Sept. 23, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Thursday, Sept. 26 - 8 p.m. (MT)
UTAH STATE at Fresno State
Save Mart Center (3,333)
Saturday, Sept. 28 - 8 p.m. (MT)
UTAH STATE at San José State
SJSU Event Center (5,000)
San José, Calif.
Follow all the action with "GameTracker" and "Watch Live" links at UtahStateAggies.com
Fresh off its first two Mountain West Conference wins, Utah State volleyball (8-4, 2-0 MW) will put its first-place league standings mark on the line this weekend in a pair of conference matches against familiar foes. First up is former Western Athletic Conference foe Fresno State (6-6, 0-0 MW) on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. (MT) at Fresno State's Save Mart Center (3,333). The Aggies then take on San José State (3-7, 0-0 MW) on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. (MT) at SJSU's Event Center (5,000). SJSU joined the MW from the WAC with Utah State this past summer.
USU is in pursuit of its 200th all-time conference match victory, as the Aggies enter this weekend with a 199-294 (.404) record in 493 overall conference matches. Utah State has won 17 of its last 20 league matches after being 2-0 in MW this season following an 15-3 league ledger last season in the Aggies' final season in the WAC.
Utah State leads the overall series with Fresno State, 12-9 (.571). Fresno State won the last two meetings with Utah State in 2011, when the two were former WAC foes with the Bulldogs beating the Aggies in five sets in the final regular-season match, at Fresno, and then sweeping the Aggies nine days later in the first-round of the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. Those two losses came after USU had won the previous four meetings.
Utah State and San José State were former WAC foes and moved to the Mountain West together this summer. USU and SJSU have taken turns winning the last four meetings, with the Spartans claiming victory in the last two match-ups at San José while the Aggies have nabbed the win in the last two meetings in Logan. In the most recent match, SJSU swept USU last season at San José.
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 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 607-679-8 (.472) in 1,294 matches.
MOUNTAIN WEST ROOKIES
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- 2-0 1.000UTAH STATE IN CONFERENCE PLAY
USU is 199-294 (.404) in 493 overall conference matches, winning 17 of its last 20 league action after being 2-0 in MW this season following an 15-3 league ledger last season in the Aggies' final season in the WAC.
HELLO OLD FOES
This weekend's matches are against a pair of opponents that are former WAC foes of USU, as Fresno State left the WAC after the 2011 season before joining the Mountain West, while San José State departed the WAC and joined the MW this summer along with Utah State.
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
Utah State is 106-45 (.702) at home in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum during the last 14 years, which includes an 80-37 (.684) record against conference opponents.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies have won their last three matches on the way to an 8-4 overall record, including winning their inaugural Mountain West match, and enter the weekend atop the MW standings with a 2-0 league ledger. USU swept a home-and-home with Boise State last week, sweeping the Broncos in three sets on Wednesday at Logan, and winning in four sets on Saturday in Boise.
Utah State is hitting .221, averaging 11.96 kills per set. USU also averages 11.21 assists per set, while serving up 1.17 aces per set. On the defensive side of the net, the Aggies post 2.42 blocks per set, holding the opponents to a .191 hitting percentage, and USU is also averaging 14.08 digs per set.
Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.), posts a team-leading 3.40 kills per set, logging a .216 (163-67-444) attack percentage. Orr also records 2.27 digs, topping the team with five double-doubles on the season. She adds 0.58 blocks per set.
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah), spearheads the Aggies' attack with a .262 (95-36-225) hitting percentage with 1.98 kills per set, and is second on the team with 1.10 blocks per set. Senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah) tops the team with a 1.21 blocks per set average, as well as logging a .243 (28-10-74) attack percentage.
Junior setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) dishes out 9.66 assists per set, adding 2.39 digs per set. While averaging 0.71 kills per set, Neves has a .491 (29-2-55) attack percentage.
Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court (Highland, Utah) leads the team with 3.73 digs per set. Neves tops the team with 11 service aces, while Rogers-Court and freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gleason (Las Flores, Calif.) add 10 aces apiece.
FOUR PLAYERS WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT KILLS
With four players in double-digit kills in USU's win at Boise State on Saturday was the first time doing so. The Aggies had three players in double-digit kills in seven matches this season, including the first five in a row, before breaking through with four players in Saturday's win over Boise State.
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 Sept. 14 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 on Sept. 14, 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).
A total of 11 different individual career-highs were either set or tied in USU's sweep at Weber State on Sept. 10.
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 12 matches this season have gone five sets, including a stretch of three in a row. USU has played in the second-most five-set matches in the MW, as both Fresno State and Air Force have now played in five matches going five sets.
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 Sept. 7 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.
ETIMANI AND ORR AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
USU senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani (Richardson, Texas) and junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) are currently tied for third in the Mountain West in double-doubles with five each, behind three MW players with seven and two others with six. Four of Orr's double-doubles were in USU's first four matches and all five came in the span of six matches. Etimani logged three of her double-doubles in the first three matches of the season.
Despite not having a double-double in the last six matches, Orr still averages just shy of a double-double with 13.6 kills and 9.1 digs per match, averaging 3.40 kills and 2.27 digs per set.
Like Orr, Etimani is also just shy of averaging a double-double, but is flipped with Orr's numbers, as Etimani is averaging 9.8 kills and 11.3 digs per match. Etimani is posting 2.46 kills and 2.83 digs per set this season.
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).
On the season, Etimani has a total of eight matches with double-digit kills, including each of the last two matches as well as the first six contests of the season. Etimani also has seven double-digit digs outings, leading to her five double-doubles this season.
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 then season-high with eight blocks in the win over Pacific (9/7), adding six blocks at Weber State (9/10) before breaking through with a career-high 10 block assists against Boise State (9/18).
Everett is fourth overall in blocks per set (1.21), while ranking second in MW only (1.86
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 11 of the 12 matches, including six 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 at Portland (9/7), along with the neutral court match vs. South Carolina (9/13). VanHoff is eighth overall in blocks per set (1.10) and ninth in MW only (1.29).
USU IN MW STATS
The Aggies are fourth in the league in both offensive hitting percentage (.221) and opponent hitting percentage (.191), as well as fourth in the conference in blocks per set (2.42). USU also is eighth in digs (14.08 dps), while ranking ninth in assists (11.21 aps), kills (11.96 kps), and aces (1.17 saps).
In the MW only stats, the Aggies top the league in hitting percentage (.298). Defensively, USU is fourth in blocks (3.14 bps) and fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.141). Additionally, Utah State is third in aces (1.29 saps), fifth in both assists (12.43 aps) and kills (12.43 kps) and seventh in digs (11.43 dps).
Individually, senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett is fourth overall in blocks per set (1.21), while ranking second in MW only (1.86).
While not ranking in the overall stats, sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard is fourth in MW only stats in points per set (4.21), sixth in both kills per set (3.43) and blocks per set (1.57).
Junior setter Paige Neves is eighth overall in assists (9.66 aps), while ranking sixth in league matches (10.86). Neves also is eighth in conference matches in aces per set (0.29). Freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gleason is tied for fourth in league matches for aces (0.43 saps). Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff is eighth overall in blocks per set (1.10) and ninth in MW only (1.29). VanHoff also is seventh in league matches in hitting percentage (.333). Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr is seventh in both overall kills (3.40 kps) and points (3.86 pps), while junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court is sixth in overall digs (3.73 dps).
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).
THREE IN TOP 10 FOR BLOCKS
USU is the only MW team with three players in the top 10 of the MW stats in league matches for blocks per set, as senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett is second (1.86), sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard is sixth (1.57) and junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff is ninth (1.29). Colorado State is the only other team with multiple players in the top 10, with Kelsey Snider and Samantha Peters both tied for fourth (1.67).
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.
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 2,367 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 251 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) 2367 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 879 digs, holding down the No. 8 spot, and becoming the 10th play in USU history with 800 career digs. She needs just 21 more to become the eighth player in Aggie history with 900 career digs and needing 25 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 1997-00VANHOFF BLOCKING WAY INTO RECORD LISTS
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff become the 10th player in USU history to reach 300 career total blocks and the sixth Aggie player to reach 300 block assists. VanHoff is now No. 5 on the USU block assists list with 303 career block assists, needing 24 more to tie Katie Astle (2007-10) for the No. 4 spot with 327 block assists. She also is No. 8 on the Aggies' career total blocks list with 318 total blocks, needing one more to tie former teammate Josselyn White (2009-12) and Michelle Matheson (1998-2001) who are tied for the No. 6 spot with 319 total blocks.
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) 303 Kaitlyn VanHoff 2011-Pres. 6) 300 Shantell Durrant 2008-10 7) 292 Michelle Matheson 1998-01 8) 290 Erin Cartwright-Davis 2001-03 9) 286 Josselyn White 2009-12 10) 280 Shay Sorensen 2009-12AGGIES-BULLDOGS SERIES HISTORY
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) 318 Kaitlyn VanHoff 2011-Pres. 9) 309 Shantell Durrant 2008-10 10) 306 Tiffany Kitley 1996-99
Utah State leads the overall series with Fresno State, 12-9 (.571). The Aggies and Bulldogs first met in 1980. Fresno State won the last two meetings with Utah State in 2011, when the two were former WAC foes with the Bulldogs beating the Aggies in five sets in the final regular-season match, at Fresno, and then sweeping the Aggies nine days later in the first-round of the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. Those two losses came after USU had won the previous four meetings.
ABOUT FRESNO STATE
The Bulldogs are 6-6 overall and Thursday is their first MW match of the season. Fresno State is coming off a 2-1 finish at its own Fresno State Classic this past weekend, beating Belmont in five sets, 3-2, on Friday, before sweeping Cal State Bakersfield Saturday morning and getting swept by #20 Oregon Saturday night.
FS is hitting .195 as a team, posting 12.67 kills per set, averaging 11.83 assists and 1.29 service aces. Defensively, the Bulldogs average 1.77 blocks and 14.12 digs per set.
Senior outside hitter Korrin Wild leads the Bulldogs with 3.69 kps, while junior middle blocker Maci Murdock tops the team with a .350 (89-26-180) attack percentage. Senior middle blocker Lauren Albertson averages a team-best 0.87 blocks per set, while junior libero Christina Lee averages 3.02 digs per set. Junior setter Cori Ehmen dishes out 10.44 assists per set while senior right side hitter Holly Franks serves up 0.29 aces per set.
Fresno State head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell is in her sixth season at the leash of the Bulldogs' program, posting a 71-83 record. She is in her eighth season overall as a head coach, with an overall record of 115-103.
UTAH STATE-SAN JOSÉ STATE SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and San José State were former WAC foes and moved to the Mountain West together this summer. The Aggies first faced the Spartans in 1979. USU and SJSU have taken turns winning the last four meetings, with the Spartans claiming victory in the last two match-ups at San José while the Aggies have nabbed the win in the last two meetings in Logan. In the most recent match, SJSU swept USU last season at San José.
ABOUT SAN JOSÉ STATE
The Spartans are 3-7 overall, going 1-2 last weekend at the Pacific Bankers Classic. SJSU lost to Winthrop in five sets on Friday, before bouncing back to sweep UC Riverside Saturday morning but wrapping up action by getting swept by host Pacific Saturday night.
SJSU is hitting .201 as a team with 13.16 kills per set, averaging 12.37 assists, 1.39 aces, 16.16 digs and 2.33 blocks per set.
Senior outside hitter Hanah Blume leads SJSU with 3.68 kills and 3.89 digs per set. Senior middle blocker Sarah Griest leads the team with a .283 (81-28-187) attack percentage, while junior middle blocker Mary Alice O'Reilly tops the team with 1.29 blocks per set. Sophomore setter Michaela Leonard distributes 10.97 assists per set while sophomore outside hitter leads the team with 0.34 aces per set.
SJSU head coach Oscar Crespo is in his seventh season leading the charge of the Spartans' program, recording a 62-115 record.
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:
Tumua Etimani - OH
Portland Nike Invitational
Rachel Orr - OH
Paige Neves - S
Rachel Orr - OH
Ashlan Rogers-Court - LIB
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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