State Notes 06-22-11

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Aggies kicker Stampler is on CFPA watch list

LAS CRUCES –­ New Mexico State University Placekicker Tyler Stampler has been named to the College Football Performance Award (CFPA) Placekicker Watch list.
The  watch list selections were announced by the CFPA Monday afternoon.
Stampler is one of 34 kickers that made the watch list and one of three placekickers from the Western Athletic Conference.
Stampler, a native of Davie, Fla., played in all 12 games for the Aggies in 2010, handling all the field goal and PAT attempts as well as kickoff duties in three games. Stampler led the team in scoring in 2010 with 66 points after hitting 16-of-19 field goals on the season and 18-of-19 on PATs.
He hit 84.2 percent of his field goal attempts, which was first in the conference. Stampler was 4-for-4 inside 30 yards and 11-of-12 inside 40 yards. At one point in the season, Stampler hit nine straight field goal attempts, while making his last 12 PAT attempts of the season.
Against New Mexico, Stampler hit the game winning field goal with less than two minutes remaining to give the Aggies their first win of the season and second straight win over their in-state rival.
He also hit three field goals in that game and was named the WAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts.
In the Aggies’ second win of the season against San Jose State,, Stampler hit three field goals including a long of 43 yards, and was again named WAC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Stampler is second all-time in field goals made in a season and field goal percentage in a season. He is also in the top-10 all-time in NM State history in field goals made.

Lobos have tough matches during the 2011 volleyball season

ALBUQUERQUE — After making the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season, the University of New Mexico Women’s Volleyball team looks to jump right back into the shark tank for the 2011 season.
Lobos’ head coach Jeff Nelson has put together a challenging schedule that includes five 2010 NCAA Tournament participants. This schedule was put together with the emphasis of returning to the NCAA tournament for a third-straight season.
“There are several matches against perennial NCAA tournament programs,” Nelson said. “I am really excited about the upcoming season and look forward to playing another very good schedule.
The Lobos will begin the season by hosting the annual MCM Elegante Lobo Classic Aug. 26-27. New Mexico State, South Florida and Nebraska will all participate. Nebraska is one of the five schools on the 2011 schedule that made the NCAA tournament last year.
“I am excited to have a great opening weekend MCM tournament again,” Nelson said. “It features South Florida, NMSU and Nebraska. This will be an exciting weekend for our fans, and the team is really looking forward to it.”
UNM will spend Labor Day weekend in Flagstaff, Ariz., for the Fiesta Bowl Classic, hosted by Northern Arizona.
Besides host NAU, the Lobos will also match up against Hampton and San Jose State University.
The Lobos return home Sept. 9-10 to host the Comcast/Sheraton Lobo Invitational, which will include Portland State, Montreal and UC Irvine.
The Lobos begin conference play Sept. 23 with a matchup against TCU at home in Johnson Center.