Sept. 17, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Zuzana Cernianska (Prague, Czech Republic) recorded 29 kills and 15 digs for Utah State, but it wasn't enough as the Aggies dropped a five-game match (24-30, 32-30, 26-30, 30-25, 16-18) to 23rd-ranked St. Mary's (CA) here Saturday in the final match of the 2005 Stanford Invitational. Utah State falls to 6-6 with the loss, while St. Mary's improved to 8-2 with the win.
Cernianska, who entered the match with 1,440 career kills became Utah State's all-time leader, breaking the old mark of 1,463 set by Amy Crosbie (1997-2000). Cernianska needed 24 kills against the Gaels for the new record and accomplished the feat in the fourth game. For her career, she now has 1,469 kills.
Both of Utah State's middle blockers had solid matches as senior Ingrid Roth (Barrington, Ill.) recorded 15 kills and seven blocks, while senior Erin Graybill (Sandy, Utah) added 14 kills and nine blocks.
Stanford was led by Missie Stidham who had a match-high 31 kills to go along with 13 digs, while Kaui Salzman added 24 kills and 12 digs.
For the match, Utah State hit .309 on 79 kills and just 24 attack errors, while St. Mary's hit just .283 on 83 kills and 29 errors. USU also recorded 14 more digs in the match (71-57), but the Gaels had six more service aces (11-5).
Utah State will return to action on Mon., Sept. 19 when it hosts Idaho State at 6 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
#23 St. Mary's 3, Utah State 2 USU 24 32 26 30 16 SMU 30 30 30 25 18