Volleyball News

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Volleyball News

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/28/17

bleedCrimson.net: Last week you had a good win against UTEP (3-0) and a tough loss against UTRGV (2-3). What are your thoughts on the two matches?
Mike Jordan: I thought we played reasonably well against UTEP. We're a little bit more physical than they are and we played better volleyball for long stretches. I think rivalry games, there's a lot of emotion in them and I thought we handled it well. We seemed to be pretty confident in our ability to win the match. I saw some progress from some younger players too. We walked away from that happy that we got the win.

UTRGV, I feel the same way about that match as I do the Arizona match the week before and the North Dakota match the week before that. Here we've got a pretty good team on their home court and we're in control of the match and we're up 21-16 in the fourth with a chance to finish it and all of the sudden we stop making plays and start making errors and let them back in it. Then we're up 12-10 in the fifth and again we can't finish. And I didn't like the volleyball on the floor. It seemed to be more of panic and uncertainty than confidence in our ability to make plays which is frustrating when we've got a fair amount of upperclassmen out there, players who have been in these positions a little bit before. I feel like we lost the match more than UTRGV won it. Moving forward, we're trying to find ways to do the right things late game more often. Are we calling the right plays for the right people at the right time? X's and O's wise we are, we're getting people one-on-one opportunities attacking the ball but we're either not hitting it in the right spots or we're hitting it out of bounds. Then we get tight and that doesn't help. The players have to be confident in their ability to make plays in those situations and look forward to that responsibility and we seem to be looking at each other instead.

But again, we played really good volleyball again for long stretches. It's a tale of two teams really and we're expecting our veteran players to come through in these situations and those opportunities are going to keep coming. Hopefully they learn from those mistakes and get it figured out here pretty quick.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/12/ 17

bleedCrimson.net: You're four weeks into the season now, what have you learned about your team through the first three weekends of play?
Mike Jordan: I like the tempo we play at. We've been too high error at times. I think that's been the major bone of contention with the coaching staff. We've just got to take better care of the ball offensively better than we have but we're already seeing some progress. The first two weekends taught us a lot. I think this past weekend, we didn't get the same kind of pressure put on us. We didn't have anybody the caliber as UCLA for instance, but we still made fewer attack errors and better attack choices and I think those two things go hand-in-hand.

We're an improved blocking team from a year ago but we've still got a ways to go. We've got too many bad block touches. We're working hard at that right now, along with the attacking, those are the number one goals in practice.

bc.net: Defensively how is your team? The numbers look good and even the match against UCLA they hit .236 where a team of that caliber, you wouldn't necessarily be surprised to see them hit over .300 early in the season against you.
MJ: Yeah. I'd stack our defense up, obviously blocking is part of that, but as far as the floor defense goes, I would stack us up against anybody. I think we dig it really, really well. We give really good effort all of the time. I've been really pleased with that. We give ourselves a lot of transition opportunities to score because of how many balls we dig and I think we can get better at that too. We've got a couple of players, Natalie Mikels is just a freshman and she's learning every day. But athletically we're quick and I think what we're doing from a system standpoint is really beneficial for us.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMS Volleyball Picked To Win The WAC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State volleyball was picked to win the Western Athletic Conference according to this year’s coaches’ poll, the league announced on Wednesday. The Aggies also placed five players on the Preseason All-WAC team.

“Our team improved quite a bit this past spring. Hopefully we will stay healthy and have a great season,” head coach Mike Jordan said. “We have talent and experience, obviously that’s a great position to be in. Our non-conference schedule will challenge us quite a bit and will give us a chance to figure out our weaknesses heading into WAC play.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: 2017 NMSU Volleyball Media Day

NMSU Volleyball Releases 2017 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball announced its 2017 schedule on Tuesday. The back-to-back Western Athletic Conference regular-season champions anticipate a challenging season as they face six teams that went on to play in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

The 2017 slate for NM State volleyball features 28 regular-season games, including 15 home matches. The Aggies host the NM State SpringHill Suites Invitational and co-host the Borderland Invitational with UTEP.

The team starts the season on the road in South Bend, Ind., where the Aggies face Rhode Island, Valparaiso and tournament host Notre Dame on Aug. 25-26.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Seventeen Aggies Earn Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference today announced the 2016 Academic All-WAC honorees from men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests. A total of 17 student-athletes from New Mexico State were named to the list.

Men's Cross Country
Ricardo De Santiago, Sr.
Marco Perez, Sr.

Women' Cross Country
Cassey Amberg, Jr.
Crissey Amberg, Jr.
Nichole Gomez, So.
Regina Marquez, So.

Women's Soccer
Gabby Campbell, Sr.
Audriana Chavez, So.
Aileen Galicia, So.
Zorena Hazen, So.
Ashley Martin, So.
Rebecca Mazzie, So.
Alexandria Otero, So.
Dominique Rivera, So.
Sarina Stockton, So.

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NMSU Volleyball Announces 2017 Signing Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head volleyball coach Mike Jordan announced the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent to play for the Aggies in 2017.

The signing class joins a solid core of returners from last year’s young squad that went 24-7 overall and 13-1 in Western Athletic Conference play.

Natalie Mikels
5-10 | Setter
Jenks, Okla. | Jenks HS  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ariadnne Sierra Named WAC Libero Of The Year; Five Aggies Earn All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Five players from the NM State volleyball team were honored on Wednesday with all-conference accolades after the Aggies went 23-6 overall during the regular-season and a 13-1 mark in Western Athletic Conference play.

Aggie outside hitters Jordan Abalos and Tatyana Battle garnered First-Team All-WAC honors with 400 and 355 kills apiece. Abalos’ 3.77 kills per set is good for second in the conference while Battle sits in sixth with 3.32 kills per set. Abalos, a junior from Safford, Ariz., wrapped up the season with 15 double-doubles while Battle finished with nine.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ariadnne Sierra Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State junior libero Ariadnne Sierra has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 17-23. This is her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.

The El Paso, Texas, native set two career highs and averaged 6.12 digs, 1.12 service aces and 1.12 assists per set as the Aggies picked up a pair of key road wins last week to remain the only unbeaten team in WAC play. Sierra opened the week with a career-high 31 digs in a five-set win over Utah Valley. She also added five assists and three service aces. In a sweep of Seattle U on Saturday, she finished with 18 digs, a career-high six service aces and four assists to give the Aggies their 23rd consecutive WAC victory and a three-match lead in the WAC standings. Sierra, who entered the week averaging 4.54 digs and 0.29 service aces per set, now ranks third in the WAC in both digs (4.68) and service aces (0.36) per set.