This week: he Aggie volleyball team plays two WAC matches at home this week. NM State faces Louisiana Tech, Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center before taking on UT-Arlington, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 12 p.m.
Radio Coverage: The Aggie Sports Network is producing 13 matches on KSNM AM 570 this season, along with any matches in the post season. The match, Saturday, Sept. 22 against UT-Arlington is currently scheduled to air over the radio waves, but is subject to change. First seve against the Mavericks is set for 12 p.m.
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: The NM State volleyball team will have six matches on TV this year. The AggieVision Production team has the following matches scheduled to air on TV: Louisiana Tech – Sept. 20; UTSA – Oct. 11; Texas State – Oct. 13; San Jose State – Nov. 1; Utah State – Nov. 3.
This week’s match versus Louisiana Tech is scheduled to air on TV with first serve set for 7 p.m. (MT).
Matches produced by AggieVision will also air on ESPN3.com (free of charge) and fans should check local listings for airtimes in their area. Fans can also go to www.AggieVision.tv for channel listings.
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: After finishing last year with a 23-10 record overall and 10-4 in WAC play, the Aggies were picked to win the WAC in the league preseason coaches’ poll. The Aggies return starting outside hitters Meredith Hays and Stephanie Ziegler, while losing three-time honorable mention All-American setter Jennah DeVries and three-time All-WAC selection middle hitter Kelsey Brennan. NM State also lost libero Kelsi Phillips, who is in the top 10 in Aggie record books for digs per set in a season.
Head coach Mike Jordan, who is in his 15th season with NM State, is looking for improvement in all areas as the Aggies go into conference play.
The Aggies are 2-0 in league play after defeating Seattle U (21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-12) on Thursday and Idaho (25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 16-25, 15-8) on Saturday. The Aggies were down 2-0 to Seattle before winning three straight sets to win the match. Meredith Hays posted a match-high 18 kills to go along with 13 digs in the win at Seattle U. Hays followed that with a 22-kill, nine-dig performance at Idaho as the Aggies came-from-behind to beat the Vandals in five sets.
Aggies in the WAC: Heading into week five of the season and week two of league play, NM State leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.232), ranks second in blocks (2.66) and service aces (1.38). The Aggies are third in assists (11.89) and kills (12.98), and fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.180).
Individually, Hays leads the WAC in points (5.16) and kills (4.47), ranks fourth in service aces (0.33) and seventh in hitting percentage (.269). Desiree Scott ranks sixth in the league in blocks (1.13) and 10th in hitting percentage (.250), while Ciara Brown is 10th in assists (5.43).
Aggie Offense: The Aggies have been running a 6-2 offense for the majority of the season where the team uses two setters. Senior setter Ciara Brown leads the way with 217 assists (5.43/set), while freshman setter Taylor Livoti has 213 assists (4.73/set). Sophomore Maggi Jo Keffury gets into the action on occasion and has 37 assists (2.64/set).
Aggie Defense: Junior libero Hannah Walker leads the Aggies defensively with 2.64 digs per set, while Stephanie Ziegler is not far behind averaging 2.42 digs per set. Walker posted a career-high 22 digs, Sept. 13 against Seattle.
Junior Desiree Scott leads the way at the net defensively with 1.13 blocks per set. She has 11 solo blocks and 40 assisted for 51 total blocks. Red shirt freshman Gwen Murphy is a distant second on the team with 32 total blocks on the year.
NM State Ranks Nationally: New Mexico State currently ranks 16th nationally in attendance with an average of 1,891 fans per match. Meanwhile, Texas State ranks 66th (666).
National Statistics: Sophomore outside hitter Meredith Hays ranks 16th nationally in kills averaging 4.47 per set and is 11th nationally in points per set posting 5.16 per. Hays finished the 2011 season with 500 kills in 113 sets played and already has 161 this season in 35 sets played.
Desiree Scott is No. 102 (out of 250 ranked players) in blocks per set averaging 1.13.
Hays Heading to the Top: Meredith Hays is well on her way to becoming one of NM State Volleyball’s leaders in career kills. Close to mid-season of her sophomore year, Hays is only 482 kills from tenth place in career record kills. The outside hitter is on track with the current record holder, Stevi Adams, who played for the Aggies from 2001-04. In their freshman seasons, Adams tallied 301 kills while Hays totaled 500. After her sophomore season, Adams had a career total of 681kills. This season, Hays has already tallied a career total of 701 kills.
Count Down To 100: Head coach Mike Jordan has 91 WAC wins under his belt, needing just nine more to get to 100. He can potentially pick up WAC-win No. 100 by Oct. 20 against Louisiana Tech.
Aggies vs. Louisiana Tech: NM State is 15-1 all-time against the Louisiana Tech. The Aggies most recent win over Louisiana Tech was in Ruston, La., Oct. 22, 2011, when NM State won 3-0. NM State’s last home game against the Lady Techsters was Sept. 24, 2011, with the Aggies winning the match 3-0.
Bridget Benditz currently leads the Lady Techsters with 2.14 kills per set and Clara Vido tallies the most kills for the season with 82. Stephany Salas leads the way in digs with 3.23 per set. In blocks, Caitlin Germany leads Louisiana Tech with 1.11 per set.
Aggies vs. Texas-Arlington: NM State is 3-2 all-time against the University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks. The Aggies most recent win over UT-Arlington was in Arlington, Texas, Oct. 3, 1986, when NM State won 3-1.
Shelby Dickson currently leads the Mavericks in kills per set with 2.90 and digs per set with 3.90. Amanda Welsh leads the way in assists per set with 9.88 per set. In blocks, Charmaine Whitmore leads Texas-Arlington with 1.18 per set.