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Volleyball News

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 >>

2009 WAC Awards Banquet Photos

2009 WAC Awards Banquet Photos

Five Aggies Earn All-WAC Volleyball Honors

Five Aggies Earn All-WAC Volleyball Honors

Aggie Volleyball Signs A Pair From Coppell High (TX)

According to a report in the Coppell High School Sidekick, a pair of volleyball players from the Coppell Cowgirls volleyball team will be headed to Las Cruces, N.M. for the 2010 season. Right side hitter Dierdre Pajares and libero Shelby Tamura both signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Aggies.

Pajares, a 6'0" opposite side hitter has recorded 130 kills this season for the Cowgirls. Tamura, a 5'2" libero has recorded 267 digs for the Cowgirls this season. Both players are part of the Texas Advantage Volleyball club system and Pajares was named to the 2009 AVCA High School Watch List.

Tamura was an All-Tournament selection for the Allen Teas Open and the Jenny Eckert Tournament while both Pajares and Tamura were named to the Lone Star Volleyball All-Texas High School Special Recognition team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kayleigh Giddens Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

Kayleigh GiddensDENVER, CO - New Mexico State junior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens has been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 2-8. This is the second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Giddens.

The Lubbock, Texas, native tallied 40 kills, 23 digs and two service aces as NM State went 2-0 in WAC matches last week to remain in second place in the conference standings. Giddens, who posted double-doubles in both matches, averaged 5.00 kills on .281 hitting and 2.88 digs, all well above her season averages. She opened the week with 15 kills on .393 hitting to go with 11 digs in a sweep of Boise State. Giddens followed that up by posting a career-high 25 kills and 12 digs in a five-set win over national block leader Idaho. It was the most kills by an Aggie this season. With the two double-doubles last week, Giddens now has six on the season.

Erin Birmingham Earns ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

Erin BirminghamAggie senior middle blocker Erin Birmingham (Riverside, MO) earned District VI Second Team Academic All-American honors on Thursday as named by ESPN/CoSIDA.

Birmingham carries a 3.88 GPA in Individualized Studies/Exercise Science. Birmingham is currently fifth on the team in kills with 122 and averages 1.56 kills per set. She is second on the team in blocks 88 total blocks including 86 block assists and two solo blocks. She is also third on the team in service aces with 11.

The CoSIDA District VI covers six states, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. To be eligible for the team, a student-athlete must be in their second year at the institution and maintain a 3.30 cumulative grade point average.