Aggie Volleyball Ready For WAC

Aggie Volleyball Ready For WAC
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 4:01pm

The New Mexico State volleyball team opens Western Athletic Conference play this week, taking on Louisiana Tech, Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7pm (MT) in the Pan American Center. Fans can call the NM State box office at 575-646-1420 for tickets.

Radio Coverage: NM State has 11 regular-season matches left on the schedule to air over the radio waves by the Aggie Sports Network on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with Kyle Doperalski giving the play-by-play action. The match versus Louisiana Tech, Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7pm can be caught over the radio waves in Las Cruces (AM 570) and also from anywhere around the world on the Internet by going to www.NMStateSports.com. Fans can just click on the live events link to access the coverage.
Television Coverage: The NM State volleyball team has five more home matches scheduled to air on television with four of those matches produced by the AggieVision Production team and one by ESPNU. The next match to air on TV is, Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7pm (MT) against Idaho. AggieVision will produce the match versus Idaho.

The matches produced by AggieVision will also be available free of charge on the Internet at ESPN3.com. Fans can go to www.AggieVision.tv or check local listings for airtimes. According to AggieVision.tv the match versus Idaho can be seen live on Comcast in the state of New Mexico as well as on ESPN3.com. It will also air live on Altitude2 as well as on ESPN GamePlan. As a reminder, please check with your local cable or satellite provider for airtimes.

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.

Promotion for LA Tech Match: "Faculty/Staff/Alumni Appreciation Day" - Faculty and staff with valid IDs, and alumni, get in for the discounted rate of $4. All NM State students with valid ID and kids 12 and under are free. For more information or for tickets call 646-1420 or visit www.NMStateSports.com. Also, T-shirts are thrown out to fans at various times of the match, and the "loudest and craziest fans" have a chance to win a free pizza during the match, courtesy of Lorenzo's Restaurant.

About NM State: The Aggie volleyball team opens the 2011 Western Athletic Conference season with a match against Louisiana Tech. The Aggies are 10-4 heading into WAC play after going 1-2 in the Wildcat Challenge hosted by Northwestern, Sept. 16-17.

Senior setter Jennah DeVries was named to the Wildcat Challenge All-Tournament team after averaging 9.80 assists and 1.40 digs in three matches played. Before going 1-2 at the Wildcat Classic, the Aggies swept UTEP (26-24, 25-23, 25-18), defeating the Miners for the 14th consecutive time. The only other win on the week came against Colgate, while the loss to Duquesne ended a six-match winning streak and was the first time NM State got swept this season. NM State posted only 32 kills and 31 assists against Northwestern, both season-lows.

NM State heads into WAC play with a .714 winning percentage, which is second best in the league. Hawaii owns a .909 winning percentage this season at 10-1 on the year.

NM State ended the 2010 regular season with an overall record of 18-13 with a 12-4 record in Western Athletic Conference play. The Aggies return for their 38th season of play and its seventh season in the WAC.
Despite finishing in second place in league play, NM State fell to Utah State in the first round of the WAC Tournament in five sets. Former Aggie Kayleigh Giddens had 29 kills in the loss. Giddens was the team's kill leader for the season with 542 and now holds the Aggie record for kills in a season.


OPPONENTS
Louisiana Tech: The Aggies face Louisiana Tech for the first time this season, Saturday. The Aggies are 13-1 all-time against La. Tech, winning 12 matches in a row against since 2000. In the WAC, LA Tech ranks second in digs (16.29), opponent hitting percentage (1.64) and service aces (1.47). Last week they posted a season-best 13 service aces against Southeastern Louisiana in their third meeting of the season last week. Sophomore Clara Vido averaged 3.69 kills and 3.38 digs last week resulting in all-tournament team honors.
Looking Ahead: New Mexico State is scheduled to play the Idaho Vandals, Saturday, September 29, in the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M. The Aggies on in-state rival New Mexico, Oct. 4 in the Pan American. That match is scheduled to air on TV as a part of the AggieVision productions.

Aggies in the WAC: NM State is currently 10-4, and has the second best overall record just behind Hawai'i (10-1). The Aggies are ranked second in hitting percentage (.201), assists (12.98) and kills (13.88). They lead the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.142) and are ranked third in total solo blocks (20) and in digs, averaging 15.35.

Freshman Meredith Hays lead the conference in kills (4.23/set) and total points (4.71/set) and is ranked 28th in the nation in kills. Setter Jennah DeVries ranks third in the league in assists with 10.60 per set, while seniors Kelsey Brennan and Michelle Kuester are in the top 10 for hitting percentage. Brennan is hitting .367 on the season, while Kuester is hitting .293. Senior libero Kelsi Phillips comes in at No. 5 in the WAC for digs per set at 4.06 and is No. 8 in the conference for service aces. Kuester is in the top 10 for blocks per set with 1.19 per.

Aggies in the Nation: NM State is ranked 32nd out of 322 teams across the nation in assists per set with a 12.98 and 37th in kills per set with an average of 13.88. The Aggies are also top 100 for blocks per set (2.28).
Meredith Hays is No. 28 in the nation in kills per set averaging 4.23. Both ranked in hitting percentage are Kelsey Brennan (52) and Michelle Kuester (237). Kuester is also ranked in blocks per set (1.19), sitting at No. 59 in the nation. Jennah DeVries is ranked 55th for assists. Senior Kelsi Phillips is ranked 163rd in digs per set averaging 4.06 per set.

Wildcat Classic All-Tournament: Senior Setter Jennah DeVries was named to the Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team marking 9.90 assists and 1.40 digs per set. She tallied a season-high .625 hitting percentage in the win over Colgate (9/16) and also had a season-high 52 assists against the Raiders. She had a season-low 20 assists and thee digs against Duquesne and added 26 assists, six digs and three block assists versus Northwestern.

DeVries has played in 48 sets this season and is averaging 10.60 assists per set, while adding 2.60 digs per set.

Head Coach Mike Jordan: Jordan is in 14th year coaching at NM State. He is the all-time winningest coach in the programs history with a record of 295-132 giving him a winning percentage of .692. He has been named coach of the year five times while at NM State, twice in the Sun Belt and three times in the WAC. Before coming to NM State, Jordan spent time as an assistant at both Cameron and Utah State.
Jordan's Aggies have made it to the NCAA Tournament five times in the past eight seasons. In the 2008 tournament, The Aggies defeated St. Mary's College 3-1 to advance to the second round of the tournament for the first time in school history.

He needs just five more wins to reach 300 on his career and could potentially get to that mark by the middle of October.

Record Watch: Returning Senior setter Jennah DeVries led the team in assists during the 2010 season with 1,205. After posting 509 assists before league play has started, she now has 3,342 assists all-time, which has her ahead of former Aggie Temre Kuester for fourth on the all-time assist list at NM State. Kuester tallied 3,092 assists for the Aggies from 1987-90.

Former Aggie setter Jackie Chio (2004-06) is third on the all-time assist list with 4,101, while Christine Jinbo (1993-96) holds the NM State career-record with 4,294.

Senior libero Kelsi Phillips heads into the weekend with 811 career-digs and needs 185 more to move into the top-10 in the all-time records list at NM State. Former Aggie Lisa Roberson (1985-88) holds the No. 10 spot on the all-time Aggie list for digs with 996. Former All-American libero Krystal Torres (2005-08) holds the all-time record for digs with 1,942.

Senior Kesley Brennan has 272 total blocks on her career and could move into the top 10 in the Aggie record books with 47 more total blocks this year. Former Aggie Whitney Woods (2007-10) hold the No. 10 spot on the all-time total blocks list with 319, while former All-American Amber Simpson (2005-08) owns the Aggie record with 515.
 

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