Sept. 28, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's women's volleyball team will conclude its California road trip with a Western Athletic Conference match at Fresno State on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. (MT). USU has won five of its last six matches, including a three-game win at San Jose State Thursday night, after starting the season with a 2-6 record.
"We are blocking really well right now and coming together as a team and it's an exciting process to watch," said Utah State head coach Grayson DuBose. "We defeated a good San Jose State team Thursday night and we are excited about the opportunity to play another good team on Saturday in Fresno State."
Utah State is 7-7 on the season and tied for second-place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 4-1 league record following its first road win of the season at San Jose State Thursday night. USU is led by senior opposite side hitter Amanda Nielson who is averaging 5.59 points, 4.48 kills, 2.07 digs, 0.98 blocks and 0.59 service aces per game, while junior outside hitter Melissa Osterloh is averaging 3.95 points, 3.30 kills, 2.75 digs and 0.66 blocks per game. As a team, Utah State is hitting .142 on the season as compared to a .186 hitting percentage for its opponents.
Fresno State is 4-11 on the season and in sixth-place in the WAC with a 2-3 league record following a three-game loss at home to Nevada Thursday night. The Bulldogs are led by senior middle blocker Alisha McKee who is hitting .190 and averaging 3.22 kills and 0.61 blocks per game. As a team, FSU is hitting .137 on the season as compared to a .232 hitting percentage for its opponents.
Utah State is 5-5 all-time against Fresno State which includes a 1-4 road record. The two teams split its season series last year with USU winning in Logan in four games and FSU winning in Fresno in five games.
Following its match at Fresno State, USU will return home to host New Mexico State on Thursday, Oct. 4 and Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.