Oct. 11, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - To wrap-up its two-match road trip, Utah State volleyball will play at Wyoming on Saturday, Oct. 12. The Aggies and Cowgirls square off at 6:30 p.m. (MT) from Wyoming's UniWyo Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo.
USU is 9-7 overall and 3-3 in Mountain West Conference action after losing at 13th-ranked Colorado State, 3-1, Thursday night. Utah State's set two victory was the first frame won by a visiting team at Colorado State, as Thursday was the first time this season that CSU did not win in three sets in its seven home matches so far this season.
Wyoming takes a four-match win streak as part of a 12-7 overall and 2-3 MW ledger into Saturday's match. The Cowgirls swept Boise State, 3-0, Thursday night.
The series between the Aggies and Cowgirls is tied at 13-13, and the teams will be meeting for the first time since 2009. Utah State has won the last three match-ups. USU is playing at Laramie for the first time since 2000, when the Aggies won in four sets.
Utah State has one player and one assistant coach who hail from the Cowboy State, in junior setter Paige Neves, and her sister, assistant coach Taubi Neves, who are from Otto, Wyo., located in north central Wyoming, roughly 350 miles from Laramie.
Saturday's match features two of the top defensive teams in the league, as Wyoming leads the conference in blocks per set (2.91), while USU is fourth in blocks (2.55 bps). The Cowgirls are also third in the MW in opponent hitting percentage (.185), while the Aggies are fourth (.192).
USU is also ninth in the MW in attack percentage (.202), kills (12.08 kps), and assists (11.35 aps), while ranking sixth in service aces (1.15 saps) and seventh in digs (14.61 dps).
UW is fifth in attack percentage (.216), eighth in kills (12.80 kps) and assists (11.99 aps), while ranking third in digs (14.82 dps) and fifth in service aces (1.18 saps).
Individually, junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) is sixth in both kills (3.40 kps) and points (3.90 pps). Senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah) is third in the MW in blocks (1.25 bps), while junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) is sixth in blocks (1.18 bps). Neves is sixth in assists (9.96), while junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court (Highland, Utah) is thrid in the league in digs (3.95 dps).
Wyoming junior middle blocker Erin Kirby leads the MW in blocks (1.85 bps), while also ranking ninth in the league in hitting percentage (.351). While the Cowgirls do not have anyone in the top 10 for kills, they have six players averaging over 2.0 kills per set, led by redshirt-freshman outside hitter Mikaela Ryshytylo at 2.61 kps while senior middle blocker Reese Plante adds 2.59 kps, and is fifth in the MW in hitting percentage at .361. Plante also is fourth in the league in service aces (0.32 saps). Senior libero Becky Stewart leads the MW in digs (4.97 dps). Freshman setter Courtney Chacon is eighth in the conference in assists (9.35 aps).
The Aggies will return home to host in-state foe Utah Valley in a non-conference match on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State volleyball tickets are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Utah State volleyball team wants to help by raising money for Logan Regional Hospital Foundations's Breast Cancer Services. Pledges are now being gathered for every dig the Aggies make during their six home matches in October as part of USU's "Dig for a Cure" campaign.
For each dig (a defensive move made to control a spiked ball) the Aggies are asking for a donation of $0.25. If the Aggies record 200 total digs in the six matches, a pledge of $0.25 will result in $50. Half of this donation will go to the Logan Regional Hospital Foundation to assist in Breast Cancer Services while the other half will be used to support the USU Volleyball team. Pledges can be made in any amount and flat donations are also accepted and appreciated. Pledge and donation forms will be available at the matches at the marketing/promotions table on the west concourse of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Any pledge or donation received will enter the fan's name into a drawing which will take place the last home match in October, on Thursday, Oct. 31 vs. Wyoming. Prizes include: T-shirts, volleyballs and team photos. Come cheer on the Aggies during their October matches and keep track of their digs to help them "Dig for a Cure." For more information or to donate, contact USU Assistant Coach Taubi Neves at firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-797-2063, or go to: http://bit.ly/RtaUKK.
Fans can also follow the Aggie volleyball program on twitter at twitter.com/USUVolleyball, on facebook at facebook.com/USUVolleyball or on instagram at instagram.com/usuvolleyball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at facebook.com/USUAthletics.
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