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Aggie Volleyball Inks Four – New Mexico State University Athletics

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LAS CRUCES, NM – The New Mexico state volleyball team has added three newbies and a transfer, head coach Mike Jordan announced on Wednesday.

Alex Connatser, a 6-2 middle blocker from St. Petersburg, Florida, will head to Las Cruces after her senior season at HB Plant High. She is the daughter of Robert and Melissa Connatser.

“Alex has quick feet and a quick arm,” said Jordan. “The speed stands out. We believe that at some point she will be an elite blocker and a real threat to the goal in transition.”

Maverick Ashley Herman will also be wearing crimson and white next year as she will be stopping by Bakersfield Christian after graduating from Bakersfield Christian in Bakersfield, Calif.

“Ashley is a bigger outside hitter with some range,” said Jordan. “She can hit hard and uses all the ground. She’s quite an advanced blocker in her position and we think that with hard work she can end up playing six turns.”

Joining the Aggies from the junior college ranks is 6-1 outside hitter Jayde Shelton. A native of Menifee, California, is coming to Las Cruces from Blinn College, where she has spent the past two seasons. In his sophomore year, Shelton helped lead the Buccaneers to a 38-1 record and a Region XIC tournament championship. She finished the season with an average of 3.91 kills per set, finishing first in her squad.

When asked about Shelton, Jordan said, “Jayde is a big, fast, left-hander who can score. She plays for a great coaching and junior college program and she’s a great teammate.”

Taylor Snow is from Salem, Utah and is the last Aggie to be inked on the day the contract was signed. She is a 6-1 middle blocker who received the All State Second Team Award in Salem Hills in 2020. She also led the Skyhawks to two straight 5A Region 9 titles in 2019 and 2020.

“Taylor has a great arm and the ability to score all three front row seats,” said Jordan. “We love how versatile and competitive it is.”

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