Volleyball Match Recaps

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Volleyball Match Recaps

Aggies Close Out Regular Season With Sweep Of UTEP; Await NCAA Tournament Selection Show

Written By: NM state Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX – NM State captured a hard fought 3-0 victory to claim the season series sweep over I-10 rival UTEP in the regular season finale on Wednesday.

"We've got to serve the ball a lot better," said head coach Mike Jordan. "We need to be a little smarter on who we are setting the three-pass balls to as well. We set a lot of balls into standing doubles and made a lot of silly mistakes, but we played well down the stretch in sets. I don't want to see us getting down [by] seven anymore. UTEP played hard and made a lot of plays. I think they out served us, and we have to make sure we give it our best at the service line. [Kassandra] Tohm did a great job. I thought she gave us a lot of kills and did a lot of good stuff. We really missed Nathalie [Castellanos] and her court presence. We've got a lot of pieces that can play."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps UMKC, Advances To WAC Championship Match

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - NM State swept No. 5-seed Missouri-Kansas City 3-0 in the semifinal match of the WAC Tournament on Friday night.

“We were really balanced, which was good,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “I was really happy with our efforts defensively. I thought we dug a lot of balls, and made UMKC work for their points. Senior leadership keeps stepping up and making plays. I though UMKC took some big swings, and gave us some problems doing some things. But we were determined, you could just see look on our faces. Even when we made some mistakes, we stayed really competitive. Hopefully, we’ll do that tomorrow.”

The Aggies took the match with a 25-18, 25-19, 25-19 decision.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Sweeps Utah Valley, Finishes Undefeated In WAC Play

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - NM State finished conference play undefeated with a 3-0 win over Utah Valley on Saturday at the Utah Valley PE Building.

The Aggies are the first team since Hawai’i in 2011 to finish WAC play undefeated, and the first team other than Hawai’i to accomplish the feat since BYU in 1993.

“We feel we are a very physical team, and probably the most physical team in the conference,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “We worked really hard in the offseason and it’s paying off. What I am most proud of is the fact that we have not loss since Sept. 19, and all of our losses have come against Top-30 teams. I think we are not getting the level of respect that these girls deserve; we should be getting votes in the poles. There are days when we are certainly a Top-25 team.”

NM State was able to seal the match with a 25-13, 25-15, 25-18 decision.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Rallies For Five Set Victory At Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - NM State managed to pull out a win in a five-set thriller against Seattle U on Wednesday night at Seattle Academy.

The Aggies leave Seattle with 3-2 victory over the Redhawks with a 21-25, 26-24, 16-25, 25-16, 15-11 decision.

"I feel very fortunate to come away with a win tonight," head coach Mike Jordan said. "[Seattle U] kicked our butts for the better part of three sets, but we finally put together some good stretches and showed a lot of courage late."

Both times these two schools have faced off this year the matches have gone to five sets, with the Aggies taking both 3-2.

"When [the Redhawks] are healthy, they are a very good team," said Jordan.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Clinches Outright Regular Season WAC Title With 3-1 Win Over GCU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State clinched the WAC regular season title outright on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Grand Canyon on Senior Day.

“I’m really happy for [the seniors]” head coach Mike Jordan said. “They worked really hard. They have done so much. This is really a great way to win [the regular season title] at home, on Senior Day. You can’t write a better script. This is what players and coaches dream about. I’m just proud of everything they have done.”

The Aggies were able to defeat the ‘Lopes in a 25-15, 22-25, 25-9, 25-16 decision, and notched their 12th straight conference win and 14th straight overall.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Bakersfield, Clinches Share Of WAC Regular Season Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In Thursday’s 3-0 win over CSU Bakersfield, NM State clinched a share of the WAC regular season title.

“I’m happy for the players,” head coach Mike Jordan said. “We want to win [the title] outright, and we do that on Saturday hopefully. I think these five senior have done a lot for us and I’m excited they’re going out with a title.”

The Aggies took care of business against the Roadrunners with the 25-21, 25-18, 25-19 decision, their 11th straight win in conference and 13th overall.

The senior trio of Bradley Nash, Andrea Tauai and All-America candidate Gwen Murphy set the pace for NM State. Nash, the Kayenta, Ariz./Monument Valley HS native, led all scorers with 10 kills. Tauai, a native of Tauranga, New Zealand/Tauranga HS, registered nine kills and 14 digs. Murphy, from Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union HS, had nine kills and three blocks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Defeats UMKC 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - NM State continued to roll in conference play with a hard fought 3-1 victory of Missouri-Kansas City on Thursday night at the Swinney Recreation Center.

The Aggies leave Kansas City with their ninth straight win in conference play, with the 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 25-16 decision.

The senior duo of All-America candidate Gwen Murphy and Andrea Tauai set the pace for NM State. Murphy, the Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union HS native led the Aggies in kills with 15 and registered an incredible .500 hitting percentage.

“Gwen is a special player,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “At one in point the match, [UMKC] was tripling her up and still couldn’t slow her down.”

Tauai, a native of Tauranga, New Zealand/Tauranga HS, earned a double-double, with 10 kills and 13 digs. This was her third double-double of the season, with the other two coming against Wichita State and Abilene Christian in September.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>