Aggie Volleyball Hangs Tough With Arizona But Falls In 3-0 Sweep

Desiree ScottStarting three freshmen against a veteran Arizona team on Saturday afternoon, the Aggies would come up short falling in three sets to the host Wildcats, 25-18, 25-19 and 26-24. The Aggies would battle closely with the Wildcats in the first two sets before Arizona would pull away in the later stages of each set. The Aggies led by two points at 23-21 in set three but could not overcome the Wildcats. "We had three freshmen out there, sometimes four against a good Pac-10 team, that's difficult right now but there was definitely some competition," said head coach Mike Jordan after the match.

The Aggie defense had no answer for Arizona's Tiffany Owens who finished the match with a match-high 22 kills on 30 swings with just one attack error and an astounding .700 hitting percentage on the left side. She added 12 digs and a service ace. "We didn't play very good defense in the first game, it was close for a long time but we didn't capitalize on some defensive opportunities," said Coach Jordan.

The Aggies' freshman middle blocker Desire Scott, playing in place of injured junior Kelsey Brennan, finished with nine kills on 11 swings and committed no hitting errors for an .818 hitting percentage.

It was the sixth loss in a row for the Aggies, their longest losing steak since losing six in a row in the 1999 season, head coach Mike Jordan's second season at the helm.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/18/10

The Aggie soccer team cruised to an 8-0 victory over the SWAC's Alabama A&M last night and in the process tied a school record for goals scored in a game, one they set against Prairie View A&M another team from the SWAC. Crystal Burns scored two goals, the first coming in just the second minute of the game. We're not 100 percent sure but we think it may be the earliest the Aggies have ever scored a goal in a non-exhibition game.

Burns' second goal of the game was a rocket shot that grazed off the goalkeeper's hand and hit the underside of the left corner of the post.

The Aggies have now scored 21 goals this season through seven games, they scored just 23 all of last season. Perhaps even more encouraging for the Aggies is that they have 16 assists on those 21 goals. Three of last night's goals came directly off restarts in play, Crystal Burns' first goal on a free kick and the two Aggie penalty kicks. If you take those three goals out of the total the Aggies have 16 assists on 18 goals.

The Aggies improved to 4-1-2 on the season and will take on Lamar tomorrow at high noon. The Cardinals were in El Paso last night to take on UTEP and lost 6-1.

The Aggie volleyball team dropped both matches they played on Friday. The Aggies lost 3-1 to Pepperdine in their morning match but more importantly, they lost Kelsey Brennan for at least the near future. Brennan landed on an opposing player's foot in the second set with the Aggies up 26-25 and the Aggies and Waves in the middle of a point. Play was halted and after Brennan was helped off the floor (thankfully no stretcher involved) the Waves won the next two points to go up 27-26 and would go on to win the set 28-26.

We don't know her status but we do know that she did not break anything which is good news for the Aggies. It goes without saying (but we'll say it anyway) that the Aggies are a much different team without Brennan in the middle. The Aggies are now down two starters (Stephanie Ziegler and Kelsey Brennan).

The Aggies dropped the nightcap against Texas State. They were swept 3-0 but lost the first two sets in extra points. It was a very strange match statistically, the Aggies finished the match hitting .311, Kayleigh Giddens had 23 kills and hit .425 (a very very good hitting percentage), none of the Texas State players finished with more than seven kills, the Bobcats hit .267 but the Aggies were swept. Unfortunately for the Aggies, they struggled at the service line both serving and receiving. The Aggies were aced 10 times by the Bobcats and the Aggies committed 12 service errors. If you subtract the six aces the Aggies had and five service errors the Bobcats had, that's 11 points the Aggies gave away in a match that was determined by a total of seven points. That's the difference between the Aggies sweeping the match last night and the actual result, the Aggies getting swept.

The Aggies will try to end their five match losing streak today against Arizona. The last time the Aggies lost six matches in a row was the 1999 season, Coach Jordan's second season. The only longer losing streaks came in the 1998 season when Coach Jordan's teams had losing streaks of eight matches and seven matches during the season. It is a rare occurrence when the Aggie volleyball team is mired in a losing streak and losing two starters has certainly not helped. It should be noted that the Aggies lost four in a row in non-conference play in 2008, went into conference play at 5-6, proceeded to tie for the regular season WAC championship with Hawai'i and won their first NCAA tournament match. Coach Jordan's team ALWAYS get better as the season goes along and we don't expect this season to be any different.

Today's match is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. first serve. Streaming video will be available for a fee via the Arizona athletic website. Streaming audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required). The match can also be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces. Live Stats will also be available.

And last but certainly not least, the Aggie football team is in El Paso for the Battle of I-10. The Aggies are looking to win in El Paso for the second time in the past three seasons and they're also looking to get their first win of the 2010 season.

The Miners are hoping to rebound from a disheartening 54-24 loss to Houston last week on national t.v. (ESPN2). Injuries will play a key role in this game as the Miner offense could receive a big boost with the return of their star running back Donald Buckram. Defensively, the Miners are looking for replacements in the secondary as they lost two starters for the season, safety Braxton Amy and corner Traun Roberson. Meanwhile, the Aggies will be without starting offensive lineman Sioeli Fakalata.

The Aggies need to be able to run the ball against the Miners. This is a UTEP defense that was gashed on the ground by Houston last weekend. It could be a big day for Kenny Turner and Seth Smith who were limited to less than 60 yards last week. The Aggie passing game should be able to also flourish in their second game of the season. The Miner defense was also torched through the air (albeit by one of the nation's top offenses) but the Aggies were able to move the ball effectively through the air last week against SDSU in the team's very first game under new offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar. It's also a game against a more traditional Miner defense, the 4-3 as opposed to SDSU's 3-3-5 which Coach Walker admitted will be a bit easier for Dunbar and offensive line coach Jason Lenzmeier to gameplan against.

The Aggie defense needs to get off the field on third down. If there is a repeat performance of last week's 9-for-19 against SDSU, it will be very difficult for the Aggies to win this game.

The Aggies must also keep turnovers to a minimum. The Aggie offense did a good job last week. They didn't have a single turnover. However, special teams (as Coach Walker said after the game) "killed them." With the Aggies down 34-21 midway through the 4th quarter, Donyae Coleman muffed a punt. SDSU recovered and scored the "nail in the coffin" touchdown. It was the Aggies' lone turnover of the game but it was costly.

It will be very interesting to see how quarterback Matt Christian handles the environment in the Sun Bowl. It's going to be very loud and very hostile in the Sun Bowl tonight. This will likely be the largest crowd that Christian has ever played in front of. Noise can and will definitely be a factor for the Aggie offense tonight. How they manage it, particularly early in the game, will be something to keep an eye on.

If you're making the trip to El Paso for today's game, the El Paso Times has some tailgating rules for you.

Today's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. Streaming video will be available via Miner All-Access (for a fee). Streaming audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required). The game can also be heard on the Aggie Sports Network in New Mexico. We'll also be providing updates via Twitter (follow us: @AgsBleedCrimson).

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NM State vs. Alabama A&M Game Photos

NM State vs. Alabama A&M Game Photos

Aggie Soccer Ties School Record In 8-0 Rout Of Alabama A&M

The Aggie soccer team tied a school record scoring eight goals on Friday night as they easily dispatched Alabama A&M 8-0. The Aggies' eight goals matched their effort earlier this season against Prairie View A&M also in an 8-0 victory.

Crystal Burns put the Aggies on the board in the second minute of play as she launched a ball off a free kick from 32 yards out. The ball cleared the goal keeper's outstretched arms and found the back of the net. It was Burns' second goal of the season.

Just five minutes later Alabama A&M's Edna Aamw Mensa would be called for a foul against Kristen Powers who was in the penalty box giving Powers a penalty kick. She would convert the try for her first goal of the season to put the Aggies ahead 2-0.

Neither team would score the remainder of the half as the Aggies would launch 11 more shots in the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Team Swept By Texas State

Kayleigh GiddensThe Aggie volleyball team was swept on Friday night by Texas State 3-0 as the Aggies lost set one in extra points 26-24 then lost set two by an identical score of 26-24 before falling in set three 25-20. It's the second time the Aggies have been swept this season both times coming in the second match of a tournament.

Kayleigh Giddens led all players with 23 kills on 40 swings and committed just six attack errors hitting .425 on the match and the Aggies hit .311 for the match and the Aggies struggled at the service line both receiving serve and serving as the Bobcats would record 10 service aces and the Aggies would commit 12 service errors.

The Aggies fell behind early 6-3 in the first set but rallied to tie the set 7-7 after back-to-back service aces by Rocio Gutierrez. A service ace by Ellen Miks gave the Aggies a 9-8 lead, however, the Bobcats would score four straight points to go ahead 12-9 and forcing the Aggies to call a timeout.

Out of the timeout Aggie setter Jennah DeVries recorded a solo block against Texas State's Mo Middleton to trim the deficit to 12-10. The Aggies would fall behind by four points at 17-13 as a Whitney Woods attack would get blocked back by Preslie Alexander and Ashlee Hilbun. Texas State would extend their lead to five points at 19-14 forcing another Aggie timeout. Kayleigh Giddens would come alive after the timeout scoring four of the next five Aggie points to draw the Aggies even with the Bobcats at 19-19.   Continue Reading This Post >>

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'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 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 >>