bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/17/17

bleedCrimson.net: Three matches in five days for a shorthanded team and you came out with three wins. Your thoughts?
Mike Jordan: Obviously being at home is a great thing. We were able to get some great practice time in during the week and we knew we had a couple of big opportunities in front of us. Obviously Thursday against Bakersfield and the rivalry match on Monday night, we were looking forward to those two matches in particular.

bc.net: Obviously playing without two of your key players, Jordan Abalos and Brielle Sterns, in the Bakersfield match, were you surprised with the way you were able to win?
MJ: I don't know that surprised is the right word. I didn't think Bakersfield played very well. They struggled handling the ball. If you're out of system a lot against us, you're going to lose. One of the things we do exceptionally well is convert mediocre to bad swings into really good swings of our own. You're back on your heels immediately if you don't come out and give us something with heat on your first attempt. We were able to capitalize on that. I thought we did a really good job defensively of digging the ball and we just got on a roll and Bakersfield seemed to struggle to find a way back in it.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Raina Brommer Named WAC Women's Diver Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - NM State’s Raina Brommer has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Diver of the Week for Oct. 10-16.

Brommer, a junior from Riverside, Calif., helped her team come out victorious in its season-opening meet with a 171-127 win over Northern Colorado. She contributed a first place finish in the three-meter diving event with a score of 291.70. This mark qualified her for the NCAA Division I Zone Diving Meet. Brommer also finished just behind two of her teammates in the one-meter diving event placing third with a score of 250.45.

NMSU Men's Golf Takes Second Place At Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s golf team completed the three-round Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate at the NMSU Golf Course on Tuesday. After 54 holes of play, the Aggies finished in second place with a team score of 848 (-4).

Team play was led by Michael McGilton who finished in third on the individual leaderboard after firing a 68-69-68—205 (-8). McGilton led NM State and finished second in the field with 13 birdies. Tadhg Campbell tied for seventh with scores of 67-72-74—213 (E).

Isaac Merry posted a 71-72-74—217 (+4) which placed the Aggie in a tie for 19th. Freshman Taylor Stote had his best personal round on day three of 71 to bring his total to 220 (+7) and finish tied for 33rd. Jack Snyder rounded out the NM State starters with scores of 74-69-78—221 (+8) to tie for 38th.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Rival New Mexico

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team defeated Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico on Monday night. The Aggies swept the Lobos 25-18, 25-16, 28-26 for their 10th-straight win at the Pan American Center.

"It's always great to get a rivalry win. We still want to get a little more offense out of a couple of spots, but I liked what we did tonight," head coach Mike Jordan said. "Everyone was scoring points, whether it was from a kill or a block, and that's what we needed this team to do."

How It Happened

NM State (14-7) started the match by taking a three-point lead, forcing UNM (11-10) to take a timeout. The Aggies went point-for-point with the Lobos but New Mexico chipped away at the New Mexico State advantage and took an 11-10 lead. The Aggie squad fought back and reclaimed the advantage late before closing out the set by scoring the final three points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Swimming And Diving Defeats Northern Colorado

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State swimming and diving came out victorious in its season-opening meet on Saturday with a 171-127 win over Northern Colorado.

The team of Eliana Beaudry, Hanna McGowan, Reagan Nentwich and Johanna Pettersson won the 200-yard medley relay for NM State with a time of 1:47.32. Lanie McAlpin, Ashley Reynolds, Katherine Harston and Aimee Hatfield finished with a time of 1:49.48, which was good for third.

“Today was a fun meet with many tough performances from both teams,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “This was a different UNC team than we faced last year and they really challenged us in many areas. I'm really proud of the energy and focus that our team had today. Our divers also looked great and I'm excited about that element as well. We still have a lot of work to do and our distance swimmers need to recover better, but in general, this was a great meet to start the season with.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Picks Up 35-27 Road Win At Georgia Southern

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

STATESBORO, GA - In a high-scoring game which featured four lead changes, New Mexico State football team used a pair of critical scores in the fourth quarter to take down Georgia Southern, 35-27, Saturday night at Allen E. Paulson Stadium.

After the key conference win for the Aggies, head coach Doug Martin said, “This was a huge game for our program. Having a few notable injuries coming in and being on our third straight road game was tough. These guys have tremendous heart and powered through with a really impressive victory tonight.”

Each offense came out flying in the first quarter. NM State (3-4, 1-2 SBC) struck first on the opening drive when an eight-play series culminated in Tyler Rogers scrambling for a 5-yard score to put the Aggies up 7-0 just 2:23 into the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Notches First Ever Win Over Seattle

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SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State women’s soccer team defeated Seattle U, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon for the first time in program history. The Aggies are now 2-1-1 in Western Athletic Conference play and 8-7-2 overall.

The NM State defense was tested early in the first half of the match as Seattle U (5-8-2, 1-2-1 WAC) fired off 10 shots, five of them on goal. The Aggies were finally able to break through in the 17th minute when Aileen Galicia passed the ball to Audriana Chavez and found the back of the net, giving NM State the 1-0 lead. Seattle U continued its attack on the Aggie defense and capitalized at 29:48 when Isabelle Butterfield shot the ball around goalkeeper Dmitri Fong and scored the equalizer. Heading into halftime, Fong racked up four saves for New Mexico State.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Defeats Grand Canyon 3-1

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team took down Grand Canyon in four sets on Saturday. The Aggies rallied to defeat the Lopes 19-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-18 for their ninth-straight win at the Pan American Center.

"I'm really proud of a few players that played their hearts out today. But, I'm also very angry with the way we started the match," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We didn't follow the game plan at all. There were a ton of missed assignments and bad execution. Championship teams don't play that way and this team better figure that out fast. We're going to keep pushing, working and grinding and if we have to win ugly, we'll win ugly."

How It Happened  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/11/17

bleedCrimson.net: Last week you took a trip out west to take on Seattle and Utah Valley. You picked up a sweep of Seattle and it looked like the team played pretty well.
Mike Jordan: We did play well, especially defensively. I felt we were really solid. Brielle Sterns sprained her ankle in the second set, about midway through it and we continued to play well even without her in the lineup. It's the third set that was a little bit more of a struggle because she's becoming a pretty good offensive option for us. Losing her has been tough. I like the defensive effort we made against Seattle. I thought we served it pretty well, did a good job of blocking and our outside hitters played great. All of our pin players played really, really well. That was a bonus for sure.

bc.net: You had a five set match against Utah Valley, you were up 2-1 and the fifth set was a lot like every other fifth set that you've played this year where you're real close or leading right around the nine or ten point mark and the other team goes on an extended point run or wins five out of six or six out of seven.
MJ: Yeah, we got stuck in a rotation in that fifth set late and made a lot of attack errors unfortunately. We had seven attack errors in the fifth set alone. We had ten in the fourth. We were up 2-1 and then the fourth set we really started getting error prone again and we weren't getting anything out of the quick attackers and our other opposite attacker. Sasha played well, Tatyana started well but finished poorly. Kassie played well throughout attacking. We were scoring there but we weren't scoring other places and we had a lot of opportunities and we just didn't get it done. It's frustrating but until we learn to make plays late in games or we find offense somewhere else, we're going to wind up struggling a little bit at times and that's what's happening. You can look at it two ways, we're four matches in five sets, we're 0-4. We're really close to being 15-3 on the season and instead we're 11-7. Which team are we? Which are we closer to? Are we closer to being a 15-win team or an 11-win team? I think we're somewhere in the middle but with Jordan and now Brielle out, it's going to be much more difficult for us to win and we're going to have to wind up asking some people who don't have a lot of experience to make a lot of plays for us and maybe late in games. But it's an opportunity for other people to step up and hopefully they'll do that.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Picked To Finish Second In WAC Preseason Polls

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The 2017-18 New Mexico State men's basketball team was selected to finish second in the Western Athletic Conference in both the WAC Preseason Coaches and Media Polls on Wednesday.

"Fortunately, the league office doesn't hand out banners and trophies in the preseason," Aggie head coach Chris Jans remarked. "It looks like the preseason voting was close and it could eventually shape up to be a tight race down the stretch. We hope to be a part of a competitive conference season."

The last time NM State was picked to finish second in both polls came in 2010. The Aggies were picked to finish atop the league in both polls for four-straight season prior. The 2012 preseason media poll was the last time NM State didn't get picked to win the league crown. The previous year in 2011 was also the last time New Mexico State was picked second in both polls.  Continue Reading This Post >>