Volleyball Hosts San Jose State Saturday Night
Sept. 14, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's women's volleyball team will continue Western Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 15 when it hosts San Jose State at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State is 4-6 on the season and 1-0 in the WAC after recording a three-game sweep against Boise State at home Thursday night by scores of 30-26, 30-16, 30-21. USU is led by senior opposite side hitter Amanda Nielson who is averaging 5.67 points, 4.53 kills, 1.90 digs, 0.73 service aces and 0.73 blocks per game, while junior outside hitter Melissa Osterloh is averaging 4.13 points, 3.50 kills, 2.93 digs and 0.50 blocks per game. As a team, Utah State is hitting .131 on the season as compared to a .191 hitting percentage for its opponents.
"San Jose State is a nice volleyball team that has played a good preseason schedule and beaten some quality teams like Arizona State who was in the NCAA Tournament last year," said USU head coach Grayson DuBose. "For us to have a chance to win we need to make sure we keep controlling our side of the net. We need to take care of the ball, pass well, serving well and defend. If we can block like we did against Boise State we can become a really nice volleyball team."
San Jose State is 6-4 on the season after losing a five-game match to San Francisco at home on Wednesday night. The Spartans, who are 0-3 on the road this year, are led by junior middle blocker Colleen Burke who is hitting .414 and averaging 2.57 kills and 0.68 blocks per game. As a team, SJSU is hitting .231 on the season as compared to a .168 hitting percentage for its opponents. The Spartans return four starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 19-12 overall and finished in a tie for fourth-place in the WAC with a 9-7 league record.
Utah State is 4-14-1 all-time against San Jose State which includes a 3-5 record at home. The two teams split its season series in 2006 with USU winning in Logan in four games, while the Spartans won in San Jose in five games. Since joining the WAC, USU is 3-1 against SJSU.
Following its match against San Jose State, USU will finish the month of September on the road with matches at New Mexico State (9/20), at Louisiana Tech (9/22), at San Jose State (9/27) and at Fresno State (9/29).