Weekly Coach Jordan Interview

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Mike Jordan: To go on the road against two quality teams and get wins is great. Again, two different matches. A high error match with Utah Valley and then our outside hitters did a much better job against Seattle in making attack choices and we located it a little bit better and really did a good job defensively and at the service line in both matches. I saw a lot of really good things and any time you get two wins on the road to pad your lead a little bit down the stretch is great. Tatyana Battle had an outstanding night against Utah Valley with 26 kills and she was really dominant in that fourth set and even though you didn’t win that set she had nine kills and three more in the fifth and carried that over against Seattle. What did you see from her this past weekend?
MJ: She started the Utah Valley match and she made some pretty bad errors and then she got better quickly and that’s key. She didn’t struggle for long. I think after about the middle of the second set she was getting it going pretty good. Obviously we’d like to see somebody play well the whole match but I think the sign of really good players is that they make mistakes sporadically and not in bunches. I was happy to see her bounce back maybe a little quicker than she has sometimes. She made a lot of key plays for us and not just attacking it but at the service line and she made some good digs. She’s an improving player and her upside is pretty good.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/18/16 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/18/16 Your team picked up two wins last week against UMKC and Chicago State but lost at UNM. In the UMKC match you were playing out of system due to an injury to setter Crash Parker. How do you feel your team handled that situation?
Mike Jordan: It was a difficult adjustment. This team is not built for a 5-1, we’re built for a 6-2. We’ll scrimmage every once in a while with the setters in the front row but offensively we’re not really built for a 5-1. It was difficult at times but we got better as the match went on. We figured a few things out. Adapting to injuries is part of what athletes and teams have to do and we did an okay job of it. I don’t think we played great, I don’t think we were as sharp as we needed to be but I thought we made plays when we needed to. How do you think Brianna played with having to play all six rotations and having to play in the front row with the additional playing time from playing full time and playing a five set match?
MJ: She’s in pretty good shape and I think she handled it physically fine. It changes your decision making so that was a difficult adjustment but I thought she got better as the match went on and made some good plays for us.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/11/16 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/11/16 You picked up a pair of wins last week, a sweep against UTEP and a sweep against UTRGV. The UTEP match was a lot of the same stuff we’ve talked about the last two or three weeks where you have a huge advantage in kills but are playing close sets and then the UTRGV match you have a match where the kill numbers are close but the set scores look more like what you would have expected from the UTEP box score.
Mike Jordan: Yeah, they were two completely different matches. Both were sweeps but the UTEP match was a lot of the same for a couple sets which is us scoring our points and theirs for them as well and making it closer than it needed to be until the third set. Again, it’s not an overnight fix. We’re not going to go from one week to the next and show huge improvement. We’re just hoping to limit the number of sets in which we get high error. I think if you start seeing us go from nine or ten errors a set to six and seven more often, if that’s our high watermark, then we’re making progress. We do that some sets. We can have as few as two or three unforced errors but it’s consistency throughout a match that we’re looking for and we just haven’t reached that yet.

UTRGV we did a lot of things right for two sets and they were a little bit more high error than normal. We did a good job of defending them and giving ourselves transition opportunities to score. I think a few of our players offensively played well and I think pretty much everyone played well defensively. I was happy with that effort. The third set they made a switch which kind of threw us for a loop for a little bit. We finally got it figured out and made the adjustments we needed to make but I think it was a pretty good performance. Not unbelievable. We had a couple of players struggle offensively but I think we did what we needed to to get a win against a good team.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/04/16 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 10/04/16 You picked up a pair of wins on the road this past weekend at Bakersfield and Grand Canyon. You talked about Bakersfield being one of the most competitive teams in the WAC and I thought the Aggies played well particularly in closing out the sets.
Mike Jordan: Yeah, I challenged the team last week. Part of the growth process is learning how to compete. Sometimes we have a tendency to think Division I athletes are going to be competitive people all the time and that’s really not true. I think being competitive is something some of them have to learn. Many of them grew up the best player on their team and were never really challenged that much or come from backgrounds where nobody really challenged them that much. Learning how to compete is very important. I had a conversation with Don Ball our former tennis coach and Don said he thinks that those who grow up playing individual sports such as swimming or tennis, track and field, have a leg up in learning competitiveness early on. I think that’s true. I challenged them because I think the Bakersfield team is always excited to play and perform. They know that we’re a good team and they get up for us and I think they get up for everybody. I think they compete against everybody. They understand their deficiencies that they’re not real big but they play their butts off. They’re fun to watch. I think you can come out on top if you’re a super competitive group and win some games that maybe you’re playing against better talent. I challenged us to rise up to their competitive level or try and surpass it. I told them I’m not sure what I’m going to see but I’m looking forward to seeing something different from us. I think they took that as a challenge and did a good job with it.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/27/16 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/27/16 You survived the opening weekend of conference play. What were your thoughts on the two matches?  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/20/16 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/20/16 The team was able to pick up three wins at the Brown Invitational. What did you think about your team’s play?
Mike Jordan: The competition wasn’t like it was the weekend before obviously when we played Arizona, Sac State and Texas A&M but they were able to do some things against us to create some issues against us. Binghamton in particular. They received it well and when you pass it well and you get good swing after good swing you’re going to stay in the game. They pushed us late into sets. We were high error throughout a lot of that match and that made it closer than it needed to be. I thought in the other two matches we were fairly efficient, especially the last one against Brown. We settled down and started making better choices and attack selection. With this group when we’ve been high error, it’s trying to do too much with what you have. Sometimes you just have to get dug. You’re not going to get a kill on a particular set. We have to learn that. We do it at times but you’ve got to be consistent with it. There are times you have to be more aggressive working the ball off the top of the block. When we we’re able to do that we’re pretty good. That Binghamton match you got out to a big lead in the first set but end up losing that set. After the big lead, the rest of that match was really competitive. The second and third sets you had to fight off a couple set points in both of those sets. What did you see from your kids that allowed them to do that?
MJ: Late in those sets are probably the only times, in two and three, that we weren’t high error. We were able to settle down and make some plays and fortunately they made a couple attack errors late in games. But I think the majority of that match we were high error we just happened to be low error when we needed to most and came away with the win.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/14/16 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/14/16 What did your team learn about itself from this past weekend’s matches against Sacramento State, Texas A&M and Arizona?
Mike Jordan: Well, I think we learned some good and some bad. I think the negative is that when we’re struggling, we don’t seem to have emotional leadership right now. I think we get along fine but there’s got to be a stronger voice or two out on that floor demanding the ball, pointing people in the right direction, holding people accountable, etc. The people that did that last year graduated and we’re still struggling to find that in this group. We see it in practices in some instances, not enough. But to do it in a game you’ve got to go outside yourself and be willing to help others. We’ve got to take care of that and pretty quick. We’ve got a couple of people on our team that just need to grow up into that role and take advantage of those opportunities. From that standpoint we’ve got some growing to do. We’ve got a couple of rotations that need work. We’re struggling in two of them in particular that we’ve got to find another way out or two of those rotations. All-in-all, we out pass and and out dig our opponents the vast majority of the time which is great. Since the second weekend we’ve been outserving our opponents fairly consistently and so I like the growth there. We’re figuring out who can do what on the floor and experimenting with some lineups still but we’re getting closer to being a little more settled I think.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/06/16 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 09/06/16 It was a good weekend for the team going 4-0 in the tournament.
Mike Jordan: It was interesting going there. We were trying to host that weekend as well as this coming weekend and we just couldn’t get enough teams to fill the tournament and so we were looking last minute for a tournament and they were nice enough to accommodate us and it turned out well getting four wins. One of biggest things that stood out from the weekend was net kills for the four teams (kills minus errors), just 28 more kills than errors while you had 132 more kills than errors on the weekend, that’s a pretty wide margin. You ended up holding the four teams to a .068 hitting percentage.
MJ: We were the best team there, this isn’t the strongest tournament we play in but I think the reason we were able to be so successful was our service game was much, much better than the week before. We really worked hard all week at trying to convince our players to go back and serve it faster, hit it harder, make it move more. It’s a hard road to go down because players don’t want to miss serves. It’s in them all the time, they just don’t want to miss. But at this level when you serve it lame and soft just to make, the other team is going to be in system and that makes life a lot more difficult. You have to take chances at the service line. What we’re trying to get them to do is change what they do and you know that getting people outside their comfort zone is a difficult thing. For instance, Bri Ainsworth for years in high school stood in the same spot to serve the ball and high school teams struggle passing, club teams as well. She could go back there and hit her medium speed serve and create some stress and pressure against teams like that but she gets here and she serves balls like that and they’re a soft serve. It’s too easy for this level. And then when she goes back and tries to hit it harder standing in the same spot she misses, she’ll miss long a lot. So she’s reticent and so she goes back to serving it soft. Finally we convinced her and Ariadnne Sierra and a couple others that they had to back up. Back up another ten feet and hit it hard and be consistent in doing it. Don’t change your method just because of the result. We convinced them to do that and they served it better. I still think we missed one or two too many balls that were mishit. If we miss, it’s a foot long but it was well struck, that’s not a big deal. When you hit the side of the ball and create a miss, those are the ones we want to avoid and that’s on the player affecting technique. I just liked our service pressure a lot better and some of the ace numbers were pretty high and that got us off to a good start. We’re getting a lot of medium speed stuff back and you can’t do that with a good team like ours.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Mike Jordan Picks Up Career Win No. 400; Aggies Win Two At Troy Invitational

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TROY, AL - With the 3-0 sweep of Valparaiso (2-2) on Friday, New Mexico State head coach Mike Jordan reached rarified air earning his 400th career win. The Aggies (3-2) captured the win with a 25-9, 25-19, 25-21 decision.

"I have had a lot of great players and a lot of great coaches in my career," said Jordan. "I am proud to be the coach here at New Mexico State. Reflecting back, there have been a lot of big wins, but I think about all of the players too. That's the cool part about this win, it brings me back to my first season here and all of the memories."

In his 19th season at NM State, Jordan now holds a career coaching record of 400-179, all with the Aggies. He is the winningest coach in NM State volleyball history, a title he claimed in 2004.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 08/30/16 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 08/30/16 Your thoughts on the opening weekend?
Mike Jordan: We were a couple of points, a couple silly young mistakes from being 2-0 and then getting an opportunity to play UNLV. I was disappointed only in some of the errors that were made, not necessarily that we were making errors. The technique stuff, those types of errors, I’m fine with early in the year especially when you have a young team. The mistakes we made were mental mistakes without aggression. Those were the frustrating ones that I think cost us that match against Santa Barbara. That’s a match I think we win nine out of ten times right now. We just made those critical mistakes late and I think it affected us the next day unfortunately. We didn’t have the same kind of swagger I thought we should and when times got stressful late in games, again we made some silly mistakes. But UNLV has a veteran team loaded with seniors. I think they return every starter from last year. They’re a good team and certainly on their home floor early in the year it’s going to be a tough matchup.

I did see a lot of really good things too. Our kill percentages were good. I think we had pretty good balance. I liked our floor defense quite a bit. We dug a ton of balls. The things that we need to get better at are obviously serving and serving tougher. Late game serving. We need to block it better, we were kind of a mess there. In crunch time we need to be physical and not play not to make mistakes and that unfortunately what happened against Santa Barbara a little bit.  Continue Reading This Post >>