NM State Volleyball to Raise Championship Banner During Saturday’s Basketball Game at the Pan American Center; A Look Back at the 2013 Season
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  01/23/2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced on Thursday that his team will be raising the championship banner during halftime of the NM State men’s basketball game against Texas-Pan American, Saturday, Jan. 25 in the Pan American Center.  Jordan and his team won the Western Athletic Conference tournament for the second straight year and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history.

This week: The New Mexico State volleyball team at the men’s basketball game to help celebrate the raising of its 2013 WAC Title banner.  The Aggie men’s basketball team faces Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center. For tickets call 575-646-1420.

Radio Coverage: The Aggie Sports Network produced a total of 16 matches for radio including the match against Arizona in the NCAA Tournament.  Most matches aired 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 were also available from anywhere around the world on the Internet by logging onto www.NMStateSports.com.

Radio coverage for the men’s basketball game against Texas-Pan American will be on KGRT 103.9 FM in Las Cruces with Hall of Fame announcer Jack Nixon giving the play-by-play action.

Television Coverage: Six matches were produced for television by the AggieVision Production team this year.  All those matches were also aired on ESPN3.com as well as other networks across the nation.

Live Stats on the Web:  Live stats were 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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New Mexico State Falls to Arizona in NCAA Tournament

New Mexico State fell in straight sets (14-25, 23-25, 19-25) to Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to end the season at 22-11. The Aggies hit .102 on the match, compared to the .230 of the Wildcats. Arizona edged New Mexico State in kills (41-37) and assists (37-32), out-blocked the Aggies 13-5 and had 65 digs to the Aggies’ 55. Gwen Murphy lead New Mexico State with nine kills on .333 hitting, while Jordan Reifsteck has a team-high 20 digs. Stephanie Ziegler had 16 digs, while Taylor Livoti finished with 17 assists and seven digs, and Ciara Brown dished out 14 assists.

New Mexico State’s Scott Named All-Region

New Mexico State’s Desiree Scott was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Midwest Region team. Scott was an honorable mention selection. The WAC Player of the Year and WAC Tournament MVP, Scot averages 2.59 kills on .369 hitting to go along with 1.32 blocks per set. She led the league in blocking and ranked third in hitting percentage.

New Mexico State Wins Second Straight WAC Tournament

The Aggies defeated Idaho in five sets in the semifinals and swept Bakersfield in the championship match to capture their second consecutive WAC Tournament title at Grand Canyon Arena last week. Desiree Scott was named WAC Tournament MVP after averaging 3.00 kills on .477 hitting and 1.88 blocked per set over the two matches.

All-Tournament Team

Debora Araujo, Bakersfield

Ciara Brown, New Mexico State

Fernanda Goncalves, Bakersfield

Bradley Nash, New Mexico State

Martina Samadan, Seattle U

Alyssa Schultz, Idaho

Stephanie Ziegler, New Mexico State

MVP: Desiree Scott, New Mexico State

2013 All-WAC Team

New Mexico State senior middle hitter Desiree Scott was named WAC Player of the Year, while Seattle U’s Iris Ivanis was named Freshman of the Year and NM State head coach Mike Jordan earned WAC Coach of the Year.

Six of the nine schools were represented on the teams, led by Bakersfield and Utah Valley with two players each on the first team and one apiece on the second team. Top-seeded New Mexico State had two players on the first team.

Scott earned WAC Player of the Year honors after ranking second in the conference in WAC matches in blocks (1.38), third in hitting percentage (.401), fifth in points (3.69) and ninth in kills (2.78). She hit .300 or better in 11 of the 13 WAC matches. In the most recent NCAA statistics, Scott ranks 40th nationally in blocks per set (1.29).

Ivanis earned Freshman of the Year honors after ranking third in the league in WAC play in kills (3.53), fourth in points (3.96) and ninth in service aces (.27). She also averaged 2.06 digs per set in WAC play, had 10 or more kills in 11 of the 13 WAC matches in which she played and had four double-doubles in WAC play.

Jordan led his team to its second WAC regular-season title with a 14-2 league record and the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament. This is the third time in his career he’s earned the honor (2006,2008).

New Mexico State Wins Second WAC Regular-Season Title

New Mexico State captured the WAC regular-season title with a 14-2 record. It was the Aggies’ second WAC regular-season title since joining the conference in 2005, but first outright title, as it shared the 2008 title with Hawai’i.

Aggies in the NCAA Tournament

The Aggies made their seventh NCAA appearance in school history this season. NM State is 1-6 all-time in the NCAA tournament, defeating St. Mary’s in the first round of the tournament in 2008 for their lone victory. This was the Aggies’ second trip to San Diego for the tournament and the third time NM State has traveled to the state of California to play in the NCAA. NM State has faced seven different opponents in the NCAA Tournament, including Arizona this season.

The Aggies have faced BYU twice in 2003 and 2012. Head coach Mike Jordan has been the coach for NM State all seven times the Aggies have qualified for the tournament. Four times the Aggies have entered the NCAA tournament after winning its conference championship, twice as members of the Sun Belt in 2003 and 2004 and twice as members of the WAC in 2012 and 2013.

Year                                      Opponent                                           Result

2003                                     BYU                                                       L

2004                                     San Diego                                            L

2006                                     Colorado                                             L

2007                                     LSU                                                        L

2008                                     St. Mary’s                                            W

2008                                     California                                            L

2012                                     BYU                                                       L

2013                                     Arizona                                                L

Record Watch

Senior Desiree Scott is rose to the top of NM State record books during the 2013 season. Scott had a total of 362 block assists on her career, close behind former Aggie middle, Jonna Steffens (1989-92) who is No. 3 on the all-time block assist list with 383.

With her second solo block of the match against Utah Valley, Scott reached the century mark in solo blocks. She remains at No. 5 on the all-time solo block list at NM State and was the fifth player to ever reach 100 solo blocks in a career at NM State.

With Scott’s ability to block her opponents at the net, Scott tallied 462 total blocks in her career at NM State. This puts her just one total block behind Kim Oguh (2004-07) who is No. 3 on the all-time list with 463 in her career.

Scott held the No. 3 spot in the NM State record books with a .338 hitting percentage in her career. She reached No. 4 in total blocks, No. 9 in blocks percent with 1.05, gained a .369 hitting percentage for two consecutive seasons placing her sixth in the record books and is No. 8 in blocks per set in a season with a 1.32. Stephanie Ziegler is also in the NM State record-books for career digs reaching No. 9 with 1,074.

The 6-2 Offense

NM State ran a 6-2 offense using two setters this season. Senior Ciara Brown and sophomore Taylor Livoti were a part of the 6-2 offense in 2012 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 averaged 5.68 assists per set and finished the year with 676, while Livoti tallied 5.21 assists per set and completed the 2013 year 625.

Aggie Volleyball Signs Three in Early Signing Period

Head volleyball coach Mike Jordan recently announced that three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend school and play volleyball at New Mexico State University next fall.

Jordan Abalos, of Safford, Ariz., Kassandra Tohm, from Toronto, Ontario, and Ashlyn Brown, from Fort Meyers, Fla., will be a part of the defending Western Athletic Conference championship team in the fall of 2014.

“This is another great group of athletes that have the potential to make an immediate impact on our team,” said head coach Mike Jordan.

Brown played volleyball for Bishop Verot High School in Fort Meyers, Fla. The 2012 season was a successful year as she was named the district and team MVP, while also earning second team all-area honors. During the 2013 season, Brown marked two triple-doubles and nine double-doubles as she ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida among 4A teams in assists with 480 and also in kills with 288.

Brown is no stranger to having family members play in the NCAA, as many have played sports across the nation. Ashlyn is the younger sister of NM State graduate and volleyball player Ciara Brown. Ashlyn says Ciara taught her volleyball and how to be a setter, but most importantly Ciara has always been supportive and encouraging to her younger sister.

Abalos played four years (2010-14) of volleyball at Safford High School in Safford Ariz. She played under coach Janene Ward mainly as an outside hitter. Abalos not only excelled as an athlete but was also an outstanding student, she earned academic honors and made the Dean’s list. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, FFA, and Spanish Club. On the court, Abalos led her team to four-straight section championship titles and a state runner-up in 2012. This past season she posted 398 kills to lead her team to a 37-5 record.

Tohm, who played both the middle hitter and left-side positions in high school was a standout for the Sif Oliver Mowat C.I. Mustangs.  She led her team to three state championships. The team also placed fourth at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA). Tohm was named Most Valuable Player multiple times, was named all-star player in many tournaments and earned Athlete of the Year three times. She was also a member of Team Ontario in 2013 that was the winner of the Nations Cup.


There were 28 double-doubles this year with seven different Aggies posting a double-double in at least one match this year. Sophomore setter Taylor Livoti had the most with nine, while sophomore Bradley Nash had seven and senior Lauren Loerch had four.

The first double-double of the season came on Aug. 31 against Santa 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 a three-set loss at Utah Valley.  Senior Desiree Scott and sophomore Bradley Nash each marked a double-double in a 3-1 win over rival UTEP, Nov. 12.

Four different Aggies tallied a double-double during a five-set victory over Idaho in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament.

Brown – 31 A/13 D v. Kansas City (Nov. 7, 2013)

Brown – 31 A/11D v. Idaho (Nov. 26, 2013)

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)

Livoti – 28 A/13 D v. Idaho (Oct. 31, 2013)

Livoti – 28 A/10 D v. Idaho (Nov. 26, 2013)

Loerch – 15 K/10 D v. Southern Utah (Sept. 13, 2013)

Loerch – 10 K/13 D v. Northern 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)

Murphy – 11 K/10 B v. Kansas City (Nov. 7, 2013)

Nash – 11 K/17 D v. Northern 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)

Nash – 13 K/10 D v. Kansas City (Nov. 7, 2013)

Nash – 11 K/14 D v. UTEP (Nov. 12, 2013)

Nash – 10 K/23 D v. Idaho (Nov. 26, 2013)

Scott – 11 K/11 B v. UTEP (Nov. 12, 2013)

Ziegler – 10 K/13 D v. Kansas City (Nov. 7, 2013)

Ziegler – 18 K/23 D v. Idaho (Nov. 26, 2013)

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