LAS CRUCES (Dec. 5, 2011) - The New Mexico State volleyball team wrapped up another season of play under head coach Mike Jordan and tallied a 23-10 overall record while finishing tied for second in the Western Athletic Conference with a 10-4 record.
NM State has posted 20 or more wins overall in nine out of the last 10 seasons and with the 23 wins this year Coach Jordan surpassed the 300-win mark. His 300th victory came in a sweep over Nevada in Reno on Oct. 6 as the Aggies have now won 10-straight against the Wolf Pack. In his 14th season at the helm, Jordan is now 308-138 (.691).
Although the Aggies entered the 2011 WAC Tournament as the No. 3 seed they swept San Jose State (25-11, 28-26, 25-13) and Idaho (25-22, 25-22, 25-16) before falling to top-seeded Hawai'i (22-25, 18-25, 20-25) in the championship match. Before the tournament started freshman Meredith Hays was named WAC Freshman of the Year honors, becoming just the second New Mexico State player to do so (Amber Simpson, 2005).
Hays also joined seniors Kelsey Brennan and Jennah DeVries on the All-WAC first team. Brennan and DeVries were three-time first team All-WAC selections, while senior libero Kelsi Phillips and senior middle blocker Michelle Kuester wrapped up their careers as second team All-WAC honorees.
DeVries closed out her career with 4,051 assists, good for fourth place all-time at NM State, while Brennan finished with 319 career total block and finished tied for 10th place all-time at NM State. She is tied with former Aggie Whitney Woods who played from 2007-10. Phillips, who played just three seasons with NM State after transferring in from UNM, notched her 1,000th career dig in the second set of New Mexico State's sweep of San Jose State on Nov. 10, becoming the 10th player in Aggie history to do so. She closed out her career with 1,083 digs, good for eighth place all-time at NM State.
Statistically, Hays led the WAC and currently ranks 17th nationally in kills (4.42) and tops the conference and ranks 18th in the nation in points (4.94). Brennan finished the year second in the league and is currently 35th nationally in hitting percentage (.354), while Michelle Kuester is fifth in the WAC and 50th in the nation in blocks (1.19).
NM State played another tough schedule this year opening with then No. 5 ranked Nebraska, who reached the No. 1 spot a few times this year. The Aggies took Nebraska to five sets, although freshman outside hitter Bradley Nash suffered from a season-ending injury. NM State went on to win the next 10 of 11 matches and with the only loss during that timespan coming from LSU, who comes out of the tough SEC.
The Aggies opened WAC play with a six-match winning streak before falling in five sets to No. 8 Hawai'i. The Rainbow Wahine went on to win its 16th straight regular season WAC title and is set to play in the third round on the NCAA Tournament. During the six-match winning streak, Phillips tallied a career-high 30 digs as the Aggies defeated Idaho in four sets on Sept. 29.
Aggie volleyball closed the season with a 3-1 loss to Colorado State. Meredith Hays posted a career-high 31 kills and ended the season with 500, only the second Aggie to ever record 500 kills in a season and the highest total ever by an Aggie freshman. DeVries also posted her 13th double-double of the season with 54 assists and 15 digs while Hays finished the season with 12 double-doubles.
HONORS & AWARDS
WAC Freshman of the Year
First Team All-WAC
Second Team All-WAC
WAC All-Tournament Team
WAC Player of the Week
Jennah DeVries (Sept. 12)
Kelsi Phillips (Oct. 3)
MCM Elegante All-Tournament Team
Hotel Encanto Classic All-Tournament Team
CVU.com Top Performer
Jennah DeVries (Sept. 12)
COBRA Magazine Southwest Region
22nd (1,554) nationally