LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team is 7-1 in Western Athletic Conference play with three freshmen chipping in and helping the Aggies to be a perennial powerhouse in the league for years to come.
After the Aggies graduated three seniors last year, the 2010 freshman class has really stepped up. The three who have seen conistent playing time on the court are middle hitter Desiree Scott, along with outside hitters Amanda Tonga and Rocio Gutierrez. Head coach Mike Jordan enjoys the fact that they are all athletic and come from different backgrounds.
"All of them are competitive and I don't think some thought they would be playing right away and neither did we," Jordan said. "It is exciting to see a glimpse of the future."
Gutierrez, an El Paso native, has seen the most action of all the freshman, playing in 78 of the 79 sets NM State has played in this season. She averages 1.35 kills and 1.99 digs per set, while she is second on the team with 15 service aces.
Tonga, a native of Hawai'i, has played in 54 sets marking 52 kills on the year, while Scott has seen action in 69 sets posting 1.30 kills per set and 49 total blocks on the year.
Click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aDTr2XI3OE for a video produced by AggieVision on the three freshmen.