Nov. 16, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr had 15 kills and junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff set a school record for hitting percentage to lead Utah State to a three-set sweep (25-15, 25-18, 25-17) against Fresno State here Saturday night inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State improves to 18-9 on the season and moves into a tie for second-place with Fresno State (17-11) in the Mountain West standing with 11-5 league marks.
VanHoff finished the match with an .818 hitting percentage as she had nine kills on 11 attacks with no errors to set the school record for hitting percentage in a three-set match, which was previously held by Rebecca Andersen who hit .786 (11-0-14) against UT Arlington in 2008.
Senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani added 16 digs and six kills for Utah State, while junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court had 14 digs and a career-high four service aces. Sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard added eight kills, while junior setter Paige Neves had eight digs, two block assists and one kill to go along with 37 assists.
Marissa Brand had 13 kills to lead Fresno State.
Utah State finished the match with a .232 (42-16-112) hitting percentage and limited Fresno State to a .080 (32-23-11) hitting percentage. USU also had nine more digs (54-45) and seven more service aces (7-0) in the match, while FS had one more team block (6.0-5.0) and one more service error (2-1).
VanHoff had six kills on six attacks in the first set as Utah State scored the first seven points of the match and led by as many as 10 at 20-10 en route to the 25-15 win. USU hit. 257 (15-6-35) in the opening set and held Fresno State to a negative .027 (7-8-37) hitting percentage.
Orr led Utah State with six kills in the second set as the Aggies scored the first two points and the final four as it never trailed in posting the 25-18 win. USU hit .278 (15-5-36) in set two as compared to a .143 (13-8-35) hitting percentage for the Bulldogs.
Fresno State scored the first three points of the third set for its first lead of the match and pushed its advantage to five at 11-6 before Utah State went on an 11-2 run to take a commanding 17-13 advantage en route to the 25-17 win and the three-set sweep. USU hit .171 (12-5-41) in the final set and FS hit .122 (12-7-41).
Utah State will return to action next week with its final two road matches of the season as it plays at UNLV on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. (MT) and at San Diego State on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. (MT). USU defeated both the Rebels and Aztecs earlier this year in Logan in four and three sets, respectively.
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