USU Volleyball Returns Home To Host New Mexico Thursday And Air Force Saturday
Sept. 30, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Thursday, Oct. 3 - 7 p.m. (MT)
Saturday, Oct. 5 - 7 p.m. (MT)
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600 WIN CLUB
200 CONFERENCE VICTORIES
MOUNTAIN WEST ROOKIES
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- 3-1 .775 TOTAL CONFERENCE WINS 200-295 .404UTAH STATE IN CONFERENCE PLAY
USU has won 18 of its last 22 matches league action after being 3-1 in MW play this season following an 15-3 league ledger last season in the Aggies' final season in the WAC.
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
USU is hitting .222 as a team, posting 12.25 kills per set off 11.49 assists per set and serving up 1.16 aces per set. Defensively, the Aggies are limiting their opposition to a paltry .191 attack percentage, registering 2.55 blocks per set, adding 14.22 digs per set.
Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.), leads the team with 3.56 kills per set, posting a .222 (196-78-532) attack percentage. She also tallies 2.35 digs per set, sharing the team lead with six double-doubles this season. Orr adds 0.64 blocks per set.
Senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah), tops the team with a 1.28 blocks per set average, as well as logging a .250 (33-12-84) attack percentage, adding 0.61 kps.
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah), adds 1.15 blocks per set and registers a .234 (104-44-356) attack percentage with 1.89 kps.
Junior setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) dishes out 10.06 assists per set, adding 2.33 digs per set. While averaging 0.67 kills per set, Neves has a .438 (32-4-64) attack percentage.
Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court (Highland, Utah) leads the team with 3.78 digs per set. Rogers-Court has also served-up a team-leading 13 service aces, while Neves and freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gleason (Las Flores, Calif.) add 11 aces apiece, followed by Orr with 10.
FOUR PLAYERS WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT KILLS
USU IN MW STATS
In the MW only stats, the Aggies are second the league in both hitting percentage (.258) and assists (12.93 aps). Defensively, USU is tied for second in blocks (3.29 bps) and fourth in opponent hitting percentage (.167). Additionally, Utah State is also third in both kills (13.86) and aces (1.21 saps), and seventh in digs (13.29 dps).
Individually, senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett leads the league in MW only in blocks per set (1.79), while ranking third overall (1.28).
Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr is four in overall points (4.09) and fifth in kills (3.56), while ranking third in league only in points (4.36) and fifth in kills (3.71).
While not ranking in the overall stats, sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard is fifth in MW only stats in points per set (4.18), sixth in kills per set (3.50) and tied for ninth in blocks per set (1.36).
Junior setter Paige Neves is second in league matches in assists (11.64), while ranking sixth overall (10.06).
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff is seventh overall in blocks per set (1.15) and tied for ninth in MW only (1.36).
Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court is fifth in overall digs (3.78 dps).
THREE IN TOP 10 FOR BLOCKS
San Diego State is the only other team with multiple players in the top 10, with Emily Harris third (1.57) while Kaja Sandberg is tied for fifth (1.43).
THREE OVER .400
Highlighting the over .400 outings was Utah State's .463 attack percentage in a 3-0 sweep over Liberty on Sept. 14, its highest attack percentage since 2002. 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 (47-10-89) attack percentage on Sept. 10 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.
Most recently, Utah State logged a .416 (47-5-101) attack percentage in the Aggies' sweep over San José State on Sept. 28.
ONLY ONE WITH THREE OVER .400
USU's .416 at SJSU leads the Mountain West in league matches, as the Aggies are the only team in the MW to hit better than .400 in a conference match so far this season.
THE FEW, THE PROUD
LET'S PLAY FIVE
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.
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK, WE'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE
ETIMANI AND ORR AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Orr averages just shy of a double-double with 14.0 kills and 9.21 digs per match, averaging 3.56 kills and 2.35 digs per set.
Etimani is averaging a double-double at 10.1 kills and 11.2 digs per match. She is also posting 2.58 kills and 2.85 digs per set this season.
Tumua Etimani TIME
On the season, Etimani has a total of 10 matches with double-digit kills, including each of the last four matches as well as the first six contests of the season. Etimani also has eight double-digit digs outings, leading to six double-doubles this season.
THE RETURN OF EVERETT, LEADER OF MW ONLY BLOCKS
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). She then added nine blocks at Fresno State (9/26), giving her eight matches with four or more blocks.
Everett leads the league in MW only matches for blocks per set (1.79) while ranking third overall (1.28).
VANHOFF IS BLOCKING TOUGH
VanHoff is seventh overall in blocks per set (1.15) and tied for ninth in MW only (1.36), tying with sophomore teammate, Elle Brainard.
KAMALU KILL FOR THE WIN
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) 2454 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 1992-95ROGERS-COURT NOW HOLDING COURT IN TOP 10 OF RECORD BOOK
Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court broke into the USU top 10 career digs list, and became the eighth player in Aggie history to reach the 900 career digs mark in USU's win at SJSU on Sept. 28. Now with 908 career digs, Rogers-Court also passed former teammate Laurel Bodily (2009-11) for No. 7 on the USU career digs list, needing 11 to tie Lori Sargent-McKnight (1996-99) for the No. 6 spot. With 92 more digs, Rogers-Court would become just the fifth player in Aggie volleyball history to reach the 1,000 career digs plateau.
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) 908 Ashlan Rogers-Court 2011-Pres. 8) 904 Laurel Bodily 2009-11 9) 839 Carrie Steverson 1988-91 10) 830 Melissa Schoepf 1997-00VANHOFF BLOCKED 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 312 career block assists, needing 15 more to tie Katie Astle (2007-10) for the No. 4 spot with 327 block assists. She also is No. 6 on the Aggies' career total blocks list with 328 total blocks, passing former teammate Josselyn White (2009-12) and Michelle Matheson (1998-2001) who were tied for the No. 6 spot with 319 total blocks. VanHoff needs 12 more total blocks to catch Astle at the No. 5 spot.
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) 312 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-LOBOS SERIES HISTORY
Thursday's meeting between USU and UNM will be the first since 2006, as well as the 22nd all-time meeting as the Lobos lead the all-time series, 11-10. The teams first met on the court in 1976, and the Aggies won the first eight meetings before the Lobos won five in a row and then after a USU win in 1986, won six more in a row before the Aggies won in the recent meeting in 2006. UNM has won six of the last seven and 11 of the last 13 meetings.
ABOUT NEW MEXICO
New Mexico is third in the MW in hitting percentage (.225), but lead the league in opponent hitting percentage (.110), paced by ranking second in the conference in blocking (2.85 bps). The Lobos are also third in digs (14.98 dps), seventh in kills (12.62 kps), eighth in assists (11.81 aps) and ninth in service aces (1.15 saps).
The Lobos are led by junior right side hitter Chantele Riddle and senior middle blocker/outside hitter Lexi Ross. Riddle leads the MW in points per set (4.46), while ranking second in kills (3.71 kps), while Ross is fourth in the MW in hitting percentage (.382) and second in the league in blocks (1.30 bps). Senior libero Miquella Lovato is second in the conference in digs (4.73 dps), while sophomore setter Hannah Johnson is fifth in assists (10.25 aps). Sophomore middle blocker Skye Gullatt is 10th in the league in blocks (1.09 bps).
New Mexico head coach Jeff Nelson is in his seventh season leading the Lobos' program, posting a 123-70 record at UNM. Nelson is in his 19th season as a head coach and has accumulated a 365-217 overall record.
UTAH STATE-AIR FORCE SERIES HISTORY
ABOUT AIR FORCE
Air Force is 10th in the MW in hitting percentage (.173), while ranking eighth in opponent hitting percentage (.240). The Falcons are also fourth in service aces (1.22 saps), ninth in digs (13.95 dps), 10th in kills (11.56 kps), 10th in assists (11.08 aps), 11th in blocks (1.35 bps).
Junior middle blocker Ayesha Hein is fifth in the MW in hitting percentage (.376), while junior setter Hillary Keltner is eighth in the league in assists (9.44 aps), for the only Falcons in the MW statistics. Sophomore outside hitter Akokwe Clement tops the team with 2.71 kills per set, while sophomore middle blocker Raquel Rosas leads the Falcons with 0.74 blocks per set. Junior setter Hillary Keltner dishes out 9.44 assists per set, while libero Emma Dridge posts a team-best 3.10 digs per set.
Air Force head coach Matt McShane is in his fourth season guiding the Falcons' program, posting a 20-84 overall record.
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