Oct. 27, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Senior Josselyn White etched her name in the Utah State volleyball record book again by hitting a school-record .812 in leading USU to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-14) sweep over Louisiana Tech Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Aggie volleyball celebrated Halloween in festive style giving away candy to the many fans in attendance in costume.
USU also set a team school record with its 12th Western Athletic Conference win, topping its previous mark of 11 WAC wins in 2005 and 2007. The Aggies tied the program mark for most conference wins in a season with the 2001 squad that won 12 Big West Conference matches.
Utah State improved to 17-7 overall and 12-2 in WAC play, remaining atop the conference standings. Saturday night was the Aggies' fourth win in a row overall, and they have won seven of their last eight WAC home matches as well as earning victories in nine of their last 10 overall matches.
Saturday's win also gave USU the season sweep over LA Tech, and was the Aggies' seventh in a row over the Lady Techsters, improving to 15-1 all-time against them, including 8-0 at home.
Louisiana Tech dropped to 3-22 overall and 0-13 in WAC play, having suffered its 14th straight loss overall as well as its 27th-straight WAC match.
White, an outside hitter (Smithfield, Utah), reached her milestone .812 attack percentage on 16 attempts (13-0-16), bettering the previous school record for single-match hitting percentage with 15-19 attempts, previously held by Lori Sargent-McKnight who hit .727 (14-0-19) at North Texas on Nov. 9, 1996. White's .812 was just shy of the WAC record for individual hitting percentage of .889 by Heather Brown of Hawai'i in 1999.
Fellow senior, opposite site hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) added 12 kills, while the sophomore duo of outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) and middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) added five kills apiece. VanHoff hit .571 (5-1-7) for the match.
Redshirt-freshman middle blocker Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) posted six blocks, while Sorensen added five, as USU finished with seven total team blocks, despite not posting one until 16-14 in the second set.
LA Tech was led by Fenix Calderon with 10 kills, while Maria Coelho dished out 25 assists and Stephany Salas posted 11 digs. The Lady Techsters had one total team block, a solo block by Caitlin Germany.
In the first set, USU pulled away from an 11-all tie with an 8-1 run, getting a kill each from Sorensen and VanHoff along with two by White to go along with some LA Tech attack errors to take a 19-12 lead. After the Lady Techsters closed to 22-18, Sorensen sealed the set win with a service ace for the 25-18 win.
LA Tech opened a 12-9 lead in the second frame, but USU stormed back. Brainard and Sorensen combined for three-straight points to cap the Aggies' lead-clinching run. First Brainard set Sorensen for a kill, then the pair teamed up for back-to-back blocks and USU led 20-15. Orr and White later pounded kills on consecutive points for the Aggies' 25-19 set capture.
The Lady Techsters again took the early lead in the third set, opening a 9-6 lead, but Utah State charged back with a 7-0 spurt, starting by a pair of kills by White then capped by a kill from Neves for a 13-9 Aggie advantage. USU later reeled off another seven unanswered, expanding a 16-11 lead into a 23-11 lead after two more paired blocks by Sorensen and Brainard in back-to-back scoring plays. Freshman outside hitter Candace Richins (Kaysville, Utah) later gave USU the set and match win with a kill for a 25-14 win.
Utah State wrapped up its "Dig for a Cure" campaign as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to help raise money for Logan Regional Hospital Foundation's Breast Cancer Services. The Aggies took pledges and donations throughout the month of October for their total digs in their seven home matches. USU totalled 352 digs in its seven October home matches.
Utah State now hits the road for the final time in the regular season for a three-match road swing, playing at Denver on Thursday, Nov. 1, at New Mexico State on Saturday, Nov. 3 and at San Jose State on Saturday, Nov. 10, before retuning home to host Texas State on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Aggies' final home match of the season. It will be Senior Night as USU will be honoring its three seniors: Kassi Hargrove, Shay Sorensen and Josselyn White.
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