Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/27/10 Your thoughts on Kayleigh Giddens' play last weekend.
Mike Jordan: Kayleigh played well obviously. She's really attacking the ball well at a high level and overmatched Louisiana Tech physically. We're happy she's playing so well and hopefully she'll continue to put up those kind of numbers against everybody. Your thoughts on the match against Hawai'i on Wednesday night?
MJ: They're a tremendous team and they're ranked 5th for a reason. They've got a lot of weapons and ball control is probably their strength as it always is. Year in and year out they're one of the best digging teams in the country if not the best and they can frustrate you. We'll go bomb a ball and it'll come back and we'll go bomb another ball and it'll come back and we try and do too much and make an attack error. That's kind of been the M.O. for our matches with them. When we've beaten them we've been a very good blocking team that's frustrated them. We've blocked enough balls to kind of get in their head and force them into taking more risks and making them make some attack errors.

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AggieVision :: NM State vs. Kansas Highlights

The Daily Aggie :: 09/27/10

It's another big week for Aggie athletics as the volleyball and football teams host Top 5 opponents this week. Volleyball is preparing for the No. 5 Wahine on Wednesday night for a nationally televised match on ESPNU.

The Wahine, like the Aggies, swept through their opening weekend of competition defeating a very very good Utah State team on Thursday night and then handling Nevada on Friday night. The Aggies had no trouble with Louisiana Tech sweeping them on Thursday night in Ruston and then coming home and sweeping them on Saturday.

Wednesday night's match is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. first serve.

The Aggie football team also hosts a Top 5 opponent when No. 3 Boise State comes to town on Saturday. The Aggies are coming off a 42-16 loss to Kansas on Saturday and are still struggling to find their way defensively. The Jayhawks came into the game against the Aggies giving up four sacks per game. The Aggie defense did not register a sack against the Jayhawk quarterback Jordan Webb. In an article by Matt Tait in yesterday's edition of the Lawrence Journal-World, Tait wrote, "So pleased was Webb with Saturday’s performance by his offensive line, he actually was looking forward to today. “It’s an awesome feeling, obviously,” Webb said. “I won’t be very sore (today). Our offensive line played great today. Communication was really good, our tempo was good, and overall it was just an execution thing.”"

We bring it up, not to pour salt in the wound, however, with Boise State coming in, the Aggies absolutely must get pressure on Kellen Moore. Moore is one of the deadliest passers in the country and if given time, he will systematically pick defenses apart. The Broncos have surrendered just one sack this season and have sacked opposing quarterbacks 11 times.

We have a lot of respect for Boise State head coach Chris Petersen and we believe him when he told Idaho Press-Tribune writer Dave Southorn that he won't be running up the score in an attempt to earn "style points." Note: But that doesn't mean the team won't score 50 points... The Broncos beat Wyoming 51-6, however, they scored 44 of those points in the first three quarters. And if you remember back to last year's game in Boise, the Broncos had the ball at the Aggie 2-yard line end of the game and the Broncos took about three straight knees instead of pounding the ball in for a touchdown.

It may sound like we're conceding a Boise State victory this week, rest assured we're not. Anything can happen. However, even the Aggie coaching staff knows it's an uphill battle this week against No. 3 Boise State. When asked about facing Boise State on Saturday Coach Walker told Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News, "Just try to get through the next one without getting murdered." Realistic expectations for a team that has surrendered 40-plus points in each of the first three games.

With this being game week against the Broncos, we urge all Aggie fans to check out the outstanding website One Bronco Nation Under God for all things Boise State football related. That being said, if you don't have a sense of humor, you should probably steer away from OBNUG this week.

We'll be participating in OBNUG's Blog Bet (also known as the annual guest post by Kevan Lee) and we'll be swapping Q&A's with OBNUG this week. Stay tuned.

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Kayleigh Giddens Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 20-26. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Giddens and the third of her career.

The Lubbock, Texas, native led the Aggies to a pair of wins over Louisiana Tech to open WAC play. She hit .513 with 7.67 kills, 3.33 digs, 0.50 service aces and 8.42 points per set over the two matches. In the first match against the Lady Techsters, Giddens posted her WAC-leading seventh double-double of the season with a season-high 24 kills and 12 digs. She also added three blocks and a service ace. In the second match against LA Tech, she tallied 22 kills on a career-high .556 hitting to go with eight digs and two service aces.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Earns 2-1 Come From Behind Victory At Wyoming

Crystal BurnsThe Aggie soccer team closed out non-conference play with an exciting come-from-behind victory on the road at Wyoming. The Aggies got a pair of second half goals from Lauren Cope in the 64th minute and Crystal Burns in the 80th minute on the way to victory.

"It's a great win. A lot of factors go into making it a great win," said head coach Michael Needham after the match. "To play well on a Sunday is always a good sign going forward. To be at altitude for four days, four days above 4700 feet and today being at 7200 feet and being able to be behind at halftime and come back and score two goals and win, all those factors make it a very good and very big win for us."

Wyoming came out aggressive in the early part of the match and nearly took the lead in the 12th minute Nahiomy Ortiz knocked in a shot off a cross from Chelsea Coddington. However, offsides was called and the match remained tied 0-0. Wyoming would come back eight minutes later and take the lead as Wyoming forward Carmen Blume knocked a shot in the top left corner off a pass from midfielder Liz O'Reilly. " I thought they did a nice job of coming out and putting pressure on us right away," said Coach Needham. The Aggie defense would respond stopping attacks in the 28th minute and the 42nd minute.

"I think the hardest part of adjusting to altitude is that first time you try to take a deep breath and can't get it. We did a nice job of rebounding from that and finding our legs a little bit."  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/26/10

The Aggie football team dropped to 0-3 after a 42-16 loss to Kansas. We mentioned yesterday that the special teams battle would be one to watch and while the Aggies had a record setting performance by Taveon Rogers who finished with with 219 kickoff return yards on six returns, the downside to that record is that meant that Kansas had scored prior to at least five of those six returns (subtract one for the opening kickoff), the game's tide turned on a special teams play made by Kansas. The Aggies had just tied the score at 7-7 in the second quarter and on the ensuing kickoff, Kansas' D.J. Beshears returned the kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown putting Kansas up 14-7. While that certainly didn't end the Aggies' hopes in the game, it definitely killed any momentum the Aggies had built on the previous drive.

That being said, the Aggies were still only down by two touchdowns at halftime, however, as was the case last week against UTEP, Kansas scored quickly in the second half turning a 14-point deficit into a 21-point deficit less than two minutes into the second half.

On the plus side, the Aggie offensive line did not give up a sack for the third straight week. We can't remember when was the last time an Aggie football team has gone three straight games without surrendering a sack. Unfortunately on the flip side of that, the Aggie defense did not sack the opposing quarterback for the third consecutive game which, against a team that had given up 12 sacks in their previous three games (four in each game), is a bit disappointing.

The Aggies didn't turn the ball over which is also a plus and something that is a big part of the equation for winning football games but equally as important, the Aggies did not force any turnovers either (and have yet to force one through three games).

The Aggies' task does not get any easier, in fact, it probably gets harder as No. 3 (we'll see where they're ranked when the polls come out) Boise State comes to town on Saturday.

The Aggie volleyball team swept Louisiana Tech for the second time in three days and are off to a 2-0 start in league play. The Aggies won 25-18, 25-19 and 25-11. Kayleigh Giddens again dominated the Lady Techsters with 22 kills on 36 swings with just two hitting errors and a .556 hitting percentage. In two matches against Louisiana Tech she has recorded 46 kills on 78 swings with just six hitting errors and a .513 hitting percentage. She has made a very strong case for WAC Player of the Week.

The competition gets much tougher for the Aggies as they'll host No. 5 Hawai'i on Wednesday night for a nationally televised match on ESPNU.

The Aggie soccer team is back in action today as they take on Wyoming. The Cowgirls are 6-5 after knocking off Boise State 1-0 on Friday night. The Aggies lost 1-0 in overtime to Northern Colorado on Friday night. The Cowgirls are a very stingy defense having given up just 15 goals in 11 matches, six of those goals came in one match against Creighton meaning the Cowgirls have given up just nine goals in their other 10 matches.

The Aggies have also been stout defensively giving up just five goals in nine matches.

The match is scheduled for a noon kickoff and there will be no live stats however, there will be live updates via the Wyoming women's soccer Twitter page (@WyoSoccer).

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NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Match Photos

NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Match Photos

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Louisiana Tech

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball continues its winning ways with Louisiana Tech by sweeping the Techsters at the Pan American Center, Saturday, Sept. 25.

NM State started strong in the first set scoring five consecutive points bringing the Aggies to a 13-6 lead. The Aggies continued their lead with senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens posting three consecutive kills for the Aggies totaling 10 for the set.

The Aggies ended the first set 25-18 with the kill by Giddens.

NM State started slow in the second set trailing LA Tech 8-4.  The Aggies took that as a challenge gaining momentum and catching up to the visitors 10-10 with junior middle hitter Michelle Kuester driving that momentum with the kill pushing the Aggies ahead 14-12.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall To Kansas 42-16

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAWRENCE, KS - The NM State football team dropped its third game of the season 42-16 at Kansas’ Memorial Stadium Saturday night.
After the loss, the Aggies fall to 0-3 on the season while Kansas evens its record at 2-2.
The Aggies totaled 275 yards of total offense in the game. Junior quarterback Matt Christian threw for 147 yards on 12-of-20 passing, while senior Seth Smith led the rushing attack with 52 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Senior Marcus Allen led the Aggie receivers with 89 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. Defensively, junior Donyae Coleman led the team with 16 tackles.

Junior kickoff return specialist Taveon Rogers broke the single-game record with 219 yards on six returns in the game, also tying a school record for attempts. Rogers posted three returns of 40 yards or more in the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/25/10

The Aggie football team is in Lawrence, KS as they try to spring the upset on the Jayhawks. The Aggies are 0-2 on the season and have struggled defensively to get off the field on third down, have given up several big plays, have not been able to get a rush on opposing quarterbacks and have been inconsistent on offense. The Aggies are hoping for a change to all that today. Kansas comes into the game converting just 39 percent of their third down attempts and they have allowed 12 sacks in the first three games. However, the Jayhawks have 10 "big plays" (passes or runs of 20-plus yards) and their defense has given up an average of 20 points per game.

It will take a very strong effort for the Aggies to come out victorious, however, it's not impossible. The Jayhawks are still smarting a bit from their 6-3 loss to FCS foe North Dakota State to open the season and while that was three games ago, it will no doubt be in the back of every Jayhawk coach, player and fans' minds when the two teams take the field today.

Aggie head coach DeWayne Walker told the Lawrence Journal-World, “You’re always going to look at it and say if it’s been done once, it can happen again." He added, "Anything’s possible so we’re going to try to hold on to (what North Dakota State did), and hopefully it’ll happen for us this weekend.”

An Aggie victory today will depend on all three facets of the game, offense, defense and special teams. The Aggie offense must be more consistent. They came out strong in the first quarter against San Diego State but then had a lull in the second quarter that halted their momentum. Against UTEP, the Aggie offense was non-existent in the first, third and part of the fourth quarters. The Aggie ground game also needs to get in gear. Last season the Aggies 141.5 yards per game on the ground and with two solid backs in Seth Smith (over 1,000 yards last season) and heralded junior college transfer Kenny Turner, the ground game must be more of a factor than it has through the two games (just 110 yards combined for the duo through the first two games).

Defensively, the Aggies must take advantage of the KU offensive line's struggles to protect their quarterback. The Aggies have yet to record a sack and have not had much success getting the opposing quarterback's jersey dirty. The Aggies also must limit Kansas' big plays both on the ground and through the air.

On special teams, the Aggies have a slight edge. Kansas has had two punts blocked this season. The Aggies will also need to punt the ball well on the occasions where drives cannot be sustained. Field position is always key in football games and the Aggie defense can ill afford to be put in short field situations.

Today's game is scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. MT kickoff and can be seen on Fox College Sports Central (DirecTV channel 623) and click here to find out if FCS is available from your provider. Live Stats will also be available for today's game. The game can also be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

Also check out our Know The Foe segment with the Lawrence Journal-World's Matt Tait as well as the KU athletic website's Gameday Central page.

The Aggie volleyball team returns to action at home for the first time since September 3rd. The Aggies were on the road for eight consecutive matches. The Aggies face Louisiana Tech, a team they just defeated on Thursday night in a 3-0 sweep (25-23, 25-20, 25-11). As we mentioned on Thursday, the Aggies have been dominant against the Lady Techsters having only dropped three sets now in 12 matches under head coach Mike Jordan.

Kayleigh Giddens dominated the Lady Techsters on Thursday night and there's no reason to believe that she can't do the same tonight.

Tonight's match is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. MT first serve. Streaming video and audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required) and the match can also be heard on KSNM AM 570 with Kyle Doperalski calling the action.

The Aggie soccer team lost 1-0 to Northern Colorado in overtime snapping a four match unbeaten streak. The Aggies had gone 3-0-1 in their past four matches and the golden goal by UNC's J.J. Wykstra snapped a 429 minute scoreless streak by the Aggie goal keepers. They had not allowed a goal since the 44:45 mark of their match against Northern Arizona.

The loss is just the second of the season for the Aggies and for the second year program, it's their 11th overtime match in 28 matches and their third this season. The Aggies are 3-5-3 in overtime matches.

The Aggies will continue their road trip on Sunday as they face Wyoming at 12:00 p.m. MT.

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