Aggie Softball Signs Three More Accomplished Players

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball head coach Kathy Rodolph announced three more additions to the team for the 2011-12 season, each signing a National Letter of Intent last week to play for the Aggies.

Kelsey Dodd a senior utility player from Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif., Staci Rodriguez a senior outfielder from Paramount Calif., attending Downey (Calif.) High School and Chelsea Dohrwardt a senior outfielder from Tucson (Ariz.) High School all signed with the Aggies during the early signing period that began last week.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Swimming And Diving Inks Four Talented Signees

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt has signed Kara Schweitzer, Victoria Palombit, Jessica Legge and Aliena Schmidtke to National Letters of Intent to join the Aggies in 2011-12.

“These four signees are going to change our program in many ways,” Pratt said. “We are very excited to have lured such talent to NM State. It is not a huge class, however, it is certainly the most talented group to have ever committed at one time to NM State, and each individual will contribute to NM State in big ways.

“We are graduating five Aggies who have contributed much to our program, we are very please of our recruiting efforts and feel confident this class will continue to help us move forward.”  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Walker Interview :: 11/16/10 You've talked about building your team this season to get to the stage of being a competitive program and in this game you were competitive for 35 minutes of the game before a couple of late touchdowns.
DeWayne Walker: Yeah, it's just great, I don't believe in moral victories but just knowing more about what's going on in the inside and really just paying attention to how we're building this program it was good to see our guys fighting all the way. That's what I've mandated to them these last five games and obviously the two left just preaching more of being competitive mores than just beating them over the head with, "we've gotta win, we've gotta win." I think they've responded a little more to that than what we stressed earlier in the year. We've got to find a way to be competitive this week against a nationally ranked team. Lennon Creer the running back from Louisiana Tech was able to get 100 yards on the game but your defense was really able to hold him in check considering he's had some big 150-plus yard, multiple touchdown games in the past month.
DW: He's a good player. When you looked at the Utah State game, Borel, we wanted to put the clamps down on him. I thought we did for the most part. This last game, Creer was a guy we were very concerned with and I thought we didn't let him get too crazy on us. The defense has answered the bell in terms of taking away star players. I felt like we've done that the last couple games. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to win the games but at least they're responding to certain things that we're going into games trying to take away star players.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/16/10

The Aggie men's basketball team blew out Western New Mexico last night in their home opener winning 95-62. The Aggies were impressive enough defensively and held WNMU to just 32 percent shooting from the field. It doesn't matter if the opponent is a BCS, mid-major or Division II team, if you hold an opponent to 32 percent from the field and shoot 52 percent for the game, you're almost guaranteed to win every time.

Christian Kabongo had a career-high 17 for the Aggies and Troy Gillenwater added 20 points. He scored the first 10 points of the night for the Aggies and had outscored Western 10-4 through the first four minutes of the game.

The competition level jumps several notches from the first two games as the Aggies will travel to Tucson on Thursday to take on the Arizona Wildcats. The U of A had no trouble in their first regular season game winning 90-42 over Idaho state. The Cats literally emptied the bench in the game playing 15 different players with nobody playing more than 20 minutes in the rout. The game was over by halftime with Arizona leading 41-15 and Arizona scored 49 in the second half to the Bengals' 27.

The best player for Arizona is Derrick Williams, a 6'8" forward who was the Pac 10 Freshman of the Year in the 2009-2010 season and was also named First Team All-Pac 10. He scored 16 for the Wildcats in their win over Idaho State and it could be a good shootout between Williams and Troy Gillenwater.

The field is set for the 2010 WAC volleyball tournament next week in Las Vegas. Boise State defeated San Jose State last night to earn their spot in the WAC Tournament. Hawai'i earns the 1-seed, the Aggies are the 2-seed. Both teams will have byes into the semifinal round. Utah State and Idaho are tied for third right now. Boise State earns the 5-seed in the tournament and will play which ever team ends up as the 4-seed. Nevada is the six seed regardless of what happens this weekend and will play whichever team ends up as the 3-seed.

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Aggies Cruise Over Western New Mexico 95-62

The Aggies had six players in double figures on Monday night as they cruised to a 95-62 victory over Western New Mexico in the home opener. The Aggies received their championship rings and raised their WAC and NCAA banners prior to the game and then made quick work of the visiting Mustangs.

The Aggies got 21 points from Troy Gillenwater and 17 points and six rebounds from freshman Christian Kabongo in the rout. The Aggies led by 17 points in the first half and outscored the Mustangs by 16 in the second half en route to the 33 point victory.

Troy Gillenwater scored the Aggies first 10 points and the Aggie defense held WNMU to just four points through the first eight minutes as the Aggies built a 17-4 lead. The Mustangs would trim the Aggies' lead down to seven points with seven and a half minutes left in the first half but an 15-5 run over the next four minutes would build the Aggies' lead up to 17 points.

The Aggies' lead would swell to 21 points after a jumper by Hernst Laroche with 2:21 left in the half but the Mustangs would trim the lead to 17 points at halftime.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Spence Interview :: 11/15/10 Your overall thoughts on the weekend split at North Dakota State and North Dakota?
Darin Spence: I thought we did some good things both offensively and defensively. Coming away with a split was a positive for us and we were in a position to win the first game as well we just didn't make a couple plays and missed some free throws. We did some good things. We got a lot of good tape to watch, both on the negative and positive side so it's something we can definitely build on. It was a very tough trip. You're playing back-to-back nights in true road games on a road trip like that is pretty tough, especially when one of the schools is a conference champion and has a lot of tradition. That atmosphere at North Dakota was second only to UNM. That was pretty fun up there and it was good to get out of there and come away with the win. It was a good trip for us. The game at North Dakota State, that's a place that they've only lost 24 games in the last 10 years at home and your team was right there tied at 72 with about five minutes left.
DS: Yeah. I told our players. North Dakota State. Both of those schools were powerhouses back when they were at the Division II level. They were always playing for titles, national titles. North Dakota State's home winning percentage is like 87 percent so that's a tough place to play. North Dakota's got three national championship banners hanging in there and those lessons, the tradition of winning, kind of goes from one year to the next and those kids want to play for that school and that program and the coach has been there for a long time at North Dakota and done really well. It's a tough place to go in there and play, especially with the conference championship they won last year in their first year of playing Divison I in the Great West. It says a lot about their program. It was a much bigger win for us than what anybody will realize, anybody down here, whether it's our players, our coaches or our fans. That's a huge win for us when they don't lose at home very many times. Especially the second night of back-to-back true road games. It was a tough game for us and I'm proud of our kids.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/15/10

The Aggie men's basketball team takes to the court tonight as they open up the home regular season schedule with Western New Mexico. The Aggies are coming off a 92-76 season opening victory on the road against Louisiana.

As we mentioned on Saturday, it's the first time since the 2004-2005 season that the Aggies have won their first road game of the season.

Tonight the Aggie men will receive their WAC Championship rings and will unveil the championship banner from last year's WAC Tournament championship.

Head coach Marvin Menzies pleaded with fans on Friday night to show up to the game telling Jack Nixon on the postgame show, "I'm tired of reading articles about UTEP selling out and UNM selling out. It's time for us to get our numbers up."

The Aggies ranked 96th in the country in attendance last season averaging just 5,659 fans per game. Last season the Aggies' rivals, UNM and UTEP both finished well above the Aggies in attendance and all three teams were NCAA tournament teams. UNM finished 22nd in the nation averaging 13,595 fans per game, just about a sellout per game last season (due to construction that limited capacity in The Pit), UTEP ranked 58th in attendance averaging 8,697 fans per game.

UTEP also sold out their home opener against Pacific this past week and New Mexico had just over 13,000 fans show up for their exhibition game against Eastern New Mexico. Meanwhile, the Aggies had just over 3,000 fans show up for the exhibition game against Eastern New Mexico last Monday night.

"I'm tired of reading articles about UTEP selling out and UNM selling out. It's time for us to get our numbers up."

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The Daily Aggie :: 11/14/10

It was a tough day for two of the Aggie teams in action yesterday. The Aggie football team played just about even with LA Tech for 35 minutes but two late touchdowns by Phillip "Saturday Night" Livas broke the Aggies' backs and turned a very competitive game into a closer-than-the-final-score blowout of 41-20.

Aggie linebacker Boyblue Aeolua had a 41-yard pick six that was probably the highlight of the game. The Aggie defense did a pretty good job on Lennon Creer for most of the night considering that he'd rushed for over 150 yards in two of his past three games.

Despite the loss, the Aggies continue to improve as a football team and the Aggies are getting to that "competitive" level that Coach Walker has been aiming for.

The Aggie volleyball team had their 13-match winning streak against Boise State snapped last night as they were swept in Boise. The loss will keep the Aggies from reaching the 20-win plateau in the regular season, they'll need to win on Wednesday night on Senior Night and then win their semifinal match in the WAC tournament to hit the 20-win peak for the ninth consecutive season.

Kayleigh Giddens finished with 11 kills meaning she'll become the Aggies' all-time single-season kill leader with her first kill on Wednesday night. Kill number one will be kill 500 for the season and she'll be alone atop the single season record books for kills.

The lone Aggie team to come out victorious yesterday was the Aggie women's basketball team who defeated North Dakota 82-81 getting a basket from Tabytha Wampler with under 10 seconds left to take their first and only lead of the game.

Wampler and Madison Spence both finished with 20 points and for the second straight night the Aggies had five players in double-figures in scoring.

The win is especially impressive considering two things, one, the Aggies were playing for the second consecutive night and secondly the Aggies trailed in this game by 15 points in the second half and by 10 points with six minutes left.

This could be the kind of victory that is a launching point for the type of season the Aggies are hoping to have (an NCAA appearance).

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NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Game Photos

NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Game Photos

Aggie Volleyball Swept By Boise State

The Aggie volleyball team was denied their 19th victory of the season falling in three sets to Boise State on Saturday night. The Aggies dropped the first set 25-20, lost in extra points 26-24 in the second set and then fell 25-23 in the third set. The Aggies fall to 18-11 overall and 12-3 in WAC play as the Broncos' victory snapped a 13-match winning streak by the Aggies in the series.

Kayleigh Giddens recorded 11 kills on the night tying her for the single-season record at 499 kills, however, the Aggies hit just .032 as a team committing 27 attack errors.

The Aggies and Broncos played evenly in the first set early on as the set was tied 8-8. The Aggies would take a 10-8 lead after a kill by Giddens and an attack error by Cailin Fellows but the Broncos would tie the set at 10 and continue on a run to take a three point lead at 13-10. They would extend the lead over the Aggies to four points going up 15-11 and would push the lead to five at 17-12. The Aggies would score three in a row to force a Bronco timeout but the Broncos would push their lead back to five points at 22-17. The Aggies would close to within three points at 23-20 after a service error by Breann Nesselhuf but attack errors by Kelsey Brennan and Desiree Scott would give the set to the Broncos 25-20.  Continue Reading This Post >>