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Aggie Fans Enjoy Crimson and White Scrimmage

The New Mexico State volleyball team opened the 2015 season with the Crimson and White scrimmage in front of a very vocal crowd inside the Pan American Center, Saturday, Aug. 22.

The Aggies played four sets with the white team winning 3-1 (27-25, 25-11, 15-25, 25-13) with head coach Mike Jordan mixing up the lineups to evaluate the players more effectively.

“I love our athletic ability,” said Jordan. “We served the ball tough and we will serve it much tougher than we did last year. I am extremely happy with the crowd that showed up today. It was great, especially for a scrimmage.”

Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Abalos totaled 10 kills on the afternoon, while seniorNathalie Castellanos, of Vado, N.M. hit .467 with eight kills, five assists and two digs. Senior outside hitter Gwen Murphy added eight kills and freshman Tatyana Battle, of Albuquerque, N.M., posted seven kills. Defensively, sophomore Kaylee Neal led the charge with 15 digs.

The Aggies open the regular season with three matches in two days in Colorado Springs, Colo., Aug. 28-29. NM State takes on Northeastern and Air Force on Aug. 28 before facing nationally ranked Arizona State, Aug. 29.

Season tickets can be purchased by calling 575-646-1420 or by going to the Pan American Center box office.

Post-Game Quotes – Head Coach Mike Jordan
On the team overall
There’s a lot of good completion for some spots. It’s really good to see the competitiveness on the team coming out.

On the seniors
They looked pretty good today. The handled their assignments and they were low error. They were hitting the ball like you would expect them to and I am excited to see them grow as leaders this year.

Highpoints of the afternoon for Coach Jordan
It was nice to see Tatyana Battle have her moments because she could see some time on the court this season and I was very happy to see Sasha Lee Thomas back out on the court after the injury she suffered last year.  Thomas did some good things for having not played for about nine or 10 months.

Follow the Aggie volleyball team on Twitter @NmsuVb and the NM State Athletics Department on Twitter @NMStateAggies. Fans and followers can go online to see schedules, rosters and stats.

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NMSU Volleyball Picked 2nd in Preseason Poll; 3 Aggies on Preseason All-WAC Team

DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference volleyball coaches have selected the New Mexico State volleyball team to finish second in the WAC regular-season after receiving 40 total points and two first-place votes. Missouri-Kansas City was picked to win the WAC regular-season crown in 2015.

The Aggies also had three student-athletes voted on to the Preseason All-WAC team.  Seniors Gwen Murphy, Bradley Nash and Nathalie Castellanos were all picked as Preseason All-WAC selections.  Utah Valley senior middle blocker Lauren Bakker was the pick for WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

UMKC received four of the first-place votes and 45 total points to earn the top spot in the poll. NM State was picked second, followed by Seattle U with one first-place vote and 37 points in third place. CSU Bakersfield was picked to finish fourth with 33 points and the other first-place vote, followed by Utah Valley in fifth with 28 points. Grand Canyon in sixth with 20 points, while The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Chicago State round out the poll with 13 and eight points, respectively.

“I think the conference as a whole will be improved this year,” said head coach Mike Jordan, who enters his 18th season at the helm.  “Most of the teams return a large percentage of their lineup as do we.  If we can get healthy and stay healthy I like our chances.  We’re looking forward to getting started.”

UMKC, NM State and Seattle U placed the most players on the preseason All-WAC team with three apiece, while CSU Bakersfield and Utah Valley had two each. Joining Bakker from UMKC on the preseason team are teammates Macky Fifita, Sydney Crimmins, Jessica Hendin and Taryn Miller, NM State’s Nathalie Castellanos, Gwen Murphy and Bradley Nash, Seattle U’s Matea Mamic, Martina Samadan and Jelena Vujcin, CSU Bakersfield’s Luiza Martins and Kelsee Sawyer, and Grand Canyon’s Natalie Tardy.

In 2014, Murphy led the Aggies and was sixth in the WAC in total blocks with 114.0, including 103 solo blocks. She finished second on the team with 216 kills and garnered the team’s best hitting percentage (.304).

Nash led the Aggies offensively in 2014 with 233 kills. She was first on the team with 22 service aces and posted four double-doubles throughout the season (kills and digs). Nash was one of the three Aggies to finish the season with 200 digs.

Castellanos played in 92 sets during the 2014 season.  She earned second team All-WAC honors after amassing 171 kills and finishing the season with a .286 attacking percentage.  Tallying 141 assists, she averaged 1.53 assists per set.  Castellanos was fourth on the team in total blocks with 46.0, including seven solo and 39 assisted.  She collected 75 digs and seven serving aces before the season was over.

The 2015 season begins with the Crimson and White Match on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center. Season tickets can be purchased by calling 575-646-1420. Follow the Aggies on Twitter @NMStateAggies and the volleyball team on Twitter @NmsuVb.

2015 WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rank   Team (first-place votes             Points
1.          Missouri-Kansas City (4)         45
2.          NM State (2)                                    40
3.          Seattle U (1)                                    37
4.          CSU Bakersfield (1)                    33
5.          Utah Valley                                      28
6.          Grand Canyon                              20
7.          UT Rio Grande Valley                  13
8.         Chicago State    8

2015 Preseason All-WAC Team
Player                                  Yr.                  Pos.               School
Lauren Bakker                 Sr.                   MB                 Utah Valley
Nathalie Castellanos      Sr.                   S/OH             NM State
Sydney Crimmins           Sr.                   RS                   Missouri-Kansas City
Macky Fifita                      Jr.                   OH                 Utah Valley
Jessica Hendin                  Sr.                   OH                 Missouri-Kansas City
Matea Mamic                    Jr.                   OH                 Seattle U
Luiza Martins                    Sr.                   S                      CSU Bakersfield
Taryn Miller                      Sr.                   L                     Missouri-Kansas City
Gwen Murphy                  Sr.                   OH                 NM State
Bradley Nash                    Sr.                   OPP               NM State
Martina Samadan            Sr.                   MB                 Seattle U
Kelsee Sawyer                  Sr.                   OH                 CSU Bakersfield
Natalie Tardy                    So.                  OH                 Grand Canyon
Jelena Vujcin                     So.                  OPP/MB      Seattle U

Preseason Player of the Year: Lauren Bakker, Utah Valley

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Author: Eddie Morelos – NMSU

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