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Volleyball News

Kayleigh Giddens Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 18-24. This is the third WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Giddens and the fifth of her career.

Giddens, from Lubbock, Texas (Frank Phillips JC), led New Mexico State to road wins over Nevada (3-1) and Utah State (3-0) last week. Giddens posted a match-high 23 kills with nine digs and three blocks in the win at Nevada. She then registered a match-high 17 kills with six digs and two blocks against Utah State. On the week, Giddens tallied 40 kills with a .303 attack percentage. She averaged 5.71 kills, 2.14 digs and 0.71 blocks per set over her two matches. There are now six matches where Giddens has marked at least 20 kills. She has posted double-digit kill figures in 19 of the Aggies' 24 matches this season. She also has seven double-doubles this season.

Father And Daugher Share A Passion For Volleyball

Written By: Brock Haroldson for NM State Media Relations

Natasha GiacomazziLAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Aggies defensive specialist Natasha Giacomazzi has never known a time that volleyball was not a part of her life. Her dad Jim Giacomazzi is the head coach of the Wayland Baptist team and Natasha shares her dad's love for the sport.

"We do talk a lot of volleyball. When we're sitting at home, it's always on our minds." Natasha said. While Natasha has not seen much playing time in her freshman season, she hopes to improve her skills and help out the team in any way she can. Natasha has played in nine sets and has five assists and a dig.

Some of the other ways she tries to help the team are to "celebrate big off the court, just talk to them, try and be loud for the team and just be positive." Natasha said she is working on her defense and her serve receives for when she is called upon by NM State coach Mike Jordan. Jordan was one of the reasons Natasha choose to play at NM State.

"I've known Mike for a long time and I know that he's a good coach and has got a good program going and I love the area" Natasha said. Jim Giacomazzi is the director of the Sun Country Region, High Performance volleyball team. He and Natasha had been on the campus of NM State for volleyball events.

"Mike's been a big supporter of the program, so we've been on campus three or four times for training so she's been here and know them for years so it was an easy fit," Jim said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kayleigh Giddens Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 4-10. This is the second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Giddens and the fourth of her career.

The Lubbock, Texas, native led the Aggies to road wins at San Jose State and Fresno State. She hit .357 with 6.43 kills, 3.00 digs, 0.57 service aces and 7.50 points per set.

"We had a good week on the road and our team played well against two pretty good teams," Giddens said. "I am happy to receive the honor and I hope we can continue to play well."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kayleigh Giddens Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 20-26. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Giddens and the third of her career.

The Lubbock, Texas, native led the Aggies to a pair of wins over Louisiana Tech to open WAC play. She hit .513 with 7.67 kills, 3.33 digs, 0.50 service aces and 8.42 points per set over the two matches. In the first match against the Lady Techsters, Giddens posted her WAC-leading seventh double-double of the season with a season-high 24 kills and 12 digs. She also added three blocks and a service ace. In the second match against LA Tech, she tallied 22 kills on a career-high .556 hitting to go with eight digs and two service aces.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Giddens And Brennan Named To FSU Invitational All-Tournament Team

Aggie senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens and junior middle hitter Kelsey Brennan were named to the 2010 FSU Invitational All-Tournament Team. The Aggies opened up the 2010 season in Tallahassee and recorded a 2-1 record in the event defeating Florida International 3-1, Florida A&M 3-0 while losing 3-1 to No. 15 Florida State.

Brennan finished with a team-high .418 hitting percentage with 29 kills. Brennan recorded 13 kills against Florida International hitting .455 for the match and added 10 kills against Florida A&M hitting .500 for the match.

Giddens led the team with 51 kills and recorded 19 kills against Florida A&M while hitting .536 on the match. Giddens also added 26 digs in the three matches including 13 against Florida International.

Select Aggie Volleyball Matches To Be Streamed On ESPN3.com

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State athletics department is proud to announce that all of this year's volleyball matches produced for the Aggie Vision television network will also be available on ESPN3.com (formerly ESPN360). ESPN3 is a broadband channel distributed by participating Internet service providers (ISP).

"Through AggieVision, more people have been exposed to New Mexico State University than ever before," said Steve Macy, Associate Athletic Director. "This partnership with ESPN3 allows that trend to continue and permits even more fans and alums to learn about the university and its programs."

Aggie Vision serves up its first volleyball broadcast of the season on Friday, September 3 when New Mexico State faces I-10 rival UTEP. That broadcast begins at 7:00 PM. Additional games on Aggie Vision and ESPN3 include:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Receives Votes In AVCA Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll

The AVCA Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll was released today and New Mexico State received 14 votes placing them 41st in the rankings. The Aggies' regular season schedule includes nine matches against teams that are either ranked or are receiving votes.

New Mexico State will face #15 Florida State and Florida International (receiving votes) in the FSU Invitational on Friday, August 27th. On September 10th and 11th the Aggies will face Rice who is receiving votes and then #23 LSU. NM State will then travel to Albuquerque to face in-state rival New Mexico who is also receiving votes before heading to Tucson for the Arizona Invitational on September 17th and 18th where they'll face Pepperdine (receiving votes) and #18 Arizona.

The Aggies will then host #5 Hawai'i in a nationally televised match on ESPNU on September 29th at 8:00 p.m. MT and then four nights later will host #18 Arizona. The Aggies will travel to Honolulu to face the #5 Wahine on Sunday, October 31st.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Volleyball Practice Photos :: 08/12/10

NM State Volleyball Practice Photos :: 08/12/10

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 >>