Sept. 24, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Senior Zuzana Cernianska (Prague, Czech Republic) recorded a match-high 13 kills to lead Utah State's women's volleyball team to an easy three-game win (30-24, 30-14, 30-19) against Louisiana Tech here Saturday afternoon. USU improves to 9-6 overall and 2-0 in the Western Athletic Conference with the win, while LTU falls to 12-4 overall and 0-2 in league play with the loss.
With the win, Utah State is now 2-0 to start conference play for the first time since 2000 when that Aggie team won its first four league matches in the Big West Conference. USU's nine wins on the year also ties the total number of wins it had in the 2004 season as the Aggies went 9-18 overall.
Cernianska led Utah State in the opening game with five kills as USU broke an 18-18 with a 9-1 run to take a commanding lead en route to the six-point win. The Aggies hit .278 in the opening game, while Louisiana Tech hit .121.
Utah State opened game two by scoring eight of the first 10 points and the Lady Techsters never got closer than six points the rest of the way as USU hit .393 to record the 16-point win. LTU managed only eight kills in the game and hit a negative .083 as it committed 11 errors.
In the third and final game, USU opened an early 12-3 advantage and extended its lead to 20-9 before notching the 11-point win. In the game, Cernianska added six more kills for USU as the Aggies hit .250 as compared to a .031 hitting percentage for LTU.
Senior Ingrid Roth (Barrington, Ill.) hit a match-high .636 for Utah State with seven kills and no errors on 11 attacks, while senior Erin Graybill (Sandy, Utah) and redshirt sophomore Beth Hodge (Broken Arrow, Okla.) each added nine kills. Cernianska also added 10 digs and two service aces in the match.
Louisiana Tech was led by junior Ambra Hayes who finished the match with 10 kills and six digs.
Overall, Utah State hit .298 as compared to a .020 hitting percentage for Louisiana Tech. USU recorded 21 more kills (47-26), 14 more assists (38-24), 12 more digs (46-34), and eight fewer hitting errors (24-16) in the match.
Utah State will continue WAC play next week as it travels to Boise State on Thur., Sept. 29 and to Idaho on Sat., Oct. 1.
Utah State, 3, Louisiana Tech 0 USU 30 30 30 LTU 24 14 19