This week: The New Mexico State volleyball team hosts two Western Athletic Conference matches this week in the Pan American Center. The Aggies take on UT-San Antonio, Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. (MT) before going up against Texas State, Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 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. Neither match this week is scheduled to air on the radio. Jay Sanderson is the new play-by-play announcer for NM State volleyball, replacing Kyle Doperalski.
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.
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. Both matches this week are scheduled to air on TV with Jay Sanderson and Keith Leupold as the announcers.
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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Promotions: The match against Texas State, Saturday, Oct. 13 is "Girl Scout Night." Any scout wearing their uniform gets in free. Parents accompanying scouts can enter the match paying the group rate. There will also be a post-match autograph session on the west side of the court approximately five minutes after the conclusion of the match.
About the Aggies: The Aggies are 12-5 on the year after going 1-1 last week. The Aggies suffered their first WAC loss at Utah State (21-25, 25-27, 16-25) last Thursday, then defeated San Jose State in four sets (25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23), Saturday. Junior Desiree Scott had a team-high seven kills, while Stephanie Ziegler had 11 digs against USU. Sophomore Meredith Hays had a double-double of 14 kills and 12 digs, while Lauren Loerch had 11 kills, and Preslie Alexander and Desiree Scott had 10 each in the win over the Spartans. Hays leads the Aggies in kills (4.06/set) and points (4.62/set), while on the defensive side of the net, Scott leads the team in blocks (1.15/set) with 77 total blocks on the year, 14 solo blocks and 63 block assists. Juniors Stephanie Ziegler and Hannah Walker do plenty of work in the back row as Ziegler has 183 digs (2.73/set) and Walker has 176 (2.63/set) on the year. Hays also has 146 digs (2.18/set) so far this year.
The Aggies head into this week's matches out-hitting their opponent .228-.178 with middle blocker Desiree Scott leading the way with a .326 hitting percentage. NM State runs a 6-2 offense using two setters with junior Ciara Brown marking 5.76 assists per set and freshman Taylor Livoti posting 4.73 per set. Sophomore Maggi Jo Keffury has been seeing more playing time during the past three weeks and is averaging 3.61 assists per set.
Aggies in the WAC: NM State heads into the weekend second in the WAC standings at 5-1 on the year, while it is 12-5 overall on the season. After last week's road trip, NM State is now 95-22 all-time in WAC play.
NM State currently ranks second in the WAC in hitting percentage (.228) and service aces (1.31/set), is third in assists (12.01/set), kills (13.15/set) and blocks (2.48/set), and is fourth in opponent hitting percentage (.178).
Individually, Hays ranks second in the WAC in points (4.62/set), third in the WAC and 42nd in the nation kills (4.06), and 10th in the league in service aces (0.25). Scott heads into the weekend ranking fifth in the league in both blocks (1.15/set) and hitting percentage (.326), while Hannah Walker is eighth in aces (0.27/set).
Aggies in the Nation: Out of 250 players ranked nationally, Meredith Hays is 46th nationally in points (4.62/set) and 42nd in the nation kills (4.06/set). Arkansas-Little Rock's Edina Begic leads the nation in kills (5.41/set) and points (6.11/set). Desiree Scott is 96th in blocks (1.15/set) and is 128th in hitting percentage (.326). BYU's Nicole Warner leads the nation in blocks (1.73/set) and Wichita State's Chelsey Feekin leads the country in hitting percentage (.481).
As a team, the Aggies rank in the top 100 (328 teams ranked) in three categories. NM State is 52nd in blocks (2.48/set), 85th in hitting percentage (.228) and 58th in win-loss percentage (.706).
NM State Ranks Nationally in Attendance: NM State currently ranks 20th nationally in attendance with an average of 1,698 fans per match. The Aggies have ranked in the top 25 in attendance every year since joining the WAC in 2005. NM State's highest ranking as a member of the WAC came in 2005, when the Aggies were 11th with an average attendance of 2,075.