Oct. 14, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's volleyball team continues Western Athletic Conference play this weekend with a home match against Nevada on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. (MT).
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Utah State's volleyball team will once again be participating in a `Dig for a Cure'. Fans wearing pink will receive free admission to Saturday's match against Nevada. Also, the first 200 fans will receive a pink `Dig for a Cure' T-shirt. Fans can also pledge money to the American Cancer Society throughout the concourse and will be entered into a drawing for T-shirts, volleyballs and photos signed by the USU Volleyball team. Winners will be chosen on Oct. 29 in USU's home match against Louisiana Tech.
Utah State is 8-11 on the season and 3-3 in WAC play after defeating Fresno State at home in four sets in its last match Thursday. The Aggies are led by senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur who is hitting .148 and averaging 3.73 kills, 2.41 digs, 0.42 blocks and 0.18 service aces per set. Junior outside hitter Josselyn White is hitting .180 and averaging 2.94 kills, 2.64 digs, 1.14 blocks and 0.20 service aces per set, and junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen is hitting .164 and averaging 2.42 kills, 0.86 blocks and 0.56 digs per set. As a team, Utah State is hitting .158 on the year as compared to a .166 hitting percentage for its opponents.
Nevada is 3-14 on the season and 1-5 in the WAC following a four-set loss at Idaho Thursday. The Wolf Pack, who are 1-5 on the road and 2-11 away from home this season, are led by junior middle blocker Janelle Batista who is hitting .320 and averaging 2.87 kills and 0.64 blocks per set. As a team, Nevada is hitting .169 on the year as compared to a .244 hitting percentage for its opponents. The Wolf Pack return four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team that finished with a 13-17 record and a 7-9 WAC mark to tie for sixth-place. Ruth Lawanson is in her first year as Nevada's head coach.
Utah State is 13-20 all-time against Nevada including a 10-5 record at home. USU won two of the three meetings between the two teams last year as Nevada won in Reno in four sets, Utah State won in Logan in three sets, and USU won in the first round of the WAC Tournament in four sets. Overall, USU is 6-0 against the Wolf Pack at home since joining the WAC and has won seven straight home matches overall against UN.
Utah State is 55-47 (.539) all-time in WAC play including a 34-17 (.667) home record. At home, USU is 92-44 (.676) during the last 12 years, which includes a 68-35 (.660) record against conference opponents.
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