Weekly Volleyball Release (11-13-00)


Nov. 13, 2000

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UP NEXT -- Utah State (ranked 18th in the country in the latest AVCA/USA Today Coaches' Poll) will conclude the 2000 regular season this Saturday, Nov. 18, in Moscow, Idaho, against the University of Idaho. The Vandals are 13-12 on the season and 4-10 in the Big West Conference, currently in sixth place. USU trails in the all-time series with the Vandals 6-7, but the Aggies have won the last three matches played. USU will then wait for the NCAA Tournament pairings which will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 26.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK -- Utah State won a pair of matches this past week over Idaho State and Boise State as the Aggies swept the Bengals (15-9, 15-3, 15-13) and defeated the Broncos in four games (15-7, 15-6, 7-15, 15-9). Against Idaho State, seniors Amy Crosbie and Denae Mohlman had 12 kills apiece, while junior Chelsi Neves had 11 kills with a team-high .643 hitting percentage to go along with nine digs. Sophomore Hailey MacKay had 10 kills and eight digs, while junior Heather Olmstead had a team-high 10 digs. The Aggies hit .271 in the match and held Idaho State to a .145 hitting percentage. Versus the Broncos, Mohlman had another solid match with a team-high 14 kills to go along with four blocks as she hit .480 in the match. Crosbie added 13 kills, while Schoepf recorded her 11th double-double of the year against BSU with 11 kills and 10 digs. Neves had a team-high 12 digs in the match as USU hit .282 overall as compared to .210 for Boise State.

SCOUTING IDAHO -- Idaho is currently 13-12 on the year and in sixth place in the Big West Conference with a 4-10 league mark. The Vandals four wins in league have come against UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton, as UI swept both schools. Against the rest of the league, the Vandals have won a total of two games in those 10 matches. Freshman middle blocker Anna Marie Hammond leds the team in hitting percentage (.288) and blocks (1.49) and also ranks among the top-ten in the conference in both of those categories. Idaho returns four starters and eight letter winners from last year's team that went 17-15 overall and 7-9 in the eastern division of the Big West, finishing in third place. UI is coached by Debbie Buchanan who is in her first year as a collegiate head coach.

AGGIES CLOSE HOME SEASON WITH FOURTH MOST WINS EVER-- Despite losing its final two home matches 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.

NEVES CLOSING IN ON RECORD-- Junior setter Chelsi Neves is closing in on the single-season assists record at Utah State in her first season as starter for the Aggies. With one match remaining in the regular season, Neves has posted 1,330 assists, just 10 shy of tying the all-time record set by Randi Winn during the 1993 season with 1,340. Neves' 1,330 assists also ranks as the sixth-best all-time total at USU. The junior currently ranks third in the Big West Conference in assists per game with 12.91.

MOHLMAN LOOKING FOR MORE RECORDS-- Denae Mohlman is closing out her career with some impressive numbers as she is hitting .361 on the year and has 121 block assists. Mohlman is six block assists away from tying her own single-season school record of 127 set her freshman season, and she holds the top-four all-time hitting percentages.

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 242-107 (.693).

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 .636 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 -- With six more block assists this past weekend, senior Denae Mohlman has moved up to ninth all-time in the Big West Conference with 405 career block assists. She is also eight all-time in the Big West with her .346 career hitting percentage.

AGGIES NOTCH 20TH WIN FOR FIRST TIME IN 19 YEARS -- Utah State's volleyball team got win number 20 this past week at Idaho State, marking the first time in 19 years that the USU program has reached the 20-win mark. USU will also look to go 11-5 in league play for the second straight season. Those 11 league wins last year are the most ever in conference play in school history.

CROSBIE CLOSING IN ON RECORD -- Senior Amy Crosbie has her sights set on one more record before leaving Utah State this season, as she is 23 kills away from tying the single-season school record for kills with 444 set by Denae Mohlman in 1997. Crosbie already owns the schools all-time kills mark with 1,423.

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 18th 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 19 years and the fans have noticed. As of last week's attendance figures, USU was 17th in the country in average attendance, as 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 one more double-double this past weekend against Boise State to give her 11 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.

TEAM RECORDS -- With everything else that the USU volleyball team has done this year, it would only make sense that the team has also set some all-time single-season records. Thus far, USU is hitting. 244 as a team, which would shatter the previous school record of .227 set last season. Also, USU's 1,746 kills is second all-time and just 69 away from tying the school mark set in 1997. The Aggies have also set a new record for block assists in a single-year with 526 and counting. The old mark was 473 set during the 1997 season. Utah State has 292 total blocks on the year which is the second-best mark ever, and just 5.5 blocks away from tying that record set in 1989.



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