The New Mexico State University volleyball program hosted its 2011 Spring Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, April 9th with some high-caliber teams attending. Participants included University of Arizona, University of New Mexico, Western New Mexico, UTEP, Texas Tech and NMSU.
The recent shuffling of positions no doubt had an influence on this year’s tournament; Don Flora, the head coach of Texas Tech was the NMSU assistant last season, and new assistant Keith Rubio is the brother of Arizona head coach David Rubio. I hope the high quality of the teams attending is something we see for many years to come.
Although I didn’t catch all the action from the teams, UTEP was surprisingly scrappy, splitting a match with UNM. It was kind of weird not to see Meeter/Michaelson/Hadfield on the UNM side of the court–I think the UNM fans will have a hard time adjusting.
The match of the day for me was the Arizona vs NMSU contest. The match was split between the two teams, and NMSU looked strongest during the first set. The Ags almost beat Arizona in the second set as well, but the Wildcats were able to pull it off.