Oct. 5, 2005
FRESNO, Calif. - Despite a school record 34 digs from junior Kelsi Peterson (Las Vegas, Nev.) Utah State's women's volleyball team lost a five-game match (29-31, 26-30, 30-27, 30-21, 13-15) at Fresno State Wednesday night.
Utah State had its season-high five-match winning streak snapped with the loss and falls to 11-7 overall and 4-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. Fresno State improves to 3-11 on the season and 1-3 in league play with the win.
Utah State struggled offensively in the match, hitting just .091 in game one, .116 in game two, and .178 in game three before hitting a robust .500 in the fourth game. However, USU couldn't sustain that momentum in the fifth game as it hit just .200 to lose the game by two points.
The previous Utah State record for digs in a match was 32 set by Stacey Blackburn in a four-game match against Cal State Fullerton during the 1994 season. Peterson's previous career-high was 30 digs against Utah earlier this year.
Senior Zuzana Cernianska (Prague, Czech Republic) had a team-high 26 kills and 16 digs, while senior Erin Graybill (Sandy, Utah) added 13 kills and five blocks. Redshirt sophomore Beth Hodge (Broken Arrow, Okla.) also recorded double-digits in kills with 10.
Alison Pitton led Fresno State with 26 kills, while Cassie Gilford had 32 digs.
Utah State will return to action on Sat., Oct. 8 when it hosts San Jose State at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Fresno State 3, Utah State 2 USU 29 26 30 30 13 FSU 31 30 27 21 15