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Volleyball News

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 >>

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Kelsey Brennan Earns Academic All-District VI

Kelsey BrennanLAS CRUCES, NM - NM State Aggie volleyball player Kelsey Brennan has been named to the ESPN Academic All-District VI Second Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA), Nov. 8.

Brennan, from Monroe, Wash., is majoring in sports medicine and currently has a 3.52 GPA.

While excelling in the classroom, Brennan has played in 89 sets for the Aggies and ranks third in the WAC in hitting percentage at .347. Brennan has 209 kills and a team-high 70 blocks.

"It takes a lot of work, but if you love it, it is worth it," Brennan said. "You may lose some sleep some days, but sports medicine is something I really want to do and it will be well worth the time and effort in the end

Brennan and the Aggies have three more games this season before the WAC tournament Nov. 22-24 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

You can watch Kelsey Brennan the rest of the Aggies in their final regular season game of the season on Aggie Vision, Nov. 17 against Utah State after they return home from the final road trip of the year. The Aggies take on Idaho, Nov. 11 and Boise State, Nov. 13 in Idaho.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kayleigh Giddens Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens has been named Verizon Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 18-24. This is the third WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Giddens and the fifth of her career.

Giddens, from Lubbock, Texas (Frank Phillips JC), led New Mexico State to road wins over Nevada (3-1) and Utah State (3-0) last week. Giddens posted a match-high 23 kills with nine digs and three blocks in the win at Nevada. She then registered a match-high 17 kills with six digs and two blocks against Utah State. On the week, Giddens tallied 40 kills with a .303 attack percentage. She averaged 5.71 kills, 2.14 digs and 0.71 blocks per set over her two matches. There are now six matches where Giddens has marked at least 20 kills. She has posted double-digit kill figures in 19 of the Aggies' 24 matches this season. She also has seven double-doubles this season.

Father And Daugher Share A Passion For Volleyball

Written By: Brock Haroldson for NM State Media Relations

Natasha GiacomazziLAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Aggies defensive specialist Natasha Giacomazzi has never known a time that volleyball was not a part of her life. Her dad Jim Giacomazzi is the head coach of the Wayland Baptist team and Natasha shares her dad's love for the sport.

"We do talk a lot of volleyball. When we're sitting at home, it's always on our minds." Natasha said. While Natasha has not seen much playing time in her freshman season, she hopes to improve her skills and help out the team in any way she can. Natasha has played in nine sets and has five assists and a dig.

Some of the other ways she tries to help the team are to "celebrate big off the court, just talk to them, try and be loud for the team and just be positive." Natasha said she is working on her defense and her serve receives for when she is called upon by NM State coach Mike Jordan. Jordan was one of the reasons Natasha choose to play at NM State.

"I've known Mike for a long time and I know that he's a good coach and has got a good program going and I love the area" Natasha said. Jim Giacomazzi is the director of the Sun Country Region, High Performance volleyball team. He and Natasha had been on the campus of NM State for volleyball events.

"Mike's been a big supporter of the program, so we've been on campus three or four times for training so she's been here and know them for years so it was an easy fit," Jim said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kayleigh Giddens Named WAC Volleyball Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 4-10. This is the second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Giddens and the fourth of her career.

The Lubbock, Texas, native led the Aggies to road wins at San Jose State and Fresno State. She hit .357 with 6.43 kills, 3.00 digs, 0.57 service aces and 7.50 points per set.

"We had a good week on the road and our team played well against two pretty good teams," Giddens said. "I am happy to receive the honor and I hope we can continue to play well."  Continue Reading This Post >>