Aggie Volleyball Heads To Rose City To Play In Portland Nike Invitational This Weekend
Sep 3, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
UTAH STATE at PORTLAND NIKE INVITATIONAL
Friday & Saturday, Sept. 6-7, 2013
Friday, Sept. 6
Saturday, Sept. 7
* = at Portland's Chiles Center / ** = at Portland State's Peter W. Stott Center
600 WIN CLUB
MOUNTAIN WEST STARTER
USU Conference History And Records Intermountain (I) - 1976-81 55-10 .846 High Country (HC) - 1984-89 6-66 .083 Big West (BW) - 1989-2004 62-164 .274 Western Athletic (WAC) - 2005-12 74-54 .578 Mountain West (MW) - 2013- 2-1 .667KEEP IT UP IN ROSE CITY
Utah State is 1-0 at Portland, as well as 2-1 in matches in the Rose City, playing in the Portland Invitational in 1998, sweeping both Portland and Jacksonville, while losing to Eastern Washington in three.
COMING UP ROSES AGAINST ROSE CITY TEAMS
AGGIES IN BEAVER STATE
UTAH STATE IN REGULAR-SEASON TOURNAMENT PLAY
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) and junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court (Highland, Utah) were named to the Utah Classic all-Tournament Team, announced Saturday night following the final match of the weekend.
Orr, posted a .206 attack percentage (46-19-131) in the three matches, highlighted by a .311 attack percentage (19-5-45) and logged a match-high 19 kills to go with 14 digs for her third-consecutive double-double in the five-set win over Fairfield Saturday evening. She averaged 3.3 kills and 3.1 digs per set in the Aggies' three matches. Orr posted 15 kills and a career-high 16 digs Friday against Utah, while logging 12 kills and 14 digs in the four-set win over UNI Saturday morning. Orr also posted a new career-high with two service aces against Fairfield, while also notching a new career-high with three block assists against Utah.
Rogers-Court averaged over 21 digs per match for the weekend, finishing with 64 total for a 4.6 digs per set average for the weekend. She logged 23 in the Northern Iowa match after notching 22 against Utah. Rogers-Court wrapped up play with 19 in the win over Fairfield. She also served up five aces for the weekend, with two each against Utah and UNI, and one in the Fairfield match.
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THE RETURN OF EVERETT
VANHOFF IS DEALIN' ACES AND BLOCKIN'
USU IN MW STATS
The Aggies also average 1.50 service aces per set, an average that leads the MW statistics after one weekend. USU served up 10 service aces Saturday evening against Fairfield, for the Aggies' most aces since 2010.
Defensively, USU is third in the MW in opponent hitting percentage (.168), while also ranking third in the league in digs with a palindromic 17.71 dps.
Individually, senior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff is fifth in service aces per set (0.43), while ranking tied for eighth in blocks with fellow Aggie middle blocker, senior Alyssa Everett, with 1.07 bps each. Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court is sixth in digs per set (4.57), while junior setter Paige Neves is ninth in assists per set (8.91).
10 ACES IN A MATCH
Defensive specialist Hannah Gleason (Las Flores, Calif.) played in all three matches, posting seven digs against Utah (8/30), 12 digs in the Northern Iowa match (8/31) and six versus Fairfield (8/31). Gleason also served up one ace in the Utah match, while tallying two aces against Fairfield.
Setter Erica Moscoso (Mission Viejo, Calif.) saw a little bit of action in the Northern Iowa match, playing in just one set, but then played in four sets in the Fairfield match, dishing out 31 assists to go with two kills, four digs and two block assists.
Outside hitter Kaylie Kamalu (Kaysville, Utah) played in a set in each of the Northern Iowa and Fairfield matches, logging a solo block against Northern Iowa and a dig versus Fairfield.
PASSING PAIGE 2,000 IN CAREER RECORD BOOK
CAREER Assists 1) 4520 Chelsea Fowles 2007-10 2) 3942 Carrie Steverson 1988-91 3) 3533 Lori Sargent-McKnight 1996-99 4) 2809 Chelsi Neves 2000-01 5) 2618 Stephanie Maurer 1984-87 6) 2265 Andrea Delsigne 2001-03 7) 2069 Paige Neves 2009-Pres. 8) 2025 Randi Winn 1992-93 9) 1965 Dominique Arsenault 2003-05 10) 1495 Kalei Arnold 1992-95 11) 1280 Mindi Jackson 1995-96 12) 1139 Heather Hillier 2005-08ROGERS-COURT ABOUT TO HOLD COURT IN TOP 10 OF RECORD BOOK
Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court enters the weekend with 764 career digs, needing just 17 more to crack into USU's top 10 career digs list. Chelsea Fowles (2007-10) currently holds the No. 10 spot with 781 digs.
cAREER DIgs 1) 1846 Christine Morrill 2007-10 2) 1614 Kelsi Peterson 2003-06 3) 1053 Zuzana Cernianska 2002-05 4) 1024 Niki Conner 1995-98 5) 981 Heather Olmstead 1998-01 6) 919 Lori Sargent-McKnight 1996-99 7) 904 Laurel Bodily 2009-11 8) 839 Carrie Steverson 1988-91 9) 830 Melissa Schoepf 1997-00 10) 781 Chelsea Fowles 2007-10 -- 764 Ashlan Rogers-Court 2011-Pres.VANHOFF BLOCKING WAY INTO RECORD LISTS
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff is closing in on both the USU career block assists list and the career total blocks list. VanHoff needs just two more block assists to reach the block assists list, as she now has 266 total block assists and Melissa Schoepf (1997-2000) holds the No. 10 spot with 268 career total blocks. Currently with 280 total blocks, VanHoff needs 11 more to catch former teammate Shay Sorensen (2009-12) for 10th on the career list with 291.
Block Assists 1) 420 Denae Mohlman 1997-00 2) 372 Ingrid Roth 2002-05 3) 337 Amanda Nielson 2004-07 4) 327 Katie Astle 2007-10 5) 300 Shantell Durrant 2008-10 6) 292 Michelle Matheson 1998-01 7) 290 Erin Cartwright-Davis 2001-03 8) 286 Josselyn White 2009-12 9) 280 Shay Sorensen 2009-12 10) 268 Melissa Schoepf 1997-00 -- 266 Kaitlyn VanHoff 2011-Pres.AGGIES IN NCAA TOP 10 BLOCKING STATS FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT YEAR, BRAINARD 20th, VANHOFF 30th INDIVIDUAL BLOCKING
In last season's NCAA statistics, Utah State led the WAC and was ninth in the NCAA statistics in blocking with 3.00 blocks per set... It was the third year in a row that the Aggie blocking attack was in the top 10 in the NCAA and led the WAC in blocking after ranking 10th in the country in 2011 at 2.79 bps and ninth in 2010 at 2.89 bps.
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AGGIES AGAINST TOURNAMENT FIELD
USU and Pacific were in the Big West Conference together, playing each other at least twice a year from 1990-2004. Saturday's meeting with the Tigers will be the Aggies' 36th all-time meeting. Pacific holds a controlling, 29-6 series advantage, with the Tigers winning the last three match-ups and seven of the last eight, with a 3-1 win in 2003 serving as USU's last win over Pacific.
Utah State is 4-3 against Portland, last facing each other last season in the USU Invitational, with the Aggies sweeping the Pilots, as part of winning the last two and three of the last four match-ups.
Friday's meeting with Wichita State is the Aggies' first meeting with the Shockers.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT FIELD
WICHITA STATE - The Shockers were ranked No. 24 in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll but dropped out in this week's poll to rank among others receiving votes. WSU was just in the state of Utah, playing at the Utah Valley Invitational, where the Shockers went 2-1 and none of their three matches went four sets, sweeping North Dakota State in the opening match on Friday. On Saturday, WSU returned to the court and got swept by Arizona State before sweeping host Utah Valley in the finale.
Senior middle blocker Elizabeth Field leads the Shockers with 3.11 kills per set with a .540 attack percentage (28-1-50), adding 0.56 blocks and 0.33 digs per set. Fellow senior middle blocker Ashley Andrade adds 2.33 kps with a .277 attack percentage (21-8-47), along with a team-leading 1.44 blocks per set. Senior setter Chelsey Feekin dishes out 9.89 assists per set, while freshman libero Alyssa Carney posts 3.25 digs per set and sophomore outside hitter Katie Reilly adds 2.89 dps.
Wichita State head coach Chris Lamb is in his 15th season leading the Shockers' program, posting a 286-123 overall record.
PACIFIC - The Tigers are 3-1 after the opening weekend at the Virginia Tech Invitational and like Wichita State, have yet to play a match longer than three sets. Pacific opened action by sweeping Saint Francis on Friday before getting swept by host VA Tech Friday night. On Saturday, the Tigers topped Towson in three before upsetting 14th-ranked Michigan State in a sweep.
Sophomore opposite side hitter Kat Schulz leads the Tigers with 3.33 kills per set and is tied for the team lead with 3.08 digs per set, adding 0.67 blocks per set. Junior middle blocker Gillian Howard has a team-high .371 attack percentage (18-5-35) and tops the team with 1.58 blocks per set, while senior middle blocker Jennifer Sanders adds 1.42 bps to go with 2.25 kps and a .269 attack percentage (27-9-67). Sophomore setter Kimmy Whitson dishes out 5.92 assists per set and leads the team with 0.67 aces per set, while freshman setter Jessica Diedrich adds 4.17 aps. Sophomore libero Mia Feiner shares the team-lead in digs with 3.08 dps.
Pacific head coach Greg Gibbons is in his fourth season at the leash of the Tigers' program, logging a 60-34 record.
PORTLAND - The Pilots are 0-3 on the young season, after dropping their three matches at the UNLV Invitational. Portland started the season by falling to Kansas State in five sets Friday, before getting swept by both UNLV and Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.
Senior outside hitter Autumn Wedan posts a team-leading 5.45 kills per set, with a .273 attack percentage (60-25-128), adding 2.64 dps. Sophomore outside hitter Emily Liger leads the team with a .309 attack percentage (36-11-81), notching 3.27 kps. Freshman middle blocker/outside hitter Makayla Lindburg tops the team with 0.64 blocks per set, while junior libero Katie Mardesich posts a team-best 4.27 digs per set.
Pilots head coach Joe Houck is in his sixth season piloting the Portland program, posting a 41-112 ledger.
ORR AND ROGERS-COURT TABBED TO UTAH CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
The Aggie duo were joined on the all-Tournament team by Fairfield's Rachel Romansky, along with Courtney Kintzel and Kinsey Caldwell of Northern Iowa, as well as Utah's Erin Redd-Brandon, Lea Adolph, Shelby Dalton and Morgan Odale, who was named the MVP.
USU went 2-1, beating Northern Iowa and Fairfield on Saturday after falling to Utah in five sets on Friday. Utah won the Classic with a 3-0 mark, while Northern Iowa ended 1-2 and Fairfield was 0-3.
Orr, a junior outside hitter from Thatcher, Ariz., posted a .206 attack percentage (46-19-131) in the three matches, highlighted by a .311 attack percentage (19-5-45) and logged a match-high 19 kills to go with 14 digs for her third-consecutive double-double in the five-set win over Fairfield Saturday evening. She averaged 3.3 kills and 3.1 digs per set in the Aggies' three matches. Orr posted 15 kills and 16 digs Friday against Utah, while logging 12 kills and 14 digs in the four-set win over UNI Saturday morning.
Rogers-Court, a junior libero from Highland, Utah, averaged over 21 digs per match for the weekend, finishing with 64 total for a 4.6 digs per set average for the weekend. She logged 23 in the Northern Iowa match after notching 22 against Utah. Rogers-Court wrapped up play with 19 in the win over Fairfield. She also served up five aces for the weekend, with two each against Utah and UNI, and one in the Fairfield match.
This is Orr's second all-tournament team honor, as she was tabbed to the San Diego State Aztec Challenge all-Tournament Team last season. It is also Rogers-Court's second all-tournament team accolade, being named to last year's Utah State Invitational all-Tournament Team.
AGGIES NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS HISTORY
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