Aggies Head North to Take on Utah State and Idaho
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  10/25/2011

This week: The New Mexico State volleyball team takes on Utah State and Idaho on the road this week in Western Athletic Conference play.  NM State takes on the Northern Aggies, Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7pm (MT) in Logan, Utah before heading to Moscow, Idaho to play the Vandals, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8pm (MT).

Radio Coverage: NM State has four regular-season matches left on the schedule to air over the radio waves by the Aggie Sports Network on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with Kyle Doperalski giving the play-by-play action.  Both matches this week are scheduled to air over the radio waves and fans can also listen in from anywhere around the world on the Internet by going to www.NMStateSports.com.  Just click on the live events link to access the coverage for a fee.  Any post-season matches the Aggies play will also air on the radio.

Television Coverage: The NM State volleyball team has two home matches left on the schedule to air on television, each produced by the AggieVision Production team. NM State faces Fresno State and Nevada on TV, Nov. 3 and Nov. 6 respectively in Las Cruces. Both matches start 7pm (MT).

Matches produced by AggieVision will also be available free of charge on the Internet at ESPN3.com. Fans can go to www.AggieVision.tv or check local listings for airtimes. Please check with your local cable or satellite provider for airtimes.

Live Stats on the Web:  Live stats will be available for fans at www.NMStateSports.com at no cost all season long.  Fans can click on the Live Events link at the top of the NMStateSports.com home page to access the live stats.

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About NM State:  The Aggie volleyball team is 18-5 overall and 7-1 in league play after sweeping Louisiana Tech for the second time this season last week. NM State has won eight out of its last ten matches and went on its second six-match winning streak defeating Louisiana Tech, Idaho, Utah State, UNM, Nevada and Fresno State from Sept. 24 through Oct. 8.

The Aggies are averaging 13.87 kills per set so far this season and 13.96 in WAC play. NM State is hitting .217 as a team this year, which is second best in the WAC, while holding opponents to a .148 hitting percentage, which ranks No. 1 in the league. 

The highest hitting percentage for a single match this year is .392, which came two weeks ago against San Jose State when the Aggies posted 48 kills on 97 attempts with only 10 errors. The Aggies tallied a season-high 65 kills against Hawai'i, Oct. 12. NM State posted a season-high 59 assists against Colgate, Sept. 10 and a season-high 87 digs against Northwestern State in San Marcos, Texas, Sept. 10.  The Aggies put up a season-high nine service aces against Louisiana Tech, Sept. 24 and a season-high 13 total team blocks twice. This first time it happened was against New Mexico, Oct. 4 and the second-time happened against Fresno State, Oct. 8.

Senior Kelsey Brennan posted the highest hitting percentage (min. 12 kills) this season when she marked 16 kills on 24 attempts without committing an error for a .667 percentage against Northwestern State, Sept. 10.  Freshman Meredith Hays has the most kills in a match with 22.  She accomplished the feat against No. 5 Hawai'i, Oct. 12 in Las Cruces.  Before that she tallied three matches with at least 21 kills and the first time she did it was against Houston Baptist, Sept. 9. Hays did it again the following day against Texas State. The last time she posted 21 kills was Sept. 16 against Colgate.

The Aggies have posted two six match winning streaks this season. NM State has won its last six matches starting on Sept. 24, when the Aggies swept Louisiana Tech in the WAC season opener.  The first streak was from September 9 through September 16, and included wins over Louisiana-Lafayette, Houston Baptist, Northwestern State, Texas State, UTEP and Colgate.

NM State ended the 2010 regular season with an overall record of 18-13 with a 12-4 record in Western Athletic Conference play.  The Aggies return for their 38th season of play and its seventh season in the WAC.

Despite finishing in second place in league play, NM State fell to Utah State in the first round of the WAC Tournament in five sets.  Former Aggie Kayleigh Giddens had 29 kills in the loss.  Giddens was the team's kill leader for the season with 542 and now holds the Aggie record for kills in a season. 


Utah State: NM State faces the Aggies of Utah State once again in WAC conference play. NM State faced Utah State was on October 1 in Las Cruces, N.M. and NM State won in three straight sets, (25-23, 25-22, 25-18). Meredith Hays led the Aggies of NM State with 10 kills and and Jennah DeVries with 36 assists. Rachael Orr, who had 14 kills, and Paige Neves, who tallied 30 assists led Utah State in the match.

Utah State is currently 9-13 overall and 4-5 in the WAC. Liz McArthur leads her team with 306 kills and 195 digs and Paige Neves with 631 assists averaging 8.89 per set.  NM State leads the all-time series 40-26.

Idaho: The Aggies face Idaho in WAC play yet again. NM State faced Idaho September 29 in Las Cruces, N.M. and won 3-1 (25-18, 14-25, 25-23, 25-22). Meredith Hays led the Aggies in the win with 19 kills and Jennah DeVries tallied 42 assists. Alicia Milo led the Vandals with 16 kills and Jennifer Feicht added 32 assists.

Idaho is currently 11-11 overall and 5-4 in WAC conference play. The Vandals are led by Allison Walker with 292 kills and 206 digs and Jennifer Feicht with 649 assists.  With the win earlier this season, NM State now leads the all-time series 13-12.

Head Coach Mike Jordan:  Jordan is in 14th year coaching at NM State.  He is the all-time winningest coach in the programs history with a record of 303-133 giving him a winning percentage of .695.  He has been named coach of the year five times while at NM State, twice in the Sun Belt and three times in the WAC.  Before coming to NM State, Jordan spent time as an assistant at both Cameron and Utah State.

Jordan's Aggies have made it to the NCAA Tournament five times in the past eight seasons.  In the 2008 tournament, The Aggies defeated St. Mary's College 3-1 to advance to the second round of the tournament for the first time in school history.

Jordan picked up career win No. 300 when the Aggies swept Nevada in Reno, Thursday, Oct. 6.

Record Watch: Returning Senior setter Jennah DeVries led the team in assists during the 2010 season with 1,205.  After posting 850 assists this season, she now has 3,683 assists all-time, which has her ahead of former Aggie Temre Kuester for fourth on the all-time assist list at NM State.  Kuester tallied 3,092 assists for the Aggies from 1987-90.

DeVries needs 418 more assists to catch former Aggie setter Jackie Choi (2004-06), who is third on the all-time assist list with 4,101.  Former setter Christine Jinbo (1993-96) holds the NM State career-record with 4,294.

Senior libero Kelsi Phillips posted a career-high 30 digs against Idaho, Sept. 29, which is in the top five for digs in a four-set match. She heads into this week's play with 942 career-digs and needs 54 more to move into the top-10 in the all-time records list at NM State. Former Aggie Lisa Roberson (1985-88) holds the No. 10 spot on the all-time Aggie list for digs with 996. Former All-American libero Krystal Torres (2005-08) holds the all-time record for digs with 1,942.

Senior Kesley Brennan has 295 total blocks on her career and could move into the top 10 in the Aggie record books with 24 more total blocks this year.  Former Aggie Whitney Woods (2007-10) holds the No. 10 spot on the all-time total blocks list with 319, while former All-American Amber Simpson (2005-08) owns the Aggie record with 515.

Aggies in the WAC:  NM State heads into the week with a 7-1 in WAC play. The Aggies still lead the WAC with an opponent hitting percentage of .148.  NM ranks second in the WAC in assists (12.87/set average), hitting percentage (.217), and kills (13.87/set).

Freshman Meredith Hays leads the WAC in kills (4.39/set), and points (4.85/set), while senior Jennah DeVries is third in the conference in assists (10.76/set).  Senior Michelle Kuester is fourth in the conference in blocks (1.22/set) and senior, Kelsey Brennan is second in the WAC with a hitting percentage of a .348.

Senior Kelsi Phillips is fourth in the league in digs (4.13/set) and ninth in service aces (0.27).

Aggies in the Nation: New Mexico State is ranked 30th out of 322 teams across the nation in match W-L percentage and is No. 39 for assists per set with 12.79.  The Aggies are ranked 37th in kills per set averaging 13.79.

Freshman Meredith Hays is ranked individually at 18th in the nation with 4.39 kills per set.  Hays is also ranked at 22 with 4.87 points per set.  Jennah DeVries is No. 45 with 10.76 assists per set.  Senior Michelle Kuester is ranked 47th in the nation with 1.22 blocks per set as well as No. 238 with a .289 hitting percentage.  Kelsey Brennan is ranked 65th with a hitting percentage of .348.  Senior libero Kelsi Phillips is No. 175 in the nation with 4.13 digs per set.

Looking Ahead: New Mexico State will be home next week with matches against Fresno State and Nevada.  The match against Nevada, Nov. 5 will be senior night and is scheduled air on Aggie Vision and ESPN3 at 7PM.  Live stats will be available online at www.NMStateSports.com.

Double-Doubles: The Aggies have posted 21 double-doubles this season with 10 from Jennah DeVries, nine from Meredith Hays, one from Brynja Rodgers and one from Stephanie Ziegler. DeVries marked the first one, Aug. 26 against Nebraska when she had 40 assists and 17 digs. 

DeVries and Hays each tallied a double-double last week against Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La.  DeVries posted 29 assists and 14 digs, while Hays added 13 kills and 12 digs.  Before that DeVries marked 48 assists and 20 digs against No. 8 Hawai'i. Ziegler joined DeVries on Oct. 12 when she tallied her first-career double-double against the Wahine with 14 kills and 12 digs.

Hays' markerd her first double-double, Sept. 3 against LSU with 14 kills and 11 digs and also added a double-double against UNM when she put up 20 and 13 digs. Senior Brynja Rodgers has one double-double this season, Sept. 17 against Duquesne with 12 assists and 10 digs.

Aggies Versus Ranked Opponents: NM State is 10-137 against opponents ranked in the top 25 and 1-79 against top 10 opponents after falling 3-2 to Nebraska, who was ranked No. 5 at the start of the season and to Hawaii, who was ranked No. 8 last week. 

AVCA Poll: NM State took on then No. 8 Hawai'i two weeks ago. The Wahine are now No. 7 in the nation according toe the AVCA Division I coaches poll.  Later this season the Aggies face Colorado State, who has jumped back into the poll this week at No. 25. Nebraska is now No. 1 in the nation at 17-1 on the year. The Aggies took Nebraska to five sets in the opening match of the season.


Jene Coppedge: Sophomore Jene Coppedge has played in 48 sets this season for NM State. She has 20 digs on the year with a season-high four digs coming against Nicholls State (8/28) while she also had one assist in that match. Last week against WAC conference foe Louisiana Tech (10/22) she tied her season-high of four digs and also had a season-high two assists.

Brynja Rodgers: Senior Brynja Rodgers is listed as a setter but has been playing as a defensive specialist for much of the season.  Rodgers averages 2.06 digs per set.  In the last match she played in, which was against La. Tech, she had six assists and six digs, as well as a season-high three service aces.  Rodgers has 14 service aces and 68 assists on the year. 

Meredith Hays: Freshman Meredith Hays leads the WAC with 4.39 kills and 4.85 points per set. She has marked nine double-doubles on the year with her most recent coming last week against Louisiana Tech when she tallied 13 kills and 12 digs.  She is one of two player with at least 20 service aces and one of two players with 200 or more digs this season.  She is averaging 2.54 digs per set.  Hays posted a double-double against Idaho, Sept. 29, when she put up 19 kills and 10 digs.  Hays struggled against Utah State, Oct. 1, when she had 10 kills and a negative hitting percentage.

Maggi Jo Keffury: Freshmen defensive specialist Maggi Jo Keffury has played in six sets for NM State this season. She played in two sets against Grambling State (9/2) and had season-highs of four assists and two digs.

Kelsey Brennan: Senior Kelsey Brennan posted nine kills at the Aggies most recent match against Louisiana Tech (10/22). She is second on the team in kills averaging 2.70 and in blocks with 58 total blocks this season. Brennan has 36 digs and two service aces on the season.  She is second in the WAC in hitting percentage (.348).

Kelsi Phillips:  Senior Kelsi Phillips needs 58 more digs to reach 1,000 on her career and is averaging 4.13 digs per set this season, which ranks fourth in the WAC.  Last week she tallied 11 digs against Louisiana Tech.  Phillips tallied a career-high 30 digs against Idaho on Sept. 29 and also posted 27 digs against Nebraska on Aug. 26.  Nebraska is currently ranked the No. 1 team in the nation.

Shelby Tamura: Sophomore Shelby Tamura is a defensive specialist and has played in 24 sets this season.  Tamura has a total of one assist and eight digs for the season with her first dig coming in the match against Houston Baptist (9/9). 

Jennah DeVries:  Senior setter Jennah DeVries is averaging 10.76 assists per set and 2.73 digs per set.  She is second on the team in digs and has also contributed offensively with 55 kills.  DeVries has a team-high 10 double-doubles  this season and has posted at least 30 assists in 19 matches.  DeVries tallied a .556 hitting percentage against Idaho, Sept. 29, when she marked a career-high six kills on nine attempts with one error.  She also had 42 assists and nine digs against the Vandals that day. DeVries had a double-double against Utah State, Oct. 1, when she marked 36 assists and 13 digs.

Michelle Kuester: Senior middle blocker Michelle Kuester has played in 73 sets for NM State this season and leads the Aggies in total blocks with 89. She averages 1.22 blocks per set with a season-high of eight blocks coming against Northwestern State (9/10) and against UNM (10/4). She needs 11 more to become the first Aggie to have a 100 blocks on season. She also has 115 total kills on the season.

Desiree Scott: Sophomore Desiree Scott played in all three sets of the match against Louisiana Tech last week and posted five kills in Ruston. She is fifth on the team in kills averaging 1.48 and she is third in number of blocks at 51. In the match against the Techsters she had five blocks, which is just one behind her season-high that was posted in the match against Colgate (9/16). 

Stephanie Ziegler: Sophomore Stephanie Ziegler is an outside hitter and has played in a total of 78 sets this season. Ziegler has made 151 kills for the year and averages 2.24 digs per set.  Ziegler marked 12 kills with no errors on 21 attacks against Nevada on Oct. 6. Ziegler tallied 14 kills, four errors, and 39 attacks against No. 8 Hawaii, Oct. 12. 

Kiley Mansfield: Freshman Kiley Mansfield played one set of the match against Louisiana Tech last week and tied her season-high of two kills that was previously set the match versus Grambling (9/2). She has three digs and one service ace on the season.

Dierdre Pajares: Sophomore outside hitter Dierdre Pajares has played in 44 sets this season so far.  Dierdre's first big match was against USF as she made nine kills, two errors, and 13 attacks.  In the match against Louisiana-Lafayette, Pajares played in three sets, making seven kills and 12 attacks. 

Jocelyn Leichner: Freshmen outside hitter Jocelyn Leichner has play in 25 sets this season for NM State. She averages 1.00 kill per set and against WAC foe La Tech (10/22) she played in two sets and had one block with one kill. Leichner had a season-high seven kills and three digs against Grambling State (9/2).

WAC Player of the Week: New Mexico State senior libero Kelsi Phillips was named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 1. That was the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for Phillips.

Phillips, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz. averaged 6.29 digs per set on the week as the Aggies defeated Idaho and Utah State to go to 3-0 in WAC play.  Phillips got off to a good start on the week as she marked a career-high 30 digs against Idaho, Sept. 29 then followed that with a 14-dig performance against defending WAC Tournament champions Utah State. The 30 digs is the conference high in WAC matches this season.

WAC Player of the Week: New Mexico State senior setter Jennah DeVries was named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 5-11. That was the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for DeVries.

The Sedalia, Colo. native earned CenturyLink Premier Tournament MVP honors after leading New Mexico State to the tournament title by defeating four teams in two days. DeVries tallied two double-doubles, averaged 12.07 assists and 2.93 digs and set her team to a .246 hitting percentage over the four matches. Her first double-double came in a four-set win over Northwestern State when she posted 47 assists, 12 digs and four kills. She followed that up with her second double-double of the weekend against host Texas State, when she tallied a season-high 51 assists while adding 15 digs and four kills.

CVU.com Top Performer: On September 13, Jennah DeVries was also named a College Volleyball Update (CVU.com) Top Performer, which includes 12 players each week from across the country.

Wildcat Classic All-Tournament: Senior Setter Jennah DeVries was named to the Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team marking 9.90 assists and 1.40 digs per set. She tallied a season-high .625 hitting percentage in the win over Colgate (9/16) and also had a season-high 52 assists against the Raiders. She had a season-low 20 assists and thee digs against Duquesne and added 26 assists, six digs and three block assists versus Northwestern.

Aggies in the Preseason Polls: The Western Athletic Conference office released its preseason poll August 5, with the volleyball coaches selecting New Mexico State to finish second in the WAC regular season, while Hawai'i was picked to win its 16th-straight regular-season title.Along with the second-place prediction by the league's coaches, the Aggies had three student-athletes on the 2011 WAC Preseason team, while Hawaii had the most with four selections. Senior middle hitter Kelsey Brennan and senior setter Jennah DeVries join sophomore middle hitter Desiree Scott on the preseason team along with three players from Utah State and one from Fresno State and Idaho.

Hawai'i earned 49 total points followed by the Aggies with 41. Utah State was picked to finish third with 34 points, followed closely by Idaho in fourth with 33 points. Fresno State was picked fifth with 25 points, while Nevada was selected sixth with 20 points. San Jose State and Louisiana Tech rounded out the poll with 14 and eight points, respectively.

2010 Honors & Awards: The Aggies continued to pile up awards in 2010. NM State had an AVCA All-American (honorable mention) in Jennah DeVries, who also collected first team All-WAC honors and Academic All-WAC honors.

Also returning for NM State is Kelsey Brennan, who was a 2010 first team All-WAC selection and a Florida State Invitational all-tournament team honoree.

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