Tuesday, September 20, 2016

NMSU Volleyball 2016 Intro

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Monday, September 19, 2016

DENVER – NM State junior outside hitter Jordan Abalos has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 12-18. This is her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.

The Safford, Ariz., native led the Aggies to the Brown Invitational title with a perfect 3-0 record and was named tournament MVP after averaging 6.10 points, 5.60 kills on .431 hitting, 3.80 digs and 0.40 service aces per set. In a sweep of Central Connecticut State, Abalos tallied a career-high 22 kills on .462 hitting to go with 13 digs, one assist, one service ace and one block. In a 3-1 win over Binghamton, she finished with 21 kills, 17 digs and two service aces for her second double-double of the tournament. In a match that took just over an hour, Abalos closed out the week with 13 kills on .500 hitting and eight digs in a sweep of the host Bears. She currently leads the WAC in service aces per set (0.36), ranks second in double-doubles (nine), third in both kills per set (3.66) and points per set (4.15), and sixth in both hitting percentage and digs per set (3.43).

Other nominees included: CSU Bakersfield’s Marina Sanches averaged 3.33 kills on .361 hitting and 0.67 blocks per set en route to all-tournament team honors at the Roadrunner Classic ... Megan Klavitter of Chicago State was named to the all-tournament team at the Omni Invitational after averaging 3.43 digs and 2.00 assists ... UMKC’s Kaylyn Brandt averaged 9.28 assists, 2.45 digs and 0.60 blocks and was named to the all-tournament team at the Arkansas Invitational last week ... Matea Mamic of Seattle U averaged 4.60 kills, 2.40 digs, 0.60 blocks and was named to the all-tournament team at the Rutgers Invitational ... UT Rio Grande Valley’s Ragni Steen Knudsen averaged 4.62 kills and 2.00 digs per set en route to all-tournament team honors at the Owls Classic ... Nakisha Willden of Utah Valley averaged 4.31 digs and 0.92 assists per set and was named to the all-tournament team at the UVU/BYU Challenge last week.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference volleyball coaches have selected NM State to win the WAC regular-season crown in 2016. The coaches also voted on the preseason award winners and Aggie junior middle hitter Sasha-Lee Thomas was the pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

NM State received six of the first-place votes and 48 total points to earn the top spot in the poll. CSU Bakersfield earned one first-place vote and 38 total points, followed by Seattle U with one first-place vote and 34 points in third place. UMKC was picked to finish fourth with 31 points, followed by Utah Valley in fifth with 27 points. UT Rio Grande Valley was picked sixth with 24 points, while Grand Canyon and Chicago State round out the poll with 15 and seven points, respectively.

NM State placed the most players on the preseason All-WAC team with four, while UMKC had three, and CSU Bakersfield and UT Rio Grande Valley had two apiece. Joining Thomas on the preseason team are teammates Jordan Abalos, Brianna Ainsworth and Tatyana Battle, UMKC’s Kaylyn Brandt, Emma Hagedorn and Madison Mosier, CSU Bakersfield’s Carol Grasso and Sydney Haynes, UT Rio Grande Valley’s Bojana Mitrovic and Alisha Watson, Grand Canyon’s Natalie Tardy, Seattle U’s Matea Mamic and Utah Valley’s Madison Dennison.

The 2016 season begins next Friday, Aug. 26, with all eight teams in tournament action. The 2016 WAC Tournament, hosted by NM State, will be held Nov. 17-19, at the Pan American Center, and will include the top six eligible teams in the regular-season standings.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

US News and World Report; Top Universities

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/new-mexico-state-university-2657?int=colleges:arrow New Mexico State University Summary New Mexico State University is a public institution that was founded in 1888. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,784, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 900 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. New Mexico State University's ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 199. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,729 (2015-16); out-of-state tuition and fees are $21,234 (2015-16). There are five New Mexico State University locations, with the main campus situated in Las Cruces, about 50 miles north of the Mexican border. Undergraduates at NMSU can choose from nearly 90 bachelor's degrees, and graduate students can pursue more than 50 master's programs, including those in the colleges of business, engineering and education. Freshmen who are eligible for NMSU's honors program can take small, specialized classes called "Journeys of Discovery." The university is also home to the Chile Pepper Institute, an organization that researches and promotes the state vegetable. Students at NM State, as it is also known, can get involved on campus by joining more than 200 organizations, pledging with about 20 fraternities and sororities, and running for student government. Student athletes can play at the recreational level or try out for the New Mexico State Aggies varsity teams, which mainly compete in the NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference. School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school): New Mexico State University prides itself on being accessible to students of all ages and from all cultures and educational backgrounds. The state's land-grant... Read More

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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US Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2016

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State Athletics Department, in conjunction with US Bank, is proud to announce the three distinguished former student-athletes selected as this year's inductees into the US Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame.

The class of 2016 includes baseball All-American Billy Becher, and volleyball All-Americans Stevi Adams Maytubby and Kim Oguh Nield.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at halftime of the Feb. 20 men's basketball game when the Aggies close their home schedule against Seattle U at the Pan American Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Becher (2003-04) is one of the most decorated baseball student-athletes ever at NM State. Twice named first team All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers, USA Today, College Baseball's Louisville Slugger and College Baseball Insider, Becher set the Aggie record and led the NCAA in home runs with 32 in 2003. He was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 2003 and a finalist for the Dick Howser and Rotary Smith Awards as National Player of the Year He led the team again in 2004 with 25 to set the Aggie career mark with 57 round-trippers in two seasons. Drafted by the Oakland A's, he played three seasons in the minor leagues. Now living in Gilbert, Ariz., Becher is the assistant sales manager at Earnhart Nissan in Mesa, Ariz.

Adams Maytubby (2001-04) was an Aggie star on the hardwood court. The Houston, Texas native was named an honorable mention AVCA All-American her senior year in 2004 as well as first team AVCA All-Region. She was named All-Sun Belt Conference three times, twice first team in 2003 and 2004, and once second team in 2002. When she graduated, the outside hitter left as the Aggies all-time leader with 1,559 kills and was third in career service aces (145) and career digs (1,281). When she ended her playing career, she was the only player in school history to be ranked in the top five in career kills, digs and aces. She is now an advertising account manager for Houstonia Magazine in Houston.

Oguh Nield (2004-07) is the only three-time All-American in NM State volleyball history, named an honorable mention in 2005, 2006, and 2007. The El Paso middle blocker was also named AVCA All-Region, a first team All-Western Athletic Conference and WAC All-Tournament player as a sophomore, junior and senior. Her prowess at the net still has her ranked third in career blocks (463), third in single-season blocks (175 in 2006) and third in career hitting percentage (.337), while recording 1,150 career kills. Now in a career as a human resources consultant for ADT, she lives in Houston.

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.