Volleyball Hosts Nevada Saturday Night
Sept. 26, 2008
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's women's volleyball team will continue its season-long four-match homestand by hosting Western Athletic Conference foe Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State is 3-10 on the season and 1-1 in the WAC following a five-set loss (22-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-13, 13-15) to Fresno State at home Thursday night. USU is led by senior outside hitter Melissa Osterloh who is averaging 4.46 points, 3.76 kills, 1.80 digs, 0.67 blocks and 0.37 service aces per set, while sophomore middle blocker Katie Astle is hitting .343 and averaging 1.71 kills and 1.06 blocks per set. Sophomore setter Chelsea Fowles is also playing well for USU as she is hitting .298 and averaging 9.80 assists, 1.53 digs and 0.63 blocks per set. As a team, Utah State is hitting .172 on the season as compared to a .251 hitting percentage for its opponents.
Nevada is 5-6 on the season and 1-2 in the WAC following a five-set loss at home to San Jose State Thursday night. The Wolf Pack, who are 1-2 on the road this year, are led by sophomore outside hitter Kylie Harrington who is averaging 2.88 kills and 2.38 digs per set. As a team, Nevada is hitting .153 on the season and its opponents are hitting .211. UNR returns four starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team that went 16-11 overall and finished in fourth-place in the WAC with a 10-6 league record.
Utah State is 9-17 all-time against Nevada, which includes a 7-5 record at home. The two teams split its season series in 2007 as the Wolf Pack won in Reno in three sets and the Aggies won in Logan in four sets.
Over the last nine years, Utah State is 69-30 (.697) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, which includes a 52-25 (.675) record against conference opponents. During the last four years, USU is 18-7 (.720) at home against WAC opponents.
Utah State will remain home next weekend as it plays Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Oct. 2 and New Mexico State on Saturday, Oct. 4. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.