Weekly Volleyball Release (11-21-00)


Nov. 22, 2000

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Release #12 * 11/21/00

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UP NEXT -- Utah State (ranked 21st in the country in the latest AVCA/USA Today Coaches' Poll) will wait for the NCAA Tournament pairings which will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 26. The Aggies will be looking to participate in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

RECAPPING LAST WEEK -- Utah State lost its final match of the season last weekend at the University of Idaho in three games by final scores of 15-9, 15-10, 15-13 to fall to 21-9 on the season and 10-6 in the Big West Conference. Seniors Amy Crosbie (Visalia, Calif.) and Denae Mohlman (Shoreline, Wash.) had 13 and 11 kills each as USU hit just .124 as a team with 47 kills and 28 errors. Crosbie had a team-high 18 digs, while junior Michelle Matheson (Moreno Valley, Calif.) had four blocks. The Vandals hit .243 overall and were led by Jenny Kniss' 20 kills.

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 SETS RECORD-- Junior setter Chelsi Neves set a new single-season school record this past weekend at Idaho with her 22 assists, giving her 1,352 on the season. Those 1,352 assists breaks the previous record set by Randi Winn during the 1993 season with 1,340. Neves' 1,352 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 12.75.

MOHLMAN LOOKING FOR MORE RECORDS-- Denae Mohlman is closing out her career with some impressive numbers as she is hitting .360 on the year and has 124 block assists. Mohlman is three 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.

MOHLMAN NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT-- Senior middle blocker Denae Mohlman was named to the Verizon Academic District VIII Women's Volleyball Second Team this past week as voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Mohlman, an elementary education major, is second on the team with a .360 hitting percentage, and leads the team with 135 total blocks. She is USU's all-time leader in blocks and holds the school record with a career .365 hitting percentage. She is also among the top-five all-time at USU in games played, matches played, kills, and attacks.

STORIED HISTORY-- The resurgence of Utah State's women's volleyball team has brought back memories of year's past when USU was among the best program's in the country. USU began volleyball in 1976 and produced a 16-11 mark. Just two short year's later, USU won its first and only AIAW National Championship in 1978 with a 42-4-2 record. The following season, the Aggies finished second, losing to Hawai'i in the championship game in five games, and the following year the Aggies finished third in the country. From the 1983 to 1998 season, USU had just one winning season (1997 - 18 wins) prior to head coach Tom Peterson turning the program around.

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 242-108 (.691).

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 .625 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 three more block assists this past weekend, senior Denae Mohlman has moved up to eighth all-time in the Big West Conference with 408 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 last week at Idaho State, marking the first time in 19 years that the USU program has reached the 20-win mark.

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 10 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, and currently has 434 kills this 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 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 this week's attendance figures, USU is 18th 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 -- Senior outside hitter Melissa Schoepf had one more double-double last 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. 240 as a team, which would shatter the previous school record of .227 set last season. Also, USU's 1,793 kills is second all-time and just 22 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 541 and counting. The old mark was 473 set during the 1997 season. Utah State has 300.5 total blocks on the year which is also a school record.



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