NMSU volleyball to raise WAC championship banner

NMSU volleyball to raise WAC championship banner
New Mexico State
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 4:45pm

New Mexico State University volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced on Thursday that his team will be raising the championship banner during halftime of the NM State men’s basketball game against Texas-Pan American, Saturday, Jan. 25 in the Pan American Center. Jordan and his team won the Western Athletic Conference tournament for the second straight year and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in program history.

This week: The New Mexico State volleyball team at the men’s basketball game to help celebrate the raising of its 2013 WAC Title banner. The Aggie men’s basketball team faces Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center. For tickets call 575-646-1420.

Radio Coverage: The Aggie Sports Network produced a total of 16 matches for radio including the match against Arizona in the NCAA Tournament. Most matches aired on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces 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 were also available from anywhere around the world on the Internet by logging onto www.NMStateSports.com.

Radio coverage for the men’s basketball game against Texas-Pan American will be on KGRT 103.9 FM in Las Cruces with Hall of Fame announcer Jack Nixon giving the play-by-play action.

Television Coverage: Six matches were produced for television by the AggieVision Production team this year. All those matches were also aired on ESPN3.com as well as other networks across the nation.

Live Stats on the Web: Live stats were 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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New Mexico State Falls to Arizona in NCAA Tournament
New Mexico State fell in straight sets (14-25, 23-25, 19-25) to Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to end the season at 22-11. The Aggies hit .102 on the match, compared to the .230 of the Wildcats. Arizona edged New Mexico State in kills (41-37) and assists (37-32), out-blocked the Aggies 13-5 and had 65 digs to the Aggies’ 55. Gwen Murphy lead New Mexico State with nine kills on .333 hitting, while Jordan Reifsteck has a team-high 20 digs. Stephanie Ziegler had 16 digs, while Taylor Livoti finished with 17 assists and seven digs, and Ciara Brown dished out 14 assists.

New Mexico State’s Scott Named All-Region
New Mexico State’s Desiree Scott was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Midwest Region team. Scott was an honorable mention selection. The WAC Player of the Year and WAC Tournament MVP, Scot averages 2.59 kills on .369 hitting to go along with 1.32 blocks per set. She led the league in blocking and ranked third in hitting percentage.

New Mexico State Wins Second Straight WAC Tournament
The Aggies defeated Idaho in five sets in the semifinals and swept Bakersfield in the championship match to capture their second consecutive WAC Tournament title at Grand Canyon Arena last week. Desiree Scott was named WAC Tournament MVP after averaging 3.00 kills on .477 hitting and 1.88 blocked per set over the two matches.

All-Tournament Team
Debora Araujo, Bakersfield
Ciara Brown, New Mexico State
Fernanda Goncalves, Bakersfield
Bradley Nash, New Mexico State
Martina Samadan, Seattle U
Alyssa Schultz, Idaho
Stephanie Ziegler, New Mexico State
MVP: Desiree Scott, New Mexico State

2013 All-WAC Team
New Mexico State senior middle hitter Desiree Scott was named WAC Player of the Year, while Seattle U’s Iris Ivanis was named Freshman of the Year and NM State head coach Mike Jordan earned WAC Coach of the Year.

Six of the nine schools were represented on the teams, led by Bakersfield and Utah Valley with two players each on the first team and one apiece on the second team. Top-seeded New Mexico State had two players on the first team.

Scott earned WAC Player of the Year honors after ranking second in the conference in WAC matches in blocks (1.38), third in hitting percentage (.401), fifth in points (3.69) and ninth in kills (2.78). She hit .300 or better in 11 of the 13 WAC matches. In the most recent NCAA statistics, Scott ranks 40th nationally in blocks per set (1.29).

Ivanis earned Freshman of the Year honors after ranking third in the league in WAC play in kills (3.53), fourth in points (3.96) and ninth in service aces (.27). She also averaged 2.06 digs per set in WAC play, had 10 or more kills in 11 of the 13 WAC matches in which she played and had four double-doubles in WAC play.

Jordan led his team to its second WAC regular-season title with a 14-2 league record and the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament. This is the third time in his career he’s earned the honor (2006,2008).

New Mexico State Wins Second WAC Regular-Season Title
New Mexico State captured the WAC regular-season title with a 14-2 record. It was the Aggies’ second WAC regular-season title since joining the conference in 2005, but first outright title, as it shared the 2008 title with Hawai’i.

Aggies in the NCAA Tournament
The Aggies made their seventh NCAA appearance in school history this season. NM State is 1-6 all-time in the NCAA tournament, defeating St. Mary’s in the first round of the tournament in 2008 for their lone victory. This was the Aggies’ second trip to San Diego for the tournament and the third time NM State has traveled to the state of California to play in the NCAA. NM State has faced seven different opponents in the NCAA Tournament, including Arizona this season.

The Aggies have faced BYU twice in 2003 and 2012. Head coach Mike Jordan has been the coach for NM State all seven times the Aggies have qualified for the tournament. Four times the Aggies have entered the NCAA tournament after winning its conference championship, twice as members of the Sun Belt in 2003 and 2004 and twice as members of the WAC in 2012 and 2013.

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