Oct. 12, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - A dozen kills apiece from three different players paced Utah State volleyball to a 3-1 (25-15, 25-23, 19-25, 27-25) win over Wyoming Saturday night at the UniWyo Sports Complex.
The Aggies improved to 10-7 overall and 4-3 in Mountain West Conference play, while Wyoming fell to 12-8 overall and 2-4 in MW action. USU now leads the overall series with Wyoming at 14-13, winning the fourth-straight match-up.
Sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah), senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani (Richardson, Texas) and junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) registered 12 kills apiece.
Etimani tallied her team-leading eighth double-double of the season with a career-high 21 digs to go with her 12 kills.
Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court (Highland, Utah) logged 19 digs for the Aggies. Rogers-Court now has 964 career digs, needing 36 more to become just the fifth player in school history to reach 1,000 career digs.
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) notched a team-high seven block assists and one solo block for eight total blocks. Brainard and senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah) recorded six blocks assists each, as the Aggies posted 14 total team blocks.
Junior setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.), notched 42 assists, while also serving up a match-high two aces, helping USU to five aces in the match.
Orr registered her seventh double-double of the year with 13 digs, while freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gleason (Las Flores, Calif.) tallied a career-best 15 digs with Neves notching 11 digs.
Wyoming had three players in double-digit kills, led by Erin Kirby with 13, followed by Reese Plante and Bridget Shanahan with 11 each. Courtney Chacon distributed 36 assists and Becky Stewart logged a match-high 28 digs.
USU tallied a .122 (50-29-172) attack percentage, while Wyoming hit at a .130 (51-28-177) attack percentage.
Set one opened with a 4-1 Aggie advantage after an Etimani and Van Hoff block. USU rattled off five more points as a Wyoming attack error gave Utah State a 9-3 lead. The Cowgirls closed to 14-12 after a Kayla Henderson kill, but the Aggies kept them at bay with a 3-0 spurt, capped by a service ace by freshman setter Erica Moscoso (Mission Viejo, Calif.) for a 17-12 lead and UW called a TO. USU sealed the set at 25-15 after an Etimani kill.
The second stanza started with a 3-1 Wyoming lead, but the Aggies charged back and took a 14-13 advantage after a block by VanHoff and Etimani, and USU never trailed again in the set. Wyoming did tie it twice, the last at 21-all, but Utah State scored four of the next six points, capped off by a Brainard and VanHoff block for a 25-23 set capture.
In set three, the Cowgirls climbed out to a 17-10 lead following a USU error. The Aggies closed to 21-15 after an Orr kill, but couldn't get any closer and Wyoming won the set at 25-19 after a block by Kirby and Calli Fry.
The fourth set was back-and-forth, with neither team getting more than a three-point lead in the early going. Down 18-14, the Aggies scored six unanswered, capped by an ace by Neves for a 20-18 lead. USU later had match point at 24-22 after a Cowgirl error, but Wyoming forced bonus volleyball and countered the Aggies' point-for-point until back-to-back Orr kills sealed the set and the match victory at 27-25.
The Aggies will return home to host in-state foe Utah Valley in a non-conference match on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Utah State volleyball team wants to help by raising money for Logan Regional Hospital Foundations's Breast Cancer Services. Pledges are now being gathered for every dig the Aggies make during their six home matches in October as part of USU's "Dig for a Cure" campaign.
For each dig (a defensive move made to control a spiked ball) the Aggies are asking for a donation of $0.25. If the Aggies record 200 total digs in the six matches, a pledge of $0.25 will result in $50. Half of this donation will go to the Logan Regional Hospital Foundation to assist in Breast Cancer Services while the other half will be used to support the USU Volleyball team. Pledges can be made in any amount and flat donations are also accepted and appreciated. Pledge and donation forms will be available at the matches at the marketing/promotions table on the west concourse of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Any pledge or donation received will enter the fan's name into a drawing which will take place the last home match in October, on Thursday, Oct. 31 vs. Wyoming. Prizes include: T-shirts, volleyballs and team photos. Come cheer on the Aggies during their October matches and keep track of their digs to help them "Dig for a Cure." For more information or to donate, contact USU Assistant Coach Taubi Neves at email@example.com or 435-797-2063, or go to: http://bit.ly/RtaUKK.
Fans can also follow the Aggie volleyball program on twitter at twitter.com/USUVolleyball, on facebook at facebook.com/USUVolleyball or on instagram at instagram.com/usuvolleyball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at facebook.com/USUAthletics.
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