This Week: The New Mexico State volleyball team plays two matches on the road this week. The Aggies face Idaho, Thursday, Oct. 31 in Moscow, Idaho at 7pm (MT) before facing Seattle U, Saturday, Nov. 1 at 8pm (MT).
Radio Coverage: The Aggie Sports Network is airing four more matches over the radio waves this season, all on KSNM AM 570, with Jay Sanderson giving the play-by-play action. The matches airing over the 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.
Saturday’s match against Seattle U will be on the radio with first serve set for 8pm (MT).
Television Coverage: Six matches are scheduled to be produced for television by the AggieVision Production team this year. For a complete show times go to www.AggieVision.tv or call your local cable provider.
The next match that will be produced by AggieVision is, Tuesday, Nov. 12 when the Aggies take on UTEP.
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About the Aggies: The Aggies won both their matches at home last week and have won eight of the last 10 matches. They have also won 10 of the last 13 matches. NM State is currently in first place in the WAC and heads into week 10 of play one-half game ahead of Utah Valley and one game ahead of Bakersfield.
NM State is currently hitting .213 during the 2013 season, while hitting .258 in WAC matches, ranking first in the league. The Aggies are holding league opponents to a .104 hitting percentage in 10 matches played, which is tops in the conference. They are also tops in the league, during WAC matches, blocking 3.15 balls per set.
Red-shirt sophomore Gwen Murphy ranks second in WAC matches with a .425 hitting percentage, just ahead of senior Desiree Scott, who has a .391 hitting percentage in WAC matches. Scott is No. 2 in WAC matches with 1.50 blocks per set and Murphy is No. 5 with 1.24 per set.
Scott, Murphy and senior Lauren Loerch rank among the top 10 in WAC play for points per set.
NM State returns five starters as well as a libero from the 2012 WAC Tournament Champion team. Leading the way for the Aggies are 2012 All-WAC selections, seniors Desiree Scott (middle hitter) and Lauren Loerch (outside hitter). NM State also returns senior libero/outside hitter Stephanie Ziegler who was named to the 2012 WAC all-tournament team. The Aggies finished the 2012 season with a 22-11 record while reaching the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history, all under head coach Mike Jordan.
This Week’s Opponents:
IDAHO: The Aggies are set to take on Idaho for the 32nd (17-14) time in program history. In their first match this season, NM State out-hit the Vandals .298-.067 and out-block them 11-6. The Aggies swept the October 5th home match (25-15, 25-18, 25-19).
Head Coach Debbie Buchanan is in her 14th season with the Idaho Vandals and has coached the Vandals to a 6-4 record in the WAC this season. Helping lead the Vandals is sophomore setter Meredith Coba who has 841 assists on the season.
Seattle U: The Aggies will take on WAC opponent Seattle University for the 3rd time in program history. NM State has won all previous meetings against Seattle including 3-1 (24-26, 25-15, 25-14, 25-21) victory at home on October 6th earlier this season.
Seattle U is sitting in fourth place in the WAC standings with a 7-4 record under first year head coach James Finley. Seattle U’s volleyball team is lead on the court by sophomore middle blocker Martina Samadan who currently leads the WAC in conference play with a .513 hitting percentage including 92 kills.
Recap from previous match versus Idaho: Senior Desiree Scott scored 22 points and led the Aggies to a sweep (25-15, 25-18, 25-19) over Idaho, Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Pan American Center. At the time NM State moved to 3-0 in Western Athletic Conference play and 8-8 overall. Idaho fell to 10-7 on the season and 3-2 in league play.
Scott marked a season-high 16 kills on a season-high .727 hitting percentage while also posting seven total blocks, five solo and two block assists. Senior outside hitter Lauren Loerch added 12 kills and seven digs while sophomore outside hitter added 10 kills on a .316 hitting percentage.
Senior Ciara Brown had a match-high 24 assists as she fed Scott for most of the afternoon. Sophomore Taylor Livoti added 14 assists and seven digs as senior outside hitter Stephanie Ziegler played well all-around marking one service ace, six kills and 15 digs.
NM State out-hit the Vandals .298-.067 and out-block them 11-6. The Aggies marked only three attack errors in set one and won 25-15. NM State jumped out to a 5-0 lead in set one and remained in control the entire time as there were no ties or lead changes.
Recap from previous match versus Seattle U: NM State stayed undefeated in WAC play after defeating Seattle U in four sets (24-26, 25-15, 25-14, 25-21) in the Pan American Center, Sunday, Oct. 6. The Aggies moved .500 on the year at 9-8 and 4-0 in league play, while The Redhawks fell to 7-13 overall and 3-2 in conference.
The Aggies had five different players with at least five kills with sophomore outside hitter Bradley Nash leading the way with a match-high 13 kills on a match-high .462 hitting percentage. She added 11 digs on the afternoon for her third double-double of the year. Senior Lauren Loerch tallied 12 kills, nine digs three total blocks ant a service ace to pace the Aggies to their fourth WAC win of the year.
There were seven ties and two lead changes in set one as Seattle U out-hit the Aggies .195-.146 to earn a 26-24 win.
Sophomore Taylor Livoti tallied her seventh double-double of the year with a team-high 27 assists and 10 digs. Sophomore libero Jordan Reifsteck led the Aggies with a team-high 13 digs. Red-shirt sophomore Gwen Murphy added six kills and five total blocks as senior middle hitter Desiree Scott posted eight kills and five total blocks.
Record Watch: Senior Desiree Scott is looking to find her name in NM State’s record books and among the top five in numerous categories. Scott recently climbed to No. 5 on the all-time career total blocks list with 409, recently surpassing Shari Hearne (2000-2003) who tallied 388 in her career.
Desiree is currently in the No.4 spot in Aggie record books with a hitting percentage of .329 on her career.
She is No. 5 on the all-time block assists list at 323. Desiree has also climbed into the top 10 in NM State’s record books for both blocks per set at 1.01, and career solo blocks with 86 (No. 7). She jumped into the top 10 for NM State’s all-time blocks per set, averaging 1.01 in her career since 2010.
Double-Doubles: There have been 17 double-doubles this year with three different Aggies posting a double-double in at least one match this year. Sophomore setter Taylor Livoti has the most with eight, while sophomore Bradley Nash has five and Senior Lauren Loerch has four. The first double-double of the season came on Aug. 31 against Sana Barbara when Livoti marked 22 assists and 12 digs. Both Loerch and Nash marked a double-double in the five set at Bakersfield, Oct.17, while Loerch followed that with a double-double in the a three-set loss at Utah Valley.
Livoti- 22 A/12 D v. Santa Barbara (Aug.31, 2013)
Livoti- 14 A/10 D v. Santa Clara (Sept. 7, 2013)
Livoti- 21 A/14 D v. Southern Utah (Sept. 13, 2013)
Livoti- 16 A/13 D v. Hampton (Sept. 20, 2013)
Livoti- 20 A/14 D v. New Mexico (Sept. 23, 2013)
Livoti- 33 A/17 D v. Texas-Pan American (Sept. 28, 2013)
Livoti- 27 A/10 D v. Seattle U (Oct. 6, 2013)
Livoti- 22 A/12 D v. Grand Canyon (Oct 24, 2013)
Loerch- 15 K/10 D v. Southern Utah (Sept. 13, 2013)
Loerch- 10 K/ 13 D v. Nothern Illinois (Sept. 14, 2013)
Loerch- 15 K/11 D v. Bakersfield (Oct. 17, 2013)
Loerch- 10 K/10 D v. Utah Valley (Oct. 19, 2013)
Nash- 11 K/17 D v. Nothern Illinois (Sept. 14, 2013)
Nash- 10 K/16 D v. Utah (Sept. 19, 2013)
Nash- 13 K/11 D v. Seattle U (Oct. 6, 2013)
Nash- 10 K/ 11 D v. Bakersfield (Oct. 17, 2013)
Nash- 11 K/17 D v. Grand Canyon (Oct. 24, 2013)
The 6-2 Offense: NM State may run a 6-2 offense on occasion this season, using two setters. Senior Ciara Brown and sophomore Taylor Livoti were a part of the 6-2 offense last year and combined for a total of 1,448 assists. Brown tallied 5.94 assists per set and Livoti marked 4.88 assists per set.
This season Brown is averaging 5.51 assists per set and Livoti is marking 5.05 assists per set.
Livoti has eight double-doubles this season with her most recent coming against Grand Canyon marked 22 assists and 12 digs in a 3-0 win. Her first of the season was on Aug. 31 as she marked 22 assists and 12 digs in a five-set loss to UC Santa Barbara.
Brown tied a career-high of 31 assists in a five-set loss to Bakersfield, Oct. 17. Brown now has 1,122 assists in her time at NM State.
Last Week’s Standout Player: Red shirt sophomore Gwen Murphy led the Aggies back into first place posting 3.33 kills per set on a .548 hitting percentage as she tallied only three attack errors in 31 attempts. She also marked three solo blocks and two block assists as NM State swept both of its opponents last week. Murphy started the weekend marking a team-high 11 kills to go along with three total blocks with NM State putting away Grand Canyon in three sets. She followed that performance leading the way with a .727 hitting percentage, a match-high nine kills and two solo blocks in a sweep over Texas-Pan American. In WAC matches only, Murphy ranks second in hitting percentage (.425), fifth in blocks (1.24/set) and ninth in points (3.19/set).
WAC Player of the Week: The Western Athletic Conference announced on Monday, Oct. 7, that senior middle hitter Desiree Scott was named WAC Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6. This is her first Player of the Week honor during her career.
Scott led the Aggies to a 3-0 record that week helping her team to remain as the only unbeaten team in WAC play (5-0 in league play after that week). Scott posted 3.20 kills per set in 10 sets played while marking a WAC-best .538 hitting percentage. She also had 16.0 blocks per set and 0.50 digs per set on the defensive side of the net.
The Tucson, Ariz. native opened the week with eight kills on 13 attempts with no errors for a .615 hitting percentage while adding four blocks, three digs and a service ace as NM State pulled off a sweep of Bakersfield on television. She then helped her team in a sweep over Idaho scoring 22 points, posting a season-high 16 kills and a season-high .727 hitting percentage. Scott also marked seven blocks on the afternoon. She finished the week with eight kills, five blocks and two digs in a four-set victory over Seattle U.
NM State All-Tournament Team: Seniors Lauren Loerch and Desiree Scott were named to the 2013 NM State All-Tournament Team after leading their team to a 2-1 record in the Pan American Center, Sept. 13-14. Loerch marked 3.58 kills in three matches last week as she earned her third all-tournament honor in as many weeks. She had a team-high 43 kills on the week and added 2.67 digs per set with three service aces and nine total blocks. Loerch opened the NM State Tournament with a match-high 15 kills and followed that with a season-high 18 kills in a 3-1 loss to UALR. She finished the tournament with her second double-double of the year as she marked 10 kills and 13 digs in 3-1 win over Northern Illinois.
Scott posted 71 kills over the weekend averaging 2.15 per set while added 10 total blocks over the three matches (3 solo, 7 assists). She tallied two consecutive 11-kill performances (v. Southern Utah and UALR) and finished the weekend with a seven kill, four block performance against Northern Illinois.
Hawaiian Airlines All-Tournament Team: Senior Lauren Loerch earned all-tournament team honors at the Wahine Classic after averaging 2.30 kills, 1.10 digs and 0.40 service aces per set. She marked four kills and three digs against No. 9 Hawai’i, and followed that with nine kills and a .368 hitting percentage with a service ace against No. 10 UCLA. She finished the tournament with a team-high 10 kills and three service aces against Santa Clara.
Cal-Molten Classic All-Tournament Team: Senior Lauren Loerch was the lone Aggie named to the Cal-Molten Classic all-tournament team during the first week of play. She led the Aggies with 2.73 kills per set during the three matches while adding 2.00 digs per set on the defensive side of the net. She also tallied nine total blocks on the weekend. Loerch marked a career-high .476 hitting percentage in a win over Nevada. She marked 11 kills on 21 swings with just one error.
Jordan Adds Assistant to Staff: New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced on Tuesday, Aug. 6, that he has added Ben Wallis to his staff as an assistant coach starting immediately.
Wallis returns to NM State after coaching at the University of New Mexico for the past two years. His primary responsibilities with the Aggies include scouting, defensive games plans while also assisting with recruiting, camps and on-court coaching. Wallis, who is now in his second stint with NM State, brings more than a decade of coaching experience with him to the program. He was an assistant under Jordan from 2006-08.
Before Wallis helped UNM coach Jeff Nelson he was the head coach for Cleveland High School in Albuquerque from 2009-11. While there, he led his team to the state final in just his second year of the program’s existence. Wallis also gained experience as a varsity assistant coach at El Paso Franklin High School, Rio Rancho High School and as a head coach at Gadsden High School in Anthony, New Mexico.
WAC Preseason Poll: The Western Athletic Conference office announced today that the league coaches have selected New Mexico State to win the WAC regular-season crown in 2013. The Aggies received seven of the nine first-place votes from the conference coaches while two NM State players were selected to the 2013 Preseason All-WAC Team.
The Aggies earned 62 points, followed by Idaho who tallied 58. Utah Valley was picked third and Seattle U was picked fourth.
WAC Preseason Team: Senior middle hitter Desiree Scott and senior outside hitter Lauren Loerch were selected to the WAC Preseason team as selected by the league’s coaches. Scott, a 2012 all-WAC selection and a 2012 WAC all-tournament selection, played in all 124 sets during the 2012 season. She finished the season as the Aggies’ top blocker with 152 total blocks, including 27 solo blocks and 125 assisted blocks, all of which were tops on the NM State team.
Loerch, a 2012 second team all-WAC honoree, quickly became an integral part of NM State’s WAC championship team during her first season with the Aggies. She was one of only four Aggies that participated in every set (124) during the 2012 season. Loerch’s 316 total kills and 2.55 kills/set average were both good for second-best on the NM State team.
NM State Takes 2012 WAC Tournament Title: The Aggies went into the WAC Tournament as the No. 4 and defeated No. 2 seed Idaho in the tournament title match. The Aggies became just the fourth team in the 15-year history of the event to win the title. Stephanie Ziegler was named to the all-tournament team.
Aggies in NCAA Tournament: NM State went to its sixth ever NCAA Tournament and first since 2008 last December. The Aggies fell to No. 16 Brigham Young in straight sets while Loerch led the way with seven kills. Desiree Scott posted four blocks on the evening. The Aggies were held to a negative hitting percentage while BYU posted a .351 hitting percentage as a team. NM State was defeated by a tough Cougar team that posted 12 total team blocks and marked only 11 attack errors.
NM State Seniors: The Aggies are stacked with seniors on the team as there are seven total this year (including redshirt seniors). Leading the pack of seniors are Stephanie Ziegler, Desiree Scott, Lauren Loerch and Ciara Brown. Ziegler posted a team-high 3.04 digs per set last year, while added 26 kills, 28 assists and 19 service aces. Scott was among the leaders in the WAC in blocks (1.23/set) and hitting percentage (.369). Loerch was a second team All-WAC selection and Brown was one of two setters used last year leading the team with 5.94 assists per set. Senior Hannah Walker tallied 2.87 digs per set last year but may have to sit the season out due to an injury. Red-shirt senior Shebli Goode will sit the 2013 season out due to NCAA transfer rules.
WAC Volleyball Tournament Tickets on Sale Now: Tickets for the 2013 WAC Volleyball Tournament are on sale now at www.gcuarena.com. The tournament will be held Nov. 25-27 at Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Ariz.
All-session tickets are $23. An all-session ticket is general admission seating and gets you admission to all five matches. To purchase tickets, go to www.gcuarena.com.
Single session tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 25, at the arena box office.
2013 WAC Tournament Schedule
Monday, Nov. 25 (First Round)
Match 1 - No. 6 seed vs. No. 3 seed, 5 p.m.
Match 2 - No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 seed, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 26 (Semifinals)
Match 3 - Winner Match 1 vs. No. 2 seed, 5 p.m.
Match 4 - Winner Match 2 vs. No. 1 seed, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27 (Championship)
Match 5 - Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4, 5 p.m.
NM State Volleyball Tickets on Sale: Tickets can be purchased by going to the Pan American Center ticket office, calling the ticket office at (575)-646-1420 or by going online at www.NMStateSports.com and TicketMaster.com. Ticket prices are as follows:
General Admission: $49
Senior Citizen: $44
Faculty Staff: $44
Senior Citizens, Military and Faculty & Staff
General Admission: $44
Single Game: $6
Group Rate: $4
Kids 12 and Under: FREE
Student with a valid NMSU ID: FREE