Weekly Volleyball Release (10-16-00)
Oct. 16, 2000
UP NEXT -- Utah State (ranked 25th in the country in the latest AVCA/USA Today Coaches' Poll) will continue its six-match homestand with three matches this week. The Aggies will host Idaho State on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in non-conference action. On Thursday, Oct. 19, USU will host UC Irvine, and on Saturday, Oct. 21, the Aggies host Cal State Fullerton. The matches versus ISU and UCI will be at 7 p.m., while the CSF match will take place at 7:30 p.m. All-time, USU is 15-26 versus Idaho State, 5-15-1 versus UC Irvine, and 10-13 versus CS Fullerton. The Aggies have already defeated the Anteaters and Titans this year on the road in five games each.
RECAPPING LAST WEEK-- For the first time in the past 10 years the Utah State's women's volleyball team defeated the University of Utah in four games by scores of 8-15, 15-8, 15-12, 15-10. USU hit .181 as a team and held Utah to a .139 hitting percentage. Senior Amy Crosbie had a match-high 19 kills to go along with eight digs and four block assists, while sophomore Rochelle Currier had a season-high 11 kills to go along with 13 digs and three block assists. Junior setter Chelsi Neves did an outstanding job of running the Aggie attack as she had 51 assists to complement seven timely kills, 11 digs and two block assists. Against Boise State, senior middle blocker Denae Mohlman tied a school record for block assists in a three-game match with 11 versus the Broncos as the Aggies posted a three-game win. Mohlman had a team-high 11 kills and a .556 hitting percentage, while Neves continued to show why she is regarded as one of the best setters in the Big West Conference with three kills, six digs and five blocks to go along with 38 assists. Currier had another solid match for the Aggies with eight kills, eight digs and four block assists, while Crosbie had a team-high nine digs. Utah State hit .259 as a team, while holding its second opponent of the season to a negative hitting percentage. USU also limited UC Santa Barbara to a negative percentage on Sept. 30.
SCOUTING THE BENGALS-- Idaho State is 6-14 on the year, losing its last six matches. Senior middle blocker Amanda Berg leads the club with a .247 hitting percentage and 294 kills. As a team, ISU is hitting .161 while its opponents are hitting .203. ISU defeated Boise State in five games earlier this year and lost to the Broncos in three games. Other common opponents with the Aggies for the Bengals was a three-game loss to Utah and a five-game loss to Montana State. ISU returns three starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team that went 13-18 overall and 4-12 in the Big Sky Conference.
SCOUTING UC IRVINE-- UC Irvine is 6-10 on the season and 1-6 in the Big West Conference with its lone win coming against Boise State at home in four games. The Anteaters have lost eight matches in a row dating back to Sept. 23 when the Aggies defeated them. Senior middle blocker Larissa Carter leads the team with a .416 hitting percentage with a team-high 264 kills. As a team, UCI is hitting .231 but allowing opponents to hit .281. The Anteaters return all six starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team that went 8-20 overall and 1-15 in the Big West Conference.
SCOUTING THE TITANS-- Cal State Fullerton is 6-13 on the season and tied for last place in the Big West with a 1-6 league mark. The Titans lone conference win on the year came at UC Irvine in four games. Senior outside hitter Leilani Williamsen leads the club with a .253 hitting percentage. The Titans are hitting .180 as a team and allowing opponents to hit .224 overall. CSF returns all six starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team that went 7-22 overall and 3-13 in the Big West Conference.
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 235-104 (.693).
Year School Overall Pct. Conf. NCAA 1989 Penn State 16-10 .615 1st 3rd 1990 Penn State 20-12 .625 2nd ---- 1991 Penn State 28-6 .824 1st 4th 1992 Penn State 17-13 .567 1st 3rd 1993 Penn State 21-5 .808 1st 3rd 1994 Penn State 25-3 .893 1st 1st 1996 Salt Lake CC 22-13 .629 9-1 1997 Salt Lake CC 25-11 .694 7-1 1998 Salt Lake CC 33-14 .702 12-4 1999 Utah State 14-12 .538 11-5 ---- 2000 Utah State 14-5 .737 5-2 Totals 11th year 234-104 .693PETERSON SECOND ALL-TIME-- In 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 .622 winning percentage is second only to Marilyn McReavy and Mary Jo Peppler who had a .757 winning percentage at Utah State in six seasons.
ON A ROLL -- Utah State has been on a roll as of late, winning 12 of its last 14 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 27 of its last 36 matches dating back to last year, which is the best winning streak since 1980.
UNDEFEATED VERSUS THE STATE OF UTAH -- For the first time since 1980, Utah State went undefeated versus the state of Utah with wins over BYU and Weber State in three games each and a four-game win over Utah. 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. Prior to the 2000 season, Utah State hadn't beaten BYU since 1980 and Utah since 1990.
ENDING OLD STREAKS -- Utah State has made a habit of ending some long losing streaks this season with its 14-5 start to the season. USU's first streak-stopper was a three-game win over BYU which had won 29 matches in a row versus the Aggies dating back to 1981. Next on the list was Cal Poly, which 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 also ended an 11-match losing streak to the University of Utah on Oct. 10 by defeating the Utes in four games. The last time Utah State defeated Utah prior to this season was all the way back in the 1990 season.
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. 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.
MOHLMAN TIES SCHOOL RECORD -- Senior middle blocker Denae Mohlman tied a school record for block assists in a three-game match this weekend versus Boise State with 11. Mohlman has 373 block assists in her career at Utah State which is a school record. She is 31 block assists away from entering the all-time top-10 in the Big West Conference.
AGGIES TIE LAST YEAR'S WIN TOTAL -- With 11 matches still remaining on the season for USU before postseason play, Utah State has already tied last year's win total of 14 matches. The most wins by a USU team in the past 18 years was 18 set by the 1997 team. Prior to that you would have to go all the way back to the 1982 team to find a team with more wins (28).
THREE TOP-15 WINS -- Utah State has had great success against top-15 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. The Aggies latest victory was a four-game win over No. 15 Utah in Logan on Oct. 10 USU is 3-3 versus top-20 opponents this year, losing a five-game match to (#18) Kansas State, and three-game matches to then No. 14 Pacific and then No. 18 Long Beach State on the road.