Sept. 1, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - In Utah State's second match of the 2000 season at the Cougar Challenge, USU recorded its first victory of the year with a convincing three-game win over the Rams of Rhode Island by final scores of 15-8, 15-4, 15-1. With the win, the Aggies improved to 1-1 on the young season, while the Rams fell to 0-1.
As was the case in the opening match of the season versus Kansas State, the Aggies got out of the gates quickly, outhitting URI .533 to .071 in the first game. USU would carry that momentum into games two and three, hitting .278 and .355 respectively, while limiting Rhode Island to a negative percentage (-.158) in game two, and only a .059 hitting percentage in game three.
"We got a lot better as the match went along, so that is nice," commented second-year head coach Tom Peterson. "We controlled the match both offensively and defensively, so hopefully we are on an upswing. We have two matches tomorrow against tough opponents (Gonzaga and Washington State) and we need to win those matches."
For the second match in a row, senior outside hitter Amy Crosbie (Visalia, Calif.) led Utah State with 11 kills, while fellow senior Melissa Schoepf (Georgetown, Calif.) also notched double-digits in kills with 10. Junior middle blocker Michelle Matheson (Moreno Valley, Calif.) also had a good match, hitting .857 on six kills to go along with a team-high three blocks. The Aggies hit .405 as a team in the match, while the Rams managed to hit only .012.
Utah State will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 2 in the final day of the 2000 Cougar Challenge as USU will face Gonzaga in the morning before battling host Washington State in the afternoon.