Tuesday, January 7, 2020


LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Middle blocker Megan Hart was selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Midwest All-Region Team, the AVCA announced Tuesday. "We are all very proud of Megan, she has had a tremendous senior season," said head coach Mike Jordan. "Her hard work has definitely payed off and she is very deserving of this honor." Hart was voted to the 14-player Midwest All-Region Team by coaches who are AVCA members. She is the first Aggie since Gwen Murphy in 2015 to be named to the All-Region team. Kassandra Tohm was named an All-Region Honorable Mention in 2017. Hart, the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, led the team in hitting percentage (.382) while taking 589 swings with 300 kills. Her hitting percentage ranked second in the WAC while her 1.03 blocks per set ranked 5th and her 3.40 points per set ranked 8th. The Kelowna, B.C., Canada, native also earned her second-consecutive WAC tournament MVP honor as the Aggies swept UVU and Grand Canyon on the way to an NCAA Tournament Appearance. The redshirt senior finishes her career with a number of entries the Aggie record books. She ranks 6th in total blocks (395), 6th in block assists (345) and wrapped up her career as NM State's all-time leader in hitting percentage (.359).

Megan Hart All American


PITTSBURGH, Pa. – After being named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, WAC Tournament MVP and AVCA All-Region, Megan Hart was named an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, the AVCA announced on Wednesday. "We are all very happy for Megan," said head coach Mike Jordan. "What a great way to finish your senior season. She earned it." The redshirt senior had a stellar senior season in which her .382 hitting percentage on 589 swings led the squad. She ranked second in the WAC for hitting percentage, 5th in blocks per set (1.03) and eighth in points per set (3.40). Hart hit over .350 21 times this season and over .400 16 times. She smashed 10 or more kills 16 times including a career-high 19 in a sweep over Grand Canyon on Oct. 12. The Kelowna, B.C., Canada, native finished second on the squad in kills (300) and kills per set (2.80) as a middle blocker. For her career, Hart ranks 6th in program history for career blocks (395), 6th in block assists (345) and wrapped up her time in the Crimson and White as the programs all-time leader in hitting percentage (.359). Hart is the 12th AVCA All-American in program history, the 8th under head coach Mike Jordan and the first since Gwen Murphy in 2015.

Monday, November 11, 2019


LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State women's volleyball team hit a red-hot .388 and ran its win streak to 15 matches and clinched its fourth Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship in the last five seasons with an 25-22, 25-20, 25-22 sweep at Grand Canyon on Saturday afternoon. This is the Aggies' sixth WAC regular-season championship under head coach Mike Jordan. The Aggies (23-3, 13-0) raced out to a 4-1 lead in set one before GCU brought it back to tie up at nine. The rest of the set was a battle as both sides traded points, and the lead, until NM State found itself ahead 23-22. Then, Savannah Davison and Megan Hart hit back-to-back kills to give the Aggies the first set 25-22. New Mexico State rode that momentum into the second, starting things off with a monster kill from Julianna Salanoa. However, the Lopes continued to battle and only trail 15-13 at the media timeout. However, NM States cored three-straight, with a kill from Hart and an ace from Halle Razo to stretch its lead to 18-13. The Lopes came back though and made it 23-20 late in the set. Then, Hart smashed a kill and Krysten Garrison served up an ace for a 25-20 Aggie win in set two. After a kill from Salanoa started the third set, the Lopes scored the next three points to make it 3-1 before NM State went on a 4-0 run of its own. The two teams traded points with the Aggies trailing 15-13 at the media timeout. Coming out of the timeout, NM State went on a quick -0 run with kills from Savannah Davison, Hart and Garrison for a 17-15 lead. However, Grand Canyon was able to tie the set at 19. Then, New Mexico State found itself on set point, 24-21. After a kill from GCU, Davison finished the match-winning kill off the assist from Mikels for a 25-22 victory in the third set and a 3-0 sweep. The win clinched the WAC regular-season championship and the number one seed at the WAC tournament. This is NM State's fourth WAC championship in the last five years. Hart led the way for the Aggies with 15 kills on .440 hitting while Salanoa added 10 kills on a scorching .625 hitting percentage. Natalie Mikels added 23 assists with Garrison tacking on 18. Both teams were on fire offensively with NM State hitting .388 and the Lopes hitting .329. New Mexico State finished with 52 kills to 37 for Grand Canyon. The Aggies now return to the Pan American center to wrap up the regular season with a pair of home matches. First, the Aggies take on Chicago State on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 12 p.m. before they host Kansas City on Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m.

DENVER – NM State junior middle blocker Julianna Salanoa and Chicago State senior libero Megan Klavitter have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Nov. 4-10. This is the third honor of the season and fourth of her career for Salanoa and the second of the season and fourth of her career for Klavitter. Salanoa, an Olympia, Wash. native, averaged 3.29 kills on .579 hitting and 0.43 service aces per set last week as the Aggies ran their win streak to 15 matches and clinched their fourth WAC regular-season title in the last five seasons. She opened the week by hitting .545 with 13 kills and two aces at CSU Bakersfield. Salanoa then hit a scorching .625 with 10 kills in a sweep at Grand Canyon. For the week, she had just one error on 38 attempts en route to hitting more than .200 better than any other player in the conference. Klavitter, a Fenton, Mich. native, averaged a WAC-best 7.20 digs per set over two matches last week. She opened the week with 35 digs in a five-set loss to Seattle U. Klavitter then posted 37 digs in a win over Utah Valley on Saturday, the Cougars' first WAC victory of the season. It was one shy of her career high. Klavitter leads the WAC on the season with 5.25 digs per set, nearly 1.00 dig per set more than the next closest player. Other offensive nominees included: Sydney Marks of California Baptist averaged 3.57 kills on .295 hitting last week ... Grand Canyon's Melody Horton averaged 3.50 kills on .310 hitting on the week ... Melanie Brecka of Kansas City averaged 4.33 kills on .328 hitting and 0.33 service aces per set last week ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Sarah Cruz averaged 4.4 kills and 0.40 service aces per set. Other defensive nominees included: California Baptist's Nicole Abreu averaged 4.86 digs per set ... Teagan DeFalco of Grand Canyon averaged 4.88 digs ... Kansas City's Mykal Sadler averaged 1.17 blocks per set ... Samaret Caraballo of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 4.40 digs per set.

Monday, October 28, 2019


DENVER – NM State sophomore outside hitter Savannah Davison and UT Rio Grande Valley junior middle blocker Veronika Jandova have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Oct. 21-27. This is the first-ever honor for both. Davison, a Toronto, Ontario, Canada native, averaged WAC bests of 5.29 points and 4.7 kills on .306 hitting to lead the Aggies to a 2-0 record on the week to remain unbeaten in WAC play. She tallied 17 kills with 18 digs for her seventh double-double of the season against Utah Valley on Thursday. Davison followed it up by hitting .414 with 16 kills in a sweep of Seattle U on Saturday. Jandova, a Prague, Czech Republic native, posted a WAC-best 1.86 blocks per set in a pair of victories last week, more than doubling her season average of 0.83 blocks per set entering the week. She opened the week with six blocks in a sweep of Seattle U. Jandova followed it up with a season-high-tying seven blocks against California Baptist. Other offensive nominees included: Ellie Voss of California Baptist averaged 2.33 kills and 2.9 points per set last week ... CSU Bakersfield's Brooke Boiseau averaged 3.29 kills on .346 hitting, 0.29 service aces and 4.0 points per set on the week ... Kaira Moss of Grand Canyon averaged 2.38 kills on .548 hitting and 3.1 points on the week ... Kansas City's Alli Schomers averaged 11.75 assists, 1.00 kills on .368 hitting and 1.2 points per set last week ... Barbara Silva of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 3.86 kills on .449 hitting and 4.5 points per set last week ... Utah Valley's Megan Childs averaged 2.50 kills on .304 hitting and 2.6 points per set. Other defensive nominees included: California Baptist's Nicole Abreu averaged 4.89 digs per set ... Rafa Bonifacio of CSU Bakersfield averaged 4.79 digs per set ... Grand Canyon's Klaire Mitchell averaged 3.88 digs per set last week ... Ty Lukes of Kansas City averaged 1.38 blocks per set ... NM State's Megan Hart averaged 1.57 blocks per set ... Tijana Milojevic of Seattle U averaged 5.50 digs per set ... Utah Valley's Seren Merrill averaged 4.25 digs per set.

Friday, October 25, 2019


DENVER – NM State redshirt senior middle blocker Megan Hart and UT Rio Grande Valley junior libero Samaret Caraballo have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Oct. 7-13. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and the second of her career for Hart and the first-ever honor for Caraballo. Hart, a Kelowna, B.C., Canada native, averaged 4.5 points and 3.91 kills on a WAC-best .500 hitting to lead the Aggies to a 3-0 mark to remain undefeated in conference play. She tallied 43 kills with only six errors on 74 attempts over the three matches. Hart posted a career-best 19 kills and a .643 hitting percentage when NM State swept Grand Canyon. At California Baptist, she posted 15 kills and a .560 hitting percentage. Hart leads the WAC with a .440 hitting percentage on the season. Caraballo, a Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native, averaged a WAC-best 5.88 digs per set last week. In a four-set match against Grand Canyon last Thursday, she posted a match-high 22 digs. Caraballo followed it up with a career-high-tying 25 digs in a win over CSU Bakersfield on Saturday. She currently ranks second in the WAC in digs per set (4.51). Other offensive nominees included: Sydney Marks of California Baptist averaged 2.67 kills and 2.9 points per set last week ... CSU Bakersfield's Brooke Boiseau averaged 3.38 kills on .386 hitting on the week ... Yeni Murillo of Grand Canyon averaged 3.14 kills and 3.6 points on the week ... Kansas City's Alicia Harrington averaged 4.8 points and 4.2 kills on .228 hitting on the week ... Kailee Kurokawa of Seattle U averaged 10.00 assists per set last week ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Sarah Cruz averaged 4.6 points, 4.00 kills and 0.50 service aces per set last week ... Makaila Jarema of Utah Valley averaged 1.60 kills on .406 hitting and 2.2 points per set. Other defensive nominees included: California Baptist's Nicole Abreu averaged 3.56 digs per set ... Leisa Elisaia of CSU Bakersfield averaged 2.75 digs and 0.50 blocks per set ... Grand Canyon's Melody Horton averaged 2.33 digs and 0.50 blocks per set last week ... Mykal Sadler of Kansas City averaged 1.50 blocks per set ... NM State's Julianna Salanoa averaged 2.00 blocks and 0.82 digs per set ... Tijana Milojevic of Seattle U averaged 3.89 digs per set ... Utah alley's Makaila Jarema averaged 1.20 blocks per set.

Monday, September 9, 2019


DENVER – UT Rio Grande Valley senior rightside hitter Barbara Silva and NM State junior middle blocker Julianna Salanoa have been named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive and Defensive Volleyball Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of Sept. 2-8. This is the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for Silva and the first of the season and second of her career for Salanoa. Silva, a Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil native, averaged 4.09 points and 3.81 kills on .376 hitting last week. She opened the week with a career-high 24 kills on a season-high .488 hitting in a rivalry win at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Over the weekend, Silva earned UTSA Classic All-Tournament Team honors after leading UTRGV to its first-ever win over a Big 10 opponent. In a 3-2 win over Maryland, she posted a match-high 19 kills. Silva also tallied 11 kills in a loss to Houston. Salanoa, an Olympia, Wash. native, was named to the Borderland Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 1.45 blocks per set and posting 16 total blocks. She recorded eight blocks in the team's sweep of Pacific while also posting six digs. In a five-set thriller with UTEP, Salanoa had five crucial blocks that helped the Aggies stay undefeated this season. Other offensive nominees included: Cassidy Dennison of California Baptist averaged 3.18 kills and 3.45 points per set ... Grand Canyon's Sarah Hagge averaged 2.33 kills on .394 hitting ... Alli Schomers of Kansas City averaged 8.5 assists, 1.12 service aces and 0.75 kills per set ... NM State's Megan Hart was named tournament MVP after averaging 2.36 kills on .489 hitting and 3.2 points per set as the Aggies went 3-0 on the weekend ... Ezgi Ozkan of Seattle U averaged 11.82 assists and 0.27 service aces per set last week ... Utah Valley's Kazna Tarawhiti averaged 3.93 kills and 4.3 points per set. Other defensive nominees included: California Baptist's Nicole Abreu averaged 4.00 digs per set ... Teagan DeFalco of Grand Canyon averaged 4.67 digs per set ... Kansas City's Mykal Sadler averaged 0.90 blocks per set ... Tijana Milojevic of Seattle U averaged 5.27 digs per set on the week ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Draik Banks averaged 1.13 blocks per set last week ... Seren Merrill of Utah Valley averaged 4.73 digs per set.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Sasha Thomas


Sasha Thomas finished her Aggie career in 2017 and is now playing Professional Volleyball in France for club Rennes

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Diabetes type 1

Here’s the story on my friend! Her name is Alex DePriest and she had type 1 diabetes and passed away April 3rd 2018, at the age of 17. She was very well known in the volleyball community in Arizona and interacted with so many people and touched the lives of many. We wear pink in honor of her because that’s her favorite color. She truly was a happy, energetic and one of a kind person that made such a huge impact on peoples lives, and it was heartbreaking when she passed. Seeing everyone on social media post about Alex and post their pictures in pink just shows how many people she impacted.