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Volleyball News

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 >>

Aggie Volleyball Adds JUCO Transfer To 2014 Roster

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan recently announced that Andy Tauai as signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball and attend school at NM State starting in August.

Tauai a 5-10 outside hitter who is originally from Tauranga, New Zealand, joins the Aggies after playing at Hillsborough Community College. She was a first team Junior College All-American last year after hitting .372 for HCC as an outside hitter.

“Andy is a tremendous volleyball player and she has a lot to offer,” said Coach Jordan. “She’s a very good back row player and has a great arm. She loves to compete and we know she’ll have a great impact on our team.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Signs Three In Early Signing Period

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Head volleyball coach Mike Jordan recently announced that three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend school and play volleyball at New Mexico State University next fall.

Jordan Abalos, of Safford, Ariz., Kassandra Tohm, from Toronto, Ontario, and Ashlyn Brown, from Fort Meyers, Fla., will be a part of the defending Western Athletic Conference championship team in the fall of 2014.

“This is another great group of athletes that have the potential to make an immediate impact on our team,” said head coach Mike Jordan.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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Aggie Volleyball To Face Arizona In First Round Of NCAA Tournament

On Sunday night the New Mexico State volleyball team learned their first round opponent for the NCAA Tournament. The WAC's regular season and tournament champions will head to San Diego to face regional rival Arizona (20-12) from the Pac-12 on Friday, December 6, 2013 with the match time set for 5:00 p.m. (MT).

With a 22-10 record overall, the Aggies will be making their second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and the seventh overall in program history. The Aggies have one prior win in the NCAA tournament, a 3-1 victory over St. Mary's (CA) in 2008. The Wildcats are making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2011.

The two teams have faced each on thirteen occasions with Arizona winning all thirteen matchups with the latest coming in the 2010 season, a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 26-24) sweep by Arizona.

The winner of the match will face the winner of the No. 9 seed San Diego/UC- Santa Barbara match. The Aggies faced UCSB earlier this season in Berkeley, Calif. at the Cal Molten Classic. The Aggies lost the match in five sets, 25-22, 20-25, 19-25, 25-17, 13-15.  Continue Reading This Post >>