Weekly Volleyball Release (10-9-00)
Oct. 9, 2000
LOGAN, Utah -
UP NEXT -- Utah State will begin a six-match homestand this Tuesday when the Aggies host the University of Utah, who is ranked 16th in the country as of Oct. 2. USU will then host Boise State in Big West action on Saturday, Oct. 14. All-time, USU is 21-33 versus the Utes and have lost the last 11 matches dating back to 1990. Versus Boise State, USU is 3-15 all-time, but did win both of its matches versus the Broncos last year.
RECAPPING LAST WEEKEND-- Utah State lost its first two conference matches of the year this past weekend at No. 18 Long Beach State (7-15, 5-15, 8-15) and No. 14 Pacific (11-15, 15-17, 4-15). Versus Long Beach State, senior Melissa Schoepf led the Aggies with 10 kills as USU hit just .137 as a team. LBSU hit a blistering .419 in the match. Against Pacific, the Aggies played a little better than it did against the 49ers but were still swept in three games. Senior Amy Crosbie had a match-high 24 kills and 12 digs in the contest, while Schopef added 18 kills and 10 digs. USU hit .209 overall, while UOP hit .351. USU has now lost 17 matches in a row to both LBSU and UOP.
ON A ROLL -- Utah State has been on a roll as of late, winning 10 of its last 12 matches after starting the season with a 2-3 record. The 10 match winning streak for USU was the longest for an Aggie team since the 1980 team won 15 matches in a row. Utah State has also won 25 of its last 34 matches dating back to last year, which is the best winning streak since 1980.
A LOOK AT UTAH -- Utah is ranked No. 16 in the country as of Oct. 2 with a 13-2 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the Mountain West Conference. The only two losses of the season for the Utes have come to Arizona in three games and at Colorado State in three games. Junior middle blocker McKelle Stilson leads the team with a .317 hitting percentage and 0.87 blocks per game. As a team, UU is hitting .223 as a team and holding its opponents to a .132 hitting percentage. Last time out, Utah defeated BYU in Salt Lake City in three games. Other common opponents for the Aggies and the Utes have been Wyoming, and Cal Poly. Both squads defeated Wyoming in four games, while UU defeated the Mustangs in four games and USU won in five. The Utes return five starters and 12 letterwinners from last year's team that went 22-10 overall and 10-4 in the MWC. Last season, USU lost in Salt Lake City in five games.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS -- Boise State is 5-9 on the season and 1-5 in the Big West Conference. The Broncos have lost its last four matches. The lone win for BSU in conference play came at Cal State Fullerton in four games. Boise State is hitting .168 as a team, while opponents are hitting .197. The Broncos return three starters and seven letterwinners from last year's team that went 9-20 overall and 5-11 in the Eastern Division of the Big West.
TWO TOP-10 WINS -- Utah State has had great success against top-10 opponents thus far this season as the Aggies disposed of BYU (ranked 10th at the time) in three games before defeating UC Santa Barbara (ranked ninth) on Sept. 30 in three games. USU is 2-3 versus top-20 opponents this year, losing a five-game match to (#18) Kansas State, and three-game matches to No. 14 Pacific and No. 18 Long Beach State on the road.
HEAD COACH TOM PETERSON -- Tom Peterson is in 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 233-104 (.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 .605 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 4-0 start to the conference season this year, Utah State had 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 15-7 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 on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in Logan, it would be the first time that the Aggies have gone undefeated versus the state of Utah since 1980.
ENDING OLD STREAKS -- Utah State has made a habit of ending some long losing streaks this season with its 12-5 start to the season. USU's first streak-stopper was a three-game win over BYU who had won 29 matches in a row versus the Aggies which dated back to 1981. Next on the list was Cal Poly who had won nine matches in a row over USU dating back to 1980 before losing in Logan. And finally UC Santa Barbara's streak of 23 straight wins over the Aggies dating back to 1978 came to an abrupt halt on Sept. 30 with USU posting a three-game win. USU's next opponent, the University of Utah has won 11 matches in a row over the Aggies dating back to 1990.
AGGIES ENTER TOP-25 -- For the first time ever, Utah State's women's volleyball team is ranked in the Top-25 in the country as the Aggies are 25th in the USA Today/AVCA Division I Coaches Poll and 20th in the Volleyball Magazine Poll. The NCAA began sponsorship of women's volleyball in 1982, prior to that, volleyball was affiliated with the AIAW where USU won the National Championship in 1978 and finished second in the country in 1979.
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 (2,401) 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 1,261, while Mohlman is second all-time with 1,140. 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.