Nov. 5, 2000
Release #10 * 11/6/00
Nov. 9 l at Idaho State l Reed Gym l 7 pm Nov. 11 l at Boise State l BSU Pavillon l 7 pm
UP NEXT -- Utah State (ranked 19th in the country in the latest AVCA/USA Today Coaches' Poll) will hit the road this week for a pair of matches at Idaho State on Thursday, Nov. 9, and at Boise State on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Aggies defeated ISU earlier this year in Logan in three games, and also defeated BSU at home in three games. The Bengals are 8-20 on the season and 4-12 in the Big Sky Conference, while the Broncos are 7-16 overall and 3-11 in the Big West Conference. All-time, USU is 16-26 versus Idaho State and 4-15 versus Boise State. However, the Aggies have won its last two matches versus ISU and its last three versus BSU.
RECAPPING LAST WEEK -- Utah State lost its first two home matches of the season this past weekend to No. 12 Pacific and No. 18 Long Beach State to close out its home portion of the 2000 schedule. USU lost to Pacific in three games by scores of 13-15, 12-15, 8-15 as three Aggies had 10 or more kills and two Aggies had double-doubles. Senior Denae Mohlman paced USU with 15 kills and a .538 hitting percentage, while senior Amy Crosbie had 13 kills and 19 digs. Fellow senior Melissa Schoepf also notched a double-double (her ninth of the season) with 12 kills and 11 digs. Junior setter Chelsi Neves had 16 digs in the contest as USU hit .176 overall as compared to .230 for Pacific. Schoepf also led the team in blocks with five. Against the 49ers, USU lost a heartbreaking five-game match by scores of 12-15, 2-15, 15-12, 15-10, 13-15 despite having a 9-4 lead in the final game. Crosbie had a team-high 22 kills in the match, while junior Heather Olmstead had 20 digs. Schoepf recorded her 10th double-double of the year against LBSU with 16 kills and 11 digs, and just missed her second triple-double of the year with nine blocks. Junior Michelle Matheson had eight blocks and eight kills for USU as the Aggies hit .190 overall, while Long Beach State hit. 259.
SCOUTING IDAHO STATE-- Idaho State is currently 8-20 on the year and 4-12 in the Big West Conference having lost its last three matches and 15 of its last 18. Senior middle blocker Amanda Berg leads the team wtih 409 kills and a .262 hitting percentage. No other member of the Bengal team is hitting over .200 on the season. As a team, ISU is hitting .156 overall, while its opponents are hitting .221. Idaho State returns three starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team that went 13-18 overall and 4-12 in the Big Sky, finishing in eighth place. Idaho State is coach by Mike Welch who is in his first season at Pocatello.
SCOUTING THE BRONCOS-- Boise State is currently in eighth place in the Big West Conference with a 3-11 league mark. The Broncos are 7-16 overall this year and have lost its last five matches. BSU is just 2-7 on the year at home with wins over Idaho and UC Irvine. The Broncos return three starters and seven letterwinners from last year's team that went 9-20 on the season and 5-11 in the Big West, finishing in fifth place in the Eastern Division.
AGGIES CLOSE HOME SEASON WITH FOURTH MOST WINS EVER-- Despite losing its final two home matches of the season this past weekend to No. 12 Pacific and No. 18 Long Beach State, Utah State still finished with a 9-2 record at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum which ranks as the fourth-best home mark ever for USU. The most wins at home by a USU team was 18 set by the 1979 team that finished 18-0 at home. The 1978 team was 11-0 at home, while the 1982 team went 11-2 at home. USU's .818 winning percentage at home this year is the seventh-best mark ever in USU history.
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 240-107 (.692).
PETERSON 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 .623 winning percentage is second only to Marilyn McReavy and Mary Jo Peppler who had a .757 winning percentage at Utah State in six seasons.
MOHLMAN ENTERS BIG WEST TOP-10 IN BLOCK ASSISTS -- Senior middle blocker Denae Mohlman put her name in the Big West Conference records book one more time this past weekend with six block assists against Long Beach State to give her 400 block assists in her career, which ranks her 10th all-time in the history of the Big West Conference. She is also eighth all-time in league history with a career .346 hitting percentage. Mohlman also holds the USU school record for block assists and total blocks with 468.
AGGIES STILL LOOKING FOR THAT ELUSIVE 20TH WIN -- Utah State's volleyball team will try once again this week to win its 20th match of the season which would mark the first time since 1982 that a USU team has recorded 20 or more wins during a season. If there is one thing that Utah State has going for itself, it is that the Aggies have never lost three matches in a row this year. The Aggies have lost two matches in a row three different times this year but rebounded to win its following match each time. The last time USU lost three matches in a row was early in the 1999 season.
UNABLE TO BREAK THROUGH AGAINST PACIFIC AND LONG BEACH STATE -- Despite beating the likes of BYU, UC Santa Barbara, Utah, and Cal Poly this year, teams the Aggies have struggled with over the past 20 years, Utah State was not able to break through against the powerhouses of the Big West in Pacific and Long Beach State. USU has now lost 18 matches in a row to both the Tigers and 49ers dating back to the early 1980's.
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 19th 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.
AGGIES AMONG THE ELITE IN ATTENDANCE -- Utah State has brought a lot of attention to themselves this season by posting the school's best record in the past 20 years and the fans have noticed. As of last week's attendance figures, USU was 19th in the country in average attendance, and that figure is sure to rise this week with crowds of 1,413 versus Pacific and 2,258 versus Long Beach State. On the year, USU is averaging 1,280 fans per match.
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 3-6 versus top-20 opponents this year, losing a five-game match to (#18) Kansas State, and three-game matches to then No. 14 Pacific, then No. 18 Long Beach State, and then No. 14 UC Santa Barbara on the road. The Aggies also lost to UOP and LBSU at home this past weekend.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAIN -- Senior outside hitter Melissa Schoepf had two more double-doubles this past weekend against Pacific and Long Beach State to give her 10 on the season to lead the team. Schoepf just missed her second triple-double of the year versus the 49ers as she had 16 kills, 11 digs, and nine blocks. Her first triple-double of the season came at Cal Poly with 25 kills, 15 digs and 12 assists.