NMSU Volleyball Set to Host Two Matches

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 9:48pm

This week: he Aggie volleyball team plays two WAC matches at home this week. NM State faces Louisiana Tech, Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center before taking on UT-Arlington, Saturday, Sept. 22 at 12 p.m.

Radio Coverage: The Aggie Sports Network is producing 13 matches on KSNM AM 570 this season, along with any matches in the post season. The match, Saturday, Sept. 22 against UT-Arlington is currently scheduled to air over the radio waves, but is subject to change. First seve against the Mavericks is set for 12 p.m.

The matches airing over the radio waves produced by the Aggie Sports Network on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces can also be heard from anywhere around the world on the Internet by logging onto www.NMStateSports.com. Just click on the live events link to access the coverage for a fee.

Television Coverage: The NM State volleyball team will have six matches on TV this year. The AggieVision Production team has the following matches scheduled to air on TV: Louisiana Tech – Sept. 20; UTSA – Oct. 11; Texas State – Oct. 13; San Jose State – Nov. 1; Utah State – Nov. 3.
This week’s match versus Louisiana Tech is scheduled to air on TV with first serve set for 7 p.m. (MT).

Matches produced by AggieVision will also air on ESPN3.com (free of charge) and fans should check local listings for airtimes in their area. Fans can also go to www.AggieVision.tv for channel listings.

Live Stats on the Web: Live stats will be available for fans at www.NMStateSports.com at no cost all season long. Fans can click on the Live Events link at the top of the NMStateSports.com home page to access the live stats.

Twitter/Facebook: Get all the updates of Aggie Athletics on Twitter and Facebook. Get in-game statistics and in-game updates on Twitter @NMStateAggies. Find out about all Aggie Athletics promotions and events on Facebook (NMSU Athletics and The Aggie Student-Athlete).

About the Aggies: After finishing last year with a 23-10 record overall and 10-4 in WAC play, the Aggies were picked to win the WAC in the league preseason coaches’ poll. The Aggies return starting outside hitters Meredith Hays and Stephanie Ziegler, while losing three-time honorable mention All-American setter Jennah DeVries and three-time All-WAC selection middle hitter Kelsey Brennan. NM State also lost libero Kelsi Phillips, who is in the top 10 in Aggie record books for digs per set in a season.

Head coach Mike Jordan, who is in his 15th season with NM State, is looking for improvement in all areas as the Aggies go into conference play.

The Aggies are 2-0 in league play after defeating Seattle U (21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-12) on Thursday and Idaho (25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 16-25, 15-8) on Saturday. The Aggies were down 2-0 to Seattle before winning three straight sets to win the match. Meredith Hays posted a match-high 18 kills to go along with 13 digs in the win at Seattle U. Hays followed that with a 22-kill, nine-dig performance at Idaho as the Aggies came-from-behind to beat the Vandals in five sets.

Aggies in the WAC: Heading into week five of the season and week two of league play, NM State leads the WAC in hitting percentage (.232), ranks second in blocks (2.66) and service aces (1.38). The Aggies are third in assists (11.89) and kills (12.98), and fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.180).

Individually, Hays leads the WAC in points (5.16) and kills (4.47), ranks fourth in service aces (0.33) and seventh in hitting percentage (.269). Desiree Scott ranks sixth in the league in blocks (1.13) and 10th in hitting percentage (.250), while Ciara Brown is 10th in assists (5.43).

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