This Week: The Aggie volleyball team closes out the 2013 regular season, Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7p.m. (MT) against Utah Valley in the Pan American Center. Thursday is also Senior Night with all fans invited to head to the Pan Am Center to honor the following seniors: Preslie Alexander, Ciara Brown, Desiree Scott, Stephanie Ziegler and Lauren Loerch.
Radio Coverage: The Aggie Sports Network is scheduled to air all the WAC Tournament matches on KSNM AM 570 and if the Aggies make the NCAA Tournament, Radio of Las Cruces will also produce those matches as well. Jay Sanderson is giving the play-by-play action for any matches that air on the radio. 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.
Television Coverage: Six matches were 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 season finale versus Utah Valley, Thursday, Nov. 21 scheduled to air on TV as a part of AggieVision.
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 head into the final match of the year as the WAC regular season champions after Utah Valley lost to Bakersfield in a match this past Saturday. NM State is 13-2 in league play and Utah Valley is 11-4, meaning the Aggies cannot tally more losses than UVU. The Aggies head into Senior Night and the final regular season match riding an eight-match winning streak.
The Aggies have been extraordinarily good on defense during that last four matches holding their opponents to a .097 hitting percentage. The NM State defense is holding its opponents to a .142 hitting percentage on the year.
The NM State offense spreads the ball around as there are four attackers averaging at least 2.00 kills per set with senior Desiree Scott leading the team posting 2.58 kills per set. Senior Lauren Loerch isn’t far behind marking 2.52 per set.
Head Coach Mike Jordan: If the Aggies win on Thursday night, Mike Jordan will have 350 wins under his belt as a head coach. All those wins came at NM State and he is still the winningest coach in program history. Jordan heads into the match 349-157 in his career. Only one other coach at NM State has over 100 wins. Tom Shoji tallied 115 wins from 1981-86.
Utah Valley: The Aggies are set to take on Utah Valley for just the second time in program history.
Utah Valley is currently in third place in the WAC with an 11-4 record in conference play. At the helm of Utah Valley is 15th year head coach Sam Atoa, who entered the 2013 season with a 175-113 record. The Wolverines are lead on the court by sophomore Lauren Stringham, who leads the WAC in blocks per set at 1.57 and also has 91.0 total blocks on the season.
Recap from previous match vs. Utah Valley: The previous meeting between the two teams took place earlier this season (Oct. 19) with NM State dropping three straight sets to the Wolverines (16-25, 23-25, 18-25) in Orem, Utah.
The Aggies struggled to make plays on offense tallying a total of 21 attack errors compared to the 13 errors the Wolverines committed. Senior Lauren Loerch led the Aggies with 10 kills on a .273 hitting percentage while she posted her fourth double-double of the year marking 10 digs on the night.
Record Watch: As the season nears its end senior Desiree Scott is still finding her name climb to the top of NM State record books. Scott has a total of 342 block assists on her career and is close behind Shari Hearne who is No. 4 on the all-time block assist list with 346.
With Scott’s ability to block her opponents at the net, Scott has tallied 440 total blocks in her career at NM State. This puts her just 23 total blocks behind Kim Oguh (2004-07) who is No. 3 on the all-time list with 463 in her career.
Scott is currently sitting in the No. 4 spot in the NM State record books with a .333 hitting percentage in her career since 2010.
Scott Earns WAC Player of the Week: New Mexico State senior middle hitter Desiree Scott has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 11-17. This is her second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and of her career.
The Tucson, Ariz., native led the Aggies to a win over rival UTEP with a rare kills-blocks double-double, the first double-double of her career. Scott posted 11 kills and 11 blocks, including seven solo, in New Mexico State’s four-set win over UTEP. For the week, Scott averaged WAC bests of 5.00 points and 2.75 blocks to go along with 2.75 kills on .348 hitting.
Scott leads the team hitting .358 on the year with 2.58 kills per set. She also leads the team with 46 solo blocks, 90 block assists and 136 total blocks and is No. 3 in the WAC in blocks per set at 1.34. In league matches only, Scott is No. 2 with 1.37 blocks per set.
Great Showing against Rival UTEP: Senior Lauren Loerch tallied only one error on 24 attempts while marking 14 kills to help the Aggie volleyball team defeat I-10 rival UTEP in four sets (21-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-19). The outside hitter marked a match-high .542 hitting percentage to go along with three digs and two blocks assists, scoring a total of 15 points. Loerch heads into her final home match second on the team in kills with 265 on the year (2.52/set), 15 service aces and 173 digs (1.65/set).