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Volleyball News

Hard Work Drives Whitney Woods To The Top Of Her Game

Whitney WoodsThe date was November 25th, the location Las Vegas, Nevada. Amidst the celebration by the Hawai'i volleyball team and their fans and the consolation of the New Mexico State players by their teammates and parents, Whitney Woods sat alone quietly in the first row in the stands behind the Aggie bench staring off in the distance. Her team had just lost the WAC Tournament championship match to Hawai'i, one of three losses to the Final Four bound Wahine last season.

Losing is never any fun. Losing to Hawai'i in the championship match of the WAC Tournament is even less fun. For Woods, this loss was a little tougher to take. "I took it hard because I knew we were able to beat them. No doubt about it," said Woods. "There were just plays in the game where we let our guard down and let them get in our heads."

Nearly nine months later, Woods enters the 2010 season as one of three seniors on the Aggie volleyball team and was named to the WAC's preseason All-Conference team along with with her teammates Kelsey Brennan, Jennah DeVries and fellow senior Kayleigh Giddens.

The preseason All-Conference pick should come as no surprise to anyone that's watched Woods play the past two seasons, however, for Whitney the metamorphosis into an All-Conference right-side attacker didn't happen overnight.  Continue Reading This Post >>

ESPNU To Televise NM State vs. Hawai'i Match In Las Cruces; Match Moved To Sept. 29th

The Aggies' match against Hawai'i in Las Cruces will be televised by ESPNU and as a result, the match date has been moved from Friday, October 1st to Wednesday, September 29th. The match time has also been changed from 7:00 p.m. MT to 8:00 p.m. MT.

ESPNU will televise four other WAC matches this season including the WAC Tournament championship match on Wednesday, November 25th from The Orleans in Las Vegas, NV.

Wednesday, Sept. 29 - Hawai’i at New Mexico State - 8 p.m. (MT)
Wednesday, Oct. 6 - Utah State at Idaho - 7 p.m. (PT)
Thursday, Oct. 21 - Hawai’i at Idaho - 8 p.m. (PT)
Monday, Oct. 25 - Hawai’i at Utah State - 8 p.m. (MT)
Wednesday, Nov. 25 - WAC Tournament Championship Match - 6:30 p.m. (PT)

Four Aggies Named To Preseason All-WAC Team; NM State Picked To Finish Second

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference volleyball coaches have selected New Mexico State to finish second in the preseason poll, while the Aggies placed the most players on the preseason All-WAC team with four selections, the league office annouced.

The Aggies received 57 points in the poll, while earning one first-place vote, with Hawai'i taking eight first-place votes and earning 64 points. The Rainbow Wahine have been selected to win its 15th-straight WAC regular season title in 2010. Senior outside hitters Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods were Preseason All-WAC selections along with junior setter Jennah DeVries and junior middle hitter Kelsey Brennan. Rainbow Wahine outside hitter Kanani Danielson was selected as the preseason player of the year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Forty Eight Aggie Freshmen And Transfers Earn 2009-2010 Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER -- The 2009-10 academic All-WAC freshmen and transfers have been announced and NM State had 48 student-athletes honored. The Aggies' soccer team led the way with 11 honorees, swimming and diving had nine honorees, Chelsa McDonnell, Camille Schultz and Courtney Schultz earned honors for three different sports, women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. The softball team had seven honorees, baseball had five, men's cross country had four, volleyball, women's basketball and football each had two and the men's and women's golf teams each had one.

The following is the list of freshmen and transfer honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Release 2010 Volleyball Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced 2010 schedule, Wednesday, June 2, which features matches against nine teams that made it to the NCAA Tournament last year, including two matches with a Final Four team.

The Aggies will once again face Hawai'i in league play after the Wahine made it to the final four last season, while also facing powerhouses such as Arizona and Florida State.

"We are excited about the schedule. It's loaded with really good teams once again and we're looking forward to the challenge," Jordan said. "All three of the tournaments we are in this year are tough and we'll be on the road a little more than usual but it'll hopefully toughen us up and make it worthwhile when it comes to selection time for the NCAA Tournament."  Continue Reading This Post >>

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Jennah DeVries Earns AVCA All-American Honorable Mention Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Jennah DeVriesTAMPA, FL - Sophomore setter Jennah DeVries of the New Mexico State volleyball team was recently named to the 2009 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I All-American honorable mention team as selected by members of the AVCA.

DeVries (Denver, Colo.) is the first setter at NM State to earn All-American honors and the sixth player in Aggie volleyball history to gain the accolade.  DeVries is also the third player at NM State to earn the honor during their sophomore season as former Aggies Kim Oguh and Amber Simpson were named All-Americans in 2005 and 2006 respectively.  Head coach Mike Jordan knew he got an outstanding student-athlete when DeVries signed to play with the Aggies two years ago.

"Jennah is a tremendous athlete, has a great work ethic and she is very deserving of this," Jordan said.  "I'm pretty sure she could become a first or second team all-American selection before her career is over, because she is already doing things 99-percent of the setters in our country can't do."

DeVries, who led the Aggies to its eighth straight 20-win season, was second in the Western Athletic Conference in assists marking 10.14 per set, behind Dani Mafua of Hawaii.  Mafua and the Rainbow Wahine ultimately made it to the national semifinals before losing to the eventual champion, Penn State.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jennah DeVries Earns AVCA All-West Region Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LEXINGTON, KY - New Mexico State sophomore setter Jennah DeVries has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-West Region team as it was announced, Wednesday, Dec. 9.

The Denver native was also a first-team all-WAC selection this season as she ranking second in the league with 10.14 assists per set, while her team's hitting percentage (.216) also ranked second in the WAC. Head coach Mike Jordan is excited to see what the future has in store for his star setter.

"We're proud of Jennah and it's a well deserved honor. I'm told over and over again by other coaches what a great player she is and how much fun she is to watch," Jordan. "She's worked very hard and is not only a fantastic setter but a fantastic person as well. I'm looking forward to seeing her continue to develop and lead our team over the next two years."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Goodan Succeeds On The Court And In The Classroom

Written By: Sylvia Quintanilla for NM State Athletics

Kelli GoodanLAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies beat No. 23 Colorado State 3-1 on the road in Fort Collins, Colo., Nov. 28, and it was the last game for senior right side hitter Kelli Goodan to play in crimson and white.

Although the team failed to make an appearance in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, Goodan mentioned the season ended on a high note.

In her final season as an Aggie, Goodan said the team changed through out the year and they connected on a different level at the end.

"We overcame challenges, it was a long season, but felt extremely short," said Goodan.

Knowing how the program is run and expectations from Coach Jordan, are already embedded in a player's mind for returners.

Newcomers need guidance with these things to succeed in the sport on the college level.  Continue Reading This Post >>