Sept. 23, 2000
IRVINE, Calif. - Utah State's women's volleyball team extended its winning streak to eight straight matches tonight with a five-game win over UC Irvine by final scores of 15-5, 5-15, 5-15, 15-8, and 15-9 to improve to 10-3 on the season and 2-0 in the Big West Conference. The Anteaters fell to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in the BWC with the loss.
For Utah State, it is the longest winning streak for an Aggie team since the 1980 season when that club rattled off 15 straight wins. It is also the first time in the history of the Big West Conference that USU has opened league play with a 2-0 mark. The Aggies 10-3 start to the season is the best start since the 1979 team opened the season with an 11-0 record. That team finished second in the country that year with a 35-5-2 record.
Once again Utah State started quickly as the Aggies hit .583 as a team en route to a 15-5 win. UC Irvine responed to win games two and three by identical 15-5 scores hitting .333 and .442 respectively before the Aggies rebounded to win game four 15-8. For the second night in a row, USU dominated the fifth-game of a match, hitting .333 as a team to close the game 15-9 and win the match three games to two.
Individually for Utah State, senior outside hitter Amy Crosbie (Visalia, Calif.) paced the Aggie offense with 19 kills and a .364 hitting percentage. Fellow seniors Melissa Schoepf (Georgetown, Calif.) and Denae Mohlman (Shoreline, Wash.) added 13 kills apiece in the match, while Schoepf posted a team-high 18 digs. Junior setter Chelsi Neves (Otto, Wyo.) also had a fine match for USU with eight kills and a career-high 15 digs to go along with 57 assists.
As a team, Utah State had eight team blocks to nine for the Anteaters, while both teams posted eight service aces and 12 service errors. USU hit .323 overall for the match, while UCI hit .282.
Utah State will return to action on Thursday, Sept. 28 when it hosts Cal Poly at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum beginning at 7 p.m. It will be only the second home match of the season for USU after playing 12 of its first 13 matches on the road. USU will also host UC Santa Barbara in Logan on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m., following USU's football game versus Utah at Romney Stadium.