Aggie Volleyball Set for 2013 WAC Tournament as No. 1 Seed
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  11/22/2013

This Week: The Aggie volleyball team heads to the Western Athletic Conference volleyball tournament, which runs Nov. 25-27.  NM State is the No. 1 seed and will await the winner of match two between No. 4 seed Idaho and No. 5 seed Kansas City. The Aggies play in match four on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (MT) in Grand Canyon Arena located in Phoenix, Ariz.

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.

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.

Twitter/Facebook:  Get all the updates of Aggie Athletics on Twitter and Facebook. Get in-game statistics and in-game updates on Twitter @NMStateAggies.  Find out about all Aggie Athletics promotions and events on Facebook (NMSU Athletics and The Aggie Student-Athlete).

Video Streaming: The Western Athletic Conference, in conjunction with its Web site partner NeuLion, has announced it will stream all of the matches of the 2013 WAC Volleyball Tournament.  Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WACsports.tv.

The tournament will be held at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., Nov. 25-27.  The top six teams will advance to the tournament with the top two seeds earning a first round bye.  On Monday, Nov. 25, the first round matches include the No. 3 seed versus the No. 6 seed at 5 p.m. MT and the No. 4 seed versus the No. 5 seed at 7:30 p.m.  On Tuesday, Nov. 26, the semifinal matches include the No. 2 seed versus the winner of Monday's first match at 5 p.m. and the top seed versus the winner of Monday's second match at 7:30 p.m.  The championship will be played on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

All five matches can be seen on WACsports.tv by accessing the volleyball tournament package for a one-time price of $9.95.

More information and how to subscribe to these video streaming events can be found at www.WACsports.tv.

Head coach Mike Jordan Picks up Win No. 350: As the Aggies Swept Utah Valley, Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Pan American Center, head coach Mike Jordan added win No. 350 to his resume.  NM State is now 20-10 on the year, marking the 10th time the NM State has tallied a 20-win season during Jordan’s tenure.

Jordan’s first career win came against Hofstra, Sept. 4, 1998. His 100th win was a sweep at Middle Tennessee State, Oct. 19, 2003, when the Aggies were a part of the Sun Belt Conference.

Jordan picked up the most wins in a season in 2006 when the Aggies were 33-4 while losing in the WAC Tournament title game, 3-1 to Hawaii.  The team did get an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament that season, although, falling to Colorado in the first round.

Only one other coach at NM State has over 100 wins. Tom Shoji tallied 115 wins from 1981-86.

Murphy Wraps up Regular Season as one of WAC’s Top Players: Sophomore Gwen Murphy helped the Aggies sweep Utah Valley, and helped the head coach Mike Jordan tally his 350th career win by marking a team-high nine kills on a .467 hitting percentage.  She also marked one dig, one solo block and four block-assists while scoring a total of 12 points.  Murphy finished the season with a WAC-high .470 hitting percentage while posting a total of 143 kills during league play. She finished the WAC season No. 3 in blocks marking 1.29 per set and No. 8 in points with 3.39 per set.

WAC Volleyball Tournament: Top 6 eligible teams advance and play in the tournament. The Tournament will be held November 25-27 at Grand Canyon Arena in Phoenix, Ariz.

Monday November 25-

•             Match 1: No.6 seed vs. No. 3 seed at 5 PM

•             Match 2: No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 seed at 7:30 PM

Tuesday November 26-

•             Match 3: Winner of Match 1 vs. No. 2 seed.

•             Match 4 Winner off Match 2 vs. No. 1 seed.

Wednesday November 27-

•             Championship Match: Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4

These teams are (in ranked order):

1.            New Mexico State

2.            Bakersfield

3.            Utah Valley

4.            Idaho

5.            Kansas City

6.            Seattle University

Aggie in the WAC Tournament: The Aggies are 13-7 all-time in WAC Tournament matches and 1-5 in WAC Championship matches.  All losses in WAC Championship matches were to Hawaii.  NM State won its first WAC Tournament Championship and made its sixth NCAA Tournament showing in 2012. The Aggies were runners-up to Hawaii from 2006-08.

Aggies in WAC Play: NM State holds a WAC regular season record of 115-29 since joining the league in 2005.  The first ever WAC win came against Fresno State, Sept. 29, 2005 in the Pan American Center.  The Aggies’ best season in league play was in 2008 when they won the regular season title by going 15-1.

The Aggies pulled off one of the two biggest upsets in WAC tournament history (based upon seeding) when the No. 4 seed  NM State team defeated the No. 1 seed Utah State team in 2012. (1) Utah State. (2012)

Did You Know:  The Aggies won the 2012 WAC Tournament Championship for the first time in school history.

Did You Know: The WAC Tournament was played in Las Vegas the past 4 years in The Orleans Arena.

Did You Know: There have been 22 WAC all-tournament selections all-time.  Former Aggie Kim Oguh was the first ever WAC all-tournament selection, in 2005.  Former Aggie Meredith Hays was named WAC Tournament MVP in 2012.  Stephanie Ziegler and Desiree Scott were also named to the WAC all-tournament team in 2012.

Did You Know: NM State received seven first place votes in preseason poll and was picked to finish first in the WAC.  After they ending with a 14-2 league record, the Aggies held the predictions to be true.  

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 345 block assists on her career and is close behind former Aggie middle, Shari Hearne (2000-03) who is No. 4 on the all-time block assist list with 346.

With her second solo block of the match against Utah Valley, Thursday, Nov. 21, Scott reached the century mark in solo blocks.  She is currently No. 5 on the all-time solo block list at NM State and is just the fifth player ever to reach 100 solo blocks in a career at NM State.

With Scott’s ability to block her opponents at the net, Scott has tallied 445 total blocks in her career at NM State. This puts her just 18 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 .335 hitting percentage in her career since 2010.

Double-Doubles: There have been 24 double-doubles this year with seven 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 seven 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.  Senior Desiree Scott and sophomore Bradley Nash each marked a double-double in a 3-1 win over rival UTEP last week.

Brown – 31A/13 D v. Kansas City, (Nov. 7, 2013)

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)

Murphy – 11 K/10 B v. Kansas City (Nov. 7, 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)

Nash – 13 K/ 10 D v. Kansas City (Nov. 7, 2013)

Nash – 11 K/14 D v. UTEP (Nov. 12, 2013)

Scott – 11 K/11 B v. UTEP (Nov. 12, 2013)

Ziegler – 10 K/ 13 D v. Kansas City (Nov. 7, 2013)

The 6-2 Offense: NM State may run a 6-2 offense 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 5.61 assists per set and Livoti is marking 5.57 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 and did it again when she marked a double-double against Kansas City on Nov. 7. Brown now has 1,281 assists in her time at NM State.

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