USU Volleyball Tips Off Four-Match Homestand Hosting SDSU And UNLV This Weekend
Oct. 22, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Thursday, Oct. 24 - 7 p.m. (MT)
Saturday, Oct. 26 - 7 p.m. (MT)
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600 WIN CLUB
200 CONFERENCE VICTORIES
MOUNTAIN WEST ROOKIES
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
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
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
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
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
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
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
THREE OVER .400
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
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
BIG NUMBERS FOR EVERYONE
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
ETIMANI, ORR AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
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
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
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
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
10 ACES IN A MATCH
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
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
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
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
ABOUT SAN DIEGO STATE
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
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
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
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
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
DUBOSE FOR 100 PLEASE ALEX
AGGIES IN NCAA TOP 10 BLOCKING STATS FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT YEAR, BRAINARD 20th, VANHOFF 30th INDIVIDUAL BLOCKING