Sept. 11, 2000
THIS WEEK -- Utah State has another busy week of action, as the Aggies will play three matches during the course of the week. On Tuesday, Sept.12, USU opens the home season versus #17 Brigham Young at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Specturm. The Aggies will then travel to Laramie, Wyo., over the weekend to face Wyoming and Pittsburgh on Thursday and Friday. All-time, USU is 9-35 verusu BYU, and 11-13 versus Wyoming. It will be the first meeting ever against Pittsburgh.
LAST WEEK -- Utah State went 2-1 this past weekend at the Holiday Inn Classic in Bozeman, Mont., defeating both Colgate and Oklahoma in three games and losing to host Montana State in five games by scores of 20-18, 12-15, 15-7, 11-15, 14-16. Against the Bobcats, USU hit .220 in the match as compared to .233 for MSU. Senior outside hitter Amy Crosbie led the Aggies with 24 kills and hit .319, while juniors Tanya McArthur and Chelsi Neves had 11 digs apiece. Against Oklahoma, senior Melissa Schoepf was the only Aggie in double-figures with 10 kills, as USU hit .360 as a team en route to an easy 15-5, 15-7, 15-3 win. The final match of the tournament saw Utah State defeat Colgate 15-11, 15-6, 15-6 as senior Denae Mohlman had a team-high 10 kills and sophomore Rochelle Currier added nine digs.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS -- Brigham Young brings a 6-1 record into Logan with wins over No. 1 Stanford (3-1) and No. 2 Long Beach State (3-2) in Provo last week. The only loss of the season for the Cougars was a four-game loss to Notre Dame in South Bend. BYU is hitting .295 as a team and holding its opponents to a .151 percentage. BYU and USU have had one common opponent thus far this year, as USU lost to Kansas State in five games, and BYU defeated the Wildcats in four games. Wyoming is currently 4-4 on the season and has won its last two matches over Austin Peay (3-0) and Portland (3-1). The Cowgirls are hitting .193 as a unit, while its opponents are hitting .165. Pittsburgh is 5-3 on the season and is coming off a loss to Indiana in three games. The Panthers are hitting .250 as a team, while its opponents are hitting .187.
BEST DUO IN THE BIG WEST-- Playing in arguably the best volleyball conference in the country, the Big West Conference, Utah State can make a claim this season that no other team in the league can. That statement, that current seniors Denae Mohlman and Amy Crosbie have more combined career kills (2,134) than any other active duo in the Big West. And keep in mind that the Big West has had 82 All-American's in volleyball in the last 17 seasons, an average of five per year. Crosbie is USU's all-time kill leader with 1,098, while Mohlman is second all-time with 1,036. Mohlman is also among the career Top-10 in the Big West in hitting percentage with a .346 clip, which is the eighth best mark in league history. Mohlman was a first-team all-league selection last season, while Crosbie was named to the second-team. Both were named to the league's all-freshman team in 1997, with Mohlman earning Freshman of the Year honors as well as being named all-first team that year as well.
HEAD COACH TOM PETERSON -- Tom Peterson is entering his second season as head coach at Utah State, after leading the Aggies to a divisional championship in his first season. Prior to USU, Peterson spent the previous three seasons at Salt Lake Community College, posting a record of 80-38, and 28-6 in the conference. Peterson also spent six years as head coach of the men's program at Penn State University, guiding the Nitnay Lions to a national championship in 1994 and five Final Four appearances. During his 10 plus year tenure as a head coach, he has an overall record of 225-102 (.688).
Year School Overall Pct. Conf. NCAA 1989 Penn State 16-10 .615 1st 3rd 1990 Penn State 20-12 .625 2nd ---- 1991 Penn State 28-6 .824 1st 4th 1992 Penn State 17-13 .567 1st 3rd 1993 Penn State 21-5 .808 1st 3rd 1994 Penn State 25-3 .893 1st 1st 1996 Salt Lake CC 22-13 .629 9-1 1997 Salt Lake CC 25-11 .694 7-1 1998 Salt Lake CC 33-14 .702 12-4 1999 Utah State 14-12 .538 11-5 ---- 2000 Utah State 4-3 .571 0-0 Totals 11th year 225-102 .688
PETERSON SECOND ALL-TIME-- Entering his second season at the helm of the Utah State program, head coach Tom Peterson has the second highest winning percentage of any coach ever at Utah State. Peterson's .545 winning percentage is second only to Marilyn McReavy and Mary Jo Peppler who had a .757 winning percentage at Utah State in six seasons.
MOHLMAN RECORD'S 1000TH KILL -- Senior Denae Mohlman reached a milestone this past week at the Holiday Inn Classic in Bozeman, Mont., becoming the second Aggie in school history to notch 1,000 kills. Mohlman now has 1,036 career kills and trails only fellow senior Amy Crosbie who has 1,098.
CROSBIE AND NEVES NAMED TO THE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM-- Senior outside hitter Amy Crosbie (Visalia, Calif.) and junior setter Chelsi Neves (Otto, Wyo.) were both named to the 2000 Holiday Inn Classic All-Tournament team in Bozeman, Mont., as the Aggies posted a 2-1 record. Crosbie hit. .304 during the weekend and tied her season-high with 24 kills versus Montana State. Neves posted 119 assists over the weekend (10.8 per game) to go along with 12 kills, 24 digs, and nine blocks.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS-- Utah State's senior trio of Amy Crosbie, Denae Mohlman and Melissa Schoepf have started the 2000 season with impressive numbers. Thus far, the three have combined for 263 of USU's 427 kills (.616). The last time one of the three did not led the team in kills was on Oct. 31, 1998 versus North Texas as Tiffany Kitley had 11 kills.
PRESEASON COACHES POLL-- Utah State was picked to finish fifth in the Big West Conference according to the league's coaches. With just one division this year, each team in the BWC will play each other school in a round-robin format. The following is a list of the preseason poll.
1. Long Beach State (8) 80
2. Pacific (1) 72
3. UC Santa Barbara 64
4. Cal Poly 54
5. Utah State 45
6. UC Irvine 27
7. Boise State 26
8. Idaho 21
9. Cal State Fullerton 16