Volleyball Defeats Nevada In Four Games
Nov. 8, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Amanda Nielson recorded a match-high 23 kills and Monarisa Ale added a career-high 18 kills to lead Utah State's volleyball team to a four-game win (30-28, 26-30, 30-28, 30-25) against Nevada on Senior Night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Thursday.
Utah State improves to 16-12 on the season and 10-5 in Western Athletic Conference play with the win, while Nevada falls to 14-10 overall and 10-6 in league play with the loss. USU also moved into sole possession of third-place in the WAC with the win and can finish no worse than tied for third in the league after being picked to finish seventh in the conference in the preseason.
Nielson, a senior opposite side hitter from West Valley City, Utah (Granger HS) and Ale, a senior outside hitter from Kahuku, Hawai'i (Kahuku HS), both finished their home careers in style as Nielson notched her ninth double-double of the season with 23 kills and 10 digs, while Ale hit a career-high .593 with 18 kills and just two errors. Freshman setter Chelsea Fowles (Hollister, Calif.) also had a solid match for USU as she recorded a season-high 65 assists in the match.
Teal Ericson recorded 22 kills to lead Nevada, while Karly Sipherd had 17 kills.
Utah State battled back from several deficits during the match as it trailed 26-24 in game one and 27-24 in game three, before rallying to win both games. The Wolf Pack never trailed in game two and led by as many as seven points to even the match at one game apiece. In game four, USU built an early seven point advantage at 14-7 before UNR fought back and tied the game at 22 all. The Aggies then finished the game by scoring eight of the final 11 points.
Utah State finished the match by hitting .244 (69-27-172) as compared to a .217 (68-32-166) hitting percentage for Nevada. USU also recorded two more service aces (5-3) in the contest, while UNR had seven more team blocks (14-7), one more dig (57-56) and six fewer service errors (11-5).
Utah State will conclude its regular season on Sunday, Nov. 11 with a match at 10th-ranked Hawai'i at 10 p.m. (MT). USU will then participate in the 2007 WAC Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. from Nov. 15-17.
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