New Mexico State (19-8, 9-4 WAC) vs. Utah Valley (13-12, 8-6 WAC)
Thursday, November 18, 7 p.m. | Pan American Center | Las Cruces, New Mexico
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• The Aggies kick off their quest for a sixth WAC tournament title on Thursday in a rematch of the WAC tournament championship game in the spring of 2021.
• This will be the third meeting of the season with the Wolverines. NM State is 2-0 in those games as they have won by a score of 3-1 in the previous two meetings.
STORY OF THE SERIES
Overall against Utah Valley | 16-5 (0.762)
in Las Cruces, New Mexico | 8-0 (1000)
in Orem, Utah | 6-5 (.545)
On neutral sites | 1-0 (1000)
Series | NM State won 2
Last five games | 3-2 (.600)
Last 10 matches | 7-3 (0.700)
In matches in three sets | 5-2 (.714)
In matches in four sets | 8-0 (1000)
In matches in five sets | 3-3 (.500)
Jordan vs Utah Valley | 16-5 (0.762)
Atoa v State NM | 5-16 (.238)
Last meeting | NM State 3, at Utah Valley 1 (November 6, 2021)
• A new look for the Western Athletic Conference makes its debut season in the 2021-22 season, and the Aggies hope to continue to dominate the league.
• Now in his 24th season in charge at NM State, head coach Mike Jordan has been nothing short of masterful in the league’s action throughout his tenure. The Aggies bench boss has an impressive 288-69 (.807) mark in WAC regular season showdowns as well as a 30-12 (.714) record in WAC tournament fights.
• NM State has been particularly good at storing all kinds of WAC material over the past seven seasons. During that span, the Aggies are 89-12 (0.881) against league opposition in the regular season and have won five WAC crowns in the regular season as well as a trio of WAC tournament titles.
• Since joining the WAC in 2005, NM State has won seven regular season titles and will look to win eight on Saturday. In total, Jordan has won 11 conference titles since starting his run at Las Cruces in 1998.
LAST RELEASE | at NM State 3, Chicago State 1 | Saturday, November 13, 2021
• The Aggies didn’t really have a “tune-up” game to enter the WAC tournament as they faced one of the top teams in the conference for the WAC West Division title.
• After losing the first set 21-25, the Aggies dominated the second set 25-17 behind six kills from Katie birtcil.
• Seniors Kelly Cat and Shaney lip comb drove a six-point run in the third to help the Aggies take a 2-1 lead.
• Nine Chicago State mistakes were the story of the last set as Kelly fought off the Cougars with the last kill of the regular season.
• The Aggies will host the WAC tournament for the third time in WAC history. Pan Am also hosted the tournament in 2007 and 2016.
• At the start of the playoffs, the Aggies lead the WAC in no less than five statistical categories, including assists per set (12.63), assists per set (13.73), attack percentage (0.262 ), total assists (1314) and total assists (1428).
• Senior central blocker Lia mosher continues to lead the WAC while also ranking among the top players in the country in terms of attacking percentage. The Ruidoso product in New Mexico reached 0.407, which ranks him 18th among all NCAA Division I volleyball players.
• The hard-hitting tandem of Katie Birtcil and Shaney lip comb give the Aggies two of the top ten arms in the WAC. Birtcil’s 3.62 eliminations per set rank seventh among all players in the league, while Lipscomb’s 2.88 figure is tenth best in the league.
• With 14 other excavations on Saturday evening, libero Darian markham pushed her recovery average per set to 4.36, which ranks her seventh among all WAC players.
• Carly Aigner Swesey added 46 assists to his season tally on Saturday, giving him an average of 10.24 assists per set in the WAC game to come second against opponents WAC.
SCOUTING IN THE UTAH VALLEY
• The Wolverines bring one of the WAC’s best defenses to town as Utah Valley leads the league in blocks per set at 2.65.
• Senior center blocker Sadie Hamson leads the UVU individually in blocks per set, registering 1.23 per set.
• Offensively, Kazna Tanuvasa carries the Wolverines as she registers 3.66 kills per set.
• The junior outside hitter will also be a force Aggie’s defense will face, placing second on the team in kills per set (2.29).
• Although the Wolverines have dropped out of both encounters this year, UVU knocked out the Aggies in the last WAC tournament, played in the Wolverines home gym in Orem, Utah.
FOUR AGIES WIN ALL-WAC HONORS
• Recognized by three members of the All-WAC First Team, the WAC West Division champions received four awards in total.
• Katie birtcil finished the year seventh in the WAC with 3.62 eliminations per set to receive All-WAC first-team honors.
• Joining Birtcil was Lia mosher who posted a 0.407 hit percentage to pace the WAC and lead a dominant attack from Aggie.
• Shaney lip comb was also named in the first team, ranking in the WAC’s top 10 for both hit percentage (6th, .326) and kills per set (10th, 2.88)
• Senior passer Carly Aigner Swesey was the last Aggie to be recognized, landing in the Second Team All-WAC after placing second in the WAC for assists per set in the WAC game (10.33)
• Heading into the season, the Aggies placed 14th in NCAA Division I programs with a 0.749 winning percentage between 2016 and 2020. When counting games played this season, NM State holds a percentage. of wins of 0.786 since 2016 with an overall record of 118-32.
• NM State earned its first victory over a Big 10 opponent since September 20, 1986, with a five-set victory over Northwestern at the Pan Am Games on March 3, 2021.
• Alana Embry won the first two double-doubles of his career against Northwestern (19 assists, 12 digs) and UTEP (22 assists, 15 digs).
• Senior ferryman Carly Aigner Swesey now has five double-doubles that year after recording 15 assists and 10 digs against Western Carolina at the Colonel Challenge.
• Kalli Schoening was unstoppable against Western Carolina, as she recorded a career-high seven blocks against the Catamounts.
• Libero Darian markham was named WAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, September 13, after averaging 4.89 digs per set at Colonel Challenge.
• Kelly Cat recorded his first double-double of the season in the Aggies’ 3-0 win over South Florida on September 17, 2021. Kelly recorded 10 kills and an equal number of digs in the NM State victory.
• After not being able to play a non-conference schedule in the spring of 2021, the Aggies did so this season. Thanks to non-conference play, NM State posted a 9-3 record – exactly the same rating as in 2019 en route to a WAC record of 16-0, the league’s regular season title and tournament title. WAC.
• by Katie Birtcil 24 decisive wins in the Aggies’ 3-1 win at Utah Valley on September 23, 2021, was a WAC player’s second-highest total in a four-set game this season. Plus, those 24 kills are ranked 19th by an NCAA Division I player in a four-set game this season. For her efforts, Birtcil was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, September 27.
• The Aggie Lia mosher won the third WAC Athlete of the Week award for the Aggies this season. She was named Defensive Player of the Week after a week in which she averaged 1.11 Vs per set and helped the Aggies win the West Division title.