Aggie Spikers Announce 2010 Schedule
May 13, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's head volleyball coach Grayson DuBose announced Thursday its 2010 schedule as the Aggies will play a total of 29 matches during the regular season, including four against in-state opponents.
Of those four match-ups against in-state teams, two will be at home as the Aggies host Weber State on Aug. 31 and Utah Valley on Sept. 17 in its own Utah State Invitational. In all, Utah State will play 12 matches at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, a venue where it has gone 81-36 (.692) over the last 11 seasons.
"We are looking forward to the season as a staff and a team," said DuBose. "We have put together a competitive schedule and it will challenge our team as we prepare for WAC play. We are excited that Gossner Foods is going to help us host a tournament, which will allow us to play in front of our great fans."
Utah State will begin its 2010 season in a tournament hosted by Utah during the last weekend of August and play UC Davis and the host Utes before returning home to face Weber State in its home opener on Aug. 31. USU will then play in consecutive tournaments at Arizona State and Montana as it will play San Diego State, Seattle and the host Sun Devils at the ASU Tournament, and Temple, North Dakota and UM the following weekend in Missoula, Mont.
Utah State will then play its second in-state match of the season at Brigham Young on Sept. 14 before hosting Loyola Marymount, UC Riverside and Utah Valley in its first Utah State Invitational sponsored by Gossner Foods on Sept. 17-18.
Utah State will begin WAC play on the road against defending league champion Hawai'i on Sept. 23 and host Fresno State and San Jose State in its first home conference matches of the year on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2. USU will also host Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State and Hawai'i during a five-day stretch in the middle of October, followed by three more home matches in a row in early November as it hosts Boise State and Idaho, followed by its final home match of the year against Nevada on Nov. 12. USU will then conclude its regular season on the road against Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State on Nov. 15 and 17.
The 2010 WAC Tournament will once again be held at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., on Nov. 22-24, and the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament will be the first weekend in December.
Utah State returns seven starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's team that went 15-14 overall and finished in seventh-place in the WAC with a 6-10 league record. Among those returning for USU is senior setter Chelsea Fowles, senior middle blockers Katie Astle, Shantell Durrant and Danielle Taylor, senior libero Christine Morrill, and junior outside hitters Emily Kortsen and Liz McArthur. McArthur was named second-team all-WAC in 2009, while Astle, Fowles and Morrill all earned second-team all-WAC honors in 2008, and Taylor was named second-team all-WAC in 2007. Kortsen also earned all-league honors in 2008 as she was named to the WAC's all-freshman team.
2010 UTAH STATE VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE