Oct. 14, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
For just the third time this season, Utah State volleyball (10-7, 4-3 MW) will play a home match when the Aggies host in-state foe Utah Valley (11-10, 5-2 WAC) on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in a non-conference battle. First serve from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) is slated for 7 p.m. (MT).
The Aggies are 5-5 overall against the Wolverines of Utah Valley, including 3-3 at home. UVU has won the last three match-ups, including a five-setter last season on Oct. 9, 2012 on USU's home court.
Utah State is 31-22 (.585) versus the state of Utah during the last 12 years, including a 16-8 (.667) home record. USU is in its first year in the Mountain West Conference after eight years in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), the league that Utah Valley is in its first year in, joining the WAC this summer.
USU has eight players on its 15-player roster from the state of Utah while UVU has 10 of its 15-player roster from the Beehive State. Of the combined 18 Utah natives on both teams' rosters, each team has a player from Kaysville who went to Davis HS, in Aggie freshman outside hitter Kaylie Kamalu and Wolverines' sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stringham, as well as a player from St. George who went to Snow Canyon HS, in USU junior outside hitter Jamaica Alisa and UVU junior middle blocker Jaramey Barney.
Three Aggie players are continuing their climb in the USU career record books, as junior setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.), needs 56 assists for the No. 5 spot on the career assists list, junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court (Highland, Utah) needs 17 digs for the No. 5 spot on the career digs list and needs 36 more digs to become just the fifth player in Aggie volleyball history to reach the 1,000 career digs plateau, while junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) needs nine block assists for the No. 3 spot on the career blocks assists list and five total blocks for the No. 4 spot on the career total blocks list.
The Aggies have won five of their last eight matches in posting a 10-7 overall record, boosted by winning their first two Mountain West matches as part of taking three of their first five league matches on the way to posting a 4-3 MW mark. Utah State battled tough at 13th-ranked Colorado State on Thursday, falling in four sets, but becoming the first visiting CSU opponent this season to take a set from CSU, as the Rams won their other seven home matches via the sweep.
The Aggies are fourth in the MW in blocks per set (2.61), while ranking fourth in opponent hitting percentage (.187). USU is also fifth in aces per set (1.17), while ranking sixth in digs per set (15.02), as well as ninth in the league in hitting percentage (.196), assists per set (11.35) and kills per set (12.11).
In the MW only stats, the Aggies lead the league in digs per set (15.80), while ranking second in both blocks per set (3.12) and aces per set (1.20), along with third in opponent hitting percentage. USU is also eighth in hitting percentage (.178), ninth in kills per set (12.76) and 10th in assists per set (11.92).
Individually, senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah) is second in the league in MW only in blocks per set (1.52), while ranking third overall (1.52). VanHoff is third in MW only blocks (1.48), while ranking fifth overall (1.23). Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) is sixth in overall in both points (3.86) and kills (3.38), while ranking ninth in league only in kills (3.16). While not ranking in the overall stats, sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) is sixth in the MW only stats in blocks per set (1.32), seventh in points per set (3.86) and eighth in kills per set (3.20). Neves is fifth in assists both overall (10.02) and league only matches (10.84). Rogers-Court is tied for third in overall digs (4.00 dps), while ranking fifth in MW only (4.20). Rogers-Court is also eighth in MW only for aces per set (0.28).
The Wolverines are 11-10 overall and 5-2 in WAC action. UVU has won four of its last five matches and nine of its last 11. Last weekend Utah Valley went 1-1, getting swept at Cal State Bakersfield before bouncing back and sweeping Grand Canyon.
UVU is led by freshman outside hitter Macky Treanor with 3.46 kills per set, with a .281 attack percentage, adding 2.29 digs and 0.40 blocks per set. Senior setter Brookelyn Hall dishes out 9.26 assists per set, while sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stringham posts a team-leading 1.17 blocks per set, junior libero McKenna Tait tallies 4.04 digs per set to go with a team-leading 0.45 aces per set.
USU resumes Mountain West action at Reno, Nev., against Nevada (2-16, 0-6 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 19 in a 3 p.m. (MT) match-up at Nevada's Virginia Street Gym (1,800).
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 email@example.com 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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