This week: The New Mexico State volleyball team wraps up the regular season with a match against Idaho on "Senior Night," Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center. Aggie fans are encouraged to get to the Pan American Center by 5 p.m. (MT) to honor this year's lone senior Madison Hardy.
Radio Coverage: The Aggie Sports Network is producing any post season matches on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces 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 with this week's regular season finale still scheduled 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 match versus Idaho this week is 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 19-9 overall and 12-5 in WAC play heading into week 13 of the 2012 season. The Aggies are hitting .222 as a team, while holding their opponents to a .168 hitting percentage. Three different Aggies have posted at least 200 kills this season with sophomore Meredith Hays leading the way with 424 on the year (3.93/set).
NM State runs a 6-2 offense, rotating setters throughout the match, with junior Ciara Brown leading the way with 5.77 assists per set in 96 sets played. Freshman Taylor Livoti has seen action in 83 sets this year and is posting 4.82 assists per set. Sophomore Maggi Jo Keffury has gotten in the lineup in 53 sets this year and averages 4.13 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 3.02 digs per set. Ziegler is second on the team with 2.83 digs per set. Scott leads the team defensively at the net with 134 total blocks on the year, averaging 1.24 per set. Sophomore Gwen Murphy is closest to Scott with 76 total blocks on the season. The Aggies as a team tally 2.51 blocks per set.
NM State averages 13.18 kills per set in WAC play and tallies 14.60 digs per set and 2.59 blocks per set when facing teams out of the WAC. Hays averages 3.55 kills per set in WAC play and Walker leads the team posting 3.51 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 1-1 last week defeating Texas State, 3-1 in the second week of the month of November before falling to Texas-San Antonio on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.
Juniors Desiree Scott tallied 19 kills to lead the Aggies to a 3-1 (19-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-22) win over Texas State in Strahan Coliseum Thursday, Nov. 8. Scott was basically unstoppable as she marked only two errors in four sets to finished with a match-high .500 hitting percentage and six blocks. Sophomore Meredith Hays posted a double-double in the Aggie victory with 11 kills and 18 digs, while Ciara Brown posted the first double-double of her NM State career with 18 assists and 13 digs. Junior Lauren Loerch finished with 13.5 points on 12 kills and three block assists.
NM State then fell 3-1 (25-16, 20-25, 22-25, 20-25) to UTSA in the Convocation Center, Saturday, Nov. 10. Junior outside hitter Lauren Loerch tallied 16 points on 15 kills and two block assists, while junior Desiree Scott followed Loerch's lead posting 14 kills on a .429 hitting percentage to also score 16 points on the afternoon. Sophomore Meredith Hays was the third Aggie player with double-digit kill figures with 10. Also sporting strong finishes were freshman Taylor Livoti with her second double-double of the year with 18 assists and 10 digs and junior Hannah Walker with a team-high 17 digs.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Aggies vs. Idaho: The Aggies are 15-13 all-time versus Idaho. Their most recent matchup came earlier this season (Sept. 15) when the Aggies went to Moscow, Idaho where they beat the Vandals in five sets (25-19, 25-29, 21-25, 16-25, 15-8) NM State won two of the first three sets, but the Vandals rallied to win the final two sets of the match, including winning the fourth, 25-16.
The Aggies had four players with at least seven kills with sophomore Meredith Hays marking a match-high 22 kills and junior Lauren Loerch adding 13 for the second time in as many matches. NM State as a team posted 62 kills, which is the most all season. New Mexico native, freshman Nathalie Castellanos posted eight kills and junior middle hitter Desiree Scott finished with seven kills on a .417 hitting percentage. Sorry I didn't have box scores for more information.
The first meeting between NM State and Idaho (Sept. 7, 1984) was held in Laramie, Wyo. The Aggies won that matchup 3-2. Idaho, however, had a 10 game win-streak between 1985-1999. In October of 2005, the Aggies broke that streak with three set match.
Looking Ahead: NM State then looks ahead to the 2012 WAC Tournament at the Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 19-21. Matches on Monday, Nov. 19 are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Nov. 20, games will be at 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. with the Championship match being held on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 3:00. The Championship game will be televised on ESPNU. (Note: All match times listed are Mountain Standard Time.)
Aggies in the WAC: NM State heads into the week in third place, just behind UTSA and ahead of Idaho in the WAC standings. Utah State heads into the week in first with a 14-3 league record. NM State is 12-5 heading into this week's home match. Idaho is just behind NM State with a 12-5 league record
After last week's home stand, NM State is now 101-26 all-time in WAC play.
NM State currently ranks second in the WAC in kills with 13.18 per set. The Aggies are third in hitting percentage at (.222), opponent hitting percentage (.168), and assists (12.14/set). In blocks (2.51/set) and service aces (1.19/set), NM State is fourth in the WAC.
Individually, Scott is first in hitting percentage (.388) and fifth in blocks with 1.24 per set. Hays heads into the week ranking third in the league in kills (3.93/set), fourth in points (4.46/set) and seventh in service aces (0.24), while Taylor Livoti is fourth in service aces (0.30/set). Junior Ciara Brown is 10th in assists with 5.77 per set.
In WAC matches only, Scott leads the league with a .437 hitting percentage and is fourth in blocks (1.37/set).
Aggies in the Nation: Desiree Scott is No. 18 (out of 250 players ranked) in hitting percentage (.388) and No.58 in blocks per set (1.24). Florida State's Sareea Freeman leads the country in hitting percentage (.444) and BYU's Nicole Warner leads the nation in blocks (1.77/set).
Meredith Hays is No. 63 nationally in points per set (4.46) and No. 65 in kills per set (3.93). Arkansas-Little Rock's Edina Begic leads the NCAA in kills per set (5.12) and points per set (5.78)
The Aggies as a team are in the top 100 for blocks per set and hitting percentage.
NM State Ranks Nationally in Attendance: New Mexico 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 924 kills on her career and still needs 259 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 4.18 kills per set on her career which is atop the all-time kills per set list at NM State. Hays needs 18 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 286 career-total blocks heading into this week's play. She needs 33 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 nine 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 five 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.
Madison Hardy: After playing for Iowa Western in 2008 and Hawaii-Pacific in 2009, Hardy joined the Aggies in 2010. That season Hardy played in 68 sets and tallied 65 assists, which was second most on the team, two kills and nine service aces, while also posting 43 digs on the defensive side of the net. She picked up her first assist as an Aggie at LSU (9/11) on an afternoon when NM State fell in five sets. That day she finished with two assists and six digs. Stepping in as the starting setter in the WAC opener against Louisiana Tech (9/23), Hardy posted a career-high 38 assists while NM State swept the Lady Techsters. Her only other double-digit assist match came at nationally ranked Hawai'i (10/31) when she marked 10 on the night. Hardy finished the year with a season-high seven digs against Utah State (11/23) in the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. Hardy did not play in 2011 and received a red shirt. Hardy has played in 12 sets through Nov. 7 marking two kills and two service aces.
Desiree Scott: Junior Desiree Scott posted 33 kills in eight sets played last week, averaging 4.12 kills per set. She finished the weekend with a .468 hitting percentage, marking only four errors in 62 attempts. Scott marked a career-high 19 kills in a 3-1 win over Texas State, while also marking six block assists and scoring a match-high 22 points. That day she hit .500, which is the ninth time this season she has tallied at least a .500 hitting percentage in a match. Scott followed that up with a 14 kill performance against UTSA, Saturday. She tallied a .429 hitting percentage that day marking only two errors on 28 attacks. Scott also marked nine total blocks on the weekend and now has 134 total blocks on the year, averaging 1.24 per set, which is No. 5 in the league in blocks, while she is now the league leader in hitting percentage at .388.
2012 WAC Volleyball Tournament Scenarios
Below are the possible seeds for each of the women's teams after this week's games. Ties were broken using the tie-breaking principles on the following page.
5 If Denver beats Seattle and Texas St. beats Utah St. OR
If Utah St. beats Texas St. and UTSA beats San Jose St.
6 If Utah St. beats Texas St. and San Jose St. beats UTSA
7 If Denver loses to Seattle and Texas St. beats Utah St.
2 If Idaho beats New Mexico St. and San Jose St. beats UTSA OR
If Idaho beats New Mexico St., UTSA beats San Jose St., and Louisiana Tech beats UT Arlington OR
If Idaho beats New Mexico St., UTSA beats San Jose St., UT Arlington beats Louisiana Tech, and Texas St. beats Utah St..
3 If Idaho beats New Mexico St., UTSA beats San Jose St., UT Arlington beats Louisiana Tech, Utah St. beats Texas St. and Seattle beats Denver
4 If Idaho loses to New Mexico St.
If Idaho beats New Mexico St., UTSA beats San Jose St., UT Arlington beats Louisiana Tech, Utah St. beats Texas St. and Denver beats Seattle
10 Locked in
New Mexico St.
2 If New Mexico St. beats Idaho and San Jose St. beats UTSA
3 If New Mexico St. beats Idaho and UTSA beats San Jose St.
4 If New Mexico St. loses to Idaho
San Jose St.
5 If San Jose St. beats UTSA and Utah St. beats Texas St. OR
If San Jose St. beats UTSA, Texas St. beats Utah St., Idaho beats New Mexico St. and Seattle beats Denver
6 If San Jose St. loses to UTSA, Idaho beats new Mexico St., Seattle beats Denver, Texas St. beats Utah St. OR
If Texas St. beats Utah St., Seattle beats Denver and New Mexico St. beats Idaho OR
If San Jose St. loses to UTSA and Utah St. beats Texas St.
7 If San Jose St. loses to UTSA, Denver beats Seattle and Texas St. beats Utah St.
8 If Seattle beats Denver and UT Arlington loses to Louisiana Tech
9 If Seattle loses to Denver OR
If Seattle beats Denver and UT Arlington beats Louisiana Tech
8 If UT Arlington beats Louisiana Tech OR
If Louisiana Tech beats UT Arlington and Denver beats Seattle
9 If Louisiana Tech beats UT Arlington and Seattle beats Denver
2 If UTSA beats San Jose St. and New Mexico St. beats Idaho OR
If UTSA beats San Jose St., Idaho beats New Mexico St., UT Arlington beats Louisiana Tech, Utah St. beats Texas St. and Seattle beats Denver
3 If UTSA loses to San Jose St. OR
If UTSA beats San Jose St., Idaho beats New Mexico St. and Louisiana Tech beats UT Arlington OR
If UTSA beats San Jose St., Idaho beats New Mexico St., UT Arlington beats Louisiana Tech and Texas St. beats Utah St.
If UTSA beats San Jose St., Idaho beats New Mexico St., UT Arlington beats Louisiana Tech, Utah St. beats Texas St. and Denver beats Seattle
5 If Texas St. beats Utah St., New Mexico St. beats Idaho, Seattle beats Denver and San Jose St. beats UTSA OR
If Texas St. beats Utah St., Seattle beats Denver and UTSA beats San Jose St.
6 If Texas St. beats Utah St., Idaho beats New Mexico St., Seattle beats Denver and San Jose St. beats UTSA OR
If Texas St. beats Utah St., Denver beats Seattle and UTSA beats San Jose St.
7 If Texas St. loses to Utah St. OR
If Texas St. beats Utah St. and Denver beats Seattle and San Jose St. beats UTSA
1 Locked in
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:
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)