Volleyball Match Recaps

Aggie Volleyball Downs Rival Lobos 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State got outstanding play from senior outside hitters Gwen Murphy and Bradley Nash to take the volleyball Battle of I-25 with a 3-1 win over New Mexico Tuesday night at the Pan American Center.

NM State (11-5) downed the Lobos (8-7) 20-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-22 in the closely contested match.

“It’s a good win,” said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. “I felt we were the better team, especially at home, but that doesn’t mean anything in a rivalry match. You got to come out and play well. And we did.”

The Aggies were paced once again by Murphy, a senior from Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union who posted 15 kills, including the one that ended the match, and hit .312. She also led the Aggies with six total blocks in the match.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps UT Rio Grande Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State got a solid performance on the floor Saturday afternoon as the Aggies opened Western Athletic Conference play with a 3-0 victory over the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

NM State (10-5, 1-0) swept the Vaqueros (7-8, 0-1) 25-18, 25-18, 25-17 at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies were led by the powerful play of senior Nathalie Castellanos of Vado, N.M./Gadsden, who tallied 10 kills with a .429 hitting percentage and two blocks.

“They physically just couldn’t deal with her,” said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. “Nathalie has that kind of presence. She’s a great player. She made a lot of plays.”

Senior Gwen Murphy of Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union, hit an amazing .727 in the match, with eight kills on 11 attempts. Murphy also led the Aggies with three total blocks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Battles No. 2 Texas, Falls In Four Sets

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State Aggies gave the second-ranked Texas all it wanted in the final day of the Wildcat Classic, but the Longhorns held on against the scrappy Aggies to win 3-1 at the McKale Center.

NM State (9-5) battled in every set to No. 2 Texas (10-1) before falling 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 19-25.

"It was a tough one," said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. "I was happy with the way we played. We had the chance to go up two sets on the No. 2 team in the country."

"The difference was they're ability to score running the slide."

Senior Gwen Murphy of Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union had another strong match, leading all hitters with 16 kills and two blocks, while senior Nathalie Castellanos of Vado, N.M./Gadsden added 13 kills with four blocks. Sophomore Jordan Abelos of Safford, Ariz. Chipped in 12 kills as well.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Breezes Past Savannah State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State Aggies had no problem on Friday evening at the McKale Center against Savannah State, winning 3-0 in their second match in the Wildcat Classic.

NM State (9-4) trounced the winless Tigers (0-14) 25-9, 25-14, 25-13.

"We're glad everyone got a chance to play and for the most part, played well," said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. "We needed to get that."

The Aggies got stellar performances from Arizonans Gwen Murphy and Jordan Abelos.

Murphy, a senior from Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union, collected eight kills, hit .800 for the match and collected five blocks.

Abelos, a sophomore from Safford, Ariz., also recorded eight kills to go with 12 digs and five assists.

The Aggies hit .333 as a team in the three set match, and force SSU to hit minus .105. Five Aggies recorded at least four kills in the match.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. No. 16 Arizona Match Photos

Aggies Fall In Four Sets To No. 16 Arizona

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State Aggies fought another nationally-ranked opponent tooth-and-nail, but the No. 16 Arizona Wildcats held on to take a 3-1 win to open the Wildcat Classic Friday morning at the McHale Center.

NM State (8-4) fell 15-25, 26-24, 19-25, 23-25 to the home-standing Wildcats (9-1).

“Arizona’s got a great team,” said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. “But neither team played very well in the match. There were a lot of attack errors (48). It was really hard to watch at times.”

NM State hit .191 for the match, while Arizona hit .201. Both teams collected double-digit blocks, with the Wildcats posting 13.0 team blocks to the Aggies 11.0.

Senior Gwen Murphy of Elfrieda, Ariz./Valley Union once again set the pace for the Aggies. She collected 16 kills with five blocks. Senior Nathalie Castellanos posted 12 kills as the pair both hit .333 to lead the team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Survives Five Set Battle With Denver

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior middle blocker Gwen Murphy notched a career-high 20 kills to help the Aggies outlast Denver 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

After holding a pair of five point Aggie leads at 12-7 and 19-14, Denver rallied to tie the set at 22. Murphy notched a pair of kills followed by a service ace from Jordan Abalos to give the Aggies the final three points of the set.

Denver dominated set two jumping out to an 11-3 lead as the Aggies hit just .025 in the set with nine attack errors in the set.

The third set saw a much tighter battle with the Aggies holding a three point advantage at 10-7 before things would tighten up. With the set tied at 13, neither team held more than a one point advantage as the match sat tied at 21 apiece. The Aggies would score four of the set's final five points to win 25-22.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Robert Morris, Brown In Friday Action

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. –The New Mexico State women’s volleyball team was able to put away Robert Morris University in three sets Friday dominating from the start while also rotating in more players.

NM State (6-3) swept 25-16, 25-11 and 25-15 over the Colonials of the Northeast Conference.

Setting the tone for the late morning match, middle blocker Sash-Lee Thomas, a sophomore from Pottsville, Pa., with a series of kills that gave the Aggies a early solid lead that the Colonials (5-3) were never able regain momentum. She would provide a similar charge for the second set, as well.

Coach Mike Jordan said Thomas’ strong start was important to keeping the match energy up after a five-set loss to Oklahoma the night before in the Pan American Center.

“Sasha is our own little energizer bunny,” Jordan said. “And that’s saying something because she just came off ACL surgery and was only recently cleared to play.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall In Five Sets To Oklahoma

Written By: NM State athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies battled back once again on Thursday night and had Oklahoma tied at 14-all in the fifth set before the Sooner spoiled the party by taking the next two points to claim the match 3-2 at the Pan American Center.

NM State (5-3) fell 16-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 14-16 to the Big 12 power Sooners (3-4) to open play in the Borderland Classic.

"I'm disappointed we lost, I knew it would be a close match," said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. "In the fifth set we just made a couple of mental mistakes and a couple of missed assignments. We dominated them for two sets, the third and fourth, and you can take a lot away from that. The key is to put it together for three sets, not two. But we will get there."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls At Texas A&M In Five Set Thriller

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLLEGE STATION, TX - The New Mexico State Aggies overcame a 2-0 deficit, but couldn’t quite take the match, as the Texas A&M Aggies held on for a 3-2 win Sunday in the final match of the Texas A&M Invitational.

NM State (5-2) fell 25-27, 21-25, 29-27, 25-16, 9-15 to Texas A&M (4-1).

“We battled a great team today,” said NM State head coach Mike Jordan. “It was a completely even matchup that went to the home team. I’d love to have had the match at Las Cruces.”

The New Mexico Aggies got another great outing from freshman Tatyana Battle of Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola who chalked up 18 kills, while sophomore Sasha-Lee Thomas of Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville added 14 kills, hit .619 and tallied three blocks.

Senior Bradley Nash of Kayenta, Ariz./Monument Valley tallied 14 kills with two blocks and senior Gwen Murphy of Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union added a dozen kills with an ace and three blocks.  Continue Reading This Post >>