USU Volleyball Opens Mountain West Action With Home-And-Home Against Boise State
Sept. 16, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Wednesday, Sept. 18 - 7 p.m. (MT)
Saturday, Sept. 21 - 7 p.m. (MT)
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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- 6-4 .600UTAH STATE IN CONFERENCE OPENERS
Since the 1990 season, Utah State is 10-13 (.435) in conference openers, which includes a 6-5 home record, but is just 4-8 in opening conference action on the road. Wednesday is USU's Mountain West Conference debut after eight seasons of Western Athletic Conference action. USU was 6-2 in its eight WAC openers, defeating New Mexico State (3-0) in 2005, Fresno State (3-1) in 2006, Boise State (3-0) in 2007, San Jose State (3-2) in 2008, followed by a loss at New Mexico State (3-0) in 2009 and a loss at Hawai'i (3-0) in 2010, before bouncing back with a win over San Jose State (3-0) in 2011 and winning at Texas State (3-1) in 2012. Wednesday marks the second time in the last three years that the Aggies have opened league play at home.
AGGIE VOLLEYBALL FIRST USU TEAM TO HOST MOUNTAIN WEST CONTEST
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Overall, USU is hitting .209, averaging 11.71 kills per set. The Aggies also average 11.00 assists per set, along with 1.15 aces per set. Defensively, Utah State averages 2.29 blocks per set, limiting the opposition to a .199 attack percentage. USU adds 14.54 digs per set.
Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.), leads USU with 3.51 kills per set, adding a .216 (144-59-394) attack percentage. Orr also averages 2.46 digs per set, posting a team-leading five double-doubles on the season. She adds 0.59 blocks per set.
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah), spearheads the Aggies' attack with a .247 (75-29-186) hitting percentage with 1.83 kills per set, and is second on the team with 1.07 blocks per set. Senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah) tops the team with a 1.10 blocks per set average.
Junior setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) dishes out 9.41 assists per set, adding 2.35 digs per set. While averaging 0.74 kills per set, Neves does have a .469 (25-2-49) attack percentage.
Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court (Highland, Utah) leads the team with 3.88 digs per set, and is tied with Neves for the team lead with nine service aces each.
HITTING FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
USU's .463 attack percentage came on 48 kills with just four errors in 95 attacks, tying its previous highest mark from nearly 11 years to the day, with a .463 (60-10-109) outing vs. Northeastern on Sept. 13, 2002.
The Aggies posted a .416 attack percentage (47-10-89) last Tuesday in a sweep over in-state foe Weber State, which was their first time hitting over .400 in a match since Oct. 18, 2003, when they posted a .408 against UC Riverside.
THE FEW, THE PROUD
BIG NUMBERS FOR EVERYONE
Freshman Carly Lenzen (Cave Creek, Ariz.) recorded three career-highs with two kills, on block and 2.5 points. Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) recorded two career-highs, with 12 kills on a .556 (12-2-18) attack percentage, while junior setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.), tied her career-best with five kills while notching a new career-high with an .833 (5-0-6) attack percentage. Senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah) posted an identical .833 (5-0-6) attack percentage, tying her career-high. Everett also tied her career-high with one solo block. Freshman Erica Moscoso (Mission Viejo, Calif.) tied her career-high with one ace, and junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) tied her career-best with one assist.
LET'S PLAY FIVE
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK, WE'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE
O-DOUBLE-R AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Orr's first double-double of not just the season but her career came in the season-opener at Utah with 15 kills and a new career-high 16 digs. She added 12 kills and 14 digs in the Northern Iowa match, before posting a new career-high with 19 kills to go with 14 digs in the win over Fairfield. Orr then matched her career-best with 19 kills along with 11 digs in the Wichita State match. Despite notching her career-high for the third match in a row with 20 kills in the Pacific win, Orr only registered seven digs, but bounced back to post a double-double against Portland with 18 kills and 13 digs.
Despite not having a double-double in the last four matches, Orr still averages a double-double with 14.4 kills and 10.1 digs per match, averaging 3.51 kills and 2.46 digs per set.
Tumua Etimani TIME
THE RETURN OF EVERETT
Everett tied her season-high with eight blocks in the win over Pacific, adding six blocks at Weber.
With a 1.10 blocks per set average for the season, Everett is currently sixth in the Mountain West statistics.
VANHOFF IS BLOCKING TOUGH
USU IN MW STATS
Defensively, USU is fourth in the MW in opponent hitting percentage (.199), as well as ranking sixth in blocks per set (2.29) and sixth in digs per set (14.54).
The Aggies also average 1.15 service aces per set, ranking ninth in the conference.
Individually, junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court is fourth in digs with 3.88 per set. Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr is sixth in the league in kills per set (3.51), as well as seventh in points per set (3.99), while junior setter Paige Neves is eightg in assists per set (9.41). Senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett is sixth in blocks per set (1.10), while junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff is seventh in blocks per set (1.00).
10 ACES IN A MATCH
Defensive specialist Hannah Gleason (Las Flores, Calif.) played in all three matches in the opening weekend, 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. She tied that season-high with two aces in the Wichita State match, posting seven digs as well. Gleason added five digs and one ace against Pacific, before notching nine digs versus Portland.
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. She saw limited action in all three matches in Portland, serving up an ace against Wichita State, and tied that career-best mark with an ace at Weber State. Moscoso registered her first career double-double with a new career-best 40 assists to go with new career-high 10 digs in the match vs. South Carolina, in her first start.
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. Kamalu also saw limited action in all three matches in Portland, getting her first kill of her career for USU's match-winning point in the four-set win over the Pilots.
Middle blocker Carly Lenzen (Cave Creek, Ariz.) saw her first Aggie action in the Wichita State match, and also played in the Portland match, getting her first attack in a USU uniform. Lenzen posted her first points as an Aggie at Weber State with two kills and one block assist for 2.5 points, matching those stats in the Liberty match.
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) 2291 Paige Neves 2009-Pres. 7) 2265 Andrea Delsigne 2001-03 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 2005-08
ROGERS-COURT NOW HOLDING COURT IN TOP 10 OF RECORD BOOK
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) 859 Ashlan Rogers-Court 2011-Pres. 9) 839 Carrie Steverson 1988-91 10) 830 Melissa Schoepf 1997-00
VANHOFF BLOCKING WAY INTO RECORD LISTS
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) 295 Kaitlyn VanHoff 2011-Pres. 7) 292 Michelle Matheson 1998-01 8) 290 Erin Cartwright-Davis 2001-03 9) 286 Josselyn White 2009-12 10) 280 Shay Sorensen 2009-12
AGGIES-BRONCOS SERIES HISTORY
ABOUT BOISE STATE - The Broncos are 5-4 on the year after going 2-1 in their own Courtyard Marriott Bronco Classic over the weekend. BSU opened the weekend with a five-set loss to in-state rival Idaho on Thursday night before bouncing back to beat North Texas, 3-1, on Friday and sweep Sacramento State on Saturday.
Boise State has posted two sweeps on the season while getting swept three times and the Broncos are 1-1 in five-setters.
Junior outside hitter Taylor Murphey posts 2.73 kills per set with a .312 (90-31-189) attack percentage. Senior setter Casey Rose dishes out 6.33 assists per set, while sophomore setter Sarah Baugh adds 5.09 aps. Baugh leads the team with eight service aces (0.24 per set), while Rose adds seven aces (0.21 aps). Junior middle blocker Aly Duffin tops the team with 0.93 blocks per set while junior middle blocker Brittany Reardon adds 0.84 bps. Freshman libero Hannah Hubbard logs a team-leading 3.79 digs per set.
Boise State head coach Shawn Garus is in his fifth season at the reins of the Broncos' program, posting a 67-68 record there. He has an overall career record of 182-188 in his 13th season.
ETIMANI EARNS DUKE INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS
Etimani opened the weekend with a career-high 18 digs in USU's 3-1 loss to South Carolina Friday morning, adding eight kills, one block assist, one ace and one assist. In USU's 3-0 loss to host Duke Friday night, Etimani notched nine digs, two kills, one ace and one assist. She finished out the weekend with seven kills, two assists, one block and one ace in USU's sweep over Liberty. Etimani hit a career-best .333 (7-0-21) attack percentage in the Liberty match, helping the Aggies to a season-best .463 attack percentage, tying its previous highest mark from nearly 11 years to the day, with a .463 outing vs. Northeastern on Sept. 13, 2002. For the week, Etimani posted a .186 (16-6-59) attack percentage with 1.70 kills, 3.70 digs, 0.40 assists, 0.30 aces and 0.20 blocks per set.
USU's ORR AND NEVES NOTCH NIKE INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM HONORS
It is Orr's second-straight all-tournament honor and third of her career. It is Neves' first all-tournament team of her career.
Wichita State won the tournament, with WSU's Chelsey Feeken being named the MVP, and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Ashley Andrade and Sam Sanders. Korrin Wild of Fresno State and Autumn Wedan of Portland, along with Orr and Neves round out the all-tournament team.
For the weekend, Orr notched a .257 attack percentage (57-21-140) in the Aggies' three matches. Orr tied her career-high for the second-straight match with 19 kills in USU's loss to Wichita State on Friday, then topped that with a new career-high 20 kills against Pacific Saturday morning, including 14 in last three sets, spearheading USU's rally from down two sets to none to beat the Tigers in five sets. Orr finished the Pacific match with a .306 (20-5-49) attack percentage for her second match this season hitting over .300. She then added 18 kills in the win over Portland Saturday night. Orr also posted a pair of double-doubles with 19 kills and 11 digs in the Wichita State match and then notched 18 kills and 13 digs against Portland, as she now has five double-doubles in her career, which have all come in USU's six matches this season. She also registered a season-high four blocks in Pacific match, adding three each against Wichita State and Portland. For the week, Orr hit .257 (57-21-140) with 4.07 kills, 2.21 digs, 0.71 blocks and 0.21 aces per set. It was her third career tournament honor and second in as many weeks.
Neves earned her first tournament honor of the season and her career by dishing out 9.36 assists per set in USU's three matches. She started the weekend with her third double-double of the season with a season-best 50 assists and 14 digs in the Aggies' loss to Wichita State, adding a season-high tying two service aces. Neves then notched 44 assists to go with a season-high four kills in USU's five-set comeback win over Pacific, posting a .800 attack percentage (4-0-5). In the Aggies' four-set win over co-host Portland to round out the weekend, Neves logged 37 assists, along with seven digs and three block assists.
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
DUBOSE FOR 100 PLEASE ALEX
AGGIES IN NCAA TOP 10 BLOCKING STATS FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT YEAR, BRAINARD 20th, VANHOFF 30th INDIVIDUAL BLOCKING