NM State Takes on Techsters in Only Match of the Week
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  10/19/2011

This week: The New Mexico State volleyball team plays one conference match this week as it heads to Ruston, La. to take on Louisiana Tech, Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Thomas Assembly Center at 6pm (MT).

Radio Coverage: NM State has five regular-season matches left on the schedule to air over the radio waves by the Aggie Sports Network on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with Kyle Doperalski giving the play-by-play action.  Saturday's match versus La. Tech this week is scheduled to air over the radio waves starting at 6pm (MT). Fans can also listen in from anywhere around the world on the Internet by going to www.NMStateSports.com. Fans can just click on the live events link to access the coverage for a fee.

Television Coverage: The NM State volleyball team has two home matches left on the schedule to air on television, each produced by the AggieVision Production team. NM State faces Fresno State and Nevada on TV, Nov. 3 and Nov. 6 respectively in Las Cruces. Both matches start 7pm (MT).

Matches produced by AggieVision will also be available free of charge on the Internet at ESPN3.com. Fans can go to www.AggieVision.tv or check local listings for airtimes. Please check with your local cable or satellite provider for airtimes.

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 NM State:  The Aggie volleyball team is 17-5 overall and 6-1 in league play after falling to No. 8 Hawai'i and sweeping San Jose State last week.  NM State won seven out of its last ten matches and went on its second six-match winning streak defeating Louisiana Tech, Idaho, Utah State, UNM, Nevada and Fresno State from Sept. 24 through Oct. 8.

The Aggies are averaging 13.79 kills per set so far this season and 13.71 in WAC play. NM State is hitting .216 as a team this year, which is second best in the WAC, while holding opponents to a .151 hitting percentage, which ranks No. 1 in the league. 

The highest hitting percentage for a single match this year is .392, which came last week against San Jose State when the Aggies posted 48 kills on 97 attempts with only 10 errors. The Aggies tallied a season-high 65 kills against Hawai'i, Oct. 12. NM State posted a season-high 59 assists against Colgate, Sept. 10 and a season-high 87 digs against Northwestern State in San Marcos, Texas, Sept. 10.  The Aggies put up a season-high nine service aces against Louisiana Tech, Sept. 24 and a season-high 13 total team blocks twice. This first time it happened was against New Mexico, Oct. 4 and the second-time happened against Fresno State, Oct. 8.

Senior Kelsey Brennan posted the highest hitting percentage (min. 12 kills) this season when she marked 16 kills on 24 attempts without committing an error for a .667 percentage against Northwestern State, Sept. 10.  Freshman Meredith Hays has the most kills in a match with 22.  She accomplished the feat against No. 5 Hawai'i, Oct. 12 in Las Cruces.  Before that she tallied three matches with at least 21 kills and the first time she did it was against Houston Baptist, Sept. 9. Hays did it again the following day against Texas State. The last time she posted 21 kills was Sept. 16 against Colgate.

The Aggies have posted two six match winning streaks this season. NM State has won its last six matches starting on Sept. 24, when the Aggies swept Louisiana Tech in the WAC season opener.  The first streak was from September 9 through September 16, and included wins over Louisiana-Lafayette, Houston Baptist, Northwestern State, Texas State, UTEP and Colgate.

NM State ended the 2010 regular season with an overall record of 18-13 with a 12-4 record in Western Athletic Conference play.  The Aggies return for their 38th season of play and its seventh season in the WAC.

Despite finishing in second place in league play, NM State fell to Utah State in the first round of the WAC Tournament in five sets.  Former Aggie Kayleigh Giddens had 29 kills in the loss.  Giddens was the team's kill leader for the season with 542 and now holds the Aggie record for kills in a season. 


Louisiana Tech: The Aggies are now 14-1 all-time against La. Tech and have now won 13 matches in a row after sweeping the Techsters 25-19, 25-20, 25-15 in the Pan American Center, Sept. 24.  Louisiana Tech is 9-14 heading into this week's play and is still searching out for its first conference win. Clara Vido leads the Techsters averaging 2.85 kills and 3.12 digs per set.  La. Tech faces Northwestern State, Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Ruston before taking on the Aggies.

Head Coach Mike Jordan:  Jordan is in 14th year coaching at NM State.  He is the all-time winningest coach in the programs history with a record of 302-133 giving him a winning percentage of .694.  He has been named coach of the year five times while at NM State, twice in the Sun Belt and three times in the WAC.  Before coming to NM State, Jordan spent time as an assistant at both Cameron and Utah State.

Jordan's Aggies have made it to the NCAA Tournament five times in the past eight seasons.  In the 2008 tournament, The Aggies defeated St. Mary's College 3-1 to advance to the second round of the tournament for the first time in school history.

Jordan picked up career win No. 300 when the Aggies swept Nevada in Reno, Thursday, Oct. 6.

Record Watch: Returning Senior setter Jennah DeVries led the team in assists during the 2010 season with 1,205.  After posting 821 assists this season, she now has 3,654 assists all-time, which has her ahead of former Aggie Temre Kuester for fourth on the all-time assist list at NM State.  Kuester tallied 3,092 assists for the Aggies from 1987-90.

DeVries needs 447 more assists to catch former Aggie setter Jackie Choi (2004-06), who is third on the all-time assist list with 4,101.  Former setter Christine Jinbo (1993-96) holds the NM State career-record with 4,294.

Senior libero Kelsi Phillips posted a career-high 30 digs against Idaho, Sept. 29, which is in the top 5 for digs in a four-set match. She heads into this week's play with 931 career-digs and needs 65 more to move into the top-10 in the all-time records list at NM State. Former Aggie Lisa Roberson (1985-88) holds the No. 10 spot on the all-time Aggie list for digs with 996. Former All-American libero Krystal Torres (2005-08) holds the all-time record for digs with 1,942.

Senior Kesley Brennan has 293 total blocks on her career and could move into the top 10 in the Aggie record books with 26 more total blocks this year.  Former Aggie Whitney Woods (2007-10) holds the No. 10 spot on the all-time total blocks list with 319, while former All-American Amber Simpson (2005-08) owns the Aggie record with 515.

Aggies in the WAC:  NM State heads into the week with a 6-1 in WAC play. The Aggies still lead the WAC with an opponent hitting percentage of.151.  NM ranks second in the WAC in assists (12.79/set average), hitting percentage (.216), and kills (13.79/set).

Freshman Meredith Hays leads the WAC in kills (4.39/set), and points (4.87/set), while senior Jennah DeVries is third in the conference in assists (10.80/set).  Senior Michelle Kuester is fourth in the conference in blocks (1.24/set) and senior, Kelsey Brennan is ranked third in the WAC with a hitting percentage of a (.349/set).

Senior Kelsi Phillips is fourth in the league in digs (4.14/set) and eighth in service aces (0.28).

Aggies in the Nation: New Mexico State is ranked 31st out of 322 teams across the nation in match W-L percentage and No. 43 for assists per set with 12.79.  The Aggies are ranked 35 in kills per set averaging 13.79.

Freshman Meredith Hays is ranked individually as 19th in the nation out of 250 with 4.39 kills per set.  Hays is also ranked at 23 with 4.87 points per set.  Jennah DeVries jumped five spots to No. 40 with 10.8 assists per set.  Senior Michelle Kuester is also ranked as 40th in the nation with 1.24 blocks per set as well as 231 with a 0.29 hitting percentage.  Kelsey Brennan is also ranked as 67th with a hitting percentage of 0.349.  Senior libero Kelsi Phillips is No.166 in the nation with 4.14 digs per set.

Looking Ahead: New Mexico State will be home next week with matches against Fresno State and Nevada.  The match against Nevada, Nov. 5 will be senior night and is scheduled air on Aggie Vision and ESPN3 at 7PM.  Live stats will be available online at www.NMStateSports.com.

Double-Doubles: The Aggies have posted 19 double-doubles this season with nine from Jennah DeVries, eight from Meredith Hays, one from Brynja Rodgers and one from Stephanie Ziegler. DeVries marked the first one, Aug. 26 against Nebraska when she had 40 assists and 17 digs.  The most recent for DeVries came on Oct. 12, when she marked 48 assists and 20 digs against No. 8 Hawai'i. Ziegler joined DeVries on Oct. 12 when she also tallied a double-double against the Wahine with 14 kills and 12 digs. Hays' markerd her first double-double, Sept. 3 against LSU with 14 kills and 11 digs and also added a double-double against UNM when she put up 20 and 13 digs. Senior Brynja Rodgers has one double-double this season, Sept. 17 against Duquesne with 12 assists and 10 digs.

Aggies Versus Ranked Opponents: NM State is 10-137 against opponents ranked in the top 25 and 1-79 against top 10 opponents after falling 3-2 to Nebraska, who was ranked No. 5 at the start of the season and to Hawaii, who was ranked No. 8 last week. 

WAC Player of the Week: New Mexico State senior libero Kelsi Phillips was named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 1. That was the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for Phillips.

Phillips, a native of Scottsdale, Ariz. averaged 6.29 digs per set on the week as the Aggies defeated Idaho and Utah State to go to 3-0 in WAC play.  Phillips got off to a good start on the week as she marked a career-high 30 digs against Idaho, Sept. 29 then followed that with a 14-dig performance against defending WAC Tournament champions Utah State. The 30 digs is the conference high in WAC matches this season.

WAC Player of the Week: New Mexico State senior setter Jennah DeVries was named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 5-11. That was the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for DeVries.

The Sedalia, Colo. native earned CenturyLink Premier Tournament MVP honors after leading New Mexico State to the tournament title by defeating four teams in two days. DeVries tallied two double-doubles, averaged 12.07 assists and 2.93 digs and set her team to a .246 hitting percentage over the four matches. Her first double-double came in a four-set win over Northwestern State when she posted 47 assists, 12 digs and four kills. She followed that up with her second double-double of the weekend against host Texas State, when she tallied a season-high 51 assists while adding 15 digs and four kills.

CVU.com Top Performer: On September 13, Jennah DeVries was also named a College Volleyball Update (CVU.com) Top Performer, which includes 12 players each week from across the country.

Wildcat Classic All-Tournament: Senior Setter Jennah DeVries was named to the Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team marking 9.90 assists and 1.40 digs per set. She tallied a season-high .625 hitting percentage in the win over Colgate (9/16) and also had a season-high 52 assists against the Raiders. She had a season-low 20 assists and thee digs against Duquesne and added 26 assists, six digs and three block assists versus Northwestern.

Aggies in the Preseason Polls: The Western Athletic Conference office released its preseason poll August 5, with the volleyball coaches selecting New Mexico State to finish second in the WAC regular season, while Hawai'i was picked to win its 16th-straight regular-season title.Along with the second-place prediction by the league's coaches, the Aggies had three student-athletes on the 2011 WAC Preseason team, while Hawaii had the most with four selections. Senior middle hitter Kelsey Brennan and senior setter Jennah DeVries join sophomore middle hitter Desiree Scott on the preseason team along with three players from Utah State and one from Fresno State and Idaho.

Hawai'i earned 49 total points followed by the Aggies with 41. Utah State was picked to finish third with 34 points, followed closely by Idaho in fourth with 33 points. Fresno State was picked fifth with 25 points, while Nevada was selected sixth with 20 points. San Jose State and Louisiana Tech rounded out the poll with 14 and eight points, respectively.

2010 Honors & Awards: The Aggies continued to pile up awards in 2010. NM State had an AVCA All-American (honorable mention) in Jennah DeVries, who also collected first team All-WAC honors and Academic All-WAC honors.

Also returning for NM State is Kelsey Brennan, who was a 2010 first team All-WAC selection and a Florida State Invitational all-tournament team honoree.

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