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NM State Heads into WAC Tournament as No. 4 Seed; Face Denver in Quarterfinal Round
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  11/16/2012

This week: The New Mexico State volleyball team heads to the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Tournament in San Antonio, Texas as the No. 4 seed.  The Aggies face No. 5 seed Denver, Monday, Nov. 19 in San Antonio, Texas at 4 p.m. (MT).  If NM State defeats Denver, it will face either No. 1 seed Utah State or No. 8 seed UT-Arlington on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. (MT).  The WAC Tournament Championship is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. (MT).

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 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.

The WAC Tournament Championship on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. (MT) is scheduled to air on ESPNU with Sam Gore giving the play-by-play action.

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.

Twitter/Facebook:  Get all the updates of Aggie Athletics on Twitter and Facebook. Get in-game statistics and in-game updates on Twitter @NMStateAggies.  Find out about all Aggie Athletics promotions and events on Facebook (NMSU Athletics and The Aggie Student-Athlete).

About the Aggies: The Aggies are finished the regular season with a 19-10 overall record and 12-6 conference record to enter the 2012 WAC Tournament as the No. 4 seed.  The Aggies finished the regular season hitting .220 while holding opponents to a .171 hitting percentage.

Four Aggies played in all 111 sets this season including Meredith Hays, Lauren Loerch, Desiree Scott and Stephanie Ziegler.  Three different Aggies marked at least 200 kills including Hays, who finished the regular season with 441.

NM State runs a 6-2 offense, rotating setters throughout the match, with junior Ciara Brown leading the way with 5.85 assists per set in 99 sets played. Freshman Taylor Livoti has seen action in 86 sets this year and is posting 4.84 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 2.84 digs per set. Scott leads the team defensively at the net with 138 total blocks on the year, averaging 1.24 per set. Sophomore Gwen Murphy is closest to Scott with 79 total blocks on the season. The Aggies as a team tally 2.52 blocks per set.

NM State averages 13.31 kills per set in WAC play and tallies 14.59 digs per set and 2.60 blocks per set when facing teams out of the WAC. Hays averages 3.65 kills per set in WAC play and Walker leads the team posting 3.51 digs per set in league play.

The Aggies are 3-1 when playing on a neutral court this season.  They defeated Wichita State, North Dakota State and Florida International, while falling to then No. 12 Pepperdine on Sept. 8.  NM State averages 14.20 kills per set when playing at a neutral site and out-hits its opponents .267-.196.  Hays averages 5.20 kills per set on a neutral court, while Loerch is hitting just under .300 on neutral courts this year.

Looking Back: The Aggies lost in straight sets to Idaho, Thursday, Nov. 15 in Las Cruces to allow the Vandals to take the No. 2 seed in the tournament, while the Aggies dropped to the No. 4 seed.  NM State was outhit by the Vandals, .156-.257 and was out-blocked 13-8.  Sophomore Meredith Hays led the Aggies offensively with a match-high 17 kills but NM State's five service errors and 28 attack errors would not allow for the team to get into a rhythm.

Junior Desiree Scott and sophomore Stephanie Ziegler added six kills each, while red-shirt freshman Bradley Nash tallied five kills on a .364 hitting percentage.   Senior Madison Hardy marked a career-high 13 digs on "Senior Night."

Aggies in the WAC Tournament: The Aggies are 10-7 all-time in the WAC Tournament.  The Aggies won their first ever WAC Tournament match against San Jose State, Nov. 24, 2005 in Reno, Nev. 

NM State made it to the WAC Tournament Championship for the first time in 2006, although it lost to No. 12 Hawaii, 3-1 in Reno.  The Aggies hosted the 2007 WAC Tournament and reached the championship match again, falling to No. 11 Hawaii in an exciting five-set battle.  UH hosted the 2008 WAC Tournament with NM State facing the Rainbow Wahine for the third straight year in the championship.  UH came out on top once again beating the Aggies 3-1.  NM State took on the Rainbow Wahine in the 2009 WAC Tournament title match with UH sweeping the Aggies in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Aggies were ousted by Utah State in 2010 and lost to No. 6 Hawaii in the championship match last year.

WAC TOURNAMNT PARTICIPANTS

Aggies vs. Denver: The Aggies are 10-2 all-time versus Denver. The teams first met on Oct. 8, 2000. NM State lost the first two meetings, but the Aggies have won every match since. This year NM State faced Denver twice, winning both games in three sets. The Aggies have never faced the Pioneers in a WAC tournament.

The first match up of the 2012 season was Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M. NM State swept Denver by scores of 25-22, 25-19, 25-16. The Aggies hit .321 as a team with junior Preslie Alexander leading the charge posting a match-high 13 kills on a career-high .706 hitting percentage.  Junior middle blocker Desiree Scott was also very efficient as she marked a .538 hitting percentage to go along with eight kills and two total blocks.

Sophomore Meredith Hays tallied seven kills on the afternoon and led the Aggies on the defensive side of the net with a match-high 12 digs.  Junior Stephanie Ziegler, who was at the libero position today, tallied 11 digs, while freshman setter Taylor Livoti posted seven digs to go along with a match-high 21 assists.

The second match of the season was held at Hamilton Gymnasium in Denver, Colo. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Aggies handled business with 3-0 sweep (25-20, 25-17, 25-16) over the Pioneers.

Junior middle hitter Desiree Scott led the Aggies with a .611 hitting percentage in the match, going 11-of-18, with no errors, while collecting a block and five assisted blocks in the match. Preslie Alexander, a junior middle blocker, was 5-of-11 in the match and hit .250. As a team, the Aggies hit .288 with 45 kills. The NM State defense was stellar, holding Denver to a .098 hitting percentage for the match, while forcing 21 hitting errors.

Denver is the No. 5 seed for the WAC Tournament with an overall record of 17-12 and a conference record of 10-8. The Pioneers will face NM State in the first round.

Aggies vs. Utah State: The Aggies are 40-29 all-time versus Utah State. The teams first met on Nov. 2, 1974, and played every year until 2000. Starting up again in 2005, the Aggies have battled Utah State every year. They met in 2005 and 2010 in the WAC conference semifinals with NM State falling in both games in five sets. This year NM State faced Utah State twice, losing both matches.

The first match up of the 2012 season was at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah on Thursday, Oct. 4. The NM State Aggies struggled offensively hitting only .035 as a team, while being out-blocked 12-6.5 to lose in three sets (25-21, 27-25, 25-16).  Junior Desiree Scott had the most efficient night posting a team-high seven kills to go along with two block assists.  NM State held the northern Aggies to a .194 hitting percentage, but nine service errors by the visiting Aggies boosted USU to a sweep.

Hays tallied five kills on the evening while junior Lauren Loerch and freshman Nathalie Castellanos also added five kills each. Junior Stephanie Ziegler marked a team-high 11 digs while juniors Hannah Walker and Ciara Brown, along with Hays, came up with seven digs apiece.  Brown had 16 assists on the night as sophomore Maggi Jo Keffury tallied seven for the team.

The second match of the season was held at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Red shirt freshman Bradley Nash marked a career-high 11 kills on a .529 hitting percentage but it was not enough as the New Mexico State volleyball team fell 3-1 (17-25, 13-25, 25-22, 21-25) to Utah State. The Crimson Aggies were out-hit as a team .129-.256 and were out-blocked 15.5-7. Nash was one of three players to mark double-digit kills on the evening as junior Lauren Loerch put down 15 kills and sophomore Meredith Hays tallied 10.

Freshman Taylor Livoti had a team-high 23 assists as she shared the setting duties with sophomore Maggie Jo Keffury, who posted 22 assists to go along with five digs.  Junior Hannah Walker led NM State on the defensive side of the net with a match-high 14 digs, while red shirt freshman Gwen Murphy led the way at the net with three solo blocks and two block assists.

Utah State is the No. 1 seed going into the WAC Tournament with an overall record of 20-8 and a conference record of 15-3. The Utah State Aggies will face UT-Arlington in the first round.

Aggies vs. UT-Arlington: The Aggies are 4-3 all-time versus UT-Arlington. The teams first met, Sept. 30, 1977, and played several matches through the mid 1980s. This is the first year the teams have met since 1986 and the teams are 1-1 against each other for the 2012 season. The Aggies have never faced the Mavericks in the WAC Tournament.

The first match up of the 2012 season was at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M. on Saturday, Sept. 22. The NM State Aggies took the match in three sets sweeping UTA (25-17, 25-19, 25-19). Sophomore Meredith Hays led the Aggies to victory with a match-high 12 kills on 28 attempts with only one error.  Hays finished with a .393 hitting percentage, although freshman Nathalie Castellanos had the most efficient afternoon with a .583 attack percentage.  Castellanos marked eight kills on 12 attacks with an error.

Junior outside hitter Lauren Loerch also added eight kills and junior middle hitter Desiree Scott posted seven to go along with six block assists.  NM State ended the day with a .306 hitting percentage as a team and out-blocked the Mavericks 13-3.  Junior Hannah Walker led the way defensively with a match-high 12 digs and junior Stephanie Ziegler added 10.  Ziegler also added two service aces on the day

The second match of the season was held at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas on Thursday, Oct. 18. The Aggies dropped the road match to UT-Arlington, 3-1 (23-25, 25-12, 23-25, 25-27). NM State had more kills (54-48) than the Mavericks and a better hitting percentage (.140-.086) but it was not enough to earn a victory away from the Pan American Center.

Hays finished with her ninth double-double of the year as she added 11 digs as junior Hannah Walker ended the evening with a match-high 24 digs.  Junior Ciara Brown marked a match-high 24 assists as sophomore Maggi Jo Keffury finished with 15 of her own.

UT-Arlington is the No. 8 seed heading into the WAC Tournament with an overall record of 9-19 and a conference record of 5-13. The Mavericks will face Utah State in the first round.

Aggies vs. Idaho: The Aggies are 15-14 all-time versus the Idaho Vandals. The teams first met, Sept. 7, 1984. NM State one the first match but lost the following 10 matches until they broke Idaho's win streak in 2006. The Aggies and the Vandals faced off in 2006 at the WAC tournament with NM State taking the win. This year NM State beat Idaho on the road, but fell at home.

The first match up of the season was at Memorial Gym in Moscow, Idaho, Saturday, Sept. 15. NM State defeated the Idaho Vandals in five sets (25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 16-25, 15-8.  It was the second consecutive five set win for the Aggies as NM State came-from-behind against Seattle U on Thursday.

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.

NM State ran a 6-2 offense once again with junior Ciara Brown posting 26 assists and freshman Taylor Livoti finishing with 24.  Junior libero Hannah Walker ended the night with a match-high 16 digs, two service aces and five assists, while Hays led the way with four total blocks (one solo, four assisted). The Aggies were)

The second match of the year was held at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. NM State lost straight sets to the Vandals (22-25, 29-31, 19-25). The Aggies were outhit by the Vandals, .156-.257 and were out-blocked 13-8.  Sophomore Meredith Hays led the Aggies offensively with a match-high 17 kills but NM State's five service errors and 28 attack errors would not allow for the team to get into a rhythm.

Junior Desiree Scott and sophomore Stephanie Ziegler added six kills each, while red-shirt freshman Bradley Nash tallied five kills on a .364 hitting percentage.   Senior Madison Hardy marked a career-high 13 digs on "Senior Night."

Idaho is the No. 2 seed for the 2012 WAC Tournament with an overall record of 13-5 and a conference record of 15-13. The Vandals will face Texas State in the first round.

Aggies vs. UTSA: The Aggies are 4-1 all-time versus the UTSA Roadrunners. The teams first met on Sept. 11, 1992, and won three matches in the early 1990's. This year NM State faced the Roadrunners twice, the first times since 1995.

The first match up was at the Pan American Center Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 in Las Cruces, N.M. The Aggies swept the Roadrunners in three sets (26-24, 25-19, 25-21). NM State held UTSA to a .050 hitting percentage and out-blocked UTSA 12-9.  Junior Desiree Scott led the defensive side of the net with four assisted blocks and two solo blocks, while she added five kills on offense.  Sophomore Meredith Hays tallied a match-high 11 kills and junior Lauren Loerch added eight kills.

Red shirt freshman Gwen Murphy had an efficient night with a .714 hitting percentage as she posted five kills on seven swings.  She also dug up two balls and was in on three blocks.  Junior Ciara Brown and sophomore Maggi Jo Keffury split the setting duties with 18 and 16 assists respectively.

The second match was held in San Antonio, Texas at the Convocation Center on Nov. 10, 2012. NM State fell 3-1 (25-16, 20-25, 22-25, 20-25) to the Roadrunners. Junior Lauren Loerch tallied 16 points on 15 kills and two block assists for the morning. Junior Desiree Scott followed Loerch's lead, scoring 16 points, as she posted 14 kills on a .429 hitting percentage.

Sophomore Meredith Hays was the third Aggie player with double-digit kill figures at 10. Freshman Taylor Livoti marked her second double-double of the year with 18 assists and 10 digs while junior Hannah Walker had a team-high 17 digs.

UTSA is the No. 3 seed with an overall record of 20-8 and a conference record of 13-5. The Roadrunners will face San Jose State in the opening round.

Aggies vs. Texas State: The Aggies are 5-4 all-time versus the Texas State Bobcats. The teams first met on Sept. 12, 1986, and the Aggies won the first three matches through 1991. This year NM State faced Texas State twice, losing once at home and winning on the road.

The first match up was at the Pan American Center Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 in Las Cruces, N.M. NM State fell to Texas State 3-2 (26-24, 17-25, 25-15, 24-26, 11-15) after being out-blocked 15-6. NM State out-hit the Bobcats .195-.188 and had more kills (61-54), but more attack errors and service errors from the Aggies made the difference in the match.

Junior Desiree Scott had the most efficient night as she tallied a .667 hitting percentage with 12 kills on 17 attempts and only one error.  She also added three solo blocks and three block assists to go along with a dig.  Sophomore Meredith Hays marked her eighth double-double of the year as she tallied 18 kills and 10 digs but her five service errors hurt the Aggies.in three sets (26-24, 25-19, 25-21). NM State held UTSA to a .050 hitting percentage and out-blocked UTSA 12-9.  Junior Desiree Scott led the defensive side of the net with four assisted blocks and two solo blocks, while she added five kills on offense.  Sophomore Meredith Hays tallied a match-high 11 kills and junior Lauren Loerch added eight kills.

The second match of the 2012 season was held in San Marcos, Texas at the Strahan Coliseum on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. NM State took the match with the help of Junior Desiree in a four set (19-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-22) victory.

Scott posted a match-high 19 kills and was basically unstoppable as she marked only two errors in four sets to finished with a match-high .500 hitting percentage.  She was also in on six blocks as the Aggies rallied from a 1-0 deficit after falling 25-19 in set one.

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

Texas State is the No. 7 seed going into the WAC Tournament with an overall record of 14-15 and a conference record of 9-9. The Bobcats face Idaho in round one.

Aggies vs. San Jose State: The Aggies are 25-9 all-time versus the San Jose State Spartans. The teams first met on Sept. 28, 1979, with the Spartans winning all but two matches until 1994. The Aggies beat San Jose State in three sets at the 2007 WAC Tournament. This year NM State faced San Jose State twice, winning both matches.

The first match up of the season was in San Jose, Calif. at the Spartan Gym Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. NM State defeated San Jose State 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23) in a solid fight on the road. Sophomore outside hitter Meredith Hays tallied a double-double posting 14 kills and 12 digs against the Spartans.

NM State out-hit the Spartans .267- .164 but was out-blocked by SJSU 14.5-9.  Four different Aggies tallied double-digit kill figures including junior outside hitter Lauren Loerch, who marked 11. Junior Preslie Alexander had 10 kills on a .391 hitting percentage and junior Desiree Scott marked 10 kills on a .353 hitting percentage. Junior Ciara Brown joined sophomore Maggi Jo Keffury at the setter position to run the 6-2 offense with Brown marking a team-high 28 assists.  Keffury ended the night with 21 assists to go along with five digs.  Junior defensive specialist Stephanie Ziegler dug up 14 balls while junior Hannah Walker tallied 11 digs.

The second match this season was held in Las Cruces, N.M. at the Pan American Center on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. NM State swept San Jose State 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-21). The Aggies outhit SJSU .316-.132 with sophomore Meredith Hays posting a match-high 17 kills to go along with two solo blocks and seven digs. 

Red shirt freshman Bradley Nash played efficiently as she posted a season-high .714 hitting percentage with five kills on seven swings. She also had three digs and two block assists. The Aggies were the more aggressive team as the out-blocked the Spartans 8-5. NM State won set one 25-17 holding the Spartans to a .054 hitting percentage. 

San Jose State is the No. 6 seed with an overall record of 14-15 and a conference record of 9-9. The Spartans will face UTSA in the first round.

Looking Ahead: Collegiate volleyball fans will be looking forward to the 2012 NCAA Volleyball Selection show, which is scheduled to air on ESPNU at 2 p.m. (MT), Sunday, Nov. 25.  The NCAA Division I volleyball tournament starts, Thursday, Nov. 29 at various locations around the country.



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