Pete's Ponderings-September 1
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  09/02/2008

There is a wonderful event scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, that is a continuation of the athletic department’s efforts to bring honor to the foundation on Aggie athletics. The third Ring of Honor is launched this weekend, this one in volleyball. Three women who have been at the core of the program’s early years will be inducted to the volleyball “ring.”


Alane Pierce-Stutsman, Vanessa White-Johnson and Maria Roth will be the first through the door for their sport.  Pete has seen them all play and believe you me; there couldn’t have been a better choice to start this special society off right.


Pierce-Stutsman started all four years of here career from 1983-86. She earned second-team All-High Country Athletic Conference honors in 1984.  She is currently No. 2 all-time in service aces with 149, No. 2 all-time in career attack attempts with 3,981 and No. 4 all-time in kills with 1,311.


White-Johnson was the star of the teams at the beginning of the 1990s and was a four-year starter for NMSU and was the first player to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career.  She tops the NMSU record books in attacks with 4,326 and is No. 2 in kills with 1,551.


Roth is now the senior woman’s administrator for NMSU Athletics and was a key player in bringing the 2007 WAC Volleyball Tournament to Las Cruces.  She was named NMSU’s Female Scholar-Athlete, earned first team All-Big West honors and first team all-district honors in 1995.  Roth also earned Academic All-Big West honors in 1994 and 1995, while she was the second player to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs at NMSU.


You are all welcome to attend the ceremony in the Danny Villanueva Victory Club on the third floor of the Stan Fulton Center. The festivities start at 12:30 p.m. and you can buy your tickets at the door. Now all the sports will be putting their best athletes in each sports ring as a way of showing their pride and thanks for what these men and women achieved at NMSU.


These inductees aren’t just selected for their ability at sports, they are chosen for what they have become in our ever changing world. It makes ole Pete stand a little taller when I see these events unfold. It’s another chance to tell the great story of what NMSU has brought to the world of athletics and to the world itself. It’s gonna be great to hear these young women’s stories about their time here and what they have done since. These women were the cornerstones of what Mike Jordan has taken into the national scene. 


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