Volleyball Hosts 12th-Ranked Hawai'i Monday Night
Oct. 14, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's women's volleyball team continues Western Athletic Conference play Monday night as it hosts 12th-ranked Hawai'i at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State is 9-9 on the season and tied for third-place in the WAC with a 6-3 league record following a three-game loss at Nevada Saturday night. USU is led by senior opposite side hitter Amanda Nielson who is averaging 5.54 points, 4.53 kills, 2.22 digs, 1.00 blocks and 0.48 service aces per game, while junior outside hitter Melissa Osterloh is averaging 3.84 points, 3.24 kills, 2.71 digs and 0.59 blocks per game. As a team, Utah State is hitting .154 on the season as compared to a .182 hitting percentage for its opponents.
"It's always interesting playing Hawai'i and they are traditionally one of the best teams in the country," said USU head coach Grayson DuBose. "We're going to try and make sure we serve well and control the ball, because that will give us the best opportunity of competing. It's going to be a good match for us to gauge and see where we are against one of the best teams in the country."
Hawai'i is 15-3 on the season and in first-place in the WAC with a 9-0 league record following a three-game win at Idaho Saturday night. The Rainbow Wahine, who are ranked 12th in the latest AVCA coaches poll, are led by junior outside hitter Jamie Houston who is hitting .238 and averaging 5.31 kills and 2.45 digs per game. As a team, Hawai'i is hitting .222 on the season as compared to a .182 hitting percentage for its opponents.
Utah State is 7-33 all-time against Hawai'i, which includes a 4-10 home record. Overall, USU has lost 19 straight matches against Hawai'i. The last time the Aggies defeated the Rainbow Wahine was on Nov. 12, 1981 in Logan in five games.
Following its match against Hawai'i, Utah State will host Idaho (9-10, 5-3) on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.