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Volleyball News

Keith Rubio Hired As Aggie Volleyball Assistant

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Head coach Mike Jordan announced that Keith Rubio will be the next assistant coach for the New Mexico State volleyball team, Thursday, Feb. 17.

"We're really excited to have Keith (Rubio) on staff," Jordan said. "He's a tireless worker and a great guy. He'll bring a lot of energy and experience to the gym and handle a lot of our day to day recruiting."

Before coming to New Mexico State, Rubio spent seven seasons as head coach at Quincy University. He guided the Hawks to 13 wins in 2008 and increased the teams win total in his first three years. He also led the Lady Hawks to a 19-14 record in 2007, their highest win total since 1998.

Rubio was the assistant head coach of the women's volleyball team at the University of Oregon. He worked as the program's recruiting coordinator and camp director. He worked with the setters, middle hitters and liberos.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Forty Two Fall Sports Aggie Athletes Earn Academic All-WAC

DENVER, CO - The 2010-11 Academic All-WAC men’s and women’s cross country, football, soccer and volleyball teams were announced for fall. A total of 330 WAC student-athletes were named to the list for the fall including 42 student-athletes from New Mexico State. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.0 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 at New Mexico State:  Continue Reading This Post >>

2010 Aggie Volleyball Season Review

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team finished second in the Western Athletic Conference for the fifth time in six years in 2010 after finishing 12-4 in league play.

Head coach Mike Jordan is proud of his program and how his student-athletes showed adversity, fighting through injuries and other obstacles throughout the year. The Aggies ended the year with an 18-13 record while Jordan took his career-record to 285-128 (.690), needing just fifteen more wins to reach the 300-milestone.

The Aggies were picked second in the preseason coaches poll, receiving 57 points and earning one first-place vote. Senior outside hitters Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods were selected as Preseason All-WAC selections along with junior setter Jennah DeVries and junior middle hitter Kelsey Brennan. That was just the beginning of the honors for the Aggies.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Texas Tech To Name Aggie Volleyball Assistant Don Flora As Next Head Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LUBBOCK, TX - Texas Tech University is holding a press conference, Friday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. (CT) to announce the hiring of Don Flora as their eight volleyball head coach in school history.

Flora has spent the past two seasons with the Aggies and helped the team to a 38-22 record while holding the top-assistant position under head coach Mike Jordan. Flora spent his tenure at NM State as the recruiting coordinator and his responsibilities to the program included directing recruiting activities, daily practice instruction with the student-athletes and involvement in daily program growth and development.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jennah DeVries Earns AVCA All-America Honorable Mention Honors

Jennah DeVriesKANSAS CITY, MO - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the All-America teams on Tuesday, December 15 and junior setter Jennah DeVries earned honorable mention honors for the second consecutive season. DeVries becomes just the second Aggie to earn All-American honors multiple times.

The All-American honor is the latest in a list of accomplishments this season as DeVries was also named First Team All-WAC and AVCA West Region First Team.

DeVries, a native of Sedalia, Colo., earned the honor for the second consecutive year as she led the Aggies and was second in the Western Athletic Conference at 11.06 assists per set.

DeVries finished the season with 1,205 assists and now has 2,833 assists in her career. She is sixth on the Aggies' career assists list passing Jill Hendry who played for NM State from 1987-88. She is now behind Jessica Rombach (1996-99) who posted 3,031 assists in her career while Christine Jinbo tallied 4,294 from 1993-96 to sit atop the all-time list.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jennah DeVries And Kayleigh Giddens Earn AVCA West Region Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Jennah DeVriesLEXINGTON, KY - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the all-region teams Tuesday, Dec. 7, with junior setter Jennah DeVries earning West Region honors and senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens earning honorable mention honors.

DeVries, a native of Sedalia, Colo., earned the honors for the second consecutive year as she led the Aggies and was second in the Western Athletic Conference with 11.06 assists per set. Dani Mafua of Hawaii, was also named to the West Region team and didn't have many more assists than DeVries as she averaged 11.19 per set.

Giddens led the WAC and is currently fifth in the nation in kills per after averaging 4.84 per set. She also led the WAC in points per set with 5.33 on the year, which ranks her sixth nationally.

"Jennah and Kayleigh had good seasons' statistically and we are happy for them to be honored," head coach Mike Jordan said. "It is well deserved."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Team Rested And Ready For Showdown With Utah State In WAC Semifinal Match

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State volleyball team doesn't want the season to end tonight against Utah State in the WAC Tournament semifinals. Utah State ended the Aggies' season in 2005 in the WAC tournament and swept the Aggies in Las Cruces last week. Junior setter Jennah DeVries says that the team is plenty motivated heading into tonight's match. "Coach [Jordan] said to us, 'You have two games left if you want it.' " She added, "It's up to us, that's motivation in and of itself."

The Aggies will need to pass better tonight than they did less than a week ago in Las Cruces to avoid Utah State's block. NM State was blocked 15 times by Utah State in that match and had 31 attack errors in just three sets. "We have to pass better. We passed it terrible at our place and they were able to just go stand in front of us," said Coach Jordan. "We have to be a little bit smarter attacking. If you make a bad pass and you know you've got two blockers in front of you on a high ball, you can't hit it right into them. You've gotta go off the fingertips and do that more often. Our outside hitters need to be a bit smarter in those situations."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Five Aggies Earn All-WAC Honors; Three Named To First Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS - Four New Mexico State volleyball players earned Western Athletic Conference honors as the awards were announced at the WAC Volleyball Tournament banquet, Sunday, Nov. 21, in Las Vegas. The award winners were selected by the league's head coaches.

Senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens, junior middle hitter Kelsey Brennan and junior setter Jennah DeVries earned first team All-WAC honors while senior outside hitter Whitney Woods tabbed second team honors.

It is the second consecutive season for Giddens, Brennan and DeVries to earn first team honors, while Woods earned first team honors in 2009.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kayleigh Giddens Sets Single-Season Kills Record But Aggies Swept By Utah State On Senior Night

The Aggies bid farewell to their two seniors Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods on Wednesday night and Giddens recorded 14 kills to become the Aggies' all-time single season kills leader with 513 kills but the Aggies were swept by Utah State 3-0 losing 25-21, 19-25 and 20-25 to fall to 18-12 and 12-4 in WAC play as they head to Las Vegas, NV for the WAC Tournament.

Set one saw runs by both teams as Utah State jumped out to a 7-4 lead before New Mexico State would put together a 7-1 run to go up 11-8. The Aggies would push their lead to four points up 13-9 after a kill by Whitney Woods but Utah State would put together a 6-0 run to go head 15-13. New Mexico State would answer Utah State's run with a 6-1 run to go up 19-16 as the Aggies would get a pair of kills by Kayleigh Giddens, Whitney Woods and a double-block by Woods and Desiree Scott as the run was capped by a kill from Rocio Gutierrez. Utah State would go on a 3-1 run to tie the set at 20-20. New Mexico State would take a 21-20 lead on a kill by Kelsey Brennan but the UtAgs would run off the final five points of the set to take set one 25-21.

The Aggies fell behind 8-2 early in set two and still trailed by six down 12-6. The Aggies would trim the Utah State lead to four points at 15-11 after an attack error by USU's Liz McArthur. The Aggies would still trail by four points down 18-14 after an attack error by McArthur. Utah State would push their lead to six points at 22-16 and put the set away winning 25-19 on a kill by McArthur.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Signs Three For 2011 Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head volleyball coach Mike Jordan announced that three recruits have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and play at New Mexico State University.

Meredith Hays of Hereford, Texas, Jocelyn Leichner of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Bradley Nash of Kayenta, Ariz. have all signed with the Aggies to play next fall. All three are listed as outside hitters but are versatile enough to play other positions. Head coach Mike Jordan and his staff are excited to see what these three players can do for the program when they arrive to NM State.

"To say we're excited about this recruiting class is a huge understatement," Jordan said. "They're all great athletes and even better people."  Continue Reading This Post >>