Oct. 1, 2008
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's women's volleyball team will continue its season-long four-match homestand this week when it hosts Western Athletic Conference foe Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State is 4-10 on the season and in third-place in the WAC with a 2-1 league record following a five-set loss to Fresno State and a five-set win against Nevada at home last weekend. USU is led by senior outside hitter Melissa Osterloh who is averaging 4.35 points, 3.70 kills, 1.78 digs, 0.63 blocks and 0.33 service aces per set, while sophomore middle blocker Katie Astle is hitting .361 and averaging 1.76 kills and 1.02 blocks per set. Sophomore setter Chelsea Fowles is also playing well for USU as she is hitting .345 and averaging 9.85 assists, 1.61 digs and 0.59 blocks per set. As a team, Utah State is hitting .175 on the season as compared to a .238 hitting percentage for its opponents.
Louisiana Tech is 2-8 on the season and 0-3 in the WAC following a three-set loss to No. 7 Hawai'i last weekend. The Lady Techsters, who are 1-1 on the road this year, are led by junior middle blocker KC Clayton who is hitting .188 and averaging 2.00 kills and 1.29 blocks per set. As a team, LTU is hitting .099 on the season as compared to a .184 hitting percentage for its opponents. Louisiana Tech returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team that went 6-24 overall and finished in ninth-place in the WAC with a 1-15 league mark.
Utah State is 6-0 all-time against Louisiana Tech, which includes a 3-0 record at home. USU swept its season series with LTU last year with a pair of three-set wins.
Over the last nine years, Utah State is 70-30 (.700) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, which includes a 53-25 (.679) record against conference opponents. During the last four years, USU is 19-7 (.731) at home against WAC opponents.
Following its match against the Lady Techsters, USU will host New Mexico State on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.