Volleyball News

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Volleyball News

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Chicago State, Improves To 10-0 In WAC Play

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - NM State volleyball dominated in its 3-0 win over Chicago State on Saturday afternoon at the Jacoby Dickens Center.

The Aggies finished the two match road trip with their 10th straight win in conference play, with the 25-23, 25-18, 25-13 decision.

It was the same story as it has been for most of the season, with the senior duo of All-America candidate Gwen Murphy and recent Aggie of the Week recipient Nathalie Castellanos leading the way for NM State.

Murphy, a native of Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union HS, registered her second straight match of double-digit kills with 10. Castellanos, the Vado, N.M./Gadsden HS native, led NM State with 11 kills and an astonishing .667 hitting percentage.

"Nathalie was really good today, as was Gwen," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We played Gwen a little more on the left, and played Nathalie more in the middle, which was good."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gwen Murphy Earns Second WAC Player Of The Week Honor

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - NM State senior outside hitter Gwen Murphy has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 7-13. This is her second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and her career.

The Elfrida, Ariz. native led the Aggies to a 3-1 record at the Borderland Invitational last weekend, with the only loss coming at the hands of Oklahoma in a thrilling five-set match. Murphy, who had the match high in kills in all four matches, averaged 3.69 kills on .505 hitting and 0.75 blocks per set en route to all-tournament team honors. She opened the week with 15 kills and two blocks in the five-set loss to the Sooners. In a sweep of Robert Morris on Friday, Murphy finished with 14 kills on 15 attempts and no errors for a WAC single-match record .933 hitting percentage, breaking the previous record of .889 set in 1999. Later in the day, she posted 10 kills on .588 hitting to go along with three blocks and two digs. On the day, she had 24 kills on 32 attempts with no errors for a .750 hitting percentage. Murphy closed out the week with a career-high 20 kills and four blocks in a five-set win over Denver.

Gwen Murphy Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball middle blocker Gwen Murphy is the first Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week recipient for the 2015 season, the conference announced on Monday.

Murphy, a senior from Elfrida, Ariz., picks up her first-ever WAC Player of the Week nod. It is also the first volleyball player of the week honor for the Aggies since Desiree Scott brought home a couple in 2013.

“Gwen was fantastic, she works hard and it is paying off,” NM State head coach Mike Jordan said. “Her performance this past weekend has to be one of the best ever here at NM State.”

Murphy led the Aggies to a 3-1 record at the Falcon Classic last weekend, with the only loss coming at the hands of No. 16 Arizona State in a thrilling five-set match.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Picked To Finish Second; Three Aggies Named Preseason All-WAC

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference volleyball coaches have selected Missouri-Kansas City to win the WAC regular-season crown in 2015. The coaches also voted on the preseason award winners and Utah Valley senior middle blocker Lauren Bakker was the pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

UMKC received four of the first-place votes and 45 total points to earn the top spot in the poll. NM State earned two first-place votes and 40 total points, followed by Seattle U with one first-place vote and 37 points in third place. CSU Bakersfield was picked to finish fourth with 33 points and the other first-place vote, followed by Utah Valley in fifth with 28 points. Grand Canyon in sixth with 20 points, while The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Chicago State round out the poll with 13 and eight points, respectively.

UMKC, NM State and Seattle U placed the most players on the preseason All-WAC team with three apiece, while CSU Bakersfield and Utah Valley had two each. Joining Bakker on the preseason team is teammate Macky Fifita, UMKC’s Sydney Crimmins, Jessica Hendin and Taryn Miller, NM State’s Nathalie Castellanos, Gwen Murphy and Bradley Nash, Seattle U’s Matea Mamic, Martina Samadan and Jelena Vujcin, CSU Bakersfield’s Luiza Martins and Kelsee Sawyer, and Grand Canyon’s Natalie Tardy.

The 2015 season begins Friday, Aug. 28, with all eight teams in tournament action. The 2015 WAC Tournament, hosted by UMKC, will be held Nov. 19-21, at Swinney Recreation Center, and will include the top six eligible teams in the regular-season standings.  Continue Reading This Post >>

WAC Announces All-Academic Honors for 2015 Spring Sports, Freshmen and Transfers, Sixty-Six Aggies Honored

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The 2015 Academic All-WAC baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field teams have been announced, in addition to the Academic All-WAC freshmen/transfer teams for all sports.

A total of 311 spring student-athletes were named to the list, while 400 freshmen and transfers were added for a total of 711 student-athletes. 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 honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Releases 2015 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Head coach Mike Jordan announced on Wednesday, May 20, that the 2015 New Mexico State volleyball schedule is finalized and is now released.

Coach Jordan, who heads into his 18th season as the head coach of team, put together a schedule that features 13 home games, including a tournament that features the likes of Oklahoma, Robert Morris, Denver and Brown University. The Aggies will also face top 25 teams such as Texas, who finished the 2014 season at No. 5 nationally, along with Arizona and Arizona State, both of which were in the top 20 to end the season.

The Aggies open things up with the Annual Alumni Match on Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. in the Pan American Center.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Signs Four

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced the signing of four student-athletes for the 2015 season on Thursday, including two players from the state of New Mexico.

Tatyana Battle, Briana Ainsworth, Bryn Popovich and Megan Hart have all signed on to begin playing for Jordan and the Aggies beginning next season.

“It’s an athletic class filled with a lot of size, which is something we need,” Jordan said. “They all come from winning backgrounds and they’re all great young women, we’re excited to have them all.”

Battle just finished her volleyball career at Cibola High School in Albuquerque by leading the Cougars to the 6A state championship. The 6-0 outside hitter led her team to a straight-set win in the championship match over No. 1 Rio Rancho after posting a match-high 21 kills.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Four Aggies Earn All-WAC Volleyball Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - The New Mexico State volleyball team picked up four individual conference awards on Wednesday as the Western Athletic Conference announced its All-WAC and All-Freshman teams along with the WAC Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year.

Aggie juniors Gwen Murphy and Nathalie Castellanos picked up All-WAC second team honors while middle blocker Sasha-Lee Thomas and outside hitter Jordan Abalos were placed on the WAC All-Freshman team.

“Well deserved congratulations to all four players,” Aggie head coach Mike Jordan said. “They’ve all worked hard and are deserving of their honors. We’re very proud of them and their work ethic.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Picked To Win League; Three Aggies Earn Preseason All-WAC Honors

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference volleyball coaches have selected New Mexico State to win the WAC regular-season crown in 2014. The coaches also voted on the preseason award winners and Utah Valley junior middle blocker Lauren Bakker was the pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

New Mexico State received six of the first-place votes with Seattle U earning the other two. The Aggies earned 48 total points, followed by Seattle U with 43. Utah Valley was picked to finish third with 35 points, followed by Missouri-Kansas City in fourth with 27 points, just ahead of Bakersfield in fifth with 26 and Grand Canyon in sixth with 22 points. Texas-Pan American and Chicago State rounded out the poll with 16 and seven points, respectively.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Release 2014 Volleyball Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan recently released the 2014 Aggie volleyball schedule that includes four teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year.

The Aggies start the season with the annual alumni game on August 23 before opening the regular season on the road at a tournament hosted by Utah, Aug. 29-30. NM State faces Missouri State, Montana State and Utah during the two days of play. The Aggies then return home to host the NM State Tournament, which brings North Dakota State, Radford, Grambling and California to the Pan American Center.

Radford is a 2013 NCAA Tournament participant and Cal is at the top of the PAC-12 standings year-in and year-out.

“We’re looking forward to playing some great competition this fall,” said Jordan. “We’ll get tested immediately and we’ll have to play really well in order to get a lot of wins in the non-conference schedule.”

The 2014 non-conference schedule continues with the 2014 NM State/UTEP Tournament, Sept. 12-13. The Aggies will take on Colorado State, a 2013 top-25 team and NCAA Tournament competitor, on Sept. 12 before facing BYU, another 2013 top-25 team and NCAA Tournament participant, Saturday, Sept. 13.

After one more tournament on the road hosted by New Hampshire, which includes Brown University and Rhode Island, on Sept. 19-20, the Aggies open up the 2014 Western Athletic Conference season at home against Grand Canyon, Sept. 25, before facing Bakersfield Sept. 27. NM State plays its first league road match at Utah Valley, Oct. 2 and then heads to Seattle, Wash., Oct. 4 to face Seattle U.

NM State returns for a three-match home slate taking on Texas-Pan American, Oct. 11, Kansas City, Oct. 16 and Chicago State, Oct. 18. The Aggies then head north to face in-state rival New Mexico in a non-conference match, Oct. 20 before returning to WAC action.

The Aggies are on the road against Bakersfield, Oct. 23 and head over to Phoenix to face Grand Canyon for the second time on Oct. 25. NM State then hosts Seattle U, Oct. 30 and Utah Valley, Nov. 11, before wrapping up the season with three road matches; Texas-Pan American, Nov. 8, Chicago State, Nov. 13, and Kansas City, Nov. 15.

The 2014 WAC Tournament is hosted by Bakersfield and will be played in Bakersfield, Calif., Nov. 21-23. NM State faces UTEP in a single match after the WAC Tournament, Nov. 28 in El Paso, Texas.  Continue Reading This Post >>