Thursday, December 17, 2015

Gwen Murphy All American

NM State's Murphy Named AVCA Honorable Mention All-American

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – NM State senior Gwen Murphy has been named a 2015 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Honorable Mention All-American. This marks the first year all Honorable Mention All-Americans were selected by the selection committee, as previously players who made All-Region were automatically honorable mention if they didn't make one of the three teams.

The WAC Player of the Year and WAC Tournament MVP, Murphy averaged 3.29 kills on .421 hitting, 0.83 blocks and 0.67 digs per set. A three-time WAC Player of the Week during the season, she was named AVCA National Player of the Week for Aug. 24-30, becoming the first Aggie ever to earn the honor. Murphy also broke the WAC record for hitting percentage in a match when she finished with 14 kills on 15 attempts and no errors for a .933 hitting percentage against Robert Morris. The previous record was .889.

The selections were made by the AVCA Division I All-America Committee: Chair: Sherry Dunbar, Indiana University; South Region: Karen Weatherington, UNC Charlotte; East Region: Alma Kovaci, Army; East Coast Region: Dennis Hohenshelt, Virginia; Midwest Region: Melissa Stokes, Missouri State; North Region: Cathy George, Michigan State; Northeast Region: Ryan Baker, Colgate; Pacific North Region: Shawn Garus, Boise State; Pacific South Region: Liz Kritza, Colorado; Southeast Region: Scott Swanson, South Carolina; Southwest Region: Jill Kramer, TCU.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Player of the Week: November 16, 2015

Each week during the indoor and beach seasons, one player originally reported as a recruit by AVSR Global is named Player of the Week for an exceptional performance.

2015 Week #12: Andrea Tauai

New Mexico State University, Western Athletic Conference, NCAA-I.
Reported to subscribers in 2011 by AVSR Global.
Home:  Greerton, New Zealand.
Senior, 5'10" Outside Hitter.
See Andrea Tauai’s bio at the New Mexico State University website.
Last Week:
• Tauai powered New Mexico State to its 15th and 16th consecutive victories.
• She scored 27 kills at .426 efficiency in road wins at Seattle and Utah Valley. New Mexico State now is 14-0 in the Western Athletic Conference and 25-5 overall.
• Tauai is the Aggies’ top passer-hitter. New Mexico State is favored to win this week’s WAC championship playoffs and advance to the NCAA tournament.
2015 Regular Season WAC Champions-Fourth School to achieve this in WAC history

Monday, September 14, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

AVCA National Player of the week 
Gwen Murphy 
 Photo courtesy New Mexico St. Athletics 
Individual Weekly Stats
SP: 15
K/S: 3.80
Hitting %: .478
B/S: 0.60
Pts./S: 4.57
Team Recap

August 28: Northeastern, W 3-0
August 28: Air Force, W 3-1
August 29: No. 16 Arizona State, L 2-3
August 30: Montana, W 3-0
Head Coach: Mike Jordan

AVCA Rankings: Last Week: NR, This Week: NR
Led the WAC in hitting percentage...Earned All-Falcon Classic Tournament honors...Had the match-high in kills in all four matches...Reached a career-high in kills (16) against Air Force and Arizona State and aces (3) against Northeastern...Her .722 hitting percentage against Montana was the third-highest in a single match in her career.
This is the first time in program history a New Mexico State student-athlete has garnered Sports Imports/ AVCA Player of the Week honors.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2015 Class

View larger LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State volleyball head coach Mike Jordan announced the signing of four student-athletes for the 2015 season on Thursday, including two players from the state of New Mexico. Tatyana Battle, Briana Ainsworth, Bryn Popovich and Megan Hart have all signed on to begin playing for Jordan and the Aggies beginning next season. “It’s an athletic class filled with a lot of size, which is something we need,” Jordan said. “They all come from winning backgrounds and they’re all great young women, we’re excited to have them all.” Battle just finished her volleyball career at Cibola High School in Albuquerque by leading the Cougars to the 6A state championship. The 6-0 outside hitter led her team to a straight-set win in the championship match over No. 1 Rio Rancho after posting a match-high 21 kills. She finished her senior season at Cibola with 251 total kills, a 5.10 kills per set average and a .408 hitting percentage while adding 193 digs, 38 total blocks and 20 service aces. “Tatyana is a six-rotation player that’s got a lot of skill now, she’s improved a lot this last year,” Jordan said. “I think Tatyana will fill a hole for us in that she is a six-rotation outside hitter, someone that can stay on the floor.” Battle also plays for the Albuquerque Rebels club team, which has finished in the top 5 in several national tournaments, including a first-place finish at the 17-open Disney Showcase in Orlando, Florida, earlier this year. Ainsworth, another Albuquerque native, played her high school volleyball at Cleveland High School. One of the best setters in the state of New Mexico, Ainsworth led the Storm to the semifinals of this season’s 6A state championships. Ainsworth did help Cleveland to the 2012 New Mexico state championship. The 5-8 setter finished her senior season with 868 assists and an 11.90 assists per set average. She also added 245 digs and 78 kills. “Briana is a winner,” Jordan said. “She’s not a big setter but she locates really well and she’s got a lot of experience setting balls with a little bit of pace to the antenna and she’s a good defender and really good server.” For her Storm career Ainsworth finished with 2,458 total assists, including 1,037 as a sophomore, an 11.80 career assists per set average and 600 digs. Ainsworth is also a teammate of Battle on the Albuquerque Rebels club team. Popovich hails from Sierra Vista, Ariz., where she played for the Buena High School Colts. The 6-2 outside hitter lettered all four years in high school and has earned all-division and All-Southern Arizona honors the last three years. “Popovich is a good front-row athlete,” Jordan said, “but is also a very good back-row attacker long term, someone we can see playing in six rotations with some work.” This season she led the team with 242 total kills and a 3.80 kills per set average. For her career Popovich has amassed 704 kills, 99 blocks, 449 digs and 128 service aces. Hart is a 6-4 middle hitter from Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. She plays her prep volleyball for Immaculata Regional High School where she was a three-time first team all-star selection. “Megan is a 6-4 gifted athlete with arm speed that can play multiple positions in the front row,” Jordan said. Hart also plays for two of the biggest club teams in British Columbia, one of which won the 17-under British Columbia Provincial championship earlier this year. The current Aggies are in Bakersfield, Calif., awaiting the winner of tonight’s match between third-seeded Bakersfield and No. 6 seed Texas-Pan American. NM State plays the winner on Friday in the semifinal round of the WAC Tournament. All WAC Tournament matches can be seen live over the Internet on the new WAC Digital Network. Go to and click the ‘WAC Digital Network’ link for access.