Mike Jordan may pull a jaw muscle from all the smiling he has been doing this summer. First at his wedding, Jordan was the happiest groom ole Pete has ever seen. I’ve been to a few weddings and normally the man walking the plank, I mean the aisle, is uptight, nervous and weak in the knees. Not the Coach of Champions, he was grinning from ear to ear from start to finish.
Now more good news for the Aggies, Jordan and volleyball fans in the Mesilla Valley. Four members of Jordan’s team have been tabbed for preseason conference honors. Four is the most chosen from any WAC school this fall. Seniors Lindsey Yon, Amber Simpson and Krystal Torres along with junior Krista Altermatt were selected by the league’s coaches as likely suspects when the all-star team is chosen again in November.
It is hard to argue against their reasoning. Simpson, Yon and Torres were all first team All-WAC selections last year and Altermatt was a second team choice. They led the Aggies to a second consecutive NCAA tournament berth and a 26-6 record. Most of us know that four of the past five years, the Jordanaires have been in the Volleyball NCAA hootenanny. It was the sixth-straight season for NMSU to get at least 20 wins in a year, and another great attendance mark was set as well. Torres, a Mayfield alum, led the WAC in digs last year with 590 and will have more tall timber in front of her again this year.
If you haven’t heard, the preseason dinner will be held at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Tuesday, August 19. The alumni match will be the following Saturday, Aug. 23 and this year’s team will have their hands full. Jackie Godber, Angela Lobendahn-Peterson, Stevi Adams and Alice Borden will be a part of the team and that is one outstanding group of athletes.
If you want to mark your palm pilot for must see matches, the weekend of Sept. 4-7 will see Texas, Houston and Florida Gulf Coast in town for the annual tournament and Hawai’i surfs in Sept. 27. That is also the day Hal Mumme’s Air Raid takes New Mexico to the woodshed.
Since we entered the new millennium, NMSU Volleyball has been a force to be reckoned with and now reserved seating available at the Aggie matches. Special courtside, or Gucci Row, spots are there for the taking at the Pan Am and NMSU’s volleyball program is meeting the wants of the fans that wanted more.
I am not sure Jordan is gonna be smiling every minute of practice, but you know when he goes home at night, he has got to be happy about what he has cooked up again for the coming season.