USU Volleyball Tips Off Four-Match Homestand Hosting SDSU And UNLV This Weekend
To tip-off a season-long four-match homestand Utah State volleyball (12-7, 5-3 MW) will host San Diego State (9-9, 4-4 MW) on Thursday, Oct. 24 and UNLV (11-7, 6-2 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 26. Both Mountain West Conference matches start at 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270).

 
To tip-off a season-long four-match homestand Utah State volleyball (12-7, 5-3 MW) will host San Diego State (9-9, 4-4 MW) on Thursday, Oct. 24 and UNLV (11-7, 6-2 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 26. Both Mountain West Conference matches start at 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270).
 
 

Oct. 22, 2013

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Thursday, Oct. 24 - 7 p.m. (MT)
San Diego State at UTAH STATE
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Logan, Utah

Saturday, Oct. 26 - 7 p.m. (MT)
UNLV at UTAH STATE
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Logan, Utah

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STORYLINES

• To tip-off a season-long four-match homestand Utah State volleyball (12-7, 5-3 MW) will host San Diego State (9-9, 4-4 MW) on Thursday, Oct. 24 and UNLV (11-7, 6-2 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 26. Both Mountain West Conference matches start at 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270).
• USU wraps up the first half of Mountain West conference action and opens the second half with its season-long four-match homestand and this weekend will be just the Aggies' fourth and fifth home matches of the season.
• According to available records, Thursday is SDSU's second-ever visit to Logan and first since 1983. Utah State's trails the overall series with San Diego State, 6-4-1, with the Aztecs winning six of the last seven meetings, including the most recent match-up, last season, 3-1, in SDSU's Aztec Challenge.
• Saturday will be UNLV's first-ever visit to Logan, as the Aggies and Rebels have only met three times and they have all been in Las Vegas. The Aggies won the first meeting in 1973, before the Rebels won the last two meetings, in 1983 and 1998, for a 2-1 series lead.
• Junior setter Paige Neves now has 2,631 assists, moving up to No. 5 on USU's career list, and now needs 178 assists to tie her older sister, Chelsi Neves (2000-01), with 2,809 career assists.
• Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court enters the weekend with 982 career digs, holding down the No. 5 spot on the USU career digs list and needing just 18 digs to become only the fifth player in Aggie volleyball history to reach the 1,000 career digs plateau.
• Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff is now No. 3 on the USU block assists list with 338 career block assists. She needs 34 more block assists to catch Ingrid Roth (2002-05) for the No. 2 spot. VanHoff also is No. 4 on the Aggies' career total blocks list with 356 total blocks, and needs three total blocks to catch Amanda Nielson (2004-07) for the No. 3 spot with 359 career total blocks.

The Last Meeting
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September 1, 2012
San Diego, Calif.
Aggies' Win Streak Snapped By Aztecs Saturday Night To Conclude SDSU Aztec Challenge
Utah State volleyball had three players with 12 kills each but it wasn't enough as the Aggies had their four-match win streak snapped by host San Diego State Saturday night, falling in four sets (17-25, 25-23, 22-25, 18-25) in the final match of the SDSU Aztec Challenge at Aztec Court at Peterson Gym.

LIVE STATS
Live stats for this weekend's matches will be available via "GameTracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

LIVE VIDEO
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 611-682-8 (.470) in 1,301 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 202-297 (.405) in 499 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-		  5-3	.625
TOTAL CONFERENCE WINS		      202-297	.405

UTAH STATE IN CONFERENCE PLAY
USU has won 20 of its last 26 matches league action after being 5-3 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 107-46 (.699) at home in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum during the last 14 years, which includes an 80-38 (.678) record against conference opponents.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies have won seven of their last 10 matches in posting a 12-7 overall record. USU's ledger is bolstered by a 5-3 Mountain West mark, including winning its first two Mountain West matches. In last week's action, the Aggies swept their way to a pair of victories, beating in-state foe Utah Valley on Tuesday in a non-conference match, before resuming MW action with a sweep at Nevada on Saturday.

Utah State is hitting .207 as a team, logging 12.28 kills per set off of 11.44 assists per set. USU serves up 1.22 aces per set. The Aggie defense is limiting the opponents to a .181 attack percentage, while recording 2.63 blocks per set and 14.74 digs per set.

The reining Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week, USU junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.), leads the Aggies with 3.39 kills per set, logging a .194 (244-112-682) attack percentage. Orr also registers 2.39 digs per set, co-leading the team with eight double-doubles on the season. She also adds 0.62 blocks per set.

Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah), holds a slight lead for the team-lead advantage with 1.26 blocks per set, registering a .235 (137-56-344) attack percentage with 1.90 kps.

Senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah), is right behind VanHoff with a 1.25 blocks per set average, as well as logging a .272 (53-19-125) attack percentage, adding 0.75 kps.

Senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani (Richardson, Texas), adds 2.60 kills and 2.88 digs per set, while sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) tallies 2.88 kills per set and 0.93 blocks per set.

Junior setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) dishes out 10.15 assists per set, adding 2.32 digs per set. While averaging 0.66 kills per set, Neves has a .409 (43-7-88) attack percentage.

Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court (Highland, Utah) leads the team with 3.92 digs per set.

ACE, ACE BABY
Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court has served-up a team-leading 19 service aces, while junior setter Paige Neves has 17 aces. Freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gleason (Las Flores, Calif.), adds 15 aces, followed by junior outside hitter Rachel Orr with 10.

The Aggies currently lead the MW in conference only matches with a 1.32 aces per set average. Overall, USU is third in the league with 1.22 saps.

ORR MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Utah State volleyball player Rachel Orr was named the Mountain West Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for matches played from Oct. 14-20, selected and announced by the conference office on Oct. 21.

Orr, a junior outside hitter from Thatcher, Ariz., led Utah State to a pair of sweeps over Utah Valley and Nevada, averaging nearly a double-double with 10.5 kills and 7.5 digs per match. In Tuesday's win over the in-state foe Wolverines, she posted 10 kills on a .318 (10-3-22) attack percentage, to go with five digs, four blocks and one ace. In Saturday's sweep over the Wolf Pack, Orr posted her eighth double-double of the season to tie for the team-lead with 11 kills and 10 digs, adding two blocks and one ace. Orr's 11 kills came on a .444 (11-3-18) attack percentage. For the week, Orr posted a .375 (21-6-40) attack percentage, averaging 4.33 points, 3.50 kills, 2.50 digs, 1.00 blocks and 0.33 service aces per set.

This is the first Mountain West honor for a Utah State volleyball player, as the Aggies are in their first season in the league. It is also Orr's first-ever player of the week honor.

USU IN MW STATS
Utah State ranks third in the Mountain West in opponent hitting percentage (.181), while also ranking third in aces (1.22), as well as ranking fourth in the league in blocks (2.63). USU is also seventh in digs per set (14.64), eighth in hitting percentage (.207) and ninth in both kills per set (12.28) and assists per set (11.44).

In MW only rankings, the Aggies top the conference in aces per set (1.32), while ranking second in both opponent hitting percentage (.165) and opponent hitting percentage (.165). USU is also sixth in digs per set (15.04), eighth in hitting percentage (.190), ninth in kills per set (12.79) and 10th in assists per set (11.79).

Individually, sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff is third in the league overall in blocks per set (1.26), while ranking tied for third in MW only matches in blocks (1.46), tied with teammate, senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (1.46), who is also fourth in overall blocks per set (1.25).

Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr is sixth in overall in both points (3.90) and kills (3.39), while ranking sixth in league only in kills (3.21) and seventh in points (3.71).

While not ranking in the overall stats, sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard is seventh in the MW only stats in kills per set (3.07), eighth in blocks per set (1.25) and ninth in points per set (3.70).

Junior setter Paige Neves is fifth in assists both overall (10.15) and league only matches (10.71), while also ranking 10th in MW only in aces per set (0.29).

Fellow junior, libero Ashlan Rogers-Court is fifth in overall digs per set (3.92), while ranking sixth in MW only (3.96). Rogers-Court is also ninth in overall aces per set (0.26), while ranking fifth in MW only (0.32).

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, and the Aggies have three players in the top eight of the rankings as senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett and junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff are both tied for third (1.46) and sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard is eighth (1.25).

San Diego State is the only other team with multiple players in the top 10, with Kaja Sandberg sixth (1.35) and Emily Harris ninth (1.23).

FOUR PLAYERS WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT KILLS, EIGHT MATCHES WITH THREE
Four players in double-digit kills in USU's win at Boise State on Sept. 21 marked the first time this season in accomplishing the feat this season. The Aggies have had three players in double-digit kills a total of 10 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, then going two matches without three with double-digit kills before tallying three with double-digit kills, all with 12 kills, at Wyoming on Oct. 12.

THREE OVER .400
After not hitting .400 or better since 2003, the Aggies topped the .400 attack percentage mark three times this season, all in a span of 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.

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).

CAREER NIGHTS
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, 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 third-most in the Mountain West with eight double-doubles each, behind one MW player with 13,, one with 12, one with 10, and two with nine, while Etimani and Orr are two of three players with eight. 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.

Etimani is averaging a just shy of a double-double per match at 9.84 kills and 10.89 digs per match. She is also posting 2.60 kills and 2.88 digs per set this season.

Orr also averages just short of a double-double with 12.8 kills and 9.05 digs per match, averaging 3.39 kills and 2.39 digs per set.

Tumua Etimani TIME
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 12 matches with double-digit kills, including six of the last nine, being limited to six against New Mexico (10/3), nine vs. Utah Valley (10/15) and eight at Nevada (10/19), which have all been three-setters. Etimani started the season with a streak of six-straight matches with double-digit kills, then ran into a spurt of four matches with single-digit kills before her latest stretch. Etimani also has a total of 10 double-digit digs outings, leading to her co-team-leading eight double-doubles this season.

THE RETURN OF EVERETT, AMONG MW BLOCKING LEADERS
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), then notching six each at Colorado State (10/12) and at Wyoming (10/12), for her total of 11 matches with four or more blocks.

Everett is tied for third in MW only in blocks per set (1.46), while ranking fourth overall (1.25), tying for third in league matches with teammate junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff.

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 17 of the 19 matches overall, including eight matches with five or more. VanHoff had logged a then-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), adding six at Colorado State (10/10) and eight at Wyoming (10/12).

VanHoff is third in the league overall in blocks per set (1.26), while ranking tied for third in MW only matches in blocks (1.46), tied with teammate, senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett.

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.

AGGIE DEBUTS
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 and just the sixth to pass the 2,500 career assists mark. She now has 2,631 assists, moving up to No. 5 on USU's career list, passing Stephanie Maurer (1984-87) with 2,618 career assists. Paige Neves now needs 178 assists to tie her older sister, Chelsi Neves (2000-01), with 2,809 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) 2631 Paige Neves 2009-Pres. 6) 2618 Stephanie Maurer 1984-87 7) 2265 Andrea Delsigne 2001-03 8) 2025 Randi Winn 1992-93 9) 1965 Dominique Arsenault 2003-05 10) 1495 Kalei Arnold 1992-95

ROGERS-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 982 career digs, Rogers-Court also passed former teammate Laurel Bodily (2009-11) for No. 7 on the USU career digs list, Lori Sargent-McKnight (1996-99) for the No. 6 spot, and Heather Olmstead (1998-2001) for the No. 5 spot. Rogers-Court needs just 18 digs to 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) 982 Ashlan Rogers-Court 2011-Pres. 6) 981 Heather Olmstead 1998-01 7) 919 Lori Sargent-McKnight 1996-99 8) 904 Laurel Bodily 2009-11 9) 839 Carrie Steverson 1988-91 10) 830 Melissa Schoepf 1997-00

VANHOFF 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. 3 on the USU block assists list with 338 career block assists, passing Amanda Nielson (2004-07) for the No. 3 spot with 337. She needs 34 more block assists to catch Ingrid Roth (2002-05) for the No. 2 spot. VanHoff also is No. 4 on the Aggies' career total blocks list with 356 total blocks, passing Erin Cartwright-Davis (2001-03) for the No. 4 spot. Cartwright-Davis was a guest coach for this season's annual Blue-White Scrimmage. VanHoff needs three total blocks to catch Nielson for the No. 3 spot with 359 career total blocks.

Block Assists 1) 420 Denae Mohlman 1997-00 2) 372 Ingrid Roth 2002-05 3) 337 Amanda Nielson 2004-07 4) 328 Kaitlyn VanHoff 2011-Pres. 5) 327 Katie Astle 2007-10 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 2009-12

Total Blocks 1) 477 Denae Mohlman 1997-00 2) 409 Ingrid Roth 2002-05 3) 359 Amanda Nielson 2004-07 4) 356 Kaitlyn VanHoff 2011-Pres. 5) 351 Erin Cartwright-Davis 2001-03 6) 340 Katie Astle 2007-10 7) 319 Michelle Matheson 1998-01 319 Josselyn White 2009-12 9) 309 Shantell Durrant 2008-10 10) 306 Tiffany Kitley 1996-99

AGGIES-AZTECS SERIES HISTORY
Utah State's trails the overall series with San Diego State, 6-4-1, with the Aztecs winning the last meeting, 3-1, on Sept. 1 last season in SDSU's Aztec Challenge. Prior to last season, the teams had last met in 2010, with the Aggies collecting a 3-1 win over the Aztecs in the Arizona State Classic. The teams first met in 1976 with USU winning, before the two teams tied in their next meeting in 1978, tying 1-1 at the UCLA NIVT, in the first of three meetings that season. USU won the next two match-ups before SDSU won the next five meetings, with the Aggies' win in 2010 snapping that streak before the Aztecs won in the most recent meeting last season, as SDSU has won six of the last seven. According to available records, Thursday is only SDSU's second-ever visit to Logan and first since 1983.

ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE
The Aztecs are an even .500 both overall and in MW play, posting a 9-9 overall ledger and a 4-4 MW mark. SDSU lost to Wyoming, 3-1, on Thursday before also losing, 3-1 to No. 12 Colorado State on Saturday.

San Diego State second in the MW in kills (13.99), assists (13.14) and digs (15.39), while ranking fifth in hitting percentage (.211) and sixth in blocks (2.28). The Aztecs also are seventh in both opponent hitting percentage (.207) and service aces (1.11).

SDSU is led by senior outside hitter Summer Nash, who is fifth in the MW in both kills (3.45) and points (3.97). Senior middle blocker Emily Harris is seventh in attack percentage (.341), while sophomore middle blocker Kaja Sandberg is seventh in blocks (1.15). Senior setter Johnna Fouch, the MW Preseason Player of the Year and Preseason first-team all-MW player, ranks sixth in the league in assists (9.63 saps). Junior outside hitter Michelle Waber is seventh in the conference in kills (3.09), while senior libero Courtney Vaccarello is sixth in the MW in digs (3.79).

Deitre Collins-Parker is in her fifth season as head coach of the Aztecs, posting a 85-67. Overall, Collins-Parker is in her 17th season as a head coach, amassing a 242-249 ledger.

USU-UNLV SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and UNLV have only met three times in the history of the two teams and they have all been in Las Vegas. The Aggies won the first meeting in 1973, before the Rebels won the last two meetings, in 1983 and 1998, for a 2-1 series lead.

ABOUT UNLV
The Rebels are 11-7 overall and 6-2 in MW action, coming off a five-set loss to 12th-ranked Colorado State on Thursday and beating Wyoming, 3-1, on Saturday.

UNLV leads the MW in digs (15.43), while ranking fourth in assists (12.57), fifth in kills (13.29), blocks (2.28) and opponent hitting percentage (.197). The Rebels are also ninth in both hitting percentage (.201) and service aces (0.89).

Senior middle blocker Madeline Westman and senior outside hitter Sekola Falemaka lead UNLV, as Westman is eighth in the MW in hitting percentage (.338), while Falemaka is third in the conference in points (4.17), as well as fourth in the league in both kills (3.65) and service aces (0.32). Senior setter Stephanie Thelen is third in the conference in assists (10.88), while junior libero Allison Davies is third in digs (4.00). Junior middle blocker Katlin Winters is eighth in the league in blocking (1.12)

UNLV head coach Cindy Fredrick is in her third season at the helm of the Rebels' program, totalling a 43-35 record. She is in her 27th season overall, accumulating a 470-386 ledger.

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:

2013
Duke Invitational
Tumua Etimani - OH

Portland Nike Invitational
Rachel Orr - OH
Paige Neves - S

Utah Classic
Rachel Orr - OH
Ashlan Rogers-Court - LIB

2012
SDSU Aztec Challenge
Rachel Orr - OH
Elle Brainard - MB

Utah State Invitational
Elle Brainard - MB
Ashlan Rogers-Court - LIB

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 125-105 (.543) 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.

Individually, Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) was 20th in the NCAA with a 1.41 blocks per set average, while middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) was 30th with a 1.33 bps average.

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