Monday, September 27, 2010
We were able to watch both ECU matches on CSTV and it wasn't a bad connection. Stephanie Figueroa was outstanding, and the dummies at CUSA HQ in Irving are finally noticing. Stephanie was selected CUSA Defensive Player of the Week. What an honor it must be for Stephanie to be allowed a spot in the Friends of Tulsa-Tyler Henderson admiration society.
Jax had a great weekend as well. She logged 13 kills and zero errors during the Saturday's match. ECU made an adjustment on Sunday moving ECU 6'3" Brittany Roper to front her. On Saturday, ECU had no answer for Jax. On Sunday, they had no answer for Jeane Horton. Even on the constantly lagging CSTV video stream, Jeane still looked incredibly quick and powerful.
Great opening weekend. Tough weekend awaits with conference tournament champs Rice on Friday night. Ashleigh McCord crushes the ball, but she's a low-ball, seam-splitter. Close up the block and you can shut down McCord. Tracey Lam used to be the best Libero in the conference...used to be now that Stephanie Figueroa anchors the Miners big D. Imagine how great Stephanie's dig numbers would be if the Miners didn't block so well.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
- Blocks per set-21st
- Hitting Percentage-29th
- Blocks per set: Kyla Muela-29th
- Points per set: Melissa Toth-46th
- Kills per set: Melissa Toth-58th
- Hitting percentage: Jacquie Cason-118th
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The UTSA/Miners tilt on Friday night was a classic five-setter. Two very evenly matched squads. UT Pan American was a gutsy team that dug everything on Saturday. Stephanie Figueroa was outstanding all weekend. Taylor Nix also stepped in on the left side and delivered on Saturday. The Miners left the A-game on the court Friday night. I was surprised that Davidson handled UTPA so easily.
Three Miners were selected to the all-tournament team:
- Patty Jarmoc, S, UTEP — Most Valuable Player
- Jacqueline Cason, OH, UTEP
- Stephanie Figueroa, DS, UTEP
- Meghan Fichtel, OH, Texas-Pan American
- Elise Huskey, OH, UTSA
- Sarabeth Peele, OH, Davidson
- Kelsey Schwirtlich, S, UTSA
Jax is number five in CUSA in hitting percentage this week at .344. She also has the second-most kills in the top five.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
A lot of energy in Memorial Gym last night. The septuagenarian Aggie fans were in the house and they were vocal, but Miner fans far outnumbered them. The Miners showed grit and battled back bravely in games two and three, but too many unforced errors still kill too many comebacks.
Jax has jumped to #2 on the CUSA hitting percentage charts. She's the only freshman in the top 15.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Good News: UTEP remains tops in the conference in blocks and htting percentage
Bad News: The Miners are near the bottom in digs and just got run by their arch-rivals
East Carolina and Tulane look to be the weakest sisters of the conference at the two-week point. UCF has wailed on some weak sisters, so don't let that record fool you. The top 10 in CUSA hitting percentage includes three Miners:
- #2 Kyla Muela
- #3 Jax
- #7 Bridget Logan
The Miners need to put Friday night on the shelf and come out fresh and fierce. Control the first pass, move the ball around to keep the Aggies off balance and take full swings on the attack.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Got up this morning to watch the Fox Sports AZ broadcast. Kinda glad I knew how miserable the Miners did before we started watching. That way, we just got to enjoy watching our kid play ball. And the Aggie homer broadcasters got her name right.
Will this be the team that breaks the Aggie choke hold on the I-10 rivalry? See you all in El Paso on Tuesday night. I'll be the guy in an orange shirt.
Friday, September 3, 2010
So, Whitney is still sore about a loss in the spring, at some undetermined time in the past...
Right-side hitter Whitney Woods on playing the Miners
"We play them like it's a conference game. It's bigger than conference to be honest. We lost to them in the spring a couple years ago and I feel like we need to get revenge from that....I haven't forgotten about it."
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Sophomore Stephanie Ziegler is a great athlete who will probably play in the back row this year. If Stephanie were 6' or taller, she'd be a #1 OH on another top-25 team. Look for her to absolutely rip a pipe if she gets the opportunity. Her jump serve is also very nasty.
Program Note: Tune in to the Miners/Aggies tilt on Fox Sports AZ HD (Direct TV Channel 686) Saturday, 12:30 am. I believe this will be a re-broadcast of the Aggie Vision telecast of Friday night. It will probably look and sound like public access TV, but I guess we should just celebrate the fact that that TV has finally come to Las Cruces. Aggie Vision. Excellent...Schwing!