This week: The New Mexico State volleyball team hosts a three-match home stand this week starting with a Western Athletic Conference match-up against Seattle, Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. (MT). The Aggies then host San Jose State, Thursday, Nov. 1, before Utah State comes to the Pan American Center, Saturday, Nov. 3. Both those matches start at 7 p.m. (MT)
Radio Coverage: The Aggie Sports Network is producing 11 matches on KSNM AM 570 this season, along with any matches in the post season. There are no matches scheduled to air over the radio waves this week. 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. The matches versus San Jose State and Utah State 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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About the Aggies: The Aggies are 16-7 overall and 3-3 in WAConference play heading into week 11 of the 2012 season. The Aggies are hitting .227 as a team, while holding their opponents to a .160 hitting percentage. Four different Aggies have posted at least 170 kills this season with sophomore Meredith Hays leading the way with 360 on the year (4.04/set).
NM State runs a 6-2 offense, rotating setters throughout the match, with junior Ciara Brown leading the way with 5.83 assists per set in 84 sets played. Freshman Taylor Livoti has seen action in 64 sets this year and is posting 4.67 assists per set. Sophomore Maggi Jo Keffury has gotten in the lineup in 43 sets this year and averages 3.86 assists per set.
Juniors Stephanie Ziegler and Hannah Walker have been taking on the defensive specialist duties this year with Walker leading the team posting 2.84 digs per set. Ziegler is second on the team with 2.82 digs per set. Scott leads the team defensively at the net with 117 total blocks on the year, averaging 1.31 per set. Sophomore Gwen Murphy is closest to Scott with 54 total blocks on the season. The Aggies as a team tally 2.56 blocks per set.
NM State averages 13.13 kills per set in WAC play and tallies 14.28 digs per set and 2.71 blocks per set when facing teams out of the WAC. Hays averages 3.63 kills per set in WAC play and Ziegler leads the team posting 3.02 digs per set in league play.
The Aggies are 6-2 when playing at home falling to Northwestern (Sept. 1) and Texas State (Oct. 13). NM State hits .235 as a team when playing in the Pan American Center with Hays marking 3.80 kills per set in 30 sets played. Scott is averaging 2.07 kills per set at home and is putting up 1.30 blocks per set in the Pan Am Center.
NM State went 5-3 during the month of October going 3-1 in three-set matches, 2-1 in four-set matches and 0-1 in five-set matches. Juniors Desiree Scott and Lauren Loerch averaged 2.59 kills per set during the month while Hays tallied 3.69 per set. Defensive specialists marked 3.28 digs per set and needs five digs to tally 100 during the month of October.
When playing teams west of Las Cruces (Pepperdine, Seattle, Idaho, Utah State, San Jose State), the Aggies are 3-2. NM State has yet to play any of these teams at home this year but hit out-hitting those teams .212-.175. Loerch posted 2.90 kills per set against those team while Hays tallied 3.86 per set.
Looking Back: The Aggies went 2-0 last week sweeping in-state rival New Mexico in Albuquerque, Tuesday, Oct. 23 before sweeping the Pioneers in Denver, Saturday, Oct. 27.
NM State swept UNM (25-23, 25-13, 25-19) in The Pit on Tuesday to improve to 15-7 on the year . It was the first time the Aggies have swept the Lobos since 2006.
Sophomore Meredith Hays led the offensive charge posting a match-high 16 kills while hitting for a match-high .438 hitting percentage. Junior middle hitting Desiree Scott played efficiently once again posting a .429 hitting percentage as she added five kills on seven swings with two errors. The Aggies as a team marked a .276 hitting percentage, while holding the Lobos to a .040 hitting percentage. Junior Lauren Loerch added eight kills, while junior Ciara Brown and freshman Taylor Livoti split the setting duties. Brown posted 18 assists and Livoti tallied 13. Livoti also had a team-high eight digs on the evening.
NM State then traveled north to play the Denver Pioneers on Saturday, handling business with 3-0 sweep (25-20, 25-17, 25-16). The Aggies moved to 16-7 on the season and 9-3 in WAC play, while the Pioneers fall to 13-10 overall and 6-6 in conference play. Junior middle hitter Desiree Scott led the Aggies with a .611 hitting percentage in the match, going 11-of-18, with no errors, while collecting a block and five assisted blocks in the match. Preslie Alexander, a junior middle blocker, was 5-of-11 in the match and hit .250. As a team, the Aggies hit .288 with 45 kills. The NM State defense was stellar, holding Denver to a .098 hitting percentage for the match, while forcing 21 hitting errors.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Aggies vs. Seattle: NM State is 1-0 all-time against Seattle. This will be the second ever meeting between the two teams.
The NM State volleyball team defeated the Redhawks in five sets (21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-12) to take the opening match of WAC play, Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Connolly Center, in Seattle, Wash.
The Aggies came from behind as Desiree Scott marked a career-high 12 total blocks (two solo, 10 block-assists) and Meredith Hays tallied a match-high 18 kills. NM State moves to 7-3 overall and 1-0 in league play after the stressful win. Seattle falls to 5-6 on the year and drops to 0-1 in conference play. Junior outside hitter Lauren Loerch added 13 kills in the match and tallied only three errors to go along with an ace and three total blocks, two of them solo. Freshman Taylor Livoti split the setting duties with junior Ciara Brown, while they posted 19 and 18 assists respectively. Junior libero Hannah Walker ended the night with a match and career-high 22 digs.
Seattle hits .137 as a team and holds its opponents to a .220 hitting percentage. Kaytlyn Dill leads the Redhawks with 3.80 kills per set, while she leads the WAC in service aces with 36 (0.41/set) this year. Lani Beadle is third in the league in digs with 4.11 per set.
Aggies vs. San Jose State: The Aggies are 24-9 all-time against the Spartans. NM State has not lost a match to SJSU since Sept. 29, 1994 when it was swept in Las Cruces. The Aggies have swept SJSU 14 times out of the last 22 matches.
The Aggies defeated San Jose State 4-1 (25-21, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23) in Spartan Gym, Saturday, Oct. 6 in San Jose, Calif.
With the win NM State moves to 12-5 on the year and 6-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. SJSU falls to 8-10 on the year and 4-4 in league play. Sophomore outside hitter Meredith Hays bounced back after Thursday's loss and tallied a double-double posting 14 kills and 12 digs against the Spartans. NM State outhit the Spartans .267- .164 but was out-blocked by SJSU 14.5-9. Four different Aggies tallied double-digit kill figures including junior outside hitter Lauren Loerch, who marked 11. Junior Preslie Alexander had 10 kills on a .391 hitting percentage and junior Desiree Scott marked 10 kills on a .353 hitting percentage.
The Spartans are hitting .191 on the year and averaging 13.10 kills per set, which is third in the conference. SJSU is second in the WAC in digs posting 16.33 per set. Individually, Mary Alice O'Reilly is third in the WAC with a .353 hitting percentage and is fifth in the league with 3.24 kills per set.
Aggies vs. Utah State: NM State is 40-28 all-time against the northern Aggies. NM State has been victorious in only one out of the last five matches. The one win was a sweep in Las Cruces, Oct. 1, 2011.
NM State dropped its match to Utah State in straight sets falling to second place in the WAC standings, Thursday, Oct. 4 in the Dee Glenn Spectrum. The crimson Aggies struggled offensively hitting only .035 as a team, while being out-blocked 12-6.5 to lose 25-21, 27-25, 25-16. Junior Desiree Scott had the most efficient night posting a team-high seven kills to go along with two block assists. NM State held the northern Aggies to a .194 hitting percentage, but nine service errors by the visiting Aggies boosted USU to a sweep.
Looking Ahead: The Aggies have two WAC road matches next week facing Texas State and UT-San Antonio. NM State takes on the Bobcats, Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. (MT) in San Marcos, Texas before facing UTSA, Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. (MT). The match versus UTSA will be aired over the radio waves in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570.
Aggies in the WAC: NM State heads into the week in second place, just ahead of Idaho in the WAC standings. Utah State heads into the week in first with a 12-2 league record. NM State is 9-3 heading into this week's three-match home stand and Idaho is 9-4.
After last week's road trip, NM State is now 98-24 all-time in WAC play.
NM State currently ranks second in the WAC in hitting percentage (.227), kills (13.15) and opponent hitting percentage (.160). The Aggies are third in assists (12.03/set), and blocks (2.56/set), while they are tied with Utah State for fifth in service aces (1.15).
Individually, Hays is tied for third in kills (4.04/set) and points (4.57/set). Scott heads into the week ranking second in the league in hitting percentage (.378) and fifth in blocks (1.31/set), while Taylor Livoti is seventh in service aces (0.25/set).
Record Watch: Sophomore Meredith Hays has 860 kills on her career and still needs 323 more to jump into the top 10 for kills in a career. Former Aggie Alice Borden is No. 10 on the all-time list with 1,183 kills in her career (2003-06). Hays is averaging 4.26 kills per set on her career which is a top the all-time kills per set list at NM State. Hays needs 109 more kills this season to jump into the top ten for kills in a season. Former Aggie Kayleigh Giddens holds the record for kills in a season with 542 in 2010.
Junior Desiree Scott has 269 career-total blocks heading into this week's play. She needs 50 more total blocks to enter the top 10 at NM State. Former Aggies Kelsey Brennan (2008-11) and Whitney Woods (2007-10) are tied for 10th in career-total blocks with 319. Scott needs just 28 more total blocks to jump into the top ten for total blocks in a season. Former Aggie Kristin Webster holds the No. 10 spot for blocks in a season with 145 in 2001.