June 3, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State volleyball's 2013 recruiting class earned highest honorable mention recognition as part of PrepVolleyball.com's recently released national rankings, being ranked among the top 100 recruiting classes in the nation.
PrepVolleyball.com compiles its recruiting class rankings with the help of more than 120 college coaches representing every major conference in the country. The list is graded on first-year players and does not include transfers or foreign players. The rankings are based on both recruiting class size and strength of the class.
Utah State will have seven new freshmen on its roster in 2013, including outside hitter Maddie Day (Smithfield, Utah/Sky View HS), opposite side hitter Kayla DeCoursey (Farmington, Utah/Viewmont HS), libero Hannah Gleason (Las Flores, Calif./Tesoro HS), middle blocker Carly Lenzen (Cave Creek, Ariz./Cactus Shadows HS), outside hitter Kaylie Kamalu (Kuh-Ma-lu) (Kaysville, Utah/Davis HS), setter Erica Moscoso (Mo-sco-so) (Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley HS) and Hannah Smith (Flemming Island, Fla./Orange Park HS).
PrepVolleyball.com ranked the top 30 schools 1-30, with the next 25 listed as "Highest Honorable Mention" and 44 others receiving "High Honorable Mention" recognition.
USU was one of five Mountain West Conference teams to earn "Highest Honorable Mention" kudos, joined by Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV and Wyoming. The Aggies were also the highest ranked team in the state of Utah, as both BYU and Utah were in the "High Honorable Mention" category.
The 2012 Western Athletic Conference regular-season champion Aggies return four starters, who were also all-WAC honorees, from last season's squad that posted a milestone season with a 21-9 record. Utah State won its first-ever WAC regular-season title to go with its 2010 WAC Tournament championship in its eighth and final season in the league before joining the Mountain West next season.
Utah State opens the 2013 season on Aug. 30-31 at the University of Utah Tournament. The Aggies then play at the University of Portland Nike Invitational on Sept. 6-7, before playing at in-state foe Weber State on Sept. 10 before playing at the Duke University Tournament on Sept. 13-14. USU opens Mountain West play with its home opener against Boise State on Sept. 18.
For USU volleyball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Fans can also follow the Aggie volleyball program 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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