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.

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.