Volleyball Match Recaps

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Volleyball Match Recaps

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps UT Rio Grande Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State picked up right where they left off in conference play with a 3-0 sweep against UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday afternoon at the UTRGV Fieldhouse.

The Aggies opened up the second half of the WAC slate with their eight straight conference win with a 25-14, 25-18, 26-24 decision over the Vaqueros.

Once again, Senior Nathalie Castellanos set the pace for the Aggies with 14 kills. The Vado, N.M./Gadsden HS native registered her second-straight match with double digit kills, after putting up 14 kills on Tuesday against I-10 rival UTEP. Castellanos also hit for a .522 hitting percentage.

“Nathalie played very well,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “She is very versatile and we can put her anywhere on the court. When she is on and accurate, she is really hard to handle.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps UTEP 3-0 In Battle Of I-10

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State Volleyball Aggies cruised to a 3-0 sweep of rival UTEP in the Battle of I-10 on Tuesday night at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies notched their 17th victory out of the last 18 meetings, third straight, with the 25-21, 25-14, 25-15 decision over the Miners.

“What we wanted in these matches was competition and competitiveness, maybe an opportunity to experiment a little bit. We did that a little,” Head Coach Mike Jordan said, “I think when nobody gets hurt in a nonconference game and you beat your rival, you have got to be happy with that outcome.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Rallies To Defeat Seattle, 3-2

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State volleyball extended its win streak to eight in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Seattle U. to close out the first half of the WAC schedule Saturday afternoon at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies finished the first half of conference play undefeated with a 7-0 record, 17-5 overall. They go into the second of the WAC schedule with a two game lead in the conference after the 25-23, 22-25, 14-25, 25-18, 15-13 decision over the Redhawks (4-3, 12-8).

Senior Andrea Tauai led the way for NM State with 16 kills. “She stepped up big, took some big swings. I knew we could get her one-on-one in a couple of situations. She stepped up big and got herself some kills,” head coach Mike Jordan said of the Tauranga, New Zealand/Tauranga HS native.

Senior Bradley Nash, of Kayenta, Ariz./Monument Valley HS, also managed to rack up double digit kills in the match with 13.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Defeats Utah Valley 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State grew its conference lead to two games with a win over Utah Valley Friday night at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies, whose record now stands at 16-5 and 6-0 in the Western Athletic Conference, notched their seventh straight win with the 25-19, 15-25, 25-12, 25-22 decision over the Wolverines (8-10, 4-2).

When asked what a win like this means wrapping up the first half of conference play, NM State head coach Mike Jordan said, "It give us a two match cushion, which is great. That's a big time deal."

Sophomore Tatyana Battle set the pace for the Aggies. The Albuquerque, N.M./Cibola HS native led the team with 15 kills and a .312 hitting percentage. All-America candidate Gwen Murphy of Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union HS had 9 kills and a .300 hitting percentage, with 3 aces.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Defeats Bakersfield 3-1, Improves To 5-0 In WAC Play

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - New Mexico State kept its hold on the Western Athletic Conference lead with a 3-1 win over CSU Bakersfield Saturday afternoon at the Icardo Center.

NM State ran its record to 15-5, 5-0 in the WAC with the 25-23, 25-13, 16-25, 25-18 victory over the ’Runners (5-12, 3-2) as the Aggies collected their sixth straight win.

“It’s a tough place to play,” said NM State head coach Mike Jordan. “Bakersfield has a good team, they’ve been playing well and they’re good offensively. They served it pretty tough. For us to go on the road, get a win and hit over .400 is a lot to be happy about.”

The Aggies hit an outstanding .418 as a team, with five players notching 10 kills apiece. CSUB hit .260 for the match.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Wins Fifth Straight With 3-1 Victory At GCU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - New Mexico State ran its winning streak to five straight in beating Grand Canyon 3-1 in Western Athletic Conference action Thursday night at GCU’s Antelope Gymnasium.

NM State (14-5, 4-0) remained unbeaten in WAC play, downing GCU (2-14, 0-4) 25-22, 25-22, 17-25, 25-19, but Aggie head coach Mike Jordan didn’t think his team played all that well.

“We were not very good especially in the second and third sets,” said Jordan. “We were very high in errors, which is something that we have not been much this year. Our attack choices left a lot to be desired, but other than that we did some solid things. Fortunately we rebounded and played a very good fourth set.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Defeats UMKC 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State started slowly, but came on strong at the end as the Aggies beat Missouri-Kansas City 3-1 on Saturday to remain unbeaten in Western Athletic Conference play.

NM State (13-5, 3-0) handed UMKC (9-5, 2-2) the loss 17-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-17 at the Pan American Center in front of 1,233 fans. The Aggies are alone in the lead of the WAC.

“UMKC is a very good team, I think they’re a little banged up right now,” said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. “We got off to a slow start, but we changed a little bit and started doing what we’re capable of doing.”

The Aggies got 16 kills from senior All-American candidate Gwen Murphy of Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union. Murphy also hit .600 for the match and tallied six total blocks.

“She’s a great player, she’s versatile, and the setters did a pretty good job of finding her and getting her when we needed to,” said Jordan.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State had a chance to play the roster tonight, as the Aggies had no trouble in downing Chicago State 3-0 in Western Athletic Conference play on Thursday night.

NM State (12-5, 2-0) needed only an hour and 14 minutes to dispatch the Cougars (1-15, 0-3) 25-15, 25-17, 25-18 in front of 1,169 at the Pan American Center.

“We were physically a better team and as long as we played efficiently we were going to win,” said NM State Head Coach Mike Jordan. “I’m happy we got everybody in the match, some of the kids that came off the bench did a nice job contributing for us.”

But Jordan was quick to point out the Aggies didn’t play well in one area of the game.

“Defensively we’ve got to not miss so many assignments. I was upset with that. Other than that I thought we did fine.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>