This Week: The New Mexico State volleyball team plays three matches this week. The Aggies wrap up a three-match road trip that started last Thursday with a match against Grand Canyon, Monday, Nov. 4 at 7p.m. (MT) in Phoenix, Ariz. NM State returns home and plays the rest of the regular season in the Pan American Center. The Aggies face Kansas City, Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7p.m. before facing Chicago State, Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7p.m.
Radio Coverage: The Aggie Sports Network is airing three more matches over the radio waves this season, all on KSNM AM 570, with Jay Sanderson giving the play-by-play action. The matches airing 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.
All three matches this week are set to air over KSNM AM 570 with match times starting at 7p.m. (MT).
Television Coverage: Six matches are scheduled to be produced for television by the AggieVision Production team this year. For a complete show times go to www.AggieVision.tv or call your local cable provider. The next match that will be produced by AggieVision is, Tuesday, Nov. 12 when the Aggies take on UTEP. The season finale versus Utah Valley, Thursday, Nov. 21 is also scheduled to air on TV as a part of AggieVision.
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About the Aggies: The Aggies won both their matches on the road last week and have won 10 of the last 12 matches. They have also won 12 of the last 15 matches. NM State is currently in first place in the WAC and heads into week 11 of play one game ahead of Utah Valley.
During conference play, the Aggies lead the league in hitting percentage at .267 while they are also tops in the league in opponent hitting percentage holding their opponents to .187 in 12 matches played. NM State also leads the WAC in blocks with 3.02 per set.
NM State returns five starters as well as a libero from the 2012 WAC Tournament Champion team. Leading the way for the Aggies are 2012 All-WAC selections, seniors Desiree Scott (middle hitter) and Lauren Loerch (outside hitter). NM State also returns senior libero/outside hitter Stephanie Ziegler who was named to the 2012 WAC all-tournament team. The Aggies finished the 2012 season with a 22-11 record while reaching the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history, all under head coach Mike Jordan.
This Week’s Opponents:
Grand Canyon University: The Aggies are set to take on Grand Canyon for the fifth time in program history (4-0). In their first match this season, NM State took the win from Grand Canyon in three straight sets (25-18,25-16,25-17) on October 24 in the Pan American Center.
Head Coach Kris Naber is in her 19th season with the Grand Canyon Antelopes and has coached the Antelopes to a 3-7 record in the WAC this season. Helping lead the Antelopes is senior Kaitlynn Ausmus who has 222 kills.
Kansas City: NM State is set to take on Kansas City for the second time in program history on Thursday November 7. NM State won the only previous meeting against Kansas City on Oct. 12, sweeping the ‘Roo’s in three straight sets (25-21,25-22,25-17) on the road.
Kansas City is currently sitting in sixth place in the WAC standings with a 7-5 record under third year head coach Christi Posey. The ‘Roo’s are led on the court by sophomore Emma Hagedorn, who currently leads the WAC in conference play with 125 total blocks on the season.
Chicago State: NM State will continue WAC play when they take on Chicago State for the second time in school history on November 9th in the Pan-American Center. In their first match-up between the two programs the Aggies swept the Cougars in three straight sets (25-18,25-16,25-12), Oct. 10.
At the helm of the Chicago State Cougars volleyball team is first year head coach Toby Rens who has an overall record of 2-24 on the season. On the court the Cougars are led by senior outside hitter Paula Sioto, who is second in WAC play in kills and is averaging 3.52 per set.
Recap from previous match versus Grand Canyon: The New Mexico State volleyball team broke a two-match losing streak by defeating the Grand Canyon University Antelopes in straight sets, 25-18, 25-16, 25-17, inside the Pan American Center on Oct. 24.
The Aggies moved to 12-10 on the season and 7-2 in Western Athletic Conference play with the win.
The NM State offense out-hit Grand Canyon .244-.051. The Aggies were led by a couple of redshirt sophomores, outside hitter Bradley Nash and middle hitter Gwen Murphy, both of whom finished with a team-high 11 kills. Senior Preslie Alexander added another six kills with no attack errors to average a match-high .545 hitting percentage.
Nash also led NM State in digs finishing with 17, notching her fifth double-double of the season. Sophomore setter Taylor Livoti had a team-high 22 assists and also compiled 12 digs to also finish with a double-double, her team-leading eighth of the season. Senior setter Ciara Brown added another 19 assists.
Recap from previous match versus Kansas City: The New Mexico State volleyball team posted its second sweep of the week defeating Kansas City 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-17), Saturday, Oct. 12 in Kansas City, Mo.
At the time, NM State moved to 6-0 in league play, which marked the first time the Aggies went 6-0 in conference play since 2004 when they were a part of the Sun Belt Conference
Senior Desiree Scott led the Aggies with 15 kills on 22 attempts and just one attack error for a match-high .636 hitting percentage. NM State out hit the ‘Roos .279 to .143 and out blocked them 13-8. Scott was in on seven of those Aggie blocks on Saturday evening.
Recap from previous match versus Chicago State: The New Mexico State volleyball team remained undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play after sweeping Chicago State (25-18, 25-16, 25-12), Thursday, Oct. 10, at Jacoby Dickens Center in Chicago, Ill. The Aggies moved to 5-0 in WAC play at the time.
Red-shirt sophomore Gwen Murphy had an efficient night offensively as she led the Aggies with a career-high 11 kills on a .600 hitting percentage. NM State hit .486 in the match and held the Cougars to a .107 hitting percentage.
The Aggies had four different players with at least six kills on the evening with seniors Desiree Scott and Lauren Loerch chipping in with seven kills each. Senior Stephanie Ziegler added seven kills on ten swings for a career-high .700 hitting percentage and sophomore Bradley Nash marked six kills on a .417 hitting percentage.
The NM State attack hit .486 in the match with setters Ciara Brown and Taylor Livoti spreading the ball around notching 17 assists each.
After hitting .268 in set one the Aggies put down 16 kills on 20 swings with only two errors for a .700 hitting percentage The Aggies were capable of doing some different things came out of the intermission to hit .568 with another 16 kills.
Record Watch: Senior Desiree Scott is still making her way to the top of the NM State record books in many categories. Scott is now sitting in the No. 4 spot with 418 total blocks in her career after recently surpassing Kristin Webster (1998-01), who tallied 416 in her career.
With a career hitting percentage currently at .332, Scott is quickly catching No. 3 on the all-time list, Kim Oguh (2004-07), who tallied a career hitting percentage of .337 during her time at NM State.
Scott is only one solo block away from tying No. 6 on the all-time career solo-block list Gwen Leabo (1982-85), who totaled 89 solo-blocks in her career.
Scott now has 330 total block assists on her career since joining NM State in 2010. She currently sits in the No.5 spot trailing Shari Hearne (2000-03), who marked 346 total block-assists in her career.
Double-Doubles: There have been 18 double-doubles this year with three different Aggies posting a double-double in at least one match this year. Sophomore setter Taylor Livoti has the most with nine, while sophomore Bradley Nash has five and senior Lauren Loerch has four. The first double-double of the season came on Aug. 31 against Sana Barbara when Livoti marked 22 assists and 12 digs. Both Loerch and Nash marked a double-double in the five set at Bakersfield, Oct.17, while Loerch followed that with a double-double in a three-set loss at Utah Valley. Livoti has the most recent double-double as she tallied 28 assists and 13 digs in Moscow, Idaho, Oct. 31 during a 3-1 win.
Livoti- 22 A/12 D v. Santa Barbara (Aug.31, 2013)
Livoti- 14 A/10 D v. Santa Clara (Sept. 7, 2013)
Livoti- 21 A/14 D v. Southern Utah (Sept. 13, 2013)
Livoti- 16 A/13 D v. Hampton (Sept. 20, 2013)
Livoti- 20 A/14 D v. New Mexico (Sept. 23, 2013)
Livoti- 33 A/17 D v. Texas-Pan American (Sept. 28, 2013)
Livoti- 27 A/10 D v. Seattle U (Oct. 6, 2013)
Livoti- 22 A/12 D v. Grand Canyon (Oct 24, 2013)
Livoti – 28 A/13 D v. Idaho (Oct. 31, 2013)
Loerch- 15 K/10 D v. Southern Utah (Sept. 13, 2013)
Loerch- 10 K/ 13 D v. Nothern Illinois (Sept. 14, 2013)
Loerch- 15 K/11 D v. Bakersfield (Oct. 17, 2013)
Loerch- 10 K/10 D v. Utah Valley (Oct. 19, 2013)
Nash- 11 K/17 D v. Nothern Illinois (Sept. 14, 2013)
Nash- 10 K/16 D v. Utah (Sept. 19, 2013)
Nash- 13 K/11 D v. Seattle U (Oct. 6, 2013)
Nash- 10 K/ 11 D v. Bakersfield (Oct. 17, 2013)
Nash- 11 K/17 D v. Grand Canyon (Oct. 24, 2013)
The 6-2 Offense: NM State may run a 6-2 offense on occasion this season, using two setters. Senior Ciara Brown and sophomore Taylor Livoti were a part of the 6-2 offense last year and combined for a total of 1,448 assists. Brown tallied 5.94 assists per set and Livoti marked 4.88 assists per set.
This season Brown is averaging 5.51 assists per set and Livoti is marking 5.13 assists per set.
Livoti has nine double-doubles this season with her most recent coming against Idaho when she marked 28 assists and 13 digs in a 3-1 win. Her first of the season was on Aug. 31 as she marked 22 assists and 12 digs in a five-set loss to UC Santa Barbara.
Brown tied a career-high of 31 assists in a five-set loss to Bakersfield, Oct. 17. Brown now has 1,166 assists in her time at NM State.
Last Week’s Standout Player: Red shirt sophomore Gwen Murphy posted a season-high 13 kills on 19 swings with just one error as she helped the Aggies to a 3-1 win over Idaho. The most efficient attacker on the court, hitting .632, also added three block assists in the match. Murphy, who heads into the week boasting a .467 hitting percentage in league play, marked a match-high .667 hitting percentage in a 3-1 win over Seattle U on Saturday. Her 11 kills came off 15 swings, while marking only one error all evening. She finished the week hitting .667 with 24 kills and two errors on 34 attempts. Murphy is currently No. 5 in the league during WAC play with 1.24 blocks per set in 12 matches this year. She was in on 10 blocks this week with seven against Seattle U. Murphy is also in the top ten for points during WAC matches, scoring 3.27 per set. Murphy has 10 solo blocks on the year, while senior Desiree Scott is the only other Aggie with double-digit solo blocks
WAC Player of the Week: The Western Athletic Conference announced on Monday, Oct. 7, that senior middle hitter Desiree Scott was named WAC Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6. This is her first Player of the Week honor during her career.
Scott led the Aggies to a 3-0 record that week helping her team to remain as the only unbeaten team in WAC play (5-0 in league play after that week). Scott posted 3.20 kills per set in 10 sets played while marking a WAC-best .538 hitting percentage. She also had 16.0 blocks per set and 0.50 digs per set on the defensive side of the net.
The Tucson, Ariz. native opened the week with eight kills on 13 attempts with no errors for a .615 hitting percentage while adding four blocks, three digs and a service ace as NM State pulled off a sweep of Bakersfield on television. She then helped her team in a sweep over Idaho scoring 22 points, posting a season-high 16 kills and a season-high .727 hitting percentage. Scott also marked seven blocks on the afternoon. She finished the week with eight kills, five blocks and two digs in a four-set victory over Seattle U.
NM State All-Tournament Team: Seniors Lauren Loerch and Desiree Scott were named to the 2013 NM State All-Tournament Team after leading their team to a 2-1 record in the Pan American Center, Sept. 13-14. Loerch marked 3.58 kills in three matches last week as she earned her third all-tournament honor in as many weeks. She had a team-high 43 kills on the week and added 2.67 digs per set with three service aces and nine total blocks. Loerch opened the NM State Tournament with a match-high 15 kills and followed that with a season-high 18 kills in a 3-1 loss to UALR. She finished the tournament with her second double-double of the year as she marked 10 kills and 13 digs in 3-1 win over Northern Illinois.
Scott posted 71 kills over the weekend averaging 2.15 per set while added 10 total blocks over the three matches (3 solo, 7 assists). She tallied two consecutive 11-kill performances (v. Southern Utah and UALR) and finished the weekend with a seven kill, four block performance against Northern Illinois.
Hawaiian Airlines All-Tournament Team: Senior Lauren Loerch earned all-tournament team honors at the Wahine Classic after averaging 2.30 kills, 1.10 digs and 0.40 service aces per set. She marked four kills and three digs against No. 9 Hawai’i, and followed that with nine kills and a .368 hitting percentage with a service ace against No. 10 UCLA. She finished the tournament with a team-high 10 kills and three service aces against Santa Clara.
Cal-Molten Classic All-Tournament Team: Senior Lauren Loerch was the lone Aggie named to the Cal-Molten Classic all-tournament team during the first week of play. She led the Aggies with 2.73 kills per set during the three matches while adding 2.00 digs per set on the defensive side of the net. She also tallied nine total blocks on the weekend. Loerch marked a career-high .476 hitting percentage in a win over Nevada. She marked 11 kills on 21 swings with just one error.
Jordan Adds Assistant to Staff: New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced on Tuesday, Aug. 6, that he has added Ben Wallis to his staff as an assistant coach starting immediately.
Wallis returns to NM State after coaching at the University of New Mexico for the past two years. His primary responsibilities with the Aggies include scouting, defensive games plans while also assisting with recruiting, camps and on-court coaching. Wallis, who is now in his second stint with NM State, brings more than a decade of coaching experience with him to the program. He was an assistant under Jordan from 2006-08.
Before Wallis helped UNM coach Jeff Nelson he was the head coach for Cleveland High School in Albuquerque from 2009-11. While there, he led his team to the state final in just his second year of the program’s existence. Wallis also gained experience as a varsity assistant coach at El Paso Franklin High School, Rio Rancho High School and as a head coach at Gadsden High School in Anthony, New Mexico.
WAC Preseason Poll: The Western Athletic Conference office announced today that the league coaches have selected New Mexico State to win the WAC regular-season crown in 2013. The Aggies received seven of the nine first-place votes from the conference coaches while two NM State players were selected to the 2013 Preseason All-WAC Team.
The Aggies earned 62 points, followed by Idaho who tallied 58. Utah Valley was picked third and Seattle U was picked fourth.
WAC Preseason Team: Senior middle hitter Desiree Scott and senior outside hitter Lauren Loerch were selected to the WAC Preseason team as selected by the league’s coaches. Scott, a 2012 all-WAC selection and a 2012 WAC all-tournament selection, played in all 124 sets during the 2012 season. She finished the season as the Aggies’ top blocker with 152 total blocks, including 27 solo blocks and 125 assisted blocks, all of which were tops on the NM State team.
Loerch, a 2012 second team all-WAC honoree, quickly became an integral part of NM State’s WAC championship team during her first season with the Aggies. She was one of only four Aggies that participated in every set (124) during the 2012 season. Loerch’s 316 total kills and 2.55 kills/set average were both good for second-best on the NM State team.
NM State Takes 2012 WAC Tournament Title: The Aggies went into the WAC Tournament as the No. 4 and defeated No. 2 seed Idaho in the tournament title match. The Aggies became just the fourth team in the 15-year history of the event to win the title. Stephanie Ziegler was named to the all-tournament team.
Aggies in NCAA Tournament: NM State went to its sixth ever NCAA Tournament and first since 2008 last December. The Aggies fell to No. 16 Brigham Young in straight sets while Loerch led the way with seven kills. Desiree Scott posted four blocks on the evening. The Aggies were held to a negative hitting percentage while BYU posted a .351 hitting percentage as a team. NM State was defeated by a tough Cougar team that posted 12 total team blocks and marked only 11 attack errors.
NM State Seniors: The Aggies are stacked with seniors on the team as there are seven total this year (including redshirt seniors). Leading the pack of seniors are Stephanie Ziegler, Desiree Scott, Lauren Loerch and Ciara Brown. Ziegler posted a team-high 3.04 digs per set last year, while added 26 kills, 28 assists and 19 service aces. Scott was among the leaders in the WAC in blocks (1.23/set) and hitting percentage (.369). Loerch was a second team All-WAC selection and Brown was one of two setters used last year leading the team with 5.94 assists per set. Senior Hannah Walker tallied 2.87 digs per set last year but may have to sit the season out due to an injury. Red-shirt senior Shebli Goode will sit the 2013 season out due to NCAA transfer rules.
WAC Volleyball Tournament Tickets on Sale Now: Tickets for the 2013 WAC Volleyball Tournament are on sale now at www.gcuarena.com. The tournament will be held Nov. 25-27 at Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Ariz.
All-session tickets are $23. An all-session ticket is general admission seating and gets you admission to all five matches. To purchase tickets, go to www.gcuarena.com.
Single session tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 25, at the arena box office.
2013 WAC Tournament Schedule
Monday, Nov. 25 (First Round)
Match 1 - No. 6 seed vs. No. 3 seed, 5 p.m.
Match 2 - No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 seed, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 26 (Semifinals)
Match 3 - Winner Match 1 vs. No. 2 seed, 5 p.m.
Match 4 - Winner Match 2 vs. No. 1 seed, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27 (Championship)
Match 5 - Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4, 5 p.m.
NM State Volleyball Tickets on Sale: Tickets can be purchased by going to the Pan American Center ticket office, calling the ticket office at (575)-646-1420 or by going online at www.NMStateSports.com and TicketMaster.com. Ticket prices are as follows:
General Admission: $49
Senior Citizen: $44
Faculty Staff: $44
Senior Citizens, Military and Faculty & Staff
General Admission: $44
Single Game: $6
Group Rate: $4
Kids 12 and Under: FREE
Student with a valid NMSU ID: FREE