Nov. 9, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's women's volleyball team lost to ninth-ranked Hawai'i in five games (29-31, 34-32, 30-24, 24-30, 7-15) here Wednesday night in a meeting between the top two teams in the Western Athletic Conference. With the win, Hawai'i improves to 19-6 on the season and 13-0 in league play, while Utah State falls to 17-10 overall and 9-4 in the conference with the loss.
Hawai'i entered the match having won 30 straight games before Utah State recorded back-to-back wins in games two and three. Overall, the Rainbow Wahiine have now won 104 straight WAC matches dating back to the 1998 season.
Utah State led 29-28 in game one and was serving for the win before a service error and two straight kills gave Hawai'i the come-from-behind win. USU returned the favor in game two as it rallied from a 28-26 deficit to register the 34-32 win. USU's middle blockers controlled game three as Erin Graybill and Ingrid Roth combined to record 12 kills on 14 swings to lead the Aggies to the six point win. Hawai'i then won the final two games by hitting .325 in game four and .467 in game five to avoid the upset.
Zuzana Cernianska led Utah State with 20 kills, while Graybill added 18 kills and five blocks. Carolyn Forbush had 13 kills and 10 digs for USU, and Roth notched 11 kills and four blocks, while Kelsi Peterson recorded 17 digs.
Jamie Houston led Hawai'i with 21 kills, while Victoria Prince added 14 kills a match-high 11 blocks.
As a team, Utah State hit .200 as compared to a .240 hitting percentage for Hawai'i. USU did record four more kills (78-74) in the match, but the Rainbow Wahine had seven more blocks (21-14), 12 more digs (80-68), four more service aces (5-1), and six fewer hitting errors (36-30) in the match.
Next up for Utah State will be its final two road matches of the season as it plays at New Mexico State on Sat., Nov. 12 and at Louisiana Tech on Mon, Nov. 14.
#9 Hawai'i 3, Utah State 2 UH 31 32 24 30 15 USU 29 34 30 24 7