First Opportunity to Catch the 2015 Aggie Volleyball Team in Action This Saturday

Courtesy of NMSU

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State volleyball team opens the 2015 season with the Crimson and White scrimmage, Saturday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m. (MT) in the Pan American Center free of charge.


Head coach Mike Jordan and his team take to the court for the first time this year after finishing the 2014 season 17-11 overall and 10-4 in Western Athletic Conference play.  Aggie fans have a chance to get out and watch the 2015 squad, which includes seniors Gwen Murphy, Bradley Nash and Nathalie Castellanos, all who were named to the 2015 Preseason All-WAC team.

Murphy led the Aggies in 2014 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 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.

“This is always a fun event for us but even more so for our fans,” said Jordan.  “The players are extremely excited to get out on the court in front of our fans, because we all know our fans make our matches very exciting.”

The Aggies, who finished second in the WAC last year, also bring back senior setter Taylor Livoti and senior outside hitter Andrea Tauai.

NM State was picked 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.

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

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

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