Pilots Sweep Thunderbirds To Open Saturday Play In USU Invitational
Aug. 25, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Portland opened up the second day of action of the Utah State Volleyball Invitational sponsored by Gossner Foods with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-18) sweep over Southern Utah Saturday morning at the USU Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The Pilots improved to 1-2 on the season, while the T-Birds slipped to 0-2.
Emily Liger and Ariel Usher posted nine kills each for UP, which hit .168 (34-17-101) for the match, including .355 (12-1-31) in the clinching third set. Monica Jordan dished out 14 assists while Autumn Wedan notched a match-high 15 digs, while Jacky Rodriguez added 11. Usher posted six block assists, while Bea Loper added five as the Pilots logged 8.5 total team blocks.
SUU was led by Ana Mailoto with 10 kills, as the T-Birds hit .038 (29-25-106) for the match, and Mailoto notched a team-best 11 digs. Gabi Mirand distrubuted 22 assists while also serving up three aces. Kylie Scholfield and Taylor Heine posted three block assists apiece at SUU posted six total team blocks.
The T-Birds return to the court to take on host Utah State at 2 p.m. (MT), following the Weber State-Utah match at Noon. Portland wraps up its tournament action against Utah at 5 p.m. before USU closes out play by facing Weber State at 7:30 p.m. WSU head coach Tom Peterson is a former USU head coach and assistant coach.
Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $1 for youth ages 3-14. The USU Athletics Ticket Office will open at 9 a.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Utah State volleyball tickets are available in person at the USU Athletics Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Live stats of every match during the 2012 Utah State Invitational are available via the USU Athletics web site at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics via GameTracker, with the links for GameTracker as well as box scores and recaps of all the matches at the Tournament Central page at http://bit.ly/NJ8loQ. Match and tournament updates will also be available on twitter at twitter.com/USUVolleyball.
The Utah State matches of the 2012 Utah State Invitational will be streamed on the Internet by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics. There is a Utah State All-Access Monthly Subscription for $9.95 and a Utah State All-Access Yearly Subscription for $79.95.
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