This week: The New Mexico State volleyball team takes
on two WAC opponents on the road this week facing Utah State and San Jose State
in their arenas. The Aggies face Utah
State, Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. (MT) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. NM State then faces the Spartans in San Jose,
Calif., Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. (MT) in Spartan Gym. The Aggies (5-0 WAC) head into the week atop
the WAC standings, while Utah State (5-1 WAC) sits in second and San Jose State
(3-3 WAC) is currently in fifth.
Radio Coverage: The Aggie Sports Network is producing
13 matches on KSNM AM 570 this season, along with any matches in the post season. Both matches this week are scheduled to air
with Jay Sanderson giving the play-by-play action.
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.
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 11-4 on the year after going
1-1 last week. NM State had a 14-match
winning streak going against its rival, UTEP, before falling 3-2 last week in
El Paso. The Aggies, however, bounced
back and swept Denver in WAC action on Saturday.
The Aggies are out-hitting their opponent .237-.178 with
middle blocker Desiree Scott leading the way with a .322 hitting
percentage. Sophomore Meredith Hays
leads the way with 4.22 kills per set, while junior Lauren Loerch adds 2.37 per
set and junior Preslie Alexander tallies 2.08 per set.
NM State runs a 6-2 offense using two setters with junior
Ciara Brown marking 5.69 assists per set and freshman Taylor Livoti posting
4.75 per set. Sophomore Maggi Jo Keffury
gets in on occasion and is averaging 3.36 assists per set.
Preslie Alexander: Junior Preslie Alexander marked a career-high .706
hitting percentage in a sweep over Denver, Sept. 29. That day she tallied 13 kills on 17 swings
with only one error. Alexander has posted double-digit kill figures in six
different matches including a career-high 14 against Northwestern, Sept. 1.
Desiree Scott: Junior middle
blocker Desiree Scott posted a .545 hitting percentage last week as the Aggies
fell in five sets in a non-conference match before sweeping Denver in WAC
play. Scott marked a career-high 14
kills and three errors against rival UTEP, Wednesday, Sept. 26 to finish the
evening with a .550 hitting percentage, while she added four total blocks and a
dig on the defensive side of the net.
She posted eight kills and one error on 13 swings against the Pioneers
for a .538 hitting percentage. Scott
heads into the week hitting .415 in WAC play with 36 kills and only nine errors
on 65 attempts. She has posted 29 total
blocks averaging 1.45 per set in league play.
Outside hitter Nathalie Castellanos: Freshman outside hitter Nathalie
Castellanos posted a career-high nine kills and a career-high 21 attempts in a
five-set loss to rival, UTEP. She also
tallied a career-high four digs that day and is averaging 1.49 kills per set on
the year. Castellanos is hitting .238 on
the year and has put up 18 total blocks for her team. She has marked at least six kills in the last
Defensive specialist Hannah Walker: Junior defensive specialist Hannah Walker
marked career-high three service aces as the Aggies swept Denver, Sept.
29. She now has 14 on the year, which
ranks second on the team. Walker tallied
a career-high 22 digs in a five-set win over Seattle, Sept. 13 and is averaging
2.63 digs per set this season. Walker has tallied double-digit dig figures in
nine matches this year and has marked at least 20 digs in two matches (vs. CSU
Setter Maggi Jo Keffury: Sophomore Maggi Jo Keffury is the
third setter for NM State and posted a career-high 23 assists against UTEP,
Sept. 29. Keffury has seen action in 25
sets this season and is averaging 3.36 assists per set. She has marked double-digit assist figures in
five matches this year, after she posted only seven assists during the 2011
season. Keffury also has two kills,
three service aces and 24 digs on the year.
Aggies in the WAC:
NM State is first overall in the WAC at 5-0 in conference play. NM State is 94-21 all-time in WAC play.
The Aggies rank second in hitting percentages at .237 and in
service aces per set with 1.35. They are
third in assists per set (12.10), blocks per set (2.51) and kills per set
(13.23). In WAC matches, NM State leads with a .253 hitting percentage while
holding their opponents at .136, leading the WAC. The Aggies rank second in
blocks per set in WAC matches with 2.90. Individually in the WAC, Hays is
ranked second in points with 4.82 per set and kills with 4.22 per set. She also
is ranked No. 6 in service aces with 0.28 per set. Scott is ranked fifth in
both hitting percentage with .322 and blocks per set with 1.15. She also leads
in hitting percentage at WAC matches at .415. Brown is ranked No. 10 in assists
with 5.69 per set.
Aggies in the Nation: The Aggies are 49th place in blocks per
set with 2.51. NM State also ranks 57th in match W-L percentage at 0.733. In hitting percentage, the Aggies are ranked
68th with 0.237. In the nation, Hays is ranked 28th in points per set (4.83)
and 29th in kill per set (4.22). Scott ranks 94th with 1.15 blocks per set.
Record Watch: Sophomore Meredith Hays has 753 kills on her
career and still needs 430 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 4.35 kills per set on her
career which is a top the all-time kills per set list at NM State.
Junior Desiree Scott has 221 career-total blocks heading
into this week's play. She needs 98 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.
Aggies vs. San Jose
State: NM State is 23-9 all-time
against San Jose State. The last time
the Aggies played the Spartans; they beat them 3-0 in Las Vegas, Nev., on Nov.
21, 2011. NM State also beat San Jose
State in three sets when they last played in Las Cruces, NM, on October 15,
O'Reilly leads the Spartans in hitting percentage (.332) and
kills per set (3.10). In assists, Leonard leads San Jose State and the WAC with
11.26 per set. Pieper leads in digs with 3.97 per set.
Aggies vs. Utah
State: The Aggies are 40-27 in the
series against Utah State. On Oct. 27, 2011, the Aggies played Utah State in
Logan, Utah, and lost 3-2. The last home game was a 3-0 win for the Aggies over
Utah State on Oct. 1, 2011.
Brainard leads the Utah State Aggies with a .309 hitting
percentage and 1.55 blocks per set. White leads Utah State in kills per set
with 2.97. In digs per set, Rogers tallies 4.04 for Utah State.
WAC Tournanment Tickets Now on Sale: Tickets for the
2012 WAC Volleyball Tournament are on sale now. The tournament will be held
Nov. 19-21 at the Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas, on the campus of
The 2012 tournament will consist of seven matches in three sessions (one
session per day). Ticket prices are as follows:
Single-Session Senior/Youth: $7
Single-Session WAC Students:
Children two and under do not need a ticket. Tickets can be purchased
online at goutsa.com or by calling (210) 458-UTSA.
2012 WAC Tournament Schedule:
Monday, Nov. 19 (Quarterfinals)
Match 1 - No. 6 seed vs. No. 3 seed, noon
Match 2 - No. 7 seed vs. No. 2 seed, 2:30 p.m.
Match 3 - No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 seed, 5 p.m.
Match 4 - No. 8 seed vs. No. 1 seed, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 20 (Semifinals)
Match 5 - Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2, 4 p.m.
Match 6 - Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21 (Championship)
Match 7 - Winner Match 5 vs. Winner Match 6, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
CSU Ram's Classic All-Tournament Team: Sophomore
Meredith Hays was named to 2012 Rams Volleyball Classic All-Tournament team
after she averaged 4.45 kills and 2.09 digs per set in three matches. Hays started the weekend with 11 kills as she
led the Aggies to their first sweep of the year, defeating FIU on Friday, Sept.
7. Hays then marked 22 kills on a .318
hitting percentage in a 3-1 loss to No. 12 Pepperdine before posting her fourth
double-double of the season as she added 13 digs. Hays heads into WAC play averaging 4.60 kills
per set which is second in the league, but leads the conference in points per
set with 5.31.
Scott on All-Tournament Team: Junior middle hitter
Desiree Scott was named to the La Quinta Invitational Tournament after she
marked 21 kills (1.75/set), a .389 hitting percentage and 13 total blocks. Six of those blocks were solo.
Scott had a great offensive showing against Cincinnati, Aug.
31 as she tallied eight kills on nine swings without an error for a .889
hitting percentage. In the very next
match, against Drake, Scott did work on the defensive side of the net tallying
seven total blocks, five of them solo.
She also added eight kills to lead the Aggies to their fifth consecutive
win of the year.
Sophomore Meredith Hays was named the NIU Tournament MVP, while juniors
Desiree Scott and Preslie Alexander joined her on the all-tournament team.
Scott finished the tournament with 18 kills and 16 total blocks while Alexander
averaged 2.42 kills per set in 12 sets played.
This is Scott's third year with the Aggies, while Alexander is a
transfer from Blinn Junior College.
WAC Preseason Poll: The WAC volleyball coaches
selected NM State to win the WAC regular season title in 2012. The Aggies received eight of the 10
first-place votes with Idaho earning the other two. The Aggies earned 79 total
points, followed by Idaho with 67. UTSA was picked to finish third with 58
points, followed closely by Utah State in fourth with 57 points and Texas State
in fifth with 52. Denver was picked sixth with 43 points, while San Jose State
was selected seventh with 34 points. UT Arlington, Seattle U and Louisiana Tech
rounded out the poll with 27, 18 and 15 points, respectively.
NM State placed the most players on the preseason All-WAC team with
three, including sophomore Meredith Hays as Preseason Player of the Year, while
Idaho, UTSA and Utah State had two apiece. Joining Hays on the preseason team
are teammates Lauren Loerch and Desiree Scott, Idaho's Alex Sele and Allison
Walker, UTSA's McKenzie Adams and Whitney Walls, Utah State's Shay Sorensen and
Joselyn White, Denver's Faimie Kingsley, San Jose State's Alex Akana and Texas
State's Amari Deardorff.
Hays, was a 2011 first team All-WAC member as a freshman and
was also the 2011 Freshman of the Year.
She was only the second Aggie ever to earn that honor. She led the WAC and ranked 18th in the nation
in both kills per set (4.42) and points per set (4.94). Hays also led the WAC with 500 kills on the
season. Scott played in 98 sets as a sophomore last season, ranking second on
the team in blocks per set (0.78) and third in total blocks (76). She was a
perfect six kills on six attempts during a sweep of Utah State on Oct. 1, 2011.
Loerch, a cousin of former Aggie great Stevi (Adams)
Maytubby, comes to NM State as a transfer from California. She was a part of the 2010 Bear team that
reached the NCAA National Championship match against Penn State.
Returning Top Stats Leaders: The Aggies welcome back
outside hitter Meredith Hays, who not only led her team but led the WAC with
4.42 kills per set. Redshirt junior
Stephanie Ziegler was third on the team in 2011 with 2.17 kills per set. Unfortunately, NM State lost Kelsi Phillips
who led the team in service aces (35) and digs (4.13/set) and will look to some
newcomers to replace her. Hays was third
on the team last year in digs (2.53/set), while junior Desiree Scott was third
in total blocks (76).
Jordan Back for 15th Season: Head coach Mike Jordan enters his 15 year
with NM State and heads into the weekend with a 319-141 overall record, and 94-21
in WAC play. He earned WAC Coach of the
Year honors in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and also earned Coach of the Year honors
twice in the Sun Belt Conference (2003 and 2004).
Jordan is the only NM State volleyball head coach to lead
his team to the NCAA Tournament, which he has done five times (2003, 2004,
2006, 2007, 2008). He is also the only
Aggie head coach to ever lead his team to a conference title as he led his team
to titles in both the Sun Belt Conference and the WAC. NM State is the first team to either share or
hold the WAC regular-season title since BYU and Hawai'i shared the Pacific
Division title in 1998.