Aggie Soccer Dominates Alabama A&M 8-0

Coach Mike Needham
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Sept. 17)-The New Mexico State soccer team defeated Alabama A&M, 8-0, and tied the school record for goals in a match. Sophomore midfielder/forward Crystal Burns scored a match-high two goals for NM State. The Aggies improved to 4-1-2 on the season while the Lady Bulldogs fell to 0-8-0. This is NM State’s second consecutive shutout, and freshman goalkeeper Erin Wosick recorded her second career shutout. Burns gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the match on a free kick from 32-yards away on the left side. Freshman forward Kristen Powers scored her first goal of the season on a penalty kick at the six-minute mark. “This was a tale of two halves,” head coach Michael Needham said. “After halftime, we came out with the urgency we needed, and scoring six goals in 45 minutes is impressive.” In the second half, freshman defender Olivia Sierra scored on a corner kick in the 48th minute to increase the Aggie advantage to 3-0. The goal was a career first for Sierra. At the 51st-minute mark, Subu recorded her first goal of the year on a free kick when senior midfielder Baili Foutz found her on the left side of the field that allowed Subu to tap it around the goalie. Burns scored her second goal of the match in the 60th minute on a strike from 15 yards, and then freshman midfielder/forward Dani De La Vina followed with the Aggies’ sixth goal in the 62nd minute. Redshirt freshman Lauren Allen and sophomore forward Cassie De Leon scored in the 79th and 86th minute, respectively, for their first goals of the season. The Aggies continue non-conference play when they host Lamar, Sunday, Sept. 19.


Aggie Volleyball Swept By Texas State 3-0 Report

The Aggie volleyball team was swept on Friday night by Texas State 3-0 as the Aggies lost set one in extra points 26-24 then lost set two by an identical score of 26-24 before falling in set three 25-20. It's the second time the Aggies have been swept this season both times coming in the second match of a tournament.

Kayleigh Giddens led all players with 23 kills on 40 swings and committed just six attack errors hitting .425 on the match and the Aggies hit .311 for the match and the Aggies struggled at the service line both receiving serve and serving as the Bobcats would record 10 service aces and the Aggies would commit 12 service errors.

The Aggies fell behind early 6-3 in the first set but rallied to tie the set 7-7 after back-to-back service aces by Rocio Gutierrez. A service ace by Ellen Miks gave the Aggies a 9-8 lead, however, the Bobcats would score four straight points to go ahead 12-9 and forcing the Aggies to call a timeout.

Out of the timeout Aggie setter Jennah DeVries recorded a solo block against Texas State's Mo Middleton to trim the deficit to 12-10. The Aggies would fall behind by four points at 17-13 as a Whitney Woods attack would get blocked back by Preslie Alexander and Ashlee Hilbun. Texas State would extend their lead to five points at 19-14 forcing another Aggie timeout. Kayleigh Giddens would come alive after the timeout scoring four of the next five Aggie points to draw the Aggies even with the Bobcats at 19-19.

After a kill by Texas State's Mo Middleton gave the Bobcats the lead at 20-19, Giddens would strike twice more to give the Aggies a 21-20 lead. The Bobcats would retake the lead 22-21 on back-to-back kills by A.J. Watlington but Kayleigh Giddens would put down another kill to tie the set at 22 points apiece. Another kill by AJ Watlington was followed by a service ace by Mo Middleton putting the Aggies in a 24-22 set point hole. The Aggies would stave off two set points after an attack error by Texas State's Melinda Cave and a kill by Amanda Tonga. However, the Bobcats would earn set point on a kill by Preslie Alexander and then would close out the set by blocking a Whitney Woods attack giving them the 26-24 set victory.

The second set saw the Aggies fall behind 3-1 early but would tie the set at 5-5 on a kill by Kayleigh Giddens. After falling behind 7-6, Giddens would again tie the set at 7-7 with another kill. The Aggies would trail by two at 9-7 but a solo block by Michelle Kuester was followed by a service ace by Giddens tying the set at 9-9. The Aggies would extend their run to four points on back-to-back kills by Rocio Gutierrez to go up 11-9 forcing Texas State to call a timeout. The Bobcats would come out of the timeout and go on a four point run to retake the lead at 13-11. The Bobcats would extend their lead to four points at 17-13 forcing an Aggie timeout. The Bobcats would take a five point lead at 18-13. However, the Aggies would cut the lead to 19-17 forcing a timeout by Texas State.

Out of the timeout, the Aggies would commit a mental error as they were called for a service violation as the wrong player came out to serve the next point. A point was awarded to the Bobcats and they would lead 20-17. Whitney Woods would get blocked on the next point giving the Bobcats a 21-17 lead forcing another Aggie timeout. As she did in the first set, Kayleigh Giddens would ignite a run at a comeback as she would get back-to-back kills to draw the Aggies to within two points at 21-19.

The Aggies would draw to within one at 21-20 after Amber Calhoun's attack would fall wide. The teams would trade service errors leaving the Aggies down 22-21. Preslie Alexander would record a kill to put the Bobcats up 23-21 and the two teams would again trade service errors giving the Bobcats a set point at 24-22. Whitney Woods would record a kill to stave off a set point and Desiree Scott would tie the set at 24-24. However, the Aggies would commit another service error, this time off a Madison Hardy serve, giving the Bobcats set point at 25-24 and the Bobcats would close out the set on a service ace by Preslie Alexander.

The third set would start the same way the second set finished as the Bobcats would earn a point on a service ace by Shelbi Irvin. The Aggies would take a 2-1 lead as Michelle Kuester would record a solo block against Amber Calhoun. The Bobcats would score four points to take a 5-2 advantage in the set. A service error by Madison Hardy put the Aggies behind by four points at 8-4 and a kill by Madeline Gaffney put the Aggies in a 9-4 hole. The Aggies would trail by four points at 10-6 after a kill by Kayleigh Giddens however, Texas State would score six of the next seven points putting the Aggies down by nine points at 16-7. The Aggies would mount a small rally to cut the deficit to five points at 16-11 and after a kill by AJ Watlington, the Aggies would score four more points in a row to cut their deficit to just two points at 17-15.

The Bobcats would go back up by four points at 19-15 but the Aggies would cut the deficit to just two points again after a kill by Deirdre Pajares and a service ace by Madison Hardy. After an attack error by AJ Watlington pulled the Aggies to within one at 19-18, the Aggies trouble at the service line would haunt them again as service ace by Madison Hardy pushed the Aggie deficit back to two at 20-18. Texas State would record a service ace to go up 21-18. Kayleigh Giddens would cut the Aggie deficit to two points at 22-20 but that would be as close as the Aggies would get as the Bobcats would score the final three points to close out the set 25-20 and the match 3-0.

The Aggies hit .311 on the match but had just one player, Kayleigh Giddens, finish in double-digits in kills. Whitney Woods finished with seven kills but also had seven attack errors, while Rocio Gutierrez and Desiree Scott each added five kills.

Texas State finished the match with a .267 hitting percentage and did not have a single player finish in double-digit kills. Amber Calhoun and AJ Watlington each finished with a team-high seven kills, Melinda Cave added six kills and Preslie Alexander and Mo Middleton each finished with five kills.

The Bobcats finished with 10 service aces and just five service errors while the Aggies committed 12 service errors while recording just six service aces.

With the loss the Aggies fall to 6-6 on the season. It's also the Aggies' sixth consecutive loss, the longest streak since the 1999 season.

The Aggies finish the Arizona Invitational on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. when they take on host Arizona.


Aggie Volleyball Falls 3-1 To Pepperdine At Arizona Invitational Report
The Aggie volleyball team opened up the Arizona Invitational with a 3-1 loss to Pepperdine on Friday morning. The Aggies lost 25-21 in the first set, 28-26 in the second set, came back to win set three 25-22 before falling 25-17 in set four.
The Aggies lost the first two points of set one and fell behind 7-2 forcing an early timeout. Pepperdine added two more points out of the timeout to push their lead to seven points at 9-2. Three straight points by the Aggies including a service ace by Madison Hardy cut the Waves' lead to 9-5 but Pepperdine would go on another 7-2 run to push their lead to 16-7. The Aggies would cut the lead to six at 16-10 after three straight points and Pepperdine would maintain the six point advantage at 19-13. Down 22-16 in the set, the Aggies would cut the Waves' lead to just four at 22-18 after a service ace by Rocio Gutierrez. The Waves would have set point at 24-19 but the Aggies would score back-to-back points to cut the deficit to just three at 24-21 however, an attack error by Rocio Gutierrez would give the Waves the first set 25-21.
Set two saw the Aggies get off to a better start as they would lead 5-3 early after a kill by Whitney Woods however four straight points by Pepperdine would give the Waves the 7-5 lead. The Aggies would tie the set at 7-7 and retake the lead at 9-8 after a kill from Kayleigh Giddens. With the set tied at nine points apiece, the Aggies would score three of the next four points to take a 13-10 lead. The Waves would respond with four consecutive points to take a 14-13 lead. The Aggies would tie the set at 15-15 on a kill by Kelsey Brennan but a ball handling error by setter Jennah DeVries and an attack error by Rocio Gutierrez gave Pepperdine a 17-15 lead. The Waves would add two more points on a block by Victoria Adelhelm and a kill by Lilla Frederick to go up 19-15 forcing the Aggies to call a timeout.
Out of the timeout the Aggies would get back-to-back kills form Kelsey Brennan to close the gap to just to points at 19-17. After a double-block by Pepperdine put them ahead 20-18, the Aggies would tie the set up at 20 on a service error by Pepperdine's Adelhelm and a kill by Kayleigh Giddens. The Waves would again take a two point lead at 22-20 but once again the Aggies would tie the set up at 22-22. A service error by Jennah DeVries was followed by a service ace by Lilla Frederick giving Pepperdine set point at 24-22. However, the Aggies would stave off two set points to tie things up at 24-24. The Aggies would have set point at 25-24 after a kill by Whitney Woods, however, Pepperdine would tie the set once again at 25-25 on a kill by Kim Hill. The Aggies would get another set point on a kill by Ellen Miks however on set point with the Aggies leading 26-25, junior middle blocker Kelsey Brennan would go down in the middle of the rally and play would be halted. Brennan would be helped off the court, her status unknown as she did not return the rest of the match. With momentum halted for the Aggies, Pepperdine would take advantage getting two straight kills by Emily Cook to go up 27-26. The Waves would take the set 28-26 on a service ace by Kim HIll.
Coming out of the intermission the Aggies and Waves would battle early in the third set with the set seeing ties at 3-3, 4-4, 5-5 and 6-6. The Aggies would take a two point lead at 8-6 after a solo block by Kayleigh Giddens, however, the Waves would tie the set at 8-8 after two Aggie errors, a service error by Ellen Miks and an attack error by Kayleigh Giddens. The Aggies would go up by three at 12-9 and extended their lead to four points at 14-10 on a kill by Rocio Gutierrez. Pepperdine would score five of the next six points to tie the set at 15-15 and would take the lead at 16-15 on a kill by Lilla Frederick. The Aggies would take two point lead at 19-17 after a kill by Kayleigh Giddens forcing Pepperdine to take a timeout. The Waves would score two points out of the timeout to tie the set at 19 and after the teams traded points the Aggies would take two in a row to go ahead 22-20. A kill by Amanda Tonga gave the Aggies a 23-21 lead and after a kill by Victoria Adelhelm trimmed the Aggies' lead to 23-22, Whitney Woods would give the Aggies set point at 24-22 and an attack error by Brittney Clark would give the Aggies the set 25-22.
The fourth set started off with a kill by Kayleigh Giddens, however, Pepperdine would go on a 5-0 run to take a 5-1 lead. The Aggies would trail 8-2 and after a timeout the Aggies would cut the lead down to four points at 8-4. The Waves would push their lead out to six points several times and the Aggies would respond cutting the lead down to four points several times, however, the Aggies would get no closer than four points at 17-13 as the Waves would go on a three point run to go ahead 21-13. The Aggies would get score back-to-back points to cut the Waves' lead to 22-16, however, the Waves would close out the match winning the set 25-17 and the match 3-1.
The Aggies hit .192 as a team and Whitney Woods paced the Aggies with 18 kills on 37 swings with just six hitting errors positing a .324 hitting percentage. Kayleigh Giddens added 17 kills on 39 swings with just five attack errors and a .308 hitting percentage.
Pepperdine finished the match with a .252 hitting percentage and was led by Kim Hill and Emily Cook who each recorded 15 kills for the Waves. Lilla Frederick added 10 kills.
The Waves outblocked the Aggies 13.5 to 4.5 in the match while the Aggies had seven service aces and 10 service errors to four service aces and six service errors for the Waves.
The loss drops the Aggies to 6-5 on the season as the Aggies have now lost four matches in a row. New Mexico State is back in action at 6:00 p.m. MT when they take on Texas State. Free streaming video will be available for the match and can be access by clicking here.


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Michelle Rhee
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