LOGAN, Utah - Utah State volleyball continues its 2017 Mountain West schedule this weekend, when it hosts Colorado State on Saturday at 8 p.m., on Kirby Court at the Wayne Estes Center. The match is the second half of a Colorado State double-header, as the Utah State football team hosts the Rams at 2:30 p.m., the same day.
The Aggies (11-6, 3-2 MW) head into the match having won five of their last seven overall, and will look to jump out to a 4-2 conference record for the first time since 2014. Utah State is led offensively by senior outside Lauren Anderson, who ranks second in the MW in both kills per set (4.02) and points per set (4.56). Overall, Anderson has logged 245 kills on the season and is second on the team with 160 digs.
Junior libero Tasia Taylor leads the Aggie defense in digs, collecting 293 on the year and averaging 4.80 per set, good for second in the league. The USU block has recently been led by Lauren O’Brien, who averages 1.04 blocks per set.
No. 23 Colorado State (15-2, 5-0 MW) comes to Logan having won its last five matches this season to begin MW play. The Rams are led offensively by redshirt freshman outside Breana Runnels, who has 191 kills on the season, averaging 3.18 per set. The Rams also boast the two most efficient hitters in the conference as sophomore middle Paulina Hougaard-Jensen and redshirt sophomore middle Kirstie Hillyer are hitting .435 (121-24-223) and .395 (105-28-195), respectively.
The CSU defense is led by Hillyer, who leads the MW in blocks, averaging 1.53 per set, while Hougaard-Jensen is third in the league with 1.31 per set. The Ram back row is led by Amanda Young, who has totaled 229 digs on the season, averaging 3.75 per set.
The Rams lead the all-time series against USU, 25-14, and have won all eight matchups since the Aggies have joined the Mountain West.
Following the match with Colorado State, the Aggies punctuate a three-match homestand by hosting Boise State on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. Fans can follow both matches via live stat and video links online at utahstateaggies.com
Fans can also follow the Aggie volleyball program on Twitter @USUVolleyball, on Facebook at USUVolleyball or on Instagram at @usuvolleyball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at @USUAthletics, on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics or on Instagram at @USUAthletics.
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