Volleyball Defeats Utah Valley In Four Games
Oct. 25, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Amanda Nielson recorded 20-plus kills for the fourth straight contest and finished with a match-high 26 kills to lead the Aggies to a four-game win (30-26, 31-29, 26-30, 30-27) against Utah Valley here at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Thursday night.
Utah State has now won four straight matches and improves to 13-10 on the year with the win, while Utah Valley falls to 16-8 overall with the loss. USU has now won 11 of its last 15 matches after starting the season with a 2-6 record.
Nielson, a senior opposite side hitter from West Valley City, Utah (Granger HS) added seven digs and seven blocks assists for Utah State and has now recorded at least 24 kills in each of her last four matches. Junior outside hitter Melissa Osterloh (Sandy, Utah) added 16 kills and 15 digs for USU and hit .316 (16-4-38) in the contest to go along with her team-leading ninth double-double of the season. Utah State also got a solid match from freshman libero Christine Morrill (Neola, Utah) who notched a season-high 22 digs.
Camie Manwill recorded 21 kills to lead Utah Valley, while Kayli Broadbent added 14.
After winning the first two games, Utah State had to rally from a 15-8 deficit in game three and eventually took the lead at 21-20, before Utah Valley scored 10 of the next 15 points to force a game four. The Wolverines then jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead in the fourth game before USU went on a 6-1 run and tied the game at seven. With the game knotted at 26, Utah State scored four of the final five points to record the four-game win.
Utah State finished the match by hitting .167 (67-36-186), while Utah Valley hit .148 (58-32-176). USU also recorded 10 more digs (76-66) and five more service aces (7-2), while UVU had 3.5 more team blocks (18.0-14.5) and three fewer service errors (12-9).
Utah State will return to Western Athletic Conference action this weekend as it hosts Fresno State (5-18, 3-8) on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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