Aggies Take on Two Texas Teams this Week; Final Road Trip of Regular Season
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  11/06/2012

This week: The New Mexico State volleyball team hits the road this week for the last time during the 2012 regular season.  The Aggies take on Texas State, Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in San Marcos, Texas before facing UTSA, Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. in San Antonio, Texas.

Radio Coverage: The Aggie Sports Network is producing 11 matches on KSNM AM 570 this season, along with any matches in the post season.  Radio coverage is scheduled for the match against UTSA, Saturday on KSNM AM 570 with Jay Sanderson giving the play-by-play action.

The matches airing over the radio waves produced by the Aggie Sports Network on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces can also be heard from anywhere around the world on the Internet by logging onto www.NMStateSports.com.  Just click on the live events link to access the coverage for a fee.

Television Coverage: Six matches have been on the schedule for television this year with the final match of the year still scheduled to be air on TV by the AggieVision Production team.

Matches produced by AggieVision will also air on ESPN3.com (free of charge) and fans should check local listings for airtimes in their area.  Fans can also go to www.AggieVision.tv for channel listings.  The matches versus San Jose State and Utah State this week are scheduled to air on TV with Jay Sanderson and Keith Leupold as the announcers.

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 the aggies: The Aggies are 18-8 overall and 11-4 in WAC play heading into week 12 of the 2012 season. The Aggies are hitting .230 as a team, while holding their opponents to a .166 hitting percentage. Four different Aggies have posted at least 189 kills this season with sophomore Meredith Hays leading the way with 403 on the year (4.03/set).

NM State runs a 6-2 offense, rotating setters throughout the match, with junior Ciara Brown leading the way with 5.81 assists per set in 89 sets played. Freshman Taylor Livoti has seen action in 75 sets this year and is posting 4.89 assists per set. Sophomore Maggi Jo Keffury has gotten in the lineup in 50 sets this year and averages 4.22 assists per set.

Juniors Stephanie Ziegler and Hannah Walker have been taking on the defensive specialist duties this year with Walker leading the team posting 2.90 digs per set. Ziegler is second on the team with 2.79 digs per set. Scott leads the team defensively at the net with 125 total blocks on the year, averaging 1.25 per set. Sophomore Gwen Murphy is closest to Scott with 65 total blocks on the season. The Aggies as a team tally 2.50 blocks per set.

NM State averages 13.3 kills per set in WAC play and tallies 12.80 digs per set and 2.40 blocks per set when facing teams out of the WAC. Hays averages 3.68 kills per set in WAC play and Walker leads the team posting 3.37 digs per set in league play.

The Aggies are 8-3 when playing at home falling to Northwestern (Sept. 1), Texas State (Oct. 13) and Utah State (Nov. 3). NM State hits .240 as a team when playing in the Pan American Center with Hays marking 3.83 kills per set in 41 sets played. Scott is averaging 2.10 kills per set at home and is putting up 1.15 blocks per set in the Pan American Center.

NM State went 6-3 during the month of October going 3-1 in three-set matches, 3-1 in four-set matches and 0-1 in five- set matches. Juniors Desiree Scott and Lauren Loerch averaged 2.61 kills per set during the month while Hays tallied 3.73 per set. Defensive specialist Hannah Walker marked 3.24 digs per set and had 107 digs during the month of October.

Looking Back: The Aggies went 2-1 last week defeating Seattle, 3-1 to end play for the month of October before sweeping San Jose State to start the month of November.  NM State then fell 3-1 to Utah State, Saturday in the Pan American Center.

Juniors Desiree Scott and Lauren Loerch tallied 11 kills each to lead the Aggies to a 3-1 (25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16) win over Seattle U. in the Pan American Center, Monday, Oct. 29.  Scott and Loerch each scored 13 points on the night while Scott was very efficient in the middle once again posting a .409 hitting percentage.  The Aggies posted a .333 hitting percentage as a team with red shirt freshman Gwen Murphy adding to the cause with a .750 hitting percentage for herself.  She marked six kills on eight swings while also getting in on four blocks, two of them solo.

The Aggies swept SJS, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21, Thursday night in the Pan American Center. The Aggies outhit SJSU .316-.132 with sophomore Meredith Hays posting a match-high 17 kills to go along with two solo blocks and seven digs.  Red shirt freshman Bradley Nash played efficiently as she posted a season-high .714 hitting percentage with five kills on seven swings. She also had three digs and two block assists.

Red shirt freshman Bradley Nash marked a career-high 11 kills on a .529 hitting percentage but it was not enough as the New Mexico State volleyball team fell 3-1 (17-25, 13-25, 25-22, 21-25) to Utah State in the Pan American Center, Saturday, Nov. 3. The Crimson Aggies were out-hit as a team .129-.256 and were out-blocked 15.5-7. Nash was one of three players to mark double-digit kills on the evening as junior Lauren Loerch put down 15 kills and sophomore Meredith Hays tallied 10.


Aggies vs. Texas State: The Aggies are 4-4 all-time versus Texas State.  Their most recent matchup came earlier this season (Oct. 13) when the Bobcats came into Las Cruces and beat NM State in five sets (26-24, 17-25, 25-15, 24-26, 11-15) to give the Aggies their second conference loss of the season.  NM State won two of the first three sets, but the Bobcats rallied to win the final two sets of the match, including barely winning the fourth, 26-24, and scoring five of the last six points to win the final set. 

NM State out-hit the Bobcats .195-.188 and had more kills (61-54), but more attack errors and service errors from the Aggies were the difference in the match. Junior Desiree Scott had the most efficient night as she tallied a .667 hitting percentage with 12 kills on 17 attempts and only one error.  She also added three solo blocks and three block assists to go along with a dig.  Sophomore Meredith Hays marked her eighth double-double of the year as she tallied 18 kills and 10 digs.

This will be the third trip NM State makes to play at Texas State.  The Aggies most recent trip to San Marcos was last year (Sept.10, 2011) when NM State beat the Bobcats in four sets.  The Aggies also won their only other trip to Texas State (Aug. 30, 1991) by defeating the Bobcats in straight sets.  October's matchup was only the second time Texas State has visited Las Cruces.  The first matchup between the Aggies and Bobcats in Las Cruces (Sept. 22, 1989) also went to five sets.  NM State, however, was victorious in that matchup.  The other four matchups between the two schools have all been on neutral sites.

The first meeting between NM State and Texas State (Sept. 12, 1986) was held in El Paso, Texas.  The Aggies would go on to win that matchup on their way to winning the first three meetings versus the Bobcats.  Texas State, however, would proceed to win three in a row itself, not losing to NM State until last year's matchup.

Aggies vs. UTSA: This will be the fifth meeting between NM State and Texas-San Antonio, and the first to be held in San Antonio.

The Aggies are undefeated against the Roadrunners in their previous four matches, all which were held in Las Cruces, including a straight-set victory (26-24, 25-19, 25-21) earlier this season (Oct. 11).  The Aggies held the Roadrunners to a .050 hitting percentage and out-blocked UTSA 12-9 in October.  Junior Desiree Scott led the defensive side of the net with four assisted blocks and two solo blocks, while she added five kills on offense.  Sophomore Meredith Hays tallied a match-high 11 kills and junior Lauren Loerch added eight kills.

Red shirt freshman Gwen Murphy had an efficient night with a .714 hitting percentage as she posted five kills on seven swings.  She also dug up two balls and was in on three blocks.  Junior Ciara Brown and sophomore Maggi Jo Keffury split the setting duties with 18 and 16 assists respectively.

Prior to October's matchup, it had been over 17 years since the Aggies and Roadrunners squared off on the volleyball court.  NM State also swept UTSA during their first-ever meeting (Sept. 11, 1992) and beat the Roadrunners in five sets the next two times they met (Oct. 8, 1993 and Sept. 8, 1995).

Looking Ahead: The Aggies wrap up the 2012 regular season with a WAC home match against Idaho, Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center.  Thursday will also be "Senior Night" with everyone invited out to support the departing senior.

NM State then looks ahead to the 2012 WAC Tournament in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 18-21.

Aggies in the WAC: NM State heads into the week in second place, just ahead of UTSA and Idaho in the WAC standings.  Utah State heads into the week in first with a 14-2 league record.  NM State is 11-4 heading into this week's road trip. UTSA and Idaho are just behind NM State with a 10-5 league record

After last week's home stand, NM State is now 100-25 all-time in WAC play.

NM State currently ranks second in the WAC in hitting percentage (.230), kills (13.24) and assists (12.21). The Aggies are third in opponent hitting percentage (.166), and fourth blocks (2.52/set).

Individually, Hays is third in kills (4.03/set) and points (4.55/set). Scott heads into the week ranking second in the league in hitting percentage (.374) and fifth in blocks (1.25/set), while Taylor Livoti is fifth in service aces (0.28/set).

In WAC matches only, Scott leads the league with a .429 hitting percentage and is third in blocks (1.40/set).

Aggies in the Nation: Desiree Scott is No. 60 (out of 250 players ranked) in blocks per set (1.25) and is No. 35 in hitting percentage (.374).  BYU's Nicole Warner leads the nation in blocks (1.78/set) and Wichita State's Chelsey Feekin leads the country in hitting percentage (.462).

Meredith Hays is No. 50 nationally in kills per set (4.03) and No. 56 in points per set (4.55). Tulsa's Tyler Henderson leads the nation in kills per set (5.13) and Arkansas-Little Rock's Edina Begic leads the NCAA in points per set (5.79)

The Aggies as a team are in the top 100 for blocks per set, hitting percentage and kills per set.

NM State Ranks Nationally in Attendance: NM State currently ranks 23rd nationally in attendance with an average of 1,654 fans per match. The Aggies have ranked in the top 25 in attendance every year since joining the WAC in 2005. NM State's highest ranking as a member of the WAC came in 2005, when the Aggies were 11th with an average attendance of 2,075.

Record Watch:  Sophomore Meredith Hays has 903 kills on her career and still needs 280 more to jump into the top 10 for kills in a career.  Former Aggie Alice Borden is No. 10 on the all-time list with 1,183 kills in her career (2003-06).  Hays is averaging 4.24 kills per set on her career which is atop the all-time kills per set list at NM State.  Hays needs 39 more kills this season to jump into the top ten for kills in a season.  Former Aggie Kayleigh Giddens holds the record for kills in a season with 542 in 2010, while Stevi Adams holds the No. 10 spot with 442 kills in 2003.

Junior Desiree Scott has 277 career-total blocks heading into this week's play.  She needs 42 more total blocks to enter the top 10 at NM State.  Former Aggies Kelsey Brennan (2008-11) and Whitney Woods (2007-10) are tied for 10th in career-total blocks with 319.  Scott needs just 20 more total blocks to jump into the top ten for total blocks in a season.  Former Aggie Kristin Webster holds the No. 10 spot for blocks in a season with 145 in 2001.  She needs just 13 more block assists to jump into the top 10 list for block assists in a season.  Four different former Aggies are holding onto the No. 10 spot for block assists in a season with 114.

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Bradley Nash: Red shirt freshman Bradley Nash seems to getting back to form as of late.  She marked a career-high 11 kills against Utah State, Nov. 3 in Las Cruces.  The match before that, Nash tallied a career-high .714 hitting percentage in a sweep over San Jose State.  She needs just five more kills to reach 100 on her career after she was sidelined in 2011 with a knee injury.  Nash is averaging 1.16 kills per set this season in 75 sets played.

Gwen Murphy: Red shirt freshman Gwen Murphy tallied a career-high .750 hitting percentage against Seattle U, Monday, Oct. 29 in the Pan American Center.  Her previous high was a .714 hitting percentage, which came against UTSA on Oct. 11 in Las Cruces.  Murphy has 65 total blocks this season and is looking to become more of an impact in the middle for the Aggies.  She has played in 87 sets this season and is averaging just under one kill per set this year.

Desiree Scott: Junior Desiree Scott has been the most consistent player for the Aggies this year as she is posting a .374 hitting percentage on the year.  Scott is in the top 10 in the WAC for hitting percentage and blocks.  She has 201 kills so far this season marking the first time in her career with over 200 kills in a season.  She marked 106 kills her freshman year and 143 during her sophomore season.  She has also improved on her blocking skills as well as she has almost 50 more total blocks than her first two season with the Aggies.  Scott has posted double-digit kill figures in eight matches this season and has marked double-digit block figures twice.

WAC Tournament Tickets Now on Sale: Tickets for the 2012 WAC Volleyball Tournament are on sale now. The tournament will be held Nov. 19-21 at the Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas, on the campus of UTSA.

The 2012 tournament will consist of seven matches in three sessions (one session per day). Ticket prices are as follows:

All-Session: $21

Single-Session Adult: $10

Single-Session Senior/Youth: $7

Single-Session WAC Students: $5

Children two and under do not need a ticket.

Tickets can be purchased online at goutsa.com or by calling (210) 458-UTSA.

2012 WAC Tournament Schedule:

Monday, Nov. 19 (Quarterfinals)

Match 1 - No. 6 seed vs. No. 3 seed, noon

Match 2 - No. 7 seed vs. No. 2 seed, 2:30 p.m.

Match 3 - No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 seed, 5 p.m.

Match 4 - No. 8 seed vs. No. 1 seed, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 20 (Semifinals)

Match 5 - Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2, 4 p.m.

Match 6 - Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 21 (Championship)

Match 7 - Winner Match 5 vs. Winner Match 6, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)

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