Sunday, December 8, 2013

NMSU volleyball coach Mike Jordan discusses winning in NCAA Tournament competition

The New Mexico State volleyball team made it to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in 17 years under head coach Mike Jordan.

Last week the team lost in the opening round of the NCAAs in San Diego, Calif., 3-0 to the University of Arizona of Arizona (25-14, 25-23, 25-19).

The Aggie volleyball team has been arguably the school's most consistently successful program over the years - a postseason contender on an annual basis, and one that's made the NCAAs the past two seasons. The 2008 campaign saw the team win an NCAA Tournament match, a 3-1 victory over St. Mary's.

Following last Friday's defeat to Arizona, Jordan said he was proud of his team for winning the WAC for the second-straight year. He then added on NCAA Tournament play, "We've been here enough. We're trying the establish ourselves as a team that can go deeper….You're going to have to play at a higher level to beat a quality Pac-12 opponent."

He would later say, "We have to use this as motivation in the offseason."

When asked if he had gotten the most out of the Aggie volleyball program over the years, Jordan said, "If you feel that way as a coach, you're doing the team and players a disservice. You've got to have a vision and get your team to that point."

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