This week: The New Mexico State volleyball team hosts its final two Western Athletic Conference home matches of the year taking on Fresno State, Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7pm (MT) in the Pan American Center. The Aggies then face Nevada, Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7pm in Las Cruces.
Radio Coverage: NM State has two 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. Although neither match this week is scheduled to air over the radio waves, fans can catch the Aggies take on San Jose State, Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8pm (MT). 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: Both matches NM State volleyball team has this week are scheduled to air on television. The AggieVision production team is producing the Fresno State and Nevada on TV, Nov. 3 and Nov. 6 respectively in Las Cruces. Both matches start 7pm (MT).
Matches produced by AggieVision are also 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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Promotion for the Week: Thursday is "Local Hero's Night" with retired and active military, police, fire and first responders getting in for the discounted rate of $4. All NM State students with valid ID and kids 12 and under are free. For more information or for tickets call 646-1420 or visit www.NMStateSports.com. Saturday is "Senior Night" with five seniors being honored after the match.
Also, T-shirts are thrown out to fans at various times of the match, and the "loudest and craziest fans" have a chance to win a free pizza during the match, courtesy of Lorenzo's Restaurant.
About NM State: The Aggie volleyball team is 18-7 and 7-3 in in league play after falling to Utah State in five sets and Idaho in four sets while on the road last week. NM State is 6-4 in the last ten matches. The Aggies have posted two six-match winning streaks with the most recent (Sept. 24-Oct. 8) including wins over Louisiana Tech, Idaho, Utah State, UNM, Nevada and Fresno State. 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.
The Aggies are averaging 13.78 kills per set this season and 13.72 in WAC play. NM State is hitting .213 as a team this year, which is second best in the WAC, while holding opponents to a .158 hitting percentage, which ranks No. 1 in the league, although the percentage is up 10 points from last week.
The highest hitting percentage for a single match this year is .392, which came, Oct. 15 against San Jose State when the Aggies posted 48 kills on 97 attempts with only 10 errors. The Aggies tallied a season-high 71 kills against Utah State last week (10/27), however, NM State fell 3-2. The second highest number of kills the Aggies have tallied this season is 65 kills against Hawai'i, Oct. 12. NM State also posted a season-high 65 assists against USU, Oct. 27, 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.
Fifteen days after marking 22 kills against No. 5 Hawai'i (10/12), freshman Meredith Hays marked a career-high 25 kills against Utah State (10/27) in Logan, Utah. That is the most number of kills by any Aggie this year. 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.
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.
Fresno State: NM State faces Fresno State for the second time this season, Thursday, Nov. 3. The Aggies swept (25-15, 25-23, 25-19) Fresno State in Fresno, Calif., Oct. 8 and are now 17-6 all-time against the Bulldogs. In the last match against Fresno State, Meredith Hays paced the Aggies with a match-high 15 kills, while Kelsi Phillips posted a match-high 13 digs. NM State has not lost to Fresno State since, Sept. 19, 2003 when it fell 3-1 in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Fresno State is currently 11-12 overall and 5-5 in the WAC. Maci Murdock and Brianna Clarke lead their team with a .336 and .330 hitting percentage respectively. The Bulldogs have three players in the top five in the WAC for service aces and lead the league in service aces as a team.
Nevada: The Aggies face Nevada on Senior Night. NM State won the first match with the Wolf Pack in Reno, Nev., Oct. 6. The Aggies won in straight sets winning 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 with Meredith Hays marking 16 kills and Stephanie Ziegler putting up 12 kills and five digs. With the win in Reno earlier this season, NM State is now 17-12 all-time against the Wolf Pack and have won the last ten matches versus Nevada.
Nevada is currently 4-18 overall and 1-9 in WAC play. Setter Tatiana Santiago is fifth in the WAC in assists, averaging 9.47 per set. Grace Anxo heads into this week's play leading the league in service aces, marking 0.36 per set.
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 303-135 giving him a winning percentage of .693. 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 948 assists this season, she now has 3,781 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 320 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 966 career-digs and needs 34 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 304 total blocks on her career and could move into the top 10 in the Aggie record books with 15 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: The Aggies head into the week with a 7-3 in WAC play. They are now tied with Hawai'i in opponent hitting percentage at .158. NM State remains second in the WAC in assists (12.80/set), hitting percentage (.213) and kills (13.77/set).
Freshmen Meredith Hays remains the leader in the WAC in points (4.89/set) and kills (4.42/set); she also sits at No. 9 in service aces (.26/set). Senior Kelsey Brennan is third in the conference in hitting percentage (.346/set) and tenth in points (3.16/set). Senior Jennah DeVries remains third in assists (10.76/set), and fellow senior Michelle Kuester sits at fifth in number of blocks, averaging 1.20 per set.
Aggies in the Nation: NM State is ranked 44th out of 332 teams in the nation in kills per set, averaging 13.77. The Aggies are No. 46 in assists per set, with 12.80 and are No. 51 in match W-L percentage.
Freshmen Meredith Hays is ranked 19th in the nation in kills per set, averaging 4.42 and is No. 22 in the nation in points per set with 4.89. Senior Jennah DeVries is No. 47 in assists per set averaging 10.76. Senior Kelsey Brennan sits at No. 63 in hitting percentage with .346, while teammate and fellow senior Michelle Kuester is No.228 with .291. Kuester is ranked 52nd in blocks per set averaging 1.2.
Looking Ahead: NM State will have their last two regular season conference matches next week against San Jose State and Hawaii. The match against San Jose State is scheduled for Nov. 10 in San Jose, Calif., before the Aggies travel to Honolulu and take on nationally ranked Hawai'i, Nov. 12.
Double-Doubles: The Aggies have posted 23 double-doubles this season with 11 from Jennah DeVries, 10 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 has the most recent double-double marking 38 assists and 12 digs in a four-set loss at Idaho, Oct. 29. DeVries joined Hays as each tallied a double-double two weeks ago 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 doubled her season service aces during the match at Utah State (Oct. 27). Her three service aces give her six for the season and tie a single match high for the Aggies this season. Coppedge also tied her personal season high with four digs during the same match. Coppedge also leads the Aggies with a .970 serve percentage on the season.
Brynja Rodgers: Brynja Rodgers, of Iowa City, Iowa, has played three of her four years at New Mexico State and has played many roles for the Aggies during her time here. She made an immediate impact on the team as a freshman as she helped to run Mike Jordan's 6-2 offense. As a freshman, Rodgers played in all 32 matches and posted 641 assists. She marked a career-high 40 assists against Louisville, Sept. 7, 2007, and helped the Aggies to an exciting 3-2 win. That year, Rodgers posted 29 assists in the WAC Tournament finals against nationally ranked Hawaii and was named to the WAC all-freshman team. Rodgers played in 34 sets as a sophomore and averaged 2.53 assists per set before transferred to Florida for a season as a junior. After sitting out in 2010 because of NCAA transfer rules, she returned to play for the Aggies as a senior. She came into the week playing mainly as a defensive specialist but is known as one of the vocal leaders of the team. She entered the week with over 800 assists at New Mexico State and will always be remembered as a fan favorite.
Meredith Hays: Freshman outside-hitter Meredith Hays scored a career-high 25 kills during the match at Utah State (Oct. 27). The 25 kills is also a season-high for the NM State team. Hays also added 12 digs during the match to give her a 10th double-double on the season. Hays finished the week (at Utah State and at Idaho) with 42 kills, 20 digs and 3 service aces.
Hays' 389 kills and 4.42 kills/set average not only are a team high, but lead the entire Western Athletic Conference. She also leads the WAC with 430 total points and a 4.89 points/set average.
Hays also leads the Aggies in service aces with 23 and is third on the Aggie roster with 221 digs.
Maggi Jo Keffury: Freshman Maggi Jo Keffury has a total of six assists and two digs in limited play this season. She had a season-high four assists and two digs against Grambling State (Sept. 2).
Kelsey Brennan: Middle hitter Kelsey Brennan, from Monroe, Wash., has played four years at New Mexico State University under head coach Mike Jordan. While at NMSU, Brennan has posted more than 300 total blocks and just under 800 kills. Brennan has been named a 2010 and 2011 Preseason All-WAC selection, as well as a 2009 and 2010 First Team All-WAC honoree. Brennan earned WAC All-Tournament team honors in 2009 and has also been a success in the classroom as she has earned Academic All-WAC honors in 2009 and 2010. Majoring in Athletic Training and working with student-athletes from other Aggie Athletic Teams, Brennan earned second team CoSIDA Academic All-District VI honors in 2009. She entered the week in the top-five for hitting percentage all-time at NMSU and is pushing to enter the top-10 for total blocks in a career at New Mexico State.
Kelsi Phillips: Libero Kelsi Phillips, from Scottsdale, Ariz., entered the year in the top-five for digs per set in a career at 3.66 per set. She averaged 3.67 digs per set in 2009 and 3.66 in 2010, which both rank in the top-10 season records at NMSU. Phillips entered the week with 970 digs in her career at New Mexico State, and should enter the top-10 for digs in a career by the end of the season. Phillips currently ranks fourth in the WAC in digs per set and was named WAC Player of the Week, Oct. 2. That week she 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.
Shelby Tamura: Defensive specialist Shelby Tamura has seen playing time in 27 sets this volleyball season. She tallied a season-high five digs against University of South Florida. Tamura played in one set against Houston Baptist (9/9)and had one assist. Her sea 0.04 assists per set and 0.33 digs per set.
Jennah DeVries: Setter Jennah DeVries, a native of Sedalia, Colo., has played the last four years under head coach Mike Jordan. She is a two-time All-American Honorable Mention selection and a two-time first team All-WAC honoree. DeVries is only the second New Mexico State volleyball player to earn multiple All-American honors after former Aggie Kim Oguh was named an All-American from 2005-07. Other honors for DeVries include a WAC Player of the Week honor, which came September 6, after earning CenturyLink Premier Tournament MVP honors. That week, DeVries led the Aggies to a tournament title by defeating four teams in two days. She also earned WAC all-freshman team honors in 2008, WAC all-tournament team honors in 2009 and academic all-WAC honors in 2009 and 2010. DeVries entered this week's play leading the team with 11 double-doubles and is currently third in the WAC in assists per set averaging 10.76 per set. She came into the week with 3,781 assists, which puts her in the top-five all-time at New Mexico State.
Michelle Kuester: Senior Michelle Kuester, from Norfolk, Neb., has played the past two seasons under head coach Mike Jordan. This season she ranks fifth in the Western Athletic Conference putting up 1.20 blocks per set. She entered the week just short of 100 total blocks on the year and is averaging 1.55 kills per set. As a junior, Kuester played in 65 sets during 24 matches and accounted for 33 kills. She could reach 150 total blocks for her career by the end of the season and is the first Aggie to reach 100 total blocks this year. Kuester has played a major role in the front row during her time at New Mexico State and has been a valuable asset to the team.
Desiree Scott: Sophomore Desiree Scott finished the match at Utah State (Oct. 27) one block shy of her season-high. Scott finished the match with five blocks and eight kills, which also tied her second-best season-high. She finished the week (at Utah State and at Idaho) with 14 kills and seven blocks.
Scott is fifth on the Aggie squad with 109 kills and a 1.49 kills/set average on the season. She is also third on the team with 58 total blocks and tied for second with 10 solo blocks.
Stephanie Ziegler: Sophomore outside-hitter Stephanie Ziegler finished the match at Utah State (Oct. 27) with eight kills, eight digs, two blocks and a service ace. She also added four kills and nine digs at Idaho (Oct. 29). On the season, Ziegler is third on the Aggie roster with 163 total kills and a 1.87 kills/set average. She is fourth on the team with 192 digs and a 2.21 digs/set average, and her 10 solo blocks has her tied for second on the team. Ziegler also has a double-double on the season against Hawai'i (Oct. 12).
Kiley Mansfield: Freshman Kiley Mansfield has made 18 appearances this 2011 season. Her season high was against Grambling State (9/2) where she played all three sets. That game she had two kills and one dig. Mansfield played in two out of four sets the last game against Idaho. During that game she had one kill and three total attempted kills. Overall Mansfield has averaged 0.44 kills per set, 0.11 assists per set and 0.17 digs per set.
Dierdre Pajares: Sophomore outside-hitter Deirdre Pajares is sixth on the Aggie roster with 66 kills on the season. She also has 27 total blocks and 13 digs on the season. Pajares had a season-high nine kills against South Florida (Aug. 27) and a season-high seven blocks against Northwestern State (Sept. 10).
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.