Aug. 21, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Senior outside hitter Josselyn White appropriately led Team White to a 3-1 (25-11, 23-25, 25-14, 26-24) win over Team Blue Tuesday night in the Utah State Volleyball Blue-White Scrimmage at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Former Aggie volleyball player Denae Mohlman Pruden was the guest coach for the winning Team White, while former USU player and coach Annette Cottle was guest coach for Team Blue.
"It was a fun event all the way around tonight starting with the Mother-Daughter Clinic and into our scrimmage. We're very thankful for our guest coaches as well as the very supportive crowd there tonight," USU head coach Grayson DuBose said. "There were a lot of new students there tonight for the SOAR event, so we were glad to teach them some Aggie volleyball cheers and rituals so they can be part of the HURD."
DuBose also singled out redshirt-freshman Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) and freshman outside hitter Candace Richins (Kaysville, Utah) for Team White and senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) and sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) for Team Blue as stand outs in the match.
White (Smithfield, Utah) led Team White with 17 kills while Brainard added 15 kills with a .394 hitting percentage (15-2-33). Richins added 14 kills while redshirt-freshman middle blocker Shan England (Cave Creek, Ariz.) was the fourth Team White player in double-digit kills with 10. Sophomore setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) dished out 48 assists. Neves also served up four aces, all in the first set on the way to an 8-0 Team White lead. White also added four service aces, part of the 12 aces on the night for Team White, getting some assistance by the astute officiating by guest official Jesse Parker, who is manager for the USU men's basketball team, on one particular call just inside the line.
Team White had 15 total team blocks, getting nine (one solo, eight assists) from Brainard, while England added nine block assists. Freshman libero McKell Staheli (Pleasant Grove, Utah) had a team-best 15 digs.
Team Blue was led by Sorensen with 17 kills, while VanHoff added nine kills and sophomore outside hitter Jamaica Alisa (St. George, Utah) notched eight. Senior setter Kassi Hargrove (Reno, Nev.) doled out 36 assists. Senior libero Ashlan Rogers (Highland, Utah) had a match-high 22 digs. VanHoff led Team Blue with six block assists, helping them to nine total team blocks.
The second set was the only one that Team White had a hitting percentage under .250, highlighted by a match-high .452 (16-2-31) in the third set.
Prior to the scrimmage, the team held a free Mother-Daughter skills clinic, teaching basic volleyball techniques and skills to mothers and daughters, with over 50 sets of mothers and daughters in action. All participants received a free USU Volleyball T-shirt and the team signed autographs both after the clinic as well as after the scrimmage.
To register online, go to www.utahstateaggies.com/volleyballclinic.html. For more information, contact the USU Volleyball Office at (435) 797-2063.
Cottle was a four-time AIAW All-American in volleyball from 1976-79, and was named to the Region VII all-conference team four straight years. In 1978, Cottle earned the Broderick Award as the most outstanding volleyball player in America after leading Utah State to the national championship--the school's first-ever team national title. She also helped the Aggies capture second place in the 1979 AIAW Championships. Cottle won a gold medal in the 1979 U.S. Sports Festival and she was a member of the 1979 World University team which finished fifth. She also participated in basketball at Utah State. Cottle served as head volleyball coach at Utah State from 1982-84, and was inducted into the first USU Athletics Hall of Fame induction class in 1993. Cottle recently retired as manager of Ogden City Recreation.
Mohlman Pruden was a four-time letterwinner from 1997-2000. She was a three-time first-team Big West all-conference selection after earning Big West Freshman of the Year honors in 1997 to go with all-freshman team accolades. She also earned two Big West Player of the Week awards during her Aggie career. Off the court, she was a GTA Academic all-District selection in 2000, as well as a three-time Academic all-Big West honoree. Mohlman Pruden is the director of the Mountain West Volleyball Club in Logan.
The Aggies will officially kick off the season by hosting the Utah State Invitational, sponsored by Gossner Foods, on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25, welcoming in-state foes Utah, Southern Utah and Weber State along with Portland.
Utah State volleyball tickets are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.
For those fans who can't make it, they can follow the action via GameTracker and Watch Live links as well as following updates on twitter at twitter.com/USUVolleyball.
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