 2).

Fourth-year head coach Marvin Menzies said he was pleased with the schedule that includes a trip to Arizona (Nov. 18) and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off in Springfield, Mass., (Nov. 20-21.)  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball To Host National Fast Pitch All-Stars In October

Written By: NewsNM.com

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team will host the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars at the NM State Softball Complex October 5th at 6 p.m.

“We are very honored that the NPF chose Las Cruces as one of their fall exhibition game sites,” said NMSU head coach Kathy Rodolph. “I know the community and softball fans from the area will be excited to see our Aggies compete against some of the very best players in the world. This event will kick off our fall campaign.”

Players such as Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman and Jessica Mendoza are on the All-Star roster. Many of the All-Stars will be returning to Las Cruces as they were on the US National Team when they played the Aggies in an exhibition game in April 2008 leading up to the Beijing Olympics. Extra bleachers were brought in and filled for that event as fans surrounded the entire field. Osterman who is a former University of Texas standout is confirmed to attend the game. Other headliners scheduled to play in the game include 2008 Olympians Vicky Galindo, Andrea Duran, and Lauren Lappin. The list is expected to grow as the team continues its tour.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/16/10

Be sure to check out this week's interview with Aggie head soccer coach Michael Needham. Coach Needham and the Aggies host Alabama A&M and Lamar this weekend. It will be their final home games before the start of conference play (the Aggies will be on the road for the final following two weekends). Friday will also mark the first AggieVision telecast for women's soccer as Kyle Doperalski will be joined in the broadcast booth by Dave Simione, a highly regarded coach and friend of Coach Needham.

The Aggie volleyball team is back in action tomorrow as well as they'll face Pepperdine at 11:30 a.m. and Texas State at 6:00 p.m. (both MT) in Tucson.

The Aggies are looking to rebound from Tuesday night's disappointing five-set loss to UNM and also end their current three match losing streak dating back to last weekend's tournament in Baton Rouge.

And of course the Aggie football team gets back on the gridiron on Saturday when they travel down to El Paso to take on the Miners. Bret Bloomquist, the Miner football beat writer, posted an interesting observation yesterday on his blog.

"It may not be worth anything but UTEP's practice Tuesday was the loudest of the year and Mike Price clearly enjoyed it. The Aggie practice seemed a bit subdued by comparison.

That may not mean anything Saturday night, or it may."

A very interesting observation indeed. He's right, it may mean something, it may mean nothing. We'll find out on Saturday night. The Aggies are treating the rivalry game on Saturday with the appropriate amount of hype (hype may not be the right word) but in our interview with Coach Walker this week we asked about how he was preparing his team for the rivalry game and he said, "I think from a rivalry standpoint, our kids get it. They know what rivalries are all about. We'll talk a little bit about the rivalry today and then we'll leave it alone."

That was on Tuesday. Yes it's a rivalry game, but at the end of day, you don't get an extra win or an extra loss just because it's a rivalry game. It still counts the same in the win-loss column.

Also of note, Bret Bloomquist reported in this morning's El Paso Times that the Miners closed practice on Wednesday, something that rarely happens. There was some mention about trick plays and the wishbone (trick plays, we can buy that, the wishbone, not so much).

We'll see how it all plays out on Saturday night.

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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Needham interview :: 09/15/10

bleedCrimson.net: You mentioned on Friday night after the game that you were going to be getting back to basics this week in practice, how has that been going?
Michael Needham: It's been good. We addressed some things from the games last week that we needed to do better, from the North Dakota and Northern Arizona game before that. Our kids came out and responded. We gave them two days off after North Dakota and the last two days of training have been exactly what and where we needed to be.

I think the biggest things that we addressed were competing all over the field and a willingness to do the hard work, getting up in the air and winning balls in the air, win knockdowns and second balls and really commit to doing that. So in the last two days it's been a lot of hard work and training but the kids have stepped up and gotten it done and we're looking forward to playing another team.

bc.net: Friday night you take on Alabama A&M who has struggled a little bit this season.
MN: It'll be a fun night. That'll be our first AggieVision game and the kids are excited about playing on t.v. and that part. Really at this point in the year we're worried about what we do, not what the other team does. We're going to look to put together a pretty complete performance from first minute to 90th minute. To this point we've put together at times 60 to 75 minutes but I think this one will be a collective effort for 90 minutes.  Continue Reading This Post >>