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The New Mexico State University Aggies are WAC volleyball tournament champions after defeating Utah Valley and Grand Canyon in the conference tournament Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23 in Orem, Utah.
The Aggies defeated Utah Valley 3-0 Friday and Grand Canyon 3-0 Saturday night in the championship game.
The second straight WAC tournament title puts the Aggies in the NCAA tournament for the 10th time under head coach Mike Jordan.
The tournament title, combined with their 16-0 regular season conference record, gives the Aggies a perfect 18-0 record against WAC opponents.
“This is not a team we expected to run the table,” Jordan said. “For them to do what they’ve done … what a great season. This team just has that spunk about them. They just keep working. And if something goes wrong, they get together, work it out and just keep making plays.”
The NCAA tournament kicks off Dec. 5-7 with first and second rounds. The Aggies’ opponent and location will be determined Sunday, Dec. 1, when the tournament field is announced.
The Aggies go into the tournament with a 27-3 overall record and 19-match winning streak.
In addition to Jordan earning his ninth WAC coach of the year award, Megan Hart was named WAC player of the year.
“Megan is just a great story about how you develop,” Jordan said. “She was injured early on, but worked hard, and every year contributed a little bit more. If you’d seen her when she was 17 or 18, when she first came to campus, you would have doubted she’d be doing what she’s done.”
Aggies Julianna Salanoa and Savannah Davison also earned All-WAC first team honors.