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Volleyball News

Aggies Release 2012 Volleyball Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced the 2012 volleyball schedule, Friday, June 15, which features a home tournament as well as five teams that made the NCAA Tournament last year.

"We're going to try to get as many wins against the top-75 RPI teams as we can," Jordan said. "The more teams we play at that level, the more chances we get for those quality wins."

The Aggies open the season on the road in the Northern Illinois Tournament from Aug. 24-25. Teams playing in the tournament include Northern Illinois, North Dakota State, and Wichita State.

After the Northern Illinois Tournament, NM State will host a home tournament featuring Drake, Northwestern, and Cincinnati. Their first home game will come during the tournament against Cincinnati, a participant in last years NCAA Tournament.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jordan Signs Outside Hitter Transfer From Cal

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Lauren LoerchLAS CRUCES, N.M. - Aggie volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced, Wednesday, Feb. 15 that Lauren Loerch will transfer from the California Golden Bears to play and attend school at New Mexico State University in the fall.

Loerch, a native of Georgetown, Texas and a cousin of former Aggie great Stevi Adams (Maytubby), played from 2010-11 for the Cal Bears and helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament this past season.

"We're really excited that Lauren is joining our program. When fans watch her play I think they will be in awe at how quick she is and how well she jumps," head coach Mike Jordan said. "She's 6'1 with great leaping ability, arm speed and a tremendous work ethic. She is really determined to become a great outside hitter and she'll do everything she can to help the team. As a person and as an athlete, Lauren is a great addition to the Aggie family."

Loerch brings experience with her as she played in 34 sets as a sophomore and 20 sets as a freshman. She knows what it is like to be in competitive environments as she played the Final Four during the 2010 season and helped the Bears to reach the 2010 NCAA Championship match.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Forty Nine Aggies Earn 2011 Fall Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER, CO - Forty-nine student-athletes represented New Mexico State University when the Western Athletic Conference released the 2011 fall sports Academic All-WAC Team, Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The five sports represented were Men's and Women's Cross Country, Football, Soccer and Volleyball. Men’s and Women’s Cross Country received the most honors with 11 each, Football and Soccer tallied 10 apiece and Volleyball had seven student-athletes honored.

This list included the likes of All-American honorable mention Jennah DeVries, all-WAC selection Courtney Schultz and Academic All-American David Niumatalolo.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests. The following is a list of the fall sport honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>