POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 3:43pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 3:43pm
Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State volleyball team continues WAC play on the road this week taking on Bakersfield, Thursday, Oct. 17 at 8:00 p.m. (MT). The second match of the week is against Utah Valley, Saturday, Oct. 19 in Kansas City, Mo. at 7:00 p.m. (MT).
Radio Coverage: The Aggie Sports Network is airing 15 matches over the radio waves this season with 13 on KSNM AM 570 and two on KGRT 103.9 FM with Jay Sanderson giving the play-by-play action. The matches airing over the 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.
Radio coverage for the matches this week have been cancelled. The next match to air over the radio waves will be on Oct. 26 at 3:00 p.m. (MT) when the Aggies take on Texas-Pan American.
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 to be produced by AggieVision is Thursday, Oct. 24 against Grand Canyon.
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: NM State is 11-8 after sweeping Chicago State last Thursday and Kansas City on Saturday.
The Aggies have won all six conference matches and are outhitting their opponents .277 to .081.They are the only team in the WAC to remain unbeaten. Five Aggies averaged two kills per set in the two wins last week.
Gwen Murphy led with a career-high 11 kills on .600 hitting against the Chicago State Cougars. Desiree Scott finished with 15 kills on a .636 hitting percentage and seven blocks against the Kansas City Kangaroos. Scott ranks second in the WAC in hitting percentage (.379) and blocks (1.24) Stephanie ranks seventh in the WAC in digs (3.30) Lauren Loerch ranks 10th in points (3.26)
NM State is leading the WAC in opponent hitting percentage (.149), second in hitting percentage (.210) and blocks (2.51), and third in kills (12.40).
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 Weeks Opponents
Bakersfield: The Aggies are set to take on Bakersfield for the third time in school history. NM State has won the previous meetings between the two teams.
Bakersfield, who is currently sitting at 3-3 in the WAC, is led by third year head coach Jolene Shepardson. Leading the Roadrunners is senior Debora Araujo, who paced the team with 475 kills last season and averaged 4.13 per set.
Utah Valley: This will be the first meeting between Utah Valley and NM State.
Utah Valley is in second place in the WAC with a 5-2 record in conference play. Leading Utah Valley is head coach Sam Atoa, who is in his 15th season with the Wolverines and entered the 2013 season with a 175-113 record. Sophomore Lauren Stringham, who earned the Great West Conference Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-Conference honors after her freshman year in 2012, leads the Wolverines.