Volleyball News

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Volleyball News

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.

NMSU Volleyball Picked To Win WAC In Preseason Coaches Poll

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference volleyball coaches have selected NM State to win the WAC regular-season crown in 2016. The coaches also voted on the preseason award winners and Aggie junior middle hitter Sasha-Lee Thomas was the pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

NM State received six of the first-place votes and 48 total points to earn the top spot in the poll. CSU Bakersfield earned one first-place vote and 38 total points, followed by Seattle U with one first-place vote and 34 points in third place. UMKC was picked to finish fourth with 31 points, followed by Utah Valley in fifth with 27 points. UT Rio Grande Valley was picked sixth with 24 points, while Grand Canyon and Chicago State round out the poll with 15 and seven points, respectively.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Media Day Quotes

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan and a group of players met with members of the media on Tuesday for NM State Volleyball Media Day as a part of the beginning of preseason practice to start the 2016 season.

The squad began practice on Monday and will continue with two-a-day practices over the next two weeks leading up to the Crimson and White Scrimmage scheduled for August 20 at 4 p.m. in the Pan American Center.

The Aggies will open up the 2016 campaign on the road as they travel to Las Vegas, Nev. for a tournament hosted by UNLV, and will face off against Albany on Aug. 26 at 1 p.m.

Head Coach Mike Jordan

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Jordan Announces 2016 NMSU Volleyball Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The reigning Western Athletic Conference champion New Mexico State volleyball program has set a challenging 2016 schedule, which will feature two 2015 NCAA Tournament participants.

In total, the Aggies will play 30 matches, and will host 11 of those at the Pan American Center. NM State will co-host the Borderland Invitational with UTEP in Las Cruces and travel to Las Vegas, Nev., Troy, Ala. and Providence, R.I. for three additional tournaments.

Season tickets will go on sale July 26 at 10 a.m. General admission season tickets are only $50, with NM State faculty and staff season tickets priced at just $25.

The Aggies are set to play 14 matches against WAC opponents. Additionally, NM State will host the WAC Tournament on Nov. 17-20. This will mark the first time NM State has hosted the tournament since 2007.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gwen Murphy Named 2015-16 Joe Kearney Award Winner

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State volleyball player Gwen Murphy is the 2015-16 Western Athletic Conference Joe Kearney Award winner. Named in honor of former WAC commissioner Joe Kearney, the awards are given annually to the top male and female student-athletes in the WAC.

The 2015 WAC Player of the Year, Murphy was an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honorable mention All-American, just the seventh player in NM State history to earn the honor. She was also named AVCA first team All-Region, first team All-WAC, was the MVP of the 2015 WAC Tournament and was a three-time WAC Player of the Week. Murphy finished the season ranked 10th nationally with a .421 hitting percentage, the third-highest single-season mark in WAC history.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2016 New Mexico State Athletics Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department, in conjunction with US Bank, is proud to announce the three distinguished former student-athletes selected as this year’s inductees into the US Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame.

The class of 2016 includes baseball All-American Billy Becher, and volleyball All-Americans Stevi Adams Maytubby and Kim Oguh Nield.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at halftime of the Feb. 20 men’s basketball game when the Aggies close their home schedule against Seattle U at the Pan American Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Eighteen Aggies Earn All-WAC Academic Fall Sport Honors

DENVER, CO - The 2015 academic all-WAC men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer and volleyball teams have been announced for the fall. A total of 258 student-athletes including 18 New Mexico State student-athletes representing men's and women's cross country, soccer and volleyball, were named to the list for the fall. To be eligible, 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. The following is a list of the Aggies' fall sport honorees:

Men's Cross Country
Ricardo De Santiago, Jr.
Brett Finton, So.
Stephen Wallace, Jr.

Women's Cross Country
Cristina Amberg, So.
Sofia Bali, So.
Jacqueline DuBois, So.
Mikayla Pulliam, So.
Sydney Salas, So.

Women's Soccer
Gabrielle Campbell, Jr.
Mikaela Haley, Sr.
Micaela Milavec, So.
Alexis Rienks, So.

Volleyball
Nathalie Castellanos, Sr.
Taylor Livoti, Sr.
Bradley Nash, Sr.
Kaylee Neal, So.
Andrea Tauai, Sr.
Kassandra Tohm, So.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gwen Murphy Named AVCA Honorable Mention All-American

Written By: WAC Media Relations

LEXINGTON, KY – NM State senior Gwen Murphy has been named a 2015 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable Mention All-American. This marks the first year all Honorable Mention All-Americans were selected by the selection committee, as previously players who made All-Region were automatically honorable mention if they didn't make one of the three teams.

The WAC Player of the Year and WAC Tournament MVP, Murphy averaged 3.29 kills on .421 hitting, 0.83 blocks and 0.67 digs per set. A three-time WAC Player of the Week during the season, she was named AVCA National Player of the Week for Aug. 24-30, becoming the first Aggie ever to earn the honor. Murphy also broke the WAC record for hitting percentage in a match when she finished with 14 kills on 15 attempts and no errors for a .933 hitting percentage against Robert Morris. The previous record was .889.

The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: Chair: Sherry Dunbar, Indiana University; South Region: Karen Weatherington, UNC Charlotte; East Region: Alma Kovaci, Army; East Coast Region: Dennis Hohenshelt, Virginia; Midwest Region: Melissa Stokes, Missouri State; North Region: Cathy George, Michigan State; Northeast Region: Ryan Baker, Colgate; Pacific North Region: Shawn Garus, Boise State; Pacific South Region: Liz Kritza, Colorado; Southeast Region: Scott Swanson, South Carolina; Southwest Region: Jill Kramer, TCU.