Aggies Host Arkansas-Little Rock Friday

The Aggies also enter the weekend nationally ranked in three categories, including kills per game, hitting percentage and average home attendance. The Aggies rank 12th in the nation in hitting percentage (.290), 19th in kills per game (16.48) and 21st in average attendance per home game (1,277). The Aggies are ranked first in the Sun Belt in all three categories.

The New Mexico State volleyball team (14-4, 4-0) play before a friendly crown when they host the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (10-7, 1-2) October 10 in the Pan American Center.

The match will be a one-game home stand before the Aggies travel north to take on their West Division foe, the Denver Pioneers (12-6, 3-1) on October 12 in Denver, Colo.

"We are hitting the meat of our schedule and have the tougher teams in the conference coming up," Aggie head coach Mike Jordan said. "We have played some good teams, like North Texas, but most of them have been pretty young."

The Aggies enter this weekend's play on an eight-match winning streak and have won 24 of their last 25 games, losing just one game to Louisiana.

The Aggies have been successful at home, recording a 5-0 record this season and have won nine-straight home games, dating back to a 3-2 loss to conference foe Western Kentucky on October 18, 2002.

The Aggies also enter the weekend nationally ranked in three categories, including kills per game, hitting percentage and average home attendance. The Aggies rank 12th in the nation in hitting percentage (.290), 19th in kills per game (16.48) and 21st in average attendance per home game (1,277). The Aggies are ranked first in the Sun Belt in all three categories.

Individually, Jackie Godber, the reigning two-time Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week, enters this weekend ranked 21st in the nation and first in the Sun Belt in digs per game with an average of 4.52.

The Aggies will open the weekend against the Trojans, who hold a 3-1 advantage against the Aggies. Last year, the Aggies won their first match against the Trojans 3-1 (30-28, 28-30, 30-22, 30-23) in Little Rock, Arkansas, on October 11.

"(UALR) has three outstanding attackers from Europe that are very strong and very physical," Jordan said. "They are a young team and have had some strong matches and matches where their ball-handling has been suspect. We will just have to wait and see which team shows up."

The Aggies will then travel north to play Denver on Sunday. The Aggies currently hold a 4-3 advantage and swept the Pioneers 3-0 in both meetings last year.

"Denver is off to it's best start in the history of their program," Jordan said. "They are a senior laden team with a lot of physical players and we will have to play well to get a win on their court."

The Aggies and Trojans will hit the court Friday in the Pan American Center at 7:00 p.m. and will face Denver on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.


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