This Week in Aggie Volleyball; Week 7 - Aggies Continue Road Swing
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  10/15/2013

This Week: The New Mexico State volleyball team continues WAC play on the road this week taking on Bakersfield, Thursday, Oct. 17 at 8:00 p.m. (MT).  The second match of the week is against Utah Valley, Saturday, Oct. 19 in Kansas City, Mo. at 7:00 p.m. (MT).

Radio Coverage: The Aggie Sports Network is airing 13 matches over the radio waves this season with 13 on KSNM AM 570 and two on KGRT 103.9 FM 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.

There are no matches scheduled for radio coverage this weekend.

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 to be produced by AggieVision is Thursday, Oct. 24 against Grand Canyon.

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.

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About the Aggies: NM State is 11-8 after sweeping Chicago State last Thursday and Kansas City on Saturday.

The Aggies have won all six conference matches and are outhitting their opponents .277 to .081.They are the only team in the WAC to remain unbeaten. Five Aggies averaged two kills per set in the two wins last week.

Gwen Murphy led with a career-high 11 kills on .600 hitting against the Chicago State Cougars. Desiree Scott finished with 15 kills on a .636 hitting percentage and seven blocks against the Kansas City Kangaroos. Scott ranks second in the WAC in hitting percentage (.379) and blocks (1.24) Stephanie ranks seventh in the WAC in digs (3.30) Lauren Loerch ranks 10th in points (3.26)

NM State is leading the WAC in opponent hitting percentage (.149), second in hitting percentage (.210) and blocks (2.51), and third in kills (12.40).

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 Weeks Opponents

Bakersfield:   The Aggies are set to take on Bakersfield for the third time in school history. NM State has won the previous meetings between the two teams.

Bakersfield, who is currently sitting at 3-3 in the WAC, is led by third year head coach Jolene Shepardson. Leading the Roadrunners is senior Debora Araujo, who paced the team with 475 kills last season and averaged 4.13 per set.

Utah Valley:  This will be the first meeting between Utah Valley and NM State.

Utah Valley is in second place in the WAC with a 5-2 record in conference play. Leading Utah Valley is head coach Sam Atoa, who is in his 15th season with the Wolverines and entered the 2013 season with a 175-113 record. Sophomore Lauren Stringham, who earned the Great West Conference Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-Conference honors after her freshman year in 2012, leads the Wolverines. 

Double-Doubles: There have been 11 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 seven, while sophomore Bradley Nash has three and senior Lauren Loerch has two.  The first double-double of the season came on Aug. 31 against Santa Barbara when Livoti marked 22 assists and 12 digs.

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)

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

Loerch – 10 K/13 D v. Northern Illinois (Sept. 14, 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)

Record Watch: Senior Desiree Scott is no stranger to the NM State record books. Scott started the 2013 season with 304 total career blocks, since then she has climbed to fifth place on the NM State all-time list with 391. She is currently No. 7 in solo blocks with 81 on her career as she recently passed Connie Marks (1983-86) who tallied 75.

Desiree is currently No. 4 in Aggie record books with a career hitting percentage of .335, recently surpassing Kelsey Brennan who tallied .321 in her career.

Scott is currently at 310 total block-assists on her career and is behind Alice Borden (2003-06) who is No. 6 on the Aggies all-time list with 315 total block assists. Desiree has also climbed into the top 10 for NM State’s all-time blocks per set, averaging 1.00 in her career since 2010.

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.

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 4.93 assists per set.

Livoti has seven double-doubles this season with her most recent coming against Seattle U when she marked 27 assists and 10 digs in a 3-1 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.

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.

Willis 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.

2013 Aggie Schedule: The 2013 NM State volleyball schedule features 16 home matches, a home tournament and a trip to Honolulu.

The 16 matches at home are the second most ever played in Las Cruces, but is the highest number of matches played in the Pan American Center.  There were 17 home matches in 2006, although the majority of those matches were played in the Las Cruces High School Gym.

NM State immediately heads out on the road playing in two different tournaments.  Two of the six teams the Aggies play in those two weeks finished in the top 15 nationally in 2012 according to the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.

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

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