Sept. 30, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Thursday, Oct. 3 - 7 p.m. (MT)
New Mexico at UTAH STATE
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Saturday, Oct. 5 - 7 p.m. (MT)
Air Force at UTAH STATE
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
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After playing on the road the last two weekends, Utah State volleyball (9-5, 3-1 MW) returns to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) for a pair of Mountain West Conference matches. First up is a battle with New Mexico (11-2, 2-1 MW) on Thursday, Oct. 3, before the Aggies take on Air Force (4-11, 1-2 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 5. First serve for both matches is slated for 7 p.m. (MT).
The Aggies will be facing the Lobos of New Mexico for the first time since 2006 and the 22nd all-time meeting as UNM leads the all-time series, 11-10.
Saturday's match-up with Air Force is the first time that USU and Air Force have met on the volleyball court.
Thursday's match against New Mexico features two of the top blocking teams in the Mountain West, as UNM enters the weekend leading the league in conference only matches at 3.58 blocks per set while USU is tied for second at 3.29 blocks per set, tied with San Diego State. In the overall MW statistics, the Lobos are second at 2.85 bps while the Aggies are fourth at 2.55 bps.
The match between USU and Air Force is between two of the top three teams in the MW in five-set matches, as the Falcons have played in five matches going five sets while the Aggies have played in four five-setters, including a stretch of three in a row. Fresno State leads the league with six five-setters.
With its .416 attack percentage at SJSU Saturday night, USU is the only team in the Mountain West with three outings with over a .400 attack percentage. The feat has only been reached a total of six times, and the Aggies own half of them. Colorado State has two +.400 outings while Boise State has one. USU is the only MW team to reach the feat in a league match.
Live stats for this weekends matches will be available via "GameTracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.
Live video for both of the Aggies' matches this weekend will also be available online through the Aggies' Mountain West 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 608-680-8 (.472) in 1,296 matches.
200 CONFERENCE VICTORIES
USU's sweep over San José State on Sept. 28 was the Aggies' 200th all-time conference win, as USU is now 200-295 (.404) in 495 overall conference 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- 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
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 four of their last five matches in posting a 9-5 overall record, boosted by winning their first two Mountain West match as part of taking three of their first four league matches. USU dropped a hard-fought four-set battle at Fresno State on Thursday night, with all three sets it lost by two points each and all three went to extra points. The Aggies bounced back to sweep the Spartans of San José State Saturday night.
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
With four players in double-digit kills in USU's win at Boise State on Sept. 21 was the first time doing so. The Aggies have had three players in double-digit kills a total of nine matches this season, including the first five in a row, and two other times for seven total times on the season before breaking through with four players in the win over Boise State on Sept. 21, adding three in the matches at Fresno State and San José State on Sept. 26 and 28, respectively.
USU IN MW STATS
The Aggies are fourth in the league in offensive hitting percentage (.222), while ranking third in opponent hitting percentage (.191), as well as fourth in the conference in blocks per set (2.55). USU also is seventh in digs (14.22 dps), while ranking eighth in aces (1.16 saps) and ninth in both assists (11.49 aps) and kills (12.25 kps).
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
USU is the only MW team with three players in the top 10 of the MW stats in conference matches for blocks per set, as senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett leads the league (1.79), while sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard and junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff are tied for ninth (1.36).
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
After not hitting .400 or better since 2003, the Aggies have now topped the .400 attack percentage mark three times this season, all in the last eight matches.
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
Utah State is the only team in the Mountain West with three outings with over a .400 attack percentage. The feat has only been reached a total of six times, and the Aggies own half of them with the second-highest mark and tied with two for the fourth-highest. Colorado State has posted the top mark with a .529 (53-7-87) against Baylor on Aug. 30, while Boise State holds the third spot after logging a .419 (36-5-74) against Belmont on Sept. 6 and Colorado State has the sixth mark with a .412 (64-8-136) versus Denver on Sept. 10.
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
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. The Aggies only had five errors in the win at SJSU (9/28) on the way to their .416 outings.
LET'S PLAY FIVE
The Aggies have put the volleyball spin on baseball great Ernie Banks' declaration, as four of Utah State's first 14 matches this season have gone five sets, including a stretch of three in a row. USU has played in the third-most five-set matches in the MW, as Fresno State has now played in six matches going five sets while Air Force has five five-set matches.
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.
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 the fourth-most in the Mountain West in double-doubles with six each, behind one MW player with nine, one with eight and two with seven. Four of Orr's double-doubles were in USU's first four matches and five came in a span of the first six matches of the season. Etimani logged three of her double-doubles in the first three matches of the season.
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
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 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
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). 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
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) had at least three blocks in each of USU's first eight matches and 12 of the 14 matches overall, including seven matches with five or more. VanHoff had 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), before breaking through with nine blocks at Fresno State (9/26).
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
Freshman outside hitter Kaylie Kamalu (Kaysville, Utah) has two kills on the season, but both have sealed matches for Utah State. Her first Aggie career kill clinched USU's win at Portland (9/7) and she also had the match-winning kill to complete the Aggies' sweep over San José State (9/28).
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 2,454 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 164 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) 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
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) 328 Kaitlyn VanHoff 2011-Pres. 7) 319 Michelle Matheson 1998-01 319 Josselyn White 2009-12 9) 309 Shantell Durrant 2008-10 10) 306 Tiffany Kitley 1996-99
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
The Lobos are 11-2 overall and 2-1 in MW action. Last week, UNM beat USU's former WAC rival, New Mexico State on Monday in five sets, before sweeping Wyoming Thursday night and battling 19th-ranked Colorado State before falling in five sets. The loss to CSU snapped UNM's 10-match win streak.
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
Utah State and Air Force will be meeting for the first time on the volleyball court when the two teams tangle on Saturday.
ABOUT AIR FORCE
The Falcons are 4-11 overall and 1-2 in MW play. Last week Air Force got swept by No. 19 Colorado State on Sept. 26 and then beat Wyoming in four sets on Sept. 28.
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
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.
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:
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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 122-103 (.542) 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.
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