Pete's Ponderings - Volleyball Takin' Care of Business at UTEP
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  08/29/2006

Well Mike Jordan knows how to start things off right, doesn’t he? He could use some lessons on growing hair, but coachin’ winners is something he takes too naturally. With his home season startin, tonight, Friday, Sept. 1, his team comes in with the Miners own Tournament trophy in hand and wins over the Big 12 powerhouse Texas Tech and another top team from the Big Sky conference, Sacramento State.


He has been getting inquiries from national media sources and that means Top 25 votes, something scarce in Aggie volleyball history, but Jordan doesn’t mind rewriting the history books. Two NCAA trips, conference championships and coach of the year honors in two separate leagues don’t come from being just another handsome face.


The Aggie spikers take on Florida A&M, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Las Cruces High, a team that has dominates its league and has beaten lofty squads like Nebraska.


Even though it is a weekend that holds the lure of a fishin’ trip or one last boat ride on the lake, you can fit that in around some support for the Aggies winningest program in this decade.


Alice Borden and Amber Simpson were honored in El Paso and the manner in which the Aggies dispatched the host Miners served as the kind of fuel that builds a fire of momentum in a championship team.


These two weekend games against Florida A&M are the first of half a dozen home matches to make those national voters take notice of this fire growing hotter in the desert.


The Hilton Las Cruces Classic tournament is up next after this weekend, so get in the habit of showin’ up early at ‘Cruces High cause seating is gonna be at a premium all year. While the volleyball team takes on some Florida talent, Reggie Theus and his squad take off to the Great White North.


Reggie’s Wranglers meet four different opponents in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, Sept. 2, Sunday, Sept. 3, and Monday, Sept. 4. If you can’t get to Canada with the team, KSNM AM 570 is carrying the games with that ole saddle tramp Jack Nixon at the mike.


Theus is lookin’ over some young talent in Jonathon Gibson and Hattila Passos from the short and tall of it and finally has a chance to take the wraps off of transfers Justin Hawkins, Martin Iti, Fred Peete and Trei Stewart. Elijah Ingram has had a summer to heal that foot that was ailin’ all last year and David Fisher is eager to show the northerners what a power forward can do.


I know hoops won’t get rollin for real for a month or two, but Reggie is like a roper with a new lasso, he can’t wait to hogtie some teams and brand them for ole Pete. Looks like a holiday weekend that can’t be beat Aggie fans.

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