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Volleyball News

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/31/17

bleedCrimson.net: Last week you talked about wanting to see your team go on the road and play consistently well. You picked up a pair of sweeps but did you see the consistency that you were looking for?
Mike Jordan: I think in some aspects of the game we did. I thought we were pretty efficient offensively all weekend which was great. We passed the ball fairly well the majority of the time. Really the only issue that we had passing it was Carvajal's serve at Chicago State. She has a pretty tough jumper that gave us fits in just one stretch where they were able to go on a couple of point runs in the second set. I thought we did a pretty good job at the service line. There were a couple of people I would have liked to have served it a little tougher but we were pretty solid in those aspects.

We could have blocked it better in a couple areas and defensively we missed a couple of assignments against Chicago State in the first two sets but other than that it was a pretty good weekend and any time you can go on the road and come away with a couple of sweeps and nobody gets hurt, you've gotta be overjoyed. Especially when it gets you back into first place.

bc.net: It was a pretty low error weekend for you offensively, especially the Chicago State match. Are you starting to see your players have better recognition of the decisions they should be making offensively?
MJ: I think it's going in the right direction. I wouldn't say we're great at it yet. We've got some younger players who still have a long ways to go. Every match presents a different dilemma. Teams play different defenses, they have different blocking schemes. Sometimes they change and you have to be adaptable all the time. I think that's the next step in the growth. One team on Thursday will do one thing and another team on Saturday will do something else and you've got to be on point and pick it up quick what they're trying to do to you and work your way around it. Truthfully, I don't think there are that many college volleyball players out there that are great at it. I think there's a large percentage of volleyball players that can physically outmatch their opponent but tactically still have a long ways to go and our players are no different. A lot of it is new to them and it requires a lot of effort on their part in preparation and getting outside your comfort zone or outside the norm. I think we're working at it. I see small change and small improvement and that's a positive.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/24/17

bleedCrimson.net: You picked up a good win on Saturday over UTRGV, your thoughts on the match?
Mike Jordan: There was a lot of emotion in that one. Obviously we were looking forward to competing and then a few points into the first set and Hannah Combs goes down with a dislocated knee and that changes things dynamically for us. We went from, "Hey, let's get after it and compete, we think we're gonna win," kind of attitude to, "Okay, now how do we piece this together in her absence, already being shorthanded." I know some of our players were really upset about Hannah getting hurt and felt terribly for her and the impact that can have on you when you see one of your teammates go down like that. You have to manage that as a team. I was pretty happy with our response. We didn't play all that well for a little while but we kept ourselves in the game and managed to go on a couple of point runs in the first set and snuck away with a 'W' in game one and I think that helped quite a bit. Game two we made a lot of errors, we didn't get some production out of a couple of people that we needed to get so when we dropped that set we decided to make a couple of changes, not only to the lineup but to what we were doing. The players did a good job. They came together, executed better and it was a good win.

bc.net: As a coach, how do you focus your team after something like that. It's something that you've had to deal with several times througout the past 10 years or so. You had Stephanie Ziegler go down at the beginning of a match at the beginning of a season, you had Krista Altermatt went down in the fifth set of a WAC title match against Hawai'i. Unfortunately, you've had experience with this type of thing. How do you deal with that with the team?
MJ: Well in the moment it's really just about getting them to understand that injuries are a part of the game and they'll be back eventually and they'll be okay and they're going to get taken care of and now we've gotta push the restart button and get going again. Easier said than done. You really rely maybe on the adrenaline and the competitiveness of your team. They're the ones that really have to help each other and find ways to compensate for the loss of a teammate. I think the players have done a good job of that in the past. It's certainly no fun. You start to feel a little bit paranoid or snakebit sometimes when you have things like this happening to the team. You get in there and again, it's a opportunity for somebody to step up and do a little bit more to help their team win.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>

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 >>

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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