Oct. 24, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
Release #9 10/24/11
Oct. 27 * NEW MEXICO STATE * 7 p.m. Oct. 29 * LOUISIANA TECH * 7 p.m.
Utah State (9-13, 4-5) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of home matches against New Mexico State (18-5, 7-1) on Thursday, Oct. 27 and Louisiana Tech (9-16, 0-8) on Saturday, Oct. 29 with both matches beginning at 7 p.m.
AGGIES ON THE INTERNET
All of Utah State's home matches are available to watch live via the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Fans can also follow all of the action on the internet via GameTracker, a service that provides play-by-play updates of the match along with updated stats.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 9-13 on the season and 4-5 in Western Athletic Conference play following a pair of road losses at San Jose State (3-1) and No. 8 Hawai'i (3-0) last weekend. The Aggies are led by senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur who is hitting .159 and averaging 3.78 kills, 2.41 digs, 0.43 blocks and 0.16 service aces per set. Junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen is hitting .165 and averaging 2.46 kills, 0.84 blocks and 0.74 digs per set, and freshman setter Paige Neves is hitting .204 and averaging 8.89 assists, 2.55 digs, 0.80 blocks and 0.58 kills per set. As a team, Utah State is hitting .158 on the year as compared to a .166 hitting percentage for its opponents.
MCARTHUR RANKS FOURTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN KILLS
Senior outside hitter Liz McArthur ranks fourth all-time at Utah State with 1,331 career kills and is now just 38 kills shy of tying Amanda Nielson (2004-07) for third all-time with 1,369 career kills. McArthur also ranks third all-time at USU with 3,966 career attempts and is just 25 attempts shy of tying Nielson for second all-time. Zuzana Cernianska (2002-05) holds the all-time school record with 1,813 career kills and 4,423 career attempts. McArthur also ranks 10th all-time at USU with 88 career service aces and is six aces shy of tying Niki Conner (1995-98) for ninth all-time with 94 career service aces.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Utah State is 56-49 (.533) all-time in WAC play which includes a 35-17 (.673) home record and a 21-32 (.396) record on the road.
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
Utah State is 93-44 (.679) at home in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum during the last 12 years, which includes a 69-35 (.663) record against conference opponents.
UTAH STATE LEADING THE WAC IN BLOCKING AND DIGS
As of Sunday, Oct. 23, Utah State ranks first in the WAC with 2.85 blocks and 16.18 digs per set. USU also ranks seventh in the WAC in hitting percentage (.158), seventh in kills per set (11.23), seventh in assists per set (10.44) and eighth in service aces per set (0.93).
BODILY RANKS THIRD IN THE WAC IN DIGS
As of Sunday, Oct. 23, junior libero Laurel Bodily ranks third in the WAC with 4.38 digs per set, while junior middle blocker Alyssa Everett ranks third in blocks per set (1.24). Freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff ranks fifth in the WAC in blocks per set (1.19), and sophomore middle blocker Nicole Gneiting-Theurer ranks sixth in the WAC in blocks per set (1.16). Junior outside hitter Josselyn White ranks seventh in blocks per set (1.14), seventh in points per set (3.76) and eighth in kills per set (2.94). Senior outside hitter Liz McArthur ranks fourth in kills per set (3.78) and fourth in points per set (4.17), and freshman setter Paige Neves ranks sixth in assists per set (8.89).
Utah State will begin its week with a non-conference match at Utah Valley (17-7) on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., before hosting Idaho (11-11, 5-4) in its final home match of the season on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.
UTAH STATE RANKS 13TH IN THE NATION IN BLOCKING
As of Monday, Oct. 17, Utah State ranks 13th in the country in blocking (2.84) and 64th in digs per set (16.25). Individually, freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff ranks 53rd in the nation in blocking (1.17), while sophomore middle blocker Nicole Gneiting-Theurer ranks 73rd in blocking (1.13). Senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur also ranks among the top players in the country as she is currently 73rd in the nation in kills per set (3.82) and 92nd in points per set (4.22).
DUBOSE HAS SECOND-MOST WINS IN SCHOOL HISTORY
With its four-set win at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Sept. 17, Grayson DuBose moved ahead of former Aggie head coach Burt Fuller (2001-05) and into second-place all-time at USU for career wins. DuBose, who is in his sixth-year at Utah State, now has an overall coaching record of 89-85 (.511). Marilyn McReavy and Mary Jo Peppler hold the school record with 209 wins as they were co-head coaches from 1976-81.
RECAPPING LAST WEEKEND
Utah State lost a pair of road matches last week at San Jose State (3-1) and at No. 8 Hawai'i (3-0). Against the Spartans, senior outside hitter Liz McArthur had 17 kills, eight digs and four block assists, while junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen added 11 kills and a career-high nine digs, and freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff tied her career-high with seven kills to go along with five total blocks. USU hit .103 (43-29-136) in the match and SJSU hit .171 (49-23-152). Against the Rainbow Wahine, Sorensen had a team-best seven kills and McArthur finished with six kills and 10 digs. Junior libero Laurel Bodily added 16 digs. USU hit a negative .045 (19-23-89) in the match and UH hit .144 (34-19-104).
MCARTHUR POSTS ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST FRESNO STATE
Senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur recorded her 10th double-double of the season and 22nd of her career against Fresno State (10/13) as she had 16 kills and 10 digs.
MCARTHUR HAS CAREER MATCH AGAINST NEVADA
Senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur had a career-match against Nevada (10/15) as she hit a career-high .680 (18-1-25) with 18 kills on 25 attacks with just one hitting error. USU hit a season-high .432 (46-8-88) in the match.
MCARTHUR NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Utah State volleyball player Liz McArthur was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced by the league office on Oct. 17. It is the first time this year and third time in her career that McArthur has been named WAC Player of the Week. McArthur, a 6-1 senior outside hitter from St. George, Utah (Snow Canyon HS) helped Utah State to a pair of home wins against WAC foes Fresno State (3-1) and Nevada (3-0). Against the Bulldogs, McArthur posted her 10th double-double of the season and 22nd of her career with 16 kills and 10 digs, to go along with two service aces and one block assist. Against the Wolf Pack, she had 18 kills, six digs and one block assist, and hit a career-high .680 (18-1-25). For the week, McArthur hit a blistering .409 (34-7-66) and averaged 4.86 kills, 2.29 digs, 0.29 blocks and 0.29 service aces per set.
SCOUTING NEW MEXICO STATE
New Mexico State is 18-5 on the season and 7-1 in the Western Athletic Conference following a three-set win at Louisiana Tech last weekend. NMSU, who is 4-1 on the road and 9-3 away from home this year, is led by senior middle hitter Kelsey Brennan who is hitting .348 and averaging 2.68 kills and 0.77 blocks per set. Freshman outside hitter Meredith Hays is hitting .204 overall and averaging 4.39 kills and 2.49 digs per set. As a team, NMSU is hitting .217 on the season as compared to a .148 hitting percentage for its opponents. New Mexico State returns five starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team that went 18-13 and finished in second-place in the WAC with a 12-4 record. Mike Jordan is in his 14 season as NMSU's head coach and has an overall record of 302-133.
VERSUS THE SOUTHERN AGGIES
Utah State is 25-39 all-time against New Mexico State, which includes a 10-17 home record. NMSU won the first meeting between the two teams in Las Cruces in three sets, but USU won the previous two meetings, including a five-set win in the semifinals of the 2010 WAC Tournament in Las Vegas. USU also won its last match against NMSU in Las Cruces during the 2010 season in three sets, snapping a nine-match losing streak to the Southern Aggies.
UTAH STATE-NEW MEXICO STATE CONNECTIONS
New Mexico State head coach Mike Jordan spent two seasons (1996-97) as an assistant coach at Utah State.
SCOUTING LOUISIANA TECH
Louisiana Tech is 9-16 on the season and 0-8 in Western Athletic Conference play after losing to New Mexico State (3-0) at home last weekend. The Lady Techsters, who are 3-5 on the road and 7-7 away from home this year, are led by sophomore outside hitter Clara Vido who is hitting .126 and averaging 2.82 kills and 3.17 digs per set. As a team, LTU is hitting .125 on the season and its opponents are hitting .196. Louisiana Tech returns two starters and four letterwinners from last year's team that went 13-20 on the season and finished in ninth-place in the WAC with a 2-14 record. LTU is coached by Matt Sonnichsen who is 41-78 in four years at Louisiana Tech and 181-197 in 13 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
VERSUS THE LADY TECHSTERS
Utah State is 12-1 all-time against Louisiana Tech, which includes a 6-0 record at home. USU won the first meeting between the two teams in Ruston in four sets and the Aggies have won four straight matches in the series as its only loss against the Lady Techsters was during the 2009 season in Ruston in five sets.
VARIOUS AGGIES NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS IN 2011
Utah State has had several players named to various all-tournament teams in 2011 as it won its own Utah State Invitational and competed in tournaments hosted by Southern Utah and Long Beach State. Junior libero Laurel Bodily was named to the Southern Utah All-Tournament team. Senior outside hitter Liz McArthur was named to both the Utah State and Long Beach State All-Tournament teams. Junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen was named to the Utah State Invitational All-Tournament team, and junior outside hitter Josselyn White was named the Most Valuable Player of the Utah State Invitational.
FROM THE STATE OF UTAH
Of the 17 players on Utah State's roster, nine are from the state of Utah. Those nine players from the "Beehive State" are senior Liz McArthur (St. George), juniors Alyssa Everett (Perry), Kassie Mendenhall (Sandy), Shay Sorensen (North Ogden) and Josselyn White (Smithfield), and freshmen Jamaica Alisa (St. George), Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs), Ashlan Rogers (Highland) and Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper).
UTAH STATE RETURNS ALL-AMERICAN
Highlighting Utah State's three returning starters is senior outside hitter Liz McArthur who earned honorable mention All-American honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) in 2010. McArthur was also named first-team all-WAC as a junior and the Most Valuable Player of the 2010 WAC Tournament as USU defeated Nevada (3-1), New Mexico State (3-2) and top-seeded and third-ranked Hawai'i (3-0) in the championship match.
UTAH STATE RETURNS THREE STARTERS AND SIX LETTERWINNERS
Utah State returns three starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 24-9 overall and finished in third-place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 9-7 league record. Among those starters returning for USU is senior Liz McArthur (OH), and juniors Shay Sorensen (OPP) and Josselyn White (OH). Also returning for USU are three reserves in juniors Laurel Bodily (LIB) and Kassi Hargrove (S), and sophomore Tumua Etimani (OH). USU will also have the services of three redshirts in sophomore Nicole Gneiting-Theurer (MB) and freshmen Jamaica Alisa (OPP) and Paige Neves (S).
UTAH STATE PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN WAC
Utah State is picked to finish third in the Western Athletic Conference this season behind Hawai'i and New Mexico State, while senior Liz McArthur (OH), and juniors Shay Sorensen (OPP) and Josselyn White (OH) were all named to the league's preseason team.
#3 - Tumua Etimani - Has played in all 22 matches this year... Had a season-high three kills and a career-high seven digs at San Jose State... Tied her career-high with two service aces against Cal State Fullerton... Hitting .160 (7-3-25) on the season and averaging 0.47 digs per set.
#4 - Laurel Bodily - Averaging 4.38 digs per set to rank third in the WAC... Had a career-high 30 digs at Weber State... Has recorded double-digit digs 39 times in her career including in 19 of 22 matches this year... Has recorded at least 20 digs five times this season... Named to the Southern Utah Invitational All-Tournament team after averaging 4.45 digs per set in three matches.
#5 - Ashlan Rogers - Has played in all 22 matches during her first year at Utah State and currently ranks second on the team averaging 2.46 digs per set... Had a season-high 19 digs against Southern Utah and has posted double-digit digs eight times this year.
#8 - Kassi Hargrove - Started the first three matches of the year at setter and recorded a career-high 30 assists against Drake and a career-high 17 digs against Pacific... Averaging 5.67 assists and 2.43 digs per set... Has played in 10 matches on the season.
#9 - Paige Neves - Has started each of the past 19 matches at setter and is averaging 8.89 assists, 2.55 digs, 0.80 blocks and 0.58 kills per set, while hitting .204... Had a season-high 50 assists at Weber State and a season-high 19 digs against Syracuse... Posted a season-best five kills at Cal State Fullerton... Currently ranks sixth in the WAC in assists.
#10 - Shay Sorensen - Tied her career-high with 16 kills against Idaho State and had a career-high eight blocks against the Bengals... Had a career-high nine digs at San Jose State... Hitting .165 and averaging 2.46 kills, 0.84 blocks and 0.74 digs per set... Has recorded double-digit kills 11 times this year and 20 times in her career... Named to the Utah State Invitational All-Tournament team.
#11 - Nicole Gneiting-Theurer - Tied her career-high with four kills against San Jose State and Hawai'i... Also had four kills and five blocks against Drake and a season-high seven blocks against Southern Utah and Cal State Fullerton... Hitting .151 and averaging 1.16 blocks and 0.53 kills per set... Ranks sixth in the WAC in blocking.
#13 - Kaitlyn VanHoff - Averaging 1.09 kills and 1.19 blocks per set, while hitting .191... Had a season-high nine blocks at Cal State Fullerton and a season-high seven kills at Weber State and against San Jose State... Currently ranks fifth in the WAC in blocking.
#14 - Alyssa Everett - Hitting .115 on the season and averaging 0.73 kills and 1.24 blocks per set to rank third in the WAC... Had a season-best six kills against Syracuse and nine blocks against Texas State.
#17 - Rachel Orr - Had career-highs with 14 kills and 23 digs at Louisiana Tech... Also had 14 kills at New Mexico State... Had one service ace against Hawai'i in her first career start... Hitting .084 on the season and averaging 1.83 kills and 1.77 digs per set.
#18 - Liz McArthur - Tied her career-high with 25 kills at Weber State and recorded a career-high 16 digs against SMU... Has recorded double-doubles in 10 of her first 22 matches this year to give her 22 career double-doubles... Has posted double-digit kills 70 times in her career... Had a career-high 74 attacks against Hawai'i... Currently ranks fourth in the WAC with 3.78 kills per set and fourth with 4.17 points per set... Is hitting .159 on the season and averaging 2.41 digs and 0.43 blocks per set... Named to the Utah State Invitational and Long Beach State Classic All-Tournament teams.
#23 - Josselyn White - Hitting .180 on the season and averaging 2.94 kills, 2.64 digs, 1.14 blocks and 0.20 service aces per set... Currently ranks seventh in the WAC in blocks per set, seventh in points per set and eighth in kills per set... Recorded a career-high 20 kills against Texas State and tied her career-high with seven blocks against the Bobcats... Has posted double-digit kills nine times this year and 24 times in her career... Has six double-doubles this year and eight in her career... Named the Most Valuable Player of the Utah State Invitational... Has missed the last eight matches with an ankle injury.
HEAD COACH Grayson DuBose
Grayson DuBose is entering his sixth season as Utah State's head volleyball coach after being hired on March 27, 2006. In his five years at USU, DuBose (pronounced Do-Boz) has brought stability to one of the top programs in the WAC as he has coached two All-Americans, 15 all-WAC selections, 39 academic all-WAC honorees and six academic all-district recipients. He is also one of just four coaches in school history to have a winning record and is five victories away from becoming the second-winningest coach in school history. Utah State had one of its best seasons in school history in 2010 winning its first-ever WAC Tournament Championship and advancing to its fourth NCAA Tournament in school history. Overall, Utah State became just the third team in the history of the WAC to win its tournament championship as it was the first school in 11 years to defeat perennial power Hawai'i in the championship match. USU finished the year with a 24-9 record, including a third-place conference finish with a 9-7 league mark. Those 24 wins in 2010 were not only the seventh-most in school history, but the most since 1982. Utah State also had four players earn all-WAC honors during the season, including junior outside hitter Liz McArthur who was named to the first-team. McArthur was also named the Most Valuable Player of the 2010 WAC Tournament and went on to earn American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honorable mention All-American honors. USU also had seven players earn academic all-WAC honors in 2010, while senior middle blocker Katie Astle joined McArthur on the academic all-district team. DuBose also received national attention in 2010 as he was named one of five finalists for the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Coach of the Year award. DuBose also had plenty of success during the 2007 season as he led Utah State to a 17-13 record and a third-place conference finish with an 11-5 mark. Among those 11 league victories was one of the biggest wins in school history as USU posted a three-set sweep at No. 10 Hawai'i, snapping an 108-match home conference winning streak for the Rainbow Wahine. Following the 2007 season, DuBose had four players recognized by the WAC as senior Amanda Nielson was named to the league's first-team and an AVCA honorable mention All-American, while setter Chelsea Fowles was named the freshman of the year in the WAC. DuBose was also honored in 2007 as he became the first volleyball coach in school history to garner conference coach of the year honors. Prior to accepting the head coaching position at Utah State, DuBose spent four seasons (2003-06) as an assistant on Brigham Young University's men's volleyball team. DuBose began his collegiate coaching career at Utah State from 1999-2000 as an assistant to Tom Peterson. During that time, the Aggies won the Eastern Division of the Big West Conference in 1999 and advanced to the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2000, defeating Missouri in the first round. USU finished the 2000 season ranked 22nd in the country, the program's first-ever top 25 ranking. In his four seasons at Brigham Young, DuBose helped lead the Cougar's men's program to a 90-30 (.750) record, including a National Championship in 2004 and a second-place finish at the 2003 NCAA Tournament. During his time at BYU, he coached nine All-Americans, including the 2004 NCAA Player of the Year. DuBose graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in history in 1993 and then received his teaching certificate from Utah State in 1995. He and his wife Lenonnie have three children, Kline (13), Cassandra (11) and Jackson (7).
Year School Overall WAC 2006 Utah State 13-19 (.406) 6-10 (.375) 2007 Utah State 17-13 (.567) 11-5 (.688) 2008 Utah State 11-17 (.393) 9-7 (.562) 2009 Utah State 15-14 (.517) 6-10 (.375) 2010 Utah State 24-9 (.727) 9-7 (.563) 2011 Utah State 9-13 (.409) 4-5 (.444) Totals 89-85 (.511) 45-44 (.506)
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