Weekly Volleyball Release (9-18-00)


Sept. 18, 2000

LOGAN, Utah -

Release #4 * 9/18/00

UP NEXT -- Utah State will again play on the road this week, as it travels to Ogden, Utah to face Weber State on Tuesday, Sept. 19 before beginning Big West Conference play this weekend at Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine.

LAST WEEK-- Utah State recorded one of the biggest wins in school history Tuesday night in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, as the Aggies upset No. 10 Brigham Young University in three games by scores of 15-13, 15-8, 15-6. It was the first time that USU had defeated BYU in volleyball since 1981, a span of 29 matches. Seniors Melissa Schoepf and Amy Crosbie paced Utah State with 16 and 14 kills respectively as both hit over .300 in the match. As a team, USU hit .260 and held the high-powered Cougar attack to just a .158 hitting percentage. The Aggies carried its momentum from the win over BYU to Laramie, Wyo., as USU posted two more wins over Wyoming and Pittsburgh. Crosbie recorded 20+ kills for the third time on the year with 22 versus the Cowgirls as Utah State hit .247 overall in the four-game win. Versus Big East foe Pittsburgh, USU had little trouble in disposing of the Panthers in three games as Crosbie and Schoepf each had 10 kills.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS -- Weber State is currently 5-3 on the year and is riding a two-match winning streak over Portland State (3-0) and Sacramento State (3-0). Sophomore middle blocker Becky Montague is leading the team with a .329 hitting percentage and is averaging 1.17 blocks per game. As a team, the Wildcats are hitting .241 overall and holding its opponents to a .201 hitting percentage. All-time, USU is 21-18 versus WSU, including a four-game loss to the Wildcats last year in Logan. Weber State returns three starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 14-13 overall and 7-9 in the Big Sky Conference.

A LOOK AT CAL STATE FULLERTON -- The Titans are 3-7 on the season, losing its last match to Texas Christian in five games. Its three wins on the season have come against Tulane (3-0), Fordham (3-1) and Idaho State (3-0). The Titans and Aggies have had two common opponents thus far this year in Washington State and Montana State, as CSF lost both of those matches in three games. As a team, the Titans are hitting just .198 overall on the year, while its opponents are hitting .216. All-time, the Aggies trail the Titans 9-13, but have won the last two meetings. Fullerton returns all six starters from last year's team that was 7-22 overall and 3-13 in conference action.

SCOUTING THE ANTEATERS -- UC Irvine is 5-2 on the year and has won its last two matches over Nevada and New Mexico State in four games each. Its two losses on the year were against Pepperdine and Cal State Northridge in three games. Senior middle blocker Larissa Carter leads the club with a .396 hitting percentage. As a team, UCI is hitting .262 on the year, while its opponents are hitting .255. All-time, USU is 4-15 versus the Anteaters, but the Aggies have won two of the last three meetings.

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 228-102 (.691).

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 7-3 .700 0-0 Totals 11th year 228-102 .691

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 .583 winning percentage is second only to Marilyn McReavy and Mary Jo Peppler who had a .757 winning percentage at Utah State in six seasons.

BUTTER -- Utah State's volleyball team has been on a roll of late, winning on a regular basis after suffering through years of futility. Since starting last season with a 1-8 record, USU has proceeded to win 20 of its last 27 matches for a .741 winning percentage, which includes winning 13 of its last 17 matches last year and seven of its first 10 this season.

IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME-- To say that it's been a long time since Utah State defeated Brigham Young in volleyball would be an understatement. Before USU defeated the Cougars this past Tuesday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, USU had suffered 29 consecutive losses to BYU, dating back to the 1981 season. In fact, the last time BYU lost a match to any in-state school was back in 1995 at Utah.

FAST START-- Utah State is off to one of its fast starts in school history this season with its current 7-3 record. The 7-3 start by the 2000 team is the best start for USU since 1998 when that squad started 7-3. To find a beginning better than that, you would have to go back to the 1979 team that went 11-0 at the beginning of the year and finished second in the country.

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 (2,201) 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 1,144, while Mohlman is second all-time with 1,057. 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.



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