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Volleyball News

Aggie Volleyball Tops Preseason Coaches Poll; Loerch And Scott Named Preseason All-WAC

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 2013. The coaches also voted on the preseason award winners and Idaho junior middle blocker Alyssa Schultz was the pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

New Mexico State received seven of the first-place votes with Idaho earning the other two. The Aggies earned 62 total points, followed by Idaho with 58. Utah Valley was picked to finish third with 44 points, followed by Seattle U in fourth with 39 points, just ahead of Bakersfield in fifth with 38 and Kansas City in sixth with 35 points. Texas-Pan American, Grand Canyon and Chicago State rounded out the poll with 21, 17 and 10 points, respectively.

Idaho placed the most players on the preseason All-WAC team with three, while Bakersfield, New Mexico State and Utah Valley had two apiece. Joining Schultz on the preseason team are teammates Katelyn Peterson and Taylor Wilkinson, Bakersfield’s Debora Araujo and Fernanda Gonçalves, New Mexico State’s Lauren Loerch and Desiree Scott, Utah Valley’s Brookelyn Hall and Lauren Stringham, Emma Hagedorn of Kansas City, Mackenzie Phelps of Grand Canyon, and Martina Samadan of Seattle U.

The 2013 season begins the weekend of Aug. 30 with all nine teams in action. The 2013 WAC Volleyball Tournament, hosted by Grand Canyon, will be held Nov. 25-27, at GCU Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., and will include the top six eligible teams in the regular-season standings.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jordan Adds Ben Wallis As Assistant Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced on Tuesday, Aug. 6, that he has added Ben Wallis to his staff as an assistant coach starting immediately.

Wallis returns to NM State after coaching at the University of New Mexico for the past two years. His primary responsibilities with the Aggies include scouting, defensive games plans while also assisting with recruiting, camps and on-court coaching.

“We’re excited that Ben is an Aggie again,” Jordan said. “He’ll help a great deal on the court, do a lot of the video work and help a great deal with recruiting as well.”

Wallis, who is now in his second stint with NM State, brings more than a decade of coaching experience with him to the program. He was an assistant under Jordan from 2006-08.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Announces 2013 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced the 2013 volleyball schedule that features 16 home matches, a home tournament and a trip to Honolulu. The 2013 season starts with the Annual Alumni Match on Aug. 24 before the regular season starts, Aug. 30 at a tournament hosted by California.

The 16 matches at home are the second most ever played in Las Cruces, but is the highest number of matches played in the Pan American Center. There were 17 home matches in 2006, although the majority of those matches were played in the Las Cruces High School Gym.

NM State warm up for the season with the Annual Alumni Match on Aug. 24 in the Pan Am Center then immediately heads out on the road playing in two different tournaments. Two of the six teams the Aggies play in those two weeks finished in the top 15 nationally in 2012 according to the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Meredith Hays Earns AVCA West Regional Honorable Mention

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LEXINGTON, KY - New Mexico State sophomore Meredith Hays has earned honorable mention honors on the 2012 All-West Region team that was announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), Tuesday, Dec. 4. She is one of three WAC volleyball players to be selected to the team.

The outside hitter and native of Hereford, Texas joins Utah State's Shay Sorenson as an honorable mention honoree, while UTSA's McKenzie Adams was selected to the team.

Hays, the reigning West Region Freshman of the Year, was named MVP of the WAC Tournament after leading the fourth-seeded Aggies to the title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She ranked third in the WAC in kills (3.92) and points (4.48) and fifth in service aces (0.28) per set. A first team All-WAC selection, she was named WAC Player of the Week once this season.

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Aggie Volleyball To Face No. 12 Seeded BYU In NCAA Tournament First Round

2012 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship Bracket

Four days after capturing their first WAC tournament championship sealing their first trip to the NCAA tournament since the 2008 season the New Mexico State (22-10) volleyball team learned their first round opponent. The Aggies will face No. 12 national seed BYU (26-3) from the West Coast Conference. The match will be played in Provo, Utah on Friday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m. (MT).

The Cougars tied for the WCC regular season title with San Diego but won the conference's automatic bid via a tiebreaker. The Cougars are 26-3 overall and 12-0 at home. The Cougars were undefeated in non-conference play with wins overall pair of Aggie opponents Wichita State (3-2) and Colorado State (3-1).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Three Aggies Earn All-WAC Volleyball Honors

Written By: WAC Media Relations

SAN ANTONIO, TX - The 2012 WAC volleyball award winners, as selected by the league’s head coaches, were announced tonight at the WAC Tournament banquet. UTSA junior outside hitter McKenzie Adams was named WAC Player of the Year, while teammate Annie Kunes was named Libero of the Year. Utah State’s Elle Brainard captured Freshman of the Year honors, while head coach Grayson DuBose was named WAC Coach of the Year.

Nine of the 10 schools were represented on the teams, led by top-seeded Utah State with four players on the first team and two on the second team. No. 3 seed UTSA had one player on the first team and three on the second team, while Idaho and New Mexico State both had two first-team selections and one second-team pick.

Adams earned WAC Player of the Year honors after leading the league in kills (4.73) and points (5.30) and ranking seventh in digs (3.77) per set. She was named WAC Player of the Week five times during the season and posted double-doubles in 13 of the 18 WAC matches. In the most recent NCAA statistics, Adams ranked 25th nationally in kills per set and 33rd in points per set.

Kunes earned Libero of the Year honors after leading the WAC with 5.39 digs per set. The freshman posted double-digit digs in 15 of the 16 WAC matches in which she played and had 20 or more digs in seven WAC matches. In the most recent NCAA statistics, the second team All-WAC pick ranked 64th nationally in digs per set.

Brainard earned Freshman of the Year honors, becoming the second Aggie to do so. She averaged 1.63 kills and 1.38 blocks per set in WAC play. Brainard ranks second in the WAC and 17th nationally in overall blocks per set. Her 143 block assists on the season rank third on the Aggies’ single-season list, while her 149 total blocks rank fourth.

DuBose led his team to its first-ever WAC regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament. This is the second time in his career he’s earned the honor (2007).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Meredith Hays Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State sophomore outside hitter Meredith Hays has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 20-26. This is the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for Hays.

The Hereford, Texas native tallied 63 kills, 29 digs, five assists and five blocks over three matches en route to earning MVP honors at the Northern Illinois Invitational last week. Hays averaged 5.25 kills on .348 hitting, 2.42 digs, 0.42 assists and 0.42 blocks as she led New Mexico State to the tournament title with wins over Wichita State, North Dakota State and Northern Illinois. She opened the week with 20 kills, eight digs and two blocks in a win over Wichita State, which received votes in the AVCA preseason poll. Against North Dakota State, Hays posted a double-double of 25 kills on .400 hitting and 10 digs. She closed out the tournament with 18 kills, 11 digs and three blocks at Northern Illinois for her 14th career double-double. She posted the match-high in kills in all three matches.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Season Tickets On Sale

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 >>