Aggies Play Final Two WAC Regular Season Matches This Week
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  11/08/2011

This week: The New Mexico State volleyball team plays its final two regular-season conference matches of the year taking on San Jose State, Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8pm (MT) in San Jose, Calif. and No. 6 Hawai'i at 10pm (MT), Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Stan Sherriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

Radio Coverage: NM State has one regular-season match 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.  With the match with San Jose State being cancelled to air on the radio neither match this week will air over the radio waves. The match with Colorado State, Nov. 26 at 12pm, (MT) in the Pan American Center is scheduled to air on the radio. Fans can also listen in from anywhere around the world on the Internet by going to www.NMStateSports.com.  Just click on the live events link to access the coverage for a fee.  Any post-season matches the Aggies play will also air on the radio.

Television Coverage: NM State had five matches produced by AggieVision this year and went 5-0 when AggieVision did the television production.  NM State faced nationally ranked Hawaii on ESPNU, Oct. 12 and took the Wahine to five sets, losing 3-2.  Matches that were produced by AggieVision were also available free of charge on the Internet at ESPN3.com.

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 20-7 overall and 9-3 in in league play after sweeping Fresno State and Nevada in the final home league matches of the year.  The Aggies have now posted at least 20 wins in nine out of the last ten seasons.

NM State is 7-3 in the last ten matches played with six of those seven victories coming as sweeps.  The Aggies have the most success in three-set matches this season going 15-2 in sweeps.  Duquense and Northwestern swept the Aggies in the Wildcat Classic hosted by Northwestern Oct. 16-17.

The Aggies have posted two six-match winning streaks with the most recent (Sept. 24-Oct. 8) including wins over Louisiana Tech, Idaho, Utah State, UNM, Nevada and Fresno State. 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.

The Aggies are averaging 13.76 kills per set this season and 13.67 in WAC play. NM State is hitting .218 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, Oct. 15 against San Jose State when the Aggies posted 48 kills on 97 attempts with only 10 errors. The Aggies tallied a season-high 71 kills against Utah State two weeks ago (10/27), however, NM State fell 3-2.  The second highest number of kills the Aggies have tallied this season is 65 kills against Hawai'i, Oct. 12. NM State also posted a season-high 65 assists against USU, Oct. 27, 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. 

Fifteen days after marking 22 kills against No. 5 Hawai'i (10/12), freshman Meredith Hays marked a career-high 25 kills against Utah State (10/27) in Logan, Utah. That is the most number of kills by any Aggie this year. 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.

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. 


San Jose State: NM State faces San Jose State for the second time this season, Thursday, Nov. 10.  The Aggies swept (25-14, 25-15, 25-19) San Jose State in the Pan American Center, Oct. 15 and are now 21-9 all-time against the Spartans.  NM State has not lost a match to SJSU since Sept. 29, 1994 when NM State fell 3-0 in Las Cruces.

In the last match against SJSU, Meredith Hays paced the Aggies with a match-high 17 kills, while Kelsi Phillips posted a match-high nine digs. 

San Jose State is currently 10-15 overall and 5-7 in the WAC. Savanah Leaf leads the Spartans with 2.95 kills per set and Katie Turner leads with 2.87 digs per set.

No. 6 Hawai'i: The Aggies face nationally ranked Hawai'i, Saturday, Nov. 12 in Honolulu. The Aggies fell to the UH 3-2 (25-17, 21-25, 20-25, 27-25, 5-15) in the first match between the two teams this season.  NM State is 2-31 all-time against Hawaii and is the last team to defeat the Wahine in WAC regular season play.

Hawai'i is ranked sixth in the nation and is 24-1 overall and 12-0 in WAC play.  The Wahine lead the league in hitting percentage, assists, and kills, while Kanani Danielson, who is third in the league with 4.04 kills per set, leads the team. Setter is first in the WAC with 11.22 digs per set.

In the last match versus Hawaii, the Aggies posted 65 kills and a .211 team-hitting percentage.  Meredith Hays led the way with 22 kills and Jennah DeVries tallied a double-double with 48 assists and 20 digs.

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 305-135 giving him a winning percentage of .693.  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. He led his team to 20-plus win seasons nine out of the last ten years (2002: 26-7; 2003: 30-5; 2004: 30-3; 2005: 20-7; 2006:  33-4; 2007:  26-6; 2008: 26-9; 2009:20-9; 2010:  18-13; 2011: 20-7).

Record Watch: Returning Senior setter Jennah DeVries led the team in assists during the 2010 season with 1,205.  After posting 1,015 assists this season, she now has 3,848 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 253 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. DeVries needs just 152 assists to reach 4,000.

Senior libero Kelsi Phillips posted a career-high 30 digs against Idaho, Sept. 29, which is in the top five for digs in a four-set match. She heads into this week's play with 989 career-digs and needs seven 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.  Phillips needs just 11 more digs to reach 1,000 on her career.

Senior Kesley Brennan has 308 total blocks on her career and could move into the top 10 in the Aggie record books with 11 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 9-3 in WAC play and 20-7 overall. The Aggies are second in WAC play to Hawaii in hitting percentage at .237, assists (12.52/set) and kills with 13.64. In overall matches, the Aggies are first in opponent hitting percentage with .151.

Freshman Meredith Hays remains the leader in the WAC in kills (4.36/set) and points (4.83/set), and now leads the conference in service aces with an average of .40 in WAC matches. The senior class remains strong this season with Jennah DeVries leading the way in assists (10.95/set), Michelle Kuester sitting at fourth in blocks with 1.21, and Kelsi Phillips at second in digs (3.93/set). In overall matches, senior Kelsey Brennan is second in the conference in hitting percentage with .358 and ninth in kills (2.77/set).

Double-Doubles: The Aggies have posted 24 double-doubles this season with 12 from Jennah DeVries, 10 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. 

DeVries has the most recent double-double marking 36 assists and 10 digs in a sweep over Fresno State, Nov. 3.  She also did posted the previous double-double marking 38 assists and 12 digs in a four-set loss at Idaho, Oct. 29. DeVries joined Hays as each tallied a double-double three weeks ago against Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La.  DeVries posted 29 assists and 14 digs, while Hays added 13 kills and 12 digs.  Before that DeVries marked 48 assists and 20 digs against No. 8 Hawai'i. Ziegler joined DeVries on Oct. 12 when she tallied her first-career 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.

Looking Ahead: The Aggies are off the week of Nov. 14-19, but have an eventful week ahead has they head into the WAC Tournament, Monday Nov. 21-23 in Las Vegas at the New Orleans Arena. The Aggies will then finish off the season with a match against Colorado State on Saturday Nov. 26, which is also the last home game of the season.

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, Oct. 12. 

AVCA Poll: NM State takes on No. 6 Hawai'i this week.  The Wahine have only one loss on the year and sit right behind Stanford, USC and California, who each have four losses each. The Aggies face Colorado State later this season, while the Rams have moved up two spots from last week at No. 23 in the country. Nebraska dropped from No. 1 in the nation two weeks ago and is now sitting in the No. 2 spot at 20-2 on the year. The Aggies took Nebraska to five sets in the opening match of the season.


Jene Coppedge: Sophomore Jene Coppedge has played in 63 sets this season and has had a total of six service aces, three of which were scored against Utah State (10/27). Coppedge has 27 digs and five assists on the season.

Brynja Rodgers: Senior Brynja Rodgers played in all three sets in the match against Nevada last week. Rodgers has 17 service aces 162 digs, 76 assists, and two kills on the season.  In the last match against San Jose State, Rodgers tallied six kills and four assists and in the last match against Hawaii she marked seven digs and three assists.

Meredith Hays: Freshman Meredith Hays tallied eight kills and two service aces in the match against Nevada (11/7). Hays is the leader in the WAC for kills (4.36/set) and in points (4.94/set). She hit her season high in kills in the match against Utah State with 25 in five sets. She has 28 service aces on the season, ranking her at No. 1 in the conference in WAC matches.

Hays also leads the Aggies in service aces with 23 and is third on the Aggie roster with 221 digs.

Maggi Jo Keffury: Freshman Maggi Jo Keffury has played in six sets this season. Keffury has two digs and six assists on the season.

Kelsey Brennan: Senior middle hitter Kelsey Brennan has been a driving force this season for NM State volleyball. She has started in 91 sets for the Aggies. One game, in which Brennan stood out, was against Northwestern State (Sept. 10) where she marked 16 kills with a .667 attack percentage. Brennan is ranked second overall in the hitting percentage category with a .358. She is also ranked ninth overall for kills with an average of 2.77. In her four years at NM State, Brennan has posted more than 300 blocks and just under 800 kills.

Kelsi Phillips:  Senior Kelsi Phillips had a team-high 16 digs during the match against Fresno State (Nov. 3).  She added another seven digs against Nevada (Nov. 5).  Phillips also added two service aces against Nevada and had three for the week. 

Phillips' 23 digs last week give her a team-high 377 digs on the season.  She is also 11 digs shy of reaching 1,000 digs for her NM State career.  Phillips would become only the 10th Aggie player to reach 1,000 digs for a career. 

Phillips also has 60 assists and 24 service aces on the season.

Shelby Tamura: Sophomore Shelby Tamura has contributed in 30 sets this 2011 season. Tamura's season high was against University of South Florida (Aug. 27) where she marked five digs, the most she has had in any match. That game she also marked four total attempted assists.   

Jennah DeVries: Senior Jennah DeVries continues to be a team leader for the Aggie volleyball team.  She leads the team in assists and double-doubles.  DeVries had 36 assists during the match against Fresno State (Nov. 3) and added another 31 against Nevada (Nov. 5) in her final home match.  She also had 10 digs against Fresno State and nine against Nevada. 

DeVries' 67 total assists during the week put her over the 1,000 assist mark for the season.  She now stands at 1,015 assists for the season, only 273 assists short of reaching the Aggie all-time top-ten list for assists in a season.  Not only is her total a team high for assists, but also puts her third in the Western Athletic Conference. 

DeVries' double-double against Fresno State is her team-leading 12th of the year.  She also is second on the Aggie squad with 254 digs on the season.  DeVries also has 68 kills, 14 service aces and 40 total blocks on the season.

Michelle Kuester: Senior Michelle Kuester is in her second season with Aggie volleyball. She has helped NM State to their 20-7 record, by starting in 88 sets. Kuester has marked a career-high three times this season with eight kills against USU, Colgate and Northwestern State. Another career-high she posted was with eight blocks against University of New Mexico and Northwestern State. Kuester averages 1.24 blocks per set and is ranked third overall with a total of 109 blocks, 13 solo and 96 assisted.

Desiree Scott: Middle hitter Desiree Scott has played in 79 sets for NM State this season. She was one of three sophomores and one of three Aggies to be named 2011 preseason all-WAC team selection. Scott's best game this season was against Colgate (Sept. 16) where she posted a career-high, 12 kills with 24 attempted. That game she also marked one dig and six blocks assisted. So far Scott has marked a total of 61 blocks, 11 blocks solo and 50 blocks assisted. She is seventh in WAC only play for a hitting percentage of .336. Scott has an average of 1.48 kills per set and 0.77 blocks per set.

Stephanie Ziegler: Outside hitter Stephanie Ziegler has played in 93 sets this 2011 volleyball season. Her season-high was against University of Hawai'i where she posted a career-high, 14 kills and had 39 total attempts. That game she also had one service ace and twelve digs. For the season Ziegler marks 201 digs and 180 kills. She averages 2.16 digs per set and 1.94 kills per set.

Kiley Mansfield: Freshman Kiley Mansfield played in one set during the match against Fresno State (Nov. 3) last week.  She had one kill during the set bringing her season total to nine kills in limited play.  Mansfield also has three digs and a service ace on the year.

Dierdre Pajares: Sophomore outside-hitter Deirdre Pajares is sixth on the Aggie roster with 66 kills on the season.  She also has 27 total blocks and 13 digs on the season.  Pajares had a season-high nine kills against South Florida (Aug. 27) and a season-high seven blocks against Northwestern State (Sept. 10).

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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