LOGAN, Utah - Utah State volleyball lacked an offensive groove on Thursday night and lost 3-0 to Wyoming, 25-20, 25-18, 25-12. The loss puts the Aggies at 11-6 overall on the year and 3-2 in the Mountain West, tied with the Cowgirls in the league play, also with a 3-2 mark and 8-9 overall record.
“We never really got in a groove or rhythm,” head coach Grayson DuBose said. “We let them get in a nice rhythm, where they had 22 kills in game one. They had almost twice as many kills as we did, so that’s a problem. We have to go kill the ball. One of the strengths of our team is our offense, and we did not show that tonight.”
Senior right side Kayla DeCoursey was the only Aggie with double-digit kills, leading USU with 10 and hitting a team-best .269 (10-3-26). Overall, Utah State matched a season low, hitting .076 (26-19-92), as Wyoming finished the match hitting .393 (48-13-89).
The Cowgirls jumped out to a 8-3 lead in the first set, all on Wyoming kills. Utah State battled back to tie the set at 13-13 behind three errors by Wyoming, but the Cowgirls answered with a five-point run, taking an 18-13 lead. The Aggies trimmed the margin to one, 20-19, following a block by freshman middle Bailey Downing and junior setter Kassidy Johnson, and Wyoming called a timeout. The Cowgirls regrouped out of the break and finished on a 5-1 run to take the set, 25-20.
The teams fought through eight ties and five lead changes in the second set, including a final deadlock at 13-13. Wyoming created separation with a 10-3 run, taking a 23-16 lead and forced a Utah State timeout. Wyoming had its first set point at 24-17, but a DeCoursey kill prolonged the set before an answering kill by the visitors gave the Cowgirls the set, 25-18.
Utah State hit -.061 (8-10-33) in the third set to Wyoming’s .333 (12-2-30) and the discrepancy opened the door for the Cowgirls to run away with the match, 25-12.
Wyoming was led offensively by sophomore outside Tara Traphagan with a match-high 14 kills, hitting .571 (14-2-21). Cowgirl libero Lily Austin led all players on the back row with a match-high 10 digs. Junior middle Reed Copeland led the Wyoming block with seven as the Cowgirls totaled 10.0 to Utah State’s 4.0.
The Aggies will continue its homestand later this week and host Colorado State on Saturday at 8 p.m. Fans can follow the match via live stat and video links online at utahstateaggies.com.
Fans can also follow the Aggie volleyball program on Twitter @USUVolleyball, on Facebook at USUVolleyball or on Instagram at @usuvolleyball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at @USUAthletics, on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics or on Instagram at @USUAthletics.
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