Nov. 16, 2008
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State's women's volleyball team will be the fourth-seed in the upcoming 2008 Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament held in Honolulu, and play fifth-seeded San Jose State in the first round of the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. (MT).
New Mexico State is the top seed in the tournament and will play the winner of the No. 8 Fresno State vs. No. 9 Louisiana Tech match. Second-seeded Hawai'i will begin the tournament against seventh-seeded Boise State, while third-seeded Idaho plays sixth-seeded Nevada. Semifinal matches will be played on Friday, Nov. 21, while the championship match will be on Sunday, Nov. 23.
Utah State finished the regular season with an 11-16 overall record, including a 9-7 mark in the WAC, while San Jose State is 12-16 overall and 7-9 in league play. The Aggies were picked to finish fifth in the conference in the coaches' preseason poll, while the Spartans were picked tied for third with Idaho.
Utah State swept the season series with the Spartans as it notched a five-set win in San Jose (25-22, 15-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-11) and a four-set win in Logan (25-15, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22). All-time, SJSU holds a 15-8-1 advantage in the series, but USU has won seven of the last nine matches played in the series.
Utah State and San Jose State will be meeting in the first round of the WAC Tournament for the second straight year as sixth-seeded San Jose State defeated third-seeded Utah State in five sets in the opening round of the 2007 WAC Volleyball Tournament.
Senior outside hitter Melissa Osterloh leads Utah State as she is averaging 4.18 points, 3.57 kills, 1.97 digs, 0.54 blocks and 0.33 service aces per set, while sophomore setter Chelsea Fowles is hitting a team-best .329 and averaging 9.60 assists, 1.62 digs, 0.64 kills and 0.53 blocks per set. As a team, USU is hitting .176 on the season as compared to a .224 hitting percentage for its opponents.
Utah State is 2-3 all-time in WAC Tournament play as it advanced to the championship match of the 2005 tournament, and lost in the first round in each of the last two years.