Sept. 25, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - UP NEXT -- Utah State will open its conference home season this weekend versus Cal Poly on Thursday at 7 pm, followed by a 7:30 pm match versus (#13) UC Santa Barbara at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday.
LAST WEEK-- Utah State extended its winning streak to eight in a row with wins over Weber State, Cal State Fullerton, and UC Irvine on the road. Versus Weber State, the Aggies dominated the match, winning in three games by scores of 15-1, 15-11, and 15-1. Senior Amy Crosbie had a team-high 15 kills, while fellow senior Denae Mohlman hit .583 with eight kills. Against Cal State Fullerton, USU looked to post another three game win, but was extended to five games by scores of 15-10, 15-5, 15-17, 11-15, 15-8. Mohlman had a monster match for USU with 25 kills and a .579 hitting percentage. Crosbie added 16 kills and 14 digs. Against UC Irvine, the Aggies once again had to go the full five games before notcing the win over the Anteaters by final scores of 15-5, 5-15, 5-15, 15-8, 15-9. Once again, Mohlman spearheaded the USU charge with 13 kills, while Crosbie had 19 kills and 12 digs. Fellow senior Melissa Schoepf added 13 kills and 18 digs for USU. As a team, USU hit .323 versus the Anteaters and .400 versus the Wildcats.
ON A ROLL -- Utah State has been on a roll as of late, winning its last eight matches after starting the season with a 2-3 record. It is the longest winning streak for USU since the 1980 team won 15 matches in a row. Utah State has also won 23 of its last 30 matches dating back to last year, which is the best winning streak since 1980. The Aggies are also the first team in the Big West Conference to record 10 wins on the season.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS -- Cal Poly is currently 7-4 on the season with a 1-1 mark in the Big West Conference after opening league play at home with a three-game loss to Pacific before beating Long Beach State in five games. Sophomore setter Carly O'Halloran leads the club with a .386 hitting percentage. As a team, the Mustangs are hitting .231 overall and limiting its opponents to a .162 percentage. Cal Poly finished fourth in the Western Division of the Big West last year with a 20-9 overall record and a 11-5 league mark. All-time, USU is 1-9 versus Cal Poly. USU's lone win over the Mustangs came in 1980, and the Aggies have lost the last nine matches, six of which were at home.
A LOOK AT UC SANTA BARBARA -- The Gauchos are the only other team in the Big West, along with Utah State to be 2-0 in league play after the first weekend of conference action. UCSB defeated both Pacific and Long Beach State at home this past weekend. Overall, Santa Barbara is 8-3 on the season and ranked 13th in the country in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll. As a team, UCSB is hitting .237 on the year. Last year, the Gauchos finished the season with a 29-6 record and a third place finish in the Western Division of the Big West with a 12-4 mark. All-time, USU is 3-24 versus Santa Barbara with the last win for USU coming during the National Championship season of 1978. USU has lost the last 23 matches played versus UCSB.
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 231-102 (.694).
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 10-3 .769 2-0 Totals 11th year 231-102 .694
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 .615 winning percentage is second only to Marilyn McReavy and Mary Jo Peppler who had a .757 winning percentage at Utah State in six seasons.
BEST CONFERENCE START EVER -- With its 2-0 start to the conference season this year, Utah State is off to its best league start ever in the Big West. In fact, only the 1993 team started the season out 1-0, and every other team has lost its first match in conference play to open the season. USU is 13-5 in the Big West in the last two seasons.
UNDEFEATED VERSUS THE STATE OF UTAH -- Thus far during the season, USU is 2-0 versus the state of Utah with wins over BYU and Weber State in three games each. The last time USU has won more than one game versus the other Utah school's was back in 1990 when the Aggies were 2-2 with wins over Utah twice and losses to both BYU and Weber State. If USU defeats Utah later on this year in Logan, it would be the first time that the Aggies have gone undefeated versus the state of Utah since 1980.
CROSBIE NAMED DIVISION I NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK -- Senior outside hitter Amy Crosbie (Visalia, Calif.) was named the AVCA Division I Sports/Imports National Player of the Week last week after leading the Aggies to wins over BYU, Wyoming and Pittsburgh. It is the first time in school history that USU has had a player named the AVCA National Player of the Week, and only the third time in school history that USU has had an athlete named Big West Player of the Week. The other two were Denae Mohlman in 1997 and Marie Motil in 1993.
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 (2,297) 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 1,194, while Mohlman is second all-time with 1,103. 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.