USU Volleyball Opens Mountain West Action With Home-And-Home Against Boise State
After 10 non-conference matches, Utah State volleyball will open its first season of Mountain West Conference action with a home-and-home against Boise State, starting with hosting the Broncos on Wednesday, Sept. 18. First-serve is slated for 7 p.m. (MT), at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The Aggies then turn around and play the Broncos in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at BSU's Bronco Gym (1,400).
 
After 10 non-conference matches, Utah State volleyball will open its first season of Mountain West Conference action with a home-and-home against Boise State, starting with hosting the Broncos on Wednesday, Sept. 18. First-serve is slated for 7 p.m. (MT), at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The Aggies then turn around and play the Broncos in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at BSU's Bronco Gym (1,400).
 
 

Sept. 16, 2013

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Wednesday, Sept. 18 - 7 p.m. (MT)
Boise State at UTAH STATE
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Logan, Utah

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Morrill Sets School Record as Aggie Spikers Sweep Boise State
Senior libero Christine Morrill set a school record for digs in a three-set match with 24 to help Utah State sweep Boise State (25-18, 25-22, 25-23) here Thursday in a Western Athletic Conference match.

Saturday, Sept. 21 - 7 p.m. (MT)
UTAH STATE at Boise State
Bronco Gym (1,400)
Boise, Idaho

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STORYLINES

• After 10 non-conference matches, Utah State volleyball will open its first season of Mountain West Conference action with a home-and-home against Boise State, starting with hosting the Broncos on Wednesday, Sept. 18. First-serve is slated for 7 p.m. (MT), at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). The Aggies then turn around and play the Broncos in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at BSU's Bronco Gym (1,400).
• Wednesday is USU's first Mountain West match as the Aggies are in their first year in the conference after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference.
• Aggie volleyball is the first Utah State team to host a Mountain West contest, as the Aggie football team was the first team to play a MW event when they played at Air Force on Sept. 7, but Aggie volleyball is the first to host a MW contest.
• Since the 1990 season, Utah State is 10-13 (.435) in conference openers, which includes a 6-5 home record.
• Utah State and Boise State were fellow WAC foes from 2006-10, before the Broncos left for the Mountain West. USU and BSU were also in the Big West Conference together from 1996-2000.
• While USU trails in the overall series with BSU, 18-14, the Aggies have won 14 of the last 17 meetings with the Broncos, including winning the last nine meetings in a row in Logan. Boise State has won the last two meetings in Boise, but Utah State has won five of the last eight meetings there.
• Utah State is coming off a sweep of Liberty last Saturday in which the Aggies posted a .463 (48-4-95) attack percentage, 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.
• USU has now notched over a .400 attack percentage in two of its last four matches, posting a .416 (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.

LIVE STATS
Live stats for this week's matches against Boise State will be a available via "GameTracker and "Live Stats" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

LIVE VIDEO
Live video for both of the Aggies' matches against the Broncos this week will be available online through the Aggies' Mountain West Digital Network channel by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

600 WIN CLUB
Utah State won its 600th all-time match with its four-set win over Northern Iowa on Saturday, Aug. 31, and the Aggies are believed to be the 102nd team in NCAA history to reach the 600-win plateau, according to available records with the AVCA. Overall, the Aggies are in their 37th season of collegiate volleyball with an overall record of 603-677-8 (.471) in 1,288 matches.

MOUNTAIN WEST STARTER
Utah State is in its first season in the Mountain West Conference after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. The MW is USU volleyball's fifth conference in its 37 years of volleyball, starting in the Intermountain Athletic Conference (1976-81), later moving to the High Country Athletic Conference (1984-89), before joining the Big West Conference (1989-2004), then moving to the Western Athletic Conference (2005-12), and now joining the Mountain West on July 1, 2013.

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	.600
UTAH 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
Wednesday is the first home Mountain West contest hosted by Utah State. The Aggie football team was the first team to play a MW event when they played at Air Force on Sept. 7, but Aggie volleyball is the first to host a MW contest.

UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
Utah State is 105-45 (.700) at home in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum during the last 14 years, which includes a 79-37 (.681) record against conference opponents.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies are 6-4 on the year after completing regular-season tournament action with a 5-4 mark. USU is coming off a 1-2 finish at the Duke Invitational, falling to South Carolina in four sets Friday morning and getting swept by host Duke Friday night, before bouncing back to sweep Liberty Saturday morning. The Aggies posted a .463 (48-4-95) attack percentage in the win over Liberty, 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.

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
For the second time in its last four matches, Utah State volleyball hit over .400, posting its highest attack percentage since 2002 with a .463 attack percentage in a 3-0 (25-11, 25-11, 25-23) sweep over Liberty on Sept. 14.

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
USU's .463 attack percentage on Saturday came from having 48 kills with just four errors in 95 attacks. The four errors is the Aggies' fewest errors since at least 2008, according to available records. USU's previous fewest errors over that time was eight, done three times including twice last season, at Seattle (10/20/12) and vs. Texas State (11/14/12), as well as against Nevada in 2011.

BIG NUMBERS FOR EVERYONE
All seven Aggie players with an attack hit .333 or better in the Liberty match, led by senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah) with a perfect 1.000 (2-0-2) attack percentage, while junior setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) logged a .667 (4-0-6) attack percentage, which was matched by freshman middle blocker Carly Lenzen (Cave Creek, Ariz.) at .667 (2-0-3). Sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) notched a .500 (15-2-26) attack percentage, junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) hit .462 (7-1-13), junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) posted a .417 (11-1-24) and senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani (Richardson, Texas) logged a .333 (7-0-21).

CAREER NIGHTS
A total of 11 different individual career-highs were either set or tied in last week's match at Weber State.

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
The Aggies have put the volleyball spin on baseball great Ernie Banks' declaration, as four of Utah State's first 10 matches this season have gone five sets, including a stretch of three in a row. USU is one of four Mountain West teams to play in four five-set matches this season, joined by Air Force, Fresno State and San Diego State.

DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK, WE'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE
USU got in touch with their inner LL Cool J when down two sets to none on Saturday against Pacific, but bounced back to win in five sets. The Aggies' rally marked the first time that USU has bounced back from down 2-0 to win in five since Oct. 3, 2009.

O-DOUBLE-R AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
USU junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) currently is tied for second in the Mountain West in double-doubles with five, behind four players with six apiece. Four of Orr's double-doubles were in USU's first four matches and all five came in the span of six matches.

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
In addition to Orr's offense, the Aggies have also received significant contributions from senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani (Richardson, Texas), who entered this season with just 17 kills and nearly doubled that in the first two matches with 24 as part of 39 total kills in first three matches of season. She progressively improved in kills with 11 at Utah (8/30), 13 vs. Northern Iowa (8/31) and 15 vs. Fairfield (8/31). Etimani also progressively improved in digs with 14 at Utah (8/30), 15 vs. Northern Iowa (8/31) and 17 vs. Fairfield (8/31). Etimani added 13 kills in each of the Wichita State (9/6) and Pacific (9/7) matches, before recording nine kills against Portland (9/7) and six at Weber State (9/10).

THE RETURN OF EVERETT
After missing last season with a knee injury, senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah) has made a smashing return to action. In her season debut, Everett posted eight blocks and four kills on .500 attack pct. at Utah (8/30).

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
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) had at least three blocks in each of USU's first eight matches and nine of the 10 matches, including five matches with five or more. VanHoff has logged a season-high six blocks three times, doing so in two of USU's four true road matches, in the season-opener at Utah (8/30) and in the most recent match at Portland (9/7), along with the neutral court match vs. South Carolina (9/13). VanHoff is seventh in the MW in blocking (1.07 bps).

USU IN MW STATS
After the first 10 matches of the season, USU is averaging a .209 attack percentage, ranking sixth in the Mountain West statistics, with 11.71 kills per set, which ranks ninth in the league. USU is also ninth in the conference in assists (11.00 aps).

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
USU served up 10 service aces in its five-set win over Fairfield on Aug. 31. It was the first time that the Aggies had 10 service aces in a match since Oct. 23, 2010 when they also had 10, against Louisiana Tech.

AGGIE DEBUTS
Four of USU's seven freshmen have seen their first action as Aggies and recorded their first stats for the navy and white.

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
In the loss to Utah on Aug. 30, junior setter Paige Neves became just the eighth player in Aggie volleyball history to reach the 2,000 career assists plateau. She now has 2,291 assists, moving up to No. 6 on USU's career list, passing Andrea Delsigne (2001-03) for the No. 6 spot with 2,265 assists. She now needs 327 assists for the No. 5 position, held by Stephanie Maurer (1984-87) with 2,618 career assists.

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
Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court broke into the USU top 10 career digs list, now with 859 digs, holding down the No. 8 spot, and becoming the 10th play in USU history with 800 career digs. She needs just 41 more to become the eighth player in Aggie history with 900 career digs and needing 45 more to tie former teammate Laurel Bodily (2009-11) for No. 7 on the USU career digs list.

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
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff has climbed into the top 10 on both the USU career block assists list and the career total blocks list. VanHoff's five block assists in the Liberty match pushes her career total to 295 and moving from a tie for seventh with Erin Cartwright-Davis (2001-03) with 290 block assists for No. 7 on the USU career block assists list, and up to No. 6, passing Michelle Matheson (1998-2001) with 292 career block assists. VanHoff now has 309 total blocks, moving up to tie No. 8 on the Aggies' career total blocks list, tying Shantell Durrant (2008-10).

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

Total Blocks 1) 477 Denae Mohlman 1997-00 2) 409 Ingrid Roth 2002-05 3) 359 Amanda Nielson 2004-07 4) 351 Erin Cartwright-Davis 2001-03 5) 340 Katie Astle 2007-10 6) 319 Michelle Matheson 1998-01 319 Josselyn White 2009-12 8) 309 Shantell Durrant 2008-10 309 Kaitlyn VanHoff 2011-Pres. 10) 306 Tiffany Kitley 1996-99

AGGIES-BRONCOS SERIES HISTORY
USU trails BSU, 18-15, in the overall series. The Aggies won the last meeting with the Broncos, when they were former WAC foes, sweeping BSU on Nov. 4, 2010 in Logan. Utah State has won the last nine meetings in a row in Logan, while Boise State has won the last two meetings in Boise, but Utah State has won five of the last eight meetings there.. BSU won the first 14 meetings in the series, but the Aggies have won 14 of the last 17 meetings with the Broncos.

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
USU senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani earned her first career all-tournament team honor by being named to the Duke Invitational all-Tournament Team after helping USU to a 1-2 mark in the two-day tournament.

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
USU's junior duo of Rachel Orr and Paige Neves notched Portland Nike Invitational all-Tournament honors, as the awards were announced following the final match of the invitational Saturday night.

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
Utah State volleyball's junior duo of Rachel Orr and Ashlan Rogers-Court were named to the Utah Classic all-Tournament Team, announced following the final match of the weekend.

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
With one USU player named to the Duke Invitational all-Tournament Team, plus two Agggie players named to the Portland Nike Invitational and two more to the Utah Classic all-Tournament Team this season, current Aggies have now earned a total of nine all-tournament team honors... Here's a closer look at the current Aggies' all-Tournament team collection:

2013
Duke Invitational
Tumua Etimani - OH

Portland Nike Invitational
Rachel Orr - OH
Paige Neves - S

Utah Classic
Rachel Orr - OH
Ashlan Rogers-Court - LIB

2012
SDSU Aztec Challenge
Rachel Orr - OH
Elle Brainard - MB

Utah State Invitational
Elle Brainard - MB
Ashlan Rogers-Court - LIB

DUBOSE FOR 100 PLEASE ALEX
USU head coach Grayson DuBose earned his 100th career win with the Aggies' win over Seattle on Sept. 20, 2012... DuBose, who is in his eighth year as Aggie head coach, has a 118-100 (.541) record, coaching his 200th career match as USU head coach vs. San Jose State on Oct. 13, 2012... With USU's four-set win at Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 17, 2011, DuBose moved ahead of former Aggie head coach Burt Fuller (2001-05) and into second-place all-time at USU for career wins... DuBose becomes just the second coaching position to reach 100 wins as Marilyn McReavy and Mary Jo Peppler hold the school record with 209 wins as they were co-head coaches from 1976-81.

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.

Individually, Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) was 20th in the NCAA with a 1.41 blocks per set average, while middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) was 30th with a 1.33 bps average.

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