Volleyball Defeats 15th Ranked Utah In Four Games
Oct. 10, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - For the first time in the past 10 years the Utah State's women's volleyball team (ranked 25th in the country) defeated the University of Utah (ranked 15th in the country) in four games by scores of 8-15, 15-8, 15-12, 15-10 to improve to 13-5 overall. The victory was the first for USU over Utah in the past 12 matches. The Utes fell to 13-3 on the season with the loss. With the win, USU went 3-0 versus the state of Utah by also defeating BYU and Weber State in three games earlier this season. It is the first time the Aggies have gone undefeated versus the state of Utah since 1980.
"I thought we pressed to much early on in the match and it took us a while to settle down," commented USU head coach Tom Peterson. "Our blocking keyed what we did tonight after struggling in the first game. We have to be consistent over time to be a good team and we have to be that way for the rest of the season. Defense wins matches and if we continue to play solid defense and block well we will win more matches.
"It's a wonderful honor for our program to have come this far. For us to go undefeated versus the state of Utah really says a lot about the character of this team."
The Aggies came out sluggish in the first game and hit a negative .029 in the opening game as Utah raced out to a 1-0 lead with a 15-8 win. USU slowly got going in the second game and eventually evened the match at one game apiece as the Aggies hit .200 to win the second game 15-8. The rubber game of the match was a battle that Utah State eventually won 15-12 outhitting the Utes .280 to .159, before putting Utah away in the fouth game with a 15-10 win. Overall, USU hit .181 as a team and held Utah to a .139 hitting percentage.
Individually for Utah State, senior Amy Crosbie (Visalia, Calif.) had a match-high 19 kills to go along with eight digs and four block assists, while sophomore Rochelle Currier (Alsio Viejo, Calif.) had a season-high 11 kills to go along with 13 digs and three block assists. Junior setter Chelsi Neves (Otto, Wyo.) did an outstanding job of running the Aggie attack as she had 51 assists to complement seven timely kills, 11 digs and two block assists.
Utah State will return to Big West Conference action this Saturday, Oct. 14 when the Aggies host Boise State University at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7 p.m. The Broncos are 5-9 on the season and 1-5 in league play.