Sept. 22, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Senior Erin Graybill (Sandy, Utah) tied her career-high with 14 kills and hit a blistering .545 to lead Utah State's women's volleyball team to a three-game win (30-24, 30-27, 30-21) against New Mexico State here Thursday night in its first-ever match in the Western Athletic Conference. USU improves to 8-6 overall and 1-0 in league play with the win, while NMSU falls to 6-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference with the loss.
The win by Utah State snapped a 36-match winning streak by New Mexico State against league opponents dating back to the 2002 season. NMSU had been a member of the Sun Belt Conference for the past six years prior to joining the WAC this summer.
Senior Zuzana Cernianska (Prague, Czech Republic) and redshirt sophomore Beth Hodge (Broken Arrow, Okla.) had fast starts for Utah State as Cernianska notched five kills in the opening game, while Hodge added four as USU hit .310 overall and recorded the six-point win. USU also held New Mexico State to a .061 hitting percentage in the game as the New Mags had 11 attack errors.
Graybill led the charge for USU in the second game with five kills and no errors as the Aggies hit .452 as a team. New Mexico State also had a solid match offensively as they hit .367, but USU had three more kills in the game.
In the third and final game, Graybill continued her hot hitting as she added seven more kills to lead Utah State as it hit .303 in the final stanza and held NMSU to a .086 hitting percentage.
Cernianska finished the match with 11 kills, while Hodge had seven and hit .353. Senior Victoria Zimmerman (Barrington, Ill.) added four kills and a match-high 37 assists, while sophomore Amanda Orgill (West Valley City, Utah) had seven kills and hit .308 in the match.
As a team, Utah State hit .355 overall as compared to a .163 hitting percentage for New Mexico State. NMSU entered the match as the top hitting team in the WAC with a .281 hitting percentage.
Utah State will continue WAC play against Louisiana Tech on Sat., Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State, 3, New Mexico State 0 USU 30 30 30 NMSU 24 27 21