Volleyball News

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Volleyball News

Aggies Add Transfer Setter Ciara Brown

Life after All-American setter Jennah DeVries starts in a couple months with spring practice but the Aggie volleyball team is getting some immediate help in the form of Virginia Commonwealth transfer Ciara Brown.

Brown, a 5'10" setter, is set to enroll in the spring semester at New Mexico State and will be a junior with two years of eligibility remaining at New Mexico State. In her freshman season she averaged a team-leading 6.46 assists per set and was named to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Rookie team. In 2011, Brown was limited to just eight matches due to an injury and averaged 4.54 assists per set.

Brown will join incoming freshman setter Taylor Livoti (Atoscocita HS, Humble, TX) along with sophomore Maggi Jo Keffury among the players looking to fill the setter position vacated by All-American Jennah DeVries.

Jennah DeVries Garners Third Career All-American Honor

The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced the 2011 All-American teams on Wednesday and senior setter Jennah DeVries earned her third consecutive Honorable Mention distinction. DeVries closed out her career with 4,051 assists placing he fourth place all-time at New Mexico State.

DeVries was also a three-time first team all-WAC selection and was named to the WAC Tournament all-tournament team in 2010 and 2011 and was also Academic All-WAC in 2009 and 2010.

Complete AVCA All-American Team list

Hays Named AVCA West Region Freshman Of The Year; DeVries First Team All-West Region, Brennan Honorable Mention

Aggie freshman outside hitter Meredith Hays was honored as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Freshman of the Year for the West Region. Hays set freshman records at New Mexico State finishing the season with 500 kills, second most on the all-time single season kill list.

Senior setter Jennah DeVries earned First Team All-West Region honors for the third consecutive season and is now eligible for All-American honors which will be announced at a later date. DeVries finished the season with 1,219 assists averaging 10.79 assists per set. She also finished with 306 digs good for second on the team.

Senior right-side attacker Kelsey Brennan earned All-West Region honorable mention status for her play this season which included a team-high .355 hitting percentage and 303 kills.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2011 NM State Volleyball Season Recap

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team wrapped up another season of play under head coach Mike Jordan and tallied a 23-10 overall record while finishing tied for second in the Western Athletic Conference with a 10-4 record.

NM State has posted 20 or more wins overall in nine out of the last 10 seasons and with the 23 wins this year Coach Jordan surpassed the 300-win mark. His 300th victory came in a sweep over Nevada in Reno on Oct. 6 as the Aggies have now won 10-straight against the Wolf Pack. In his 14th season at the helm, Jordan is now 308-138 (.691).

Although the Aggies entered the 2011 WAC Tournament as the No. 3 seed they swept San Jose State (25-11, 28-26, 25-13) and Idaho (25-22, 25-22, 25-16) before falling to top-seeded Hawai'i (22-25, 18-25, 20-25) in the championship match. Before the tournament started freshman Meredith Hays was named WAC Freshman of the Year honors, becoming just the second New Mexico State player to do so (Amber Simpson, 2005).   Continue Reading This Post >>

Desiree Scott Named To COBRA Magazine Southwest All-Region Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore middle blocker Desiree Scott of the New Mexico State volleyball team was recently named to COBRA Magazine All-Southwest Region team.

Scott helped her team to a 23-10 record in 2011 by playing in 98 sets and marking 143 kills (1.46/set). She also posted 76 total blocks, 13 of them solo and added eight digs on the defensive side of the net.

"Des was a great role player for us this season and helped in our success this season," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We are excited to see her improve and are proud of her achievement."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Meredith Hays Named WAC Freshman Of The Year; Five Aggies Earn All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State volleyball team was awarded a handful of awards at the Western Athletic Conference volleyball banquet that was held in The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., Sunday, Nov. 20.

Freshman Meredith Hays led the Aggies this season and earned first team All-WAC honors and 2011 WAC Freshman of the Year Honors. Senior setter Jennah DeVries and senior opposite hitter Kelsey Brennan joined Hays on the first team, while senior middle hitter Michelle Kuester and senior libero Kelsi Phillips earned second team honors.

"Jennah and Kelsey have been all-conference for a while and have had great careers," Jordan said. "More than anything they want to help to get us back to the NCAA Tournament."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Signs Three For 2012 Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced the recent signing of three student-athletes that will play and attend school at NM State next fall, Saturday, Nov. 18.

Nathalie Castellanos of Anthony, New Mexico, Alexis Wick of Leander, Texas and Taylor Livoti of Humble, Texas all signed National Letters of Intent to play under Jordan starting in the fall of 2012.

"This is an outstanding group of student-athletes we have signed," Jordan said. "I want thank everyone involved in the recruiting process and especially my staff."

Castellanos helped the Gadsen Panthers to back-to-back 5A state championships and was named Gatorade Player of the Year in New Mexico.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kelsi Phillips Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: N.M. State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior libero Kelsi Phillips has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 1. This is the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for Phillips.

 Phillips, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz. averaged 6.29 digs per set last week as the Aggies defeated Idaho and Utah State to go to 3-0 in WAC play. 

"Phillips has been playing very well for us," head coach Mike Jordan said.  "She is a key part to our success and she continues to help us win matches."

Phillips got off to a good start last week as she marked a career-high 30 digs against Idaho, Sept. 29 then followed that with a 14-dig performance against defending WAC Tournament champions Utah State. The 30 digs is the conference high in WAC matches this season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jennah DeVries Named WAC Player of the Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior setter Jennah DeVries has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 5-11. This is the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for DeVries.  Continue Reading This Post >>

DeVries And Brennan Look To Lead The Aggie Volleyball Team Into 2011

Kelsey Brennan and Jennah DeVriesThere are five seniors leading the 2011 version of the New Mexico State volleyball team, however, two names have graced the roster each of the past three seasons- Honorable Mention All-American setter Jennah DeVries and All-WAC middle hitter Kelsey Brennan.

As freshmen the pair experienced the highs of defeating national powerhouse Hawai'i in Honolulu, sharing the regular season WAC title, reaching the NCAA Tournament and winning the first NCAA Tournament match in program history, a 3-1 victory over St. Mary's. As sophomores they experienced the sting of an NCAA tournament snub and their junior year they felt the frustration of an up and down season that marred by numerous team injuries and eventually saw the team fail to eclipse the 20-win mark for the first time since 2001.

Enter 2011 and the pair of seniors are ready to lead the Aggies' charge back to the NCAA tournament. Bolstered by a heralded freshman class, DeVries and Brennan are excited to see what the team can do on the court. "We have some really talented freshmen this year and they're all going to play a major role," said DeVries.  Continue Reading This Post >>