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Western Athletic Conference Official Site - NM State's Neal Named Academic All-District: NM State volleyball player Kaylee Neal earned College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) first team Academic All-District VII honors on Thursday.
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Western Athletic Conference Official Site - WAC Volleyball Postseason Award Winners Announced: The 2017 WAC volleyball award winners, as selected by the league’s eight head coaches, were announced tonight at the WAC Tournament banquet. NM State senior outside hitter Kassandra Tohm was named WAC Player of the Year, while teammate Ariadnne Sierra was named Libero of the Year. Meanwhile Seattle U’s Shae Harris was named Setter of the Year and Grand Canyon’s Claire Kovensky was named WAC Freshman of the Year. NM State’s Mike Jordan was named WAC Coach of the Year.
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LAS CRUCES — Ariadnne Sierra's mother spent the afternoons selling bottled water and homemade pozole during club volleyball tournaments in El Paso.
After playing her first two years at New Mexico State as a walk on, paying tuition hasn't been an issue for Sierra's family the past two years. Sierra earned a scholarship prior to last season and proved worth the investment with an All Conference caliber season at libero for New Mexico State.
"She worked hard to get that scholarship," said Centennial volleyball coach Al Rosen, who coached Sierra's club team, the El Paso Diggers. "I knew about her but when she played for me, I would bring coaches to take a look at her because she is a dynamic athlete. Club volleyball is expensive and she had to find ways to do it and it paid off for her. I took a real interest in her and it's really nice to see her succeeding."
NMSU head coach Mike Jordan said Sierra is among the best liberos he's coach, putting her in the same sentence as former Mayfield High star Krystal Torres. That's high praise for the 5-foot-2 senior from El Paso Americas.
"It was really important because we always struggled with money," Sierra said. "We would clean the facility for the club team. It was my way of re-paying my family."
Sierra was named the best libero in the Western Athletic Conference last season, leading the team with 548 digs, averaging 4.68 digs per set and a team high 43 service aces.
Sierra was one of five Aggies named to the 2017 All-WAC preseason team as NMSU opens the regular season on Aug. 25 against Rhode Island in the Notre Dame tournament.
"She has a go get it mentality that you want in that position," Jordan said. "She's willing to play anywhere so we can move her in the backcourt to get the ball and keep the ball off our setter more in years past.
"When I watch other teams and even the great teams, which you know are going to have a great libero out there, I would put her against anybody."
Rosen pushed Sierra to walk on at New Mexico State. Hannah Walker was a redshirt senior libero in 2014 so Sierra was competing against freshman Kaylee Neal for playing time and Walker's spot the following season.
"I'm a family oriented girl so I tried," Sierra said. "I have always liked giving it my all and last year it got me to the Libero of the Year. It was unexpected but it's great that it happened."
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