Nov. 24, 2005
RENO, Nev. - Carolyn Forbush recorded a career-high 23 kills to lead second-seeded Utah State to a four-game win (26-30, 31-29, 30-16, 30-27) against seventh-seeded Fresno State in the first round of the 2005 Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament here Thursday afternoon.
With the win, Utah State (20-11) advances to the semi-finals of the WAC Tournament and will face New Mexico State (20-6) on Fri., Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. (MT). New Mexico State, the third-seed in the tournament, defeated sixth-seeded San Jose State in four games earlier in the day.
The win for Utah State also marked the third time in the last six years that it has won 20 games in a season.
Despite recording three more kills in the opening game, Utah State dropped a 30-26 decision to Fresno State as the Bulldogs out-hit USU .205-to-.184. The Aggies rebounded in game two with 23 kills to record the 31-29 win as it hit .356 as compared to a .239 hitting percentage for the Bulldogs as FSU had 18 kills in the game.
Utah State dominated the third game hitting .346 with 13 kills, while Fresno State had just seven kills and hit a negative .111. In the fourth and final game, Fresno State recorded two more kills in the game (17-15), but Utah State out-hit the Bulldogs .146-to-.098 to record the 30-27 win.
Forbush recorded her fourth double-double in the last five matches for Utah State as she added 12 digs in the contest to go along with 23 kills as she hit .356 in the match. Zuzana Cernianska had 17 kills for USU, while Kelsi Peterson recorded a match-high 23 digs.
Fresno State was led by Alisha McKee who had 16 kills, while Alison Pitton added 11 kills and 18 digs.
Overall, Utah State hit .248 in the match and held Fresno State to a .116 hitting percentage. USU also recorded 12 more kills (67-55), 19 more digs (70-51), and 4.5 more team blocks (14.5-10.0), while committing seven fewer hitting errors (35-28).
Utah State's semi-final match against New Mexico State can be viewed for free via video streaming on the WAC's official website at www.wacsports.com. Utah State and New Mexico State split its season series as USU won in Logan in three games, while NMSU won in Las Cruces in four games.
Utah State 3, Fresno State 1 USU 26 31 30 30 FSU 30 29 16 27