Nov. 19, 2008
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's women's volleyball team will begin play in the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. (MT) when it faces San Jose State at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. USU is the fourth-seed in the tournament and San Jose State is the fifth-seed.
Utah State (11-16, 9-7) is led by senior outside hitter Melissa Osterloh who 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 .329 and averaging 9.60 assists, 1.62 digs, 0.64 kills and 0.53 blocks per set. Sophomore libero Christine Morrill is also playing well for Utah State as she is averaging 3.88 digs per set. As a team, Utah State is hitting .176 on the season as compared to a .224 hitting percentage for its opponents.
Utah State is 2-3 all-time in the Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament as it advanced to the 2005 championship match as the second seed before losing to top-seeded Hawai'i (3-0). USU began the 2005 tournament by defeating seventh-seeded Fresno State (3-1) in the first round and third-seeded New Mexico State (3-2) in the semifinals. In 2006, Utah State was the sixth-seed in the tournament and lost to third-seeded Idaho (3-1). And in 2007, USU was the third-seed and lost to sixth-seeded San Jose State (3-2).
San Jose State is 12-16 on the season and finished tied with Nevada for fifth-place in the WAC with a 7-9 record following a five-set win at Louisiana Tech and a three-set loss at New Mexico State last weekend. The Spartans, who are 3-3 on neutral courts this year, are led by senior outside hitter Kelly Crow who is hitting .243 and averaging 3.53 kills and 2.53 digs per set. As a team, SJSU is hitting .217 on the season as compared to a .226 hitting percentage for its opponents. The Spartans return five starters and nine letterwinners from last year's team that went 14-15 overall and finished in sixth-place in the WAC with a 7-9 league record.
Utah State is 8-15-1 all-time against San Jose State which includes an 0-1 record in the WAC Tournament as it lost to SJSU in five sets in the quarterfinals of the 2007 WAC Tournament. Utah State swept the season series with the Spartans in 2008 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). Overall, the Aggies have won seven of its nine matches against San Jose State since joining the WAC.
Fans can watch all of the 2008 WAC Volleyball Tournament at home via the internet at www.WAC.tv