Pair Of Road Matches On Tap For Utah State Volleyball This Weekend At Denver And New Mexico State
Oct. 29, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Thursday, Nov. 1 - 7 p.m. (MT)
Saturday, Nov. 3 - 7 p.m. (MT)
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State continues to lead the WAC overall in blocking at 3.01 blocks per set and the Aggies also are tops in the league in WAC only matches at 3.07 blocks per set... USU's defense also leads the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.135) and is second in WAC only matches (.135)... Offensively, USU is fourth in overall attack percentage (.221) and fifth in WAC only attack percentage (.218)... Utah State is also fifth in overall kills per set (12.65) and third for WAC only kills per set (13.14)... The Aggies also are sixth in the league overall with 14.43 digs per set while ranking second in WAC only matches with 16.62 dps... With 11.74 assists per set in all matches, the Aggies are fifth overall while ranking third in WAC only matches with 12.24 aps... A 1.15 aces per set ranks the Aggies fifth in the WAC overall while they are also sixth in conference only matches with 1.08.
Senior outside hitter Josselyn White (Smithfield, Utah) set a school-record for attack percentage in Saturday's win over LA Tech hitting .812 with 13 kills in 16 attacks with no errors... White has missed a total of five matches plus part of three others in different stretches with illness... White is ninth in the WAC for overall points per set (3.41).
Last week's WAC Volleyball Player of the Week, senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) is sixth in the WAC in overall kills per set (3.19) and fifth in WAC only kills per set (3.48), as well as fifth for overall points per set (3.96) and fourth for conference only matches for points per set (4.26)... Sorensen has logged a double-double in nine of USU's last 17 matches, and has a team-leading 10 on the season.
Redshirt-freshman middle blocker Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) leads the Aggies and is second in the WAC in overall blocks per set (1.48) and while ranking fourth in conference only matches (1.46)... Brainard also is seventh in the WAC overall in hitting percentage (.308)... With 132 total blocks, Brainard is second in the league for total blocks as well also ranking third in league WAC only matches with 73 total blocks... Brainard is 13th in the most recent NCAA statistics with 1.47 blocks per set.
Sophomore setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) is second in WAC only matches with 10.98 assists per set, ranking third overall with 10.40 aps... Neves became the 12th Aggie volleyball player to reach the 1,000 career assists milestone when USU played in San Diego, Calif., and now with 1,768 career assists, Neves becomes just the ninth player in USU history with 1,500 career assists and is No. 9 on the USU career assists list... Dominique Arsenault (2003-05) holds the No. 8 spot with 1,965 assists.
Sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) is second on the team and third in the WAC overall for blocks with 1.33 blocks per set, ranking third overall in the league with 110 total blocks... VanHoff is fifth in WAC only matches with 1.26 blocks per set... She also is 27th in last week's NCAA stats for blocks per set with the 1.39 bps... VanHoff, who was the Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week on Oct. 8, has now tallied a combined 50 blocks in her last nine matches (5.6 per match/1.52 per set).
Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) is eighth in the WAC for both overall kills per set (3.02) and league matches for kills per set (3.20)... She also is 10th in both overall points per set (3.31) and WAC only points per set (3.51).
Sophomore libero Ashlan Rogers (Highland, Utah) is fifth overall in the WAC in digs per set (3.79) as well as fourth in the WAC in conference only matches with 4.34 digs per set... Rogers also is tied for fifth in the WAC overall in service aces per set (0.27).
WIN STREAKING ON THE ROAD
WHITE'S SCHOOL RECORD
AGGIES SIXTH, BRAINARD 16th, VANHOFF 38th IN BLOCKING IN NCAA STATS
SEASON HIGHS GALORE IN WIN AT IDAHO
In addition to the team highs, there were several individual marks as well, with senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen tallying two season-highs with 53 attacks and a career-high 17 digs while senior outside hitter Josselyn White posted a season-high 50 attacks... Freshman defensive specialist McKell Staheli served up two service aces, tying her season-high for the second time, only to match it again at Seattle two nights later.
RUDE WELCOMING TO WAC NEWCOMERS IN FIRST HALF
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
DUBOSE FOR 100 PLEASE ALEX
AGGIES AGAINST THE WEEKEND FOES
DENVER - The match-up Thursday with Denver is just USU's third all-time, as the teams first met in 1983 before this season's earlier meeting, won in five sets by the Aggies, for a 2-0 series lead... Before this year's earlier match-up, the Aggies and Pioneers had only one previous meeting, back before any of the players on either teams' rosters were born, back in 1983, meeting in the Northern Colorado Invitational... "Back then" the matches were played to 15 with side out, and due to tournament rules were the best of three sets with the Aggies winning, 2-0 (15-1, 15-1).
NEW MEXICO STATE - Utah State is 27-39 all-time against New Mexico State, which includes a 12-17 home record as well as a 15-24 road mark... Saturday's meeting between the navy Aggies of USU and the maroon Aggies of NMSU is the 67th meeting all-time, Utah State's longest series with any WAC foe and Saturday's 68th meeting will pull away from a tie with Utah for the most meetings in a series in school history.
After NMSU had a nine-match winning streak in the series, USU has won the last two match-ups and four of the last five meetings, including a five-set win in the semifinals of the 2010 WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, as well as a five-set win in the last meeting, last season in Logan.
SORENSEN 11th WITH 800
WHITE IN UTAH STATE TOP 10 FOR BOTH ATTACKS AND BLOCKS, CLOSING IN ON KILLS
White has also recently reached the USU top 10 for career total blocks, now at No. 9 with 305 total blocks, passing Melissa Schoepf (1997-2000) with 280, and needing one more to tie Tiffany Kitley (1996-99) for No. 8... Now with 275 career block assists, White has moved into the No. 8 spot on the career block assists list, passing Tiffany Kitley (1996-99) with 267 blocks assists and Schoepf with 268... White also has 30 career solo blocks, needing seven more to reach the No. 10 spot on the career solo block list, currently held by Ingrid Roth (2002-05) with 37.
TURNING PAIGE 1,500 IN RECORD BOOK
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) 2618 Stephanie Maurer 1984-87 6) 2265 Andrea Delsigne 2001-03 7) 2025 Randi Winn 1992-93 8) 1965 Dominique Arsenault 2003-05 9) 1768 Paige Neves 2009-Pres. 10) 1495 Kalei Arnold 1992-95 11) 1280 Mindi Jackson 1995-96 12) 1139 Heather Hillier 2005-08 13) 937 Zuzana Cerniansa 2002-05SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
DENVER - The Pioneers are 13-10 overall and 7-6 in WAC action, currently sitting in seventh-place in the league standings, and will have three matches this week, starting with hosting Idaho on Monday, then hosting USU on Thursday and San Jose State on Saturday... DU had its five-match win streak halted by getting swept at home by New Mexico State on Saturday in the Pioneers' lone WAC match of the week... Denver did sweep in-state foe Northern Colorado on Tuesday at home... Prior to Saturday's three-set loss to NMSU, DU had won its previous four conference matches, all by 3-1 scores.
DU leads the league in overall hitting percentage at .249 as well as in WAC only matches for hitting percentage at .244... Denver also is second in the conference in both overall blocks per set (2.70) and WAC only blocks per set (2.83).
The Pioneers are led by senior middle blocker Faimie Kingsley, who leads the WAC and is fourth in the NCAA in blocks per set with 1.67... Kingsley also leads the league and ranks 24th in the country in hitting percentage (.384)... In WAC only matches, Kingsley is first in blocks (1.84 bps) and second in hitting percentage (.374).
DU head coach Jesse Maloney is in his first year leading the Pioneer's program, coming to Denver after seven years as an assistant coach at CSU... Prior to CSU, Maloney was head coach at Division II Fort Hays State, where he from was head coach from 1999-2004.
NEW MEXICO STATE - The maroon Aggies enter a busy week with a 16-7 overall record and a 9-3 WAC mark, hosting Seattle on Monday and San Jose State on Thursday before welcoming USU on Saturday... NMSU has won its last three overall matches and two WAC matches, bouncing back from a four-set loss at UT Arlington on Oct. 18 by winning at LA Tech on Oct. 20 in four sets, then sweeping New Mexico on Oct. 23 and Denver on Oct. 27.
NMSU is second in the conference in both overall hitting percentage (.227) as well as overall opponent hitting percentage (.160)... The maroon Aggies lead the league in WAC only opponent hitting percentage (.134) while ranking fourth in overall hitting percentage (.222)... NMSU also is second in the conference for overall kills per set (13.15), while ranking fourth in league only matches (13.13).
Junior middle blocker Desiree Scott leads NMSU, as well as the WAC for conference only hitting percentage (.451), while ranking second for overall hitting percentage (.378)... Scott is 33rd in the NCAA stats as of Oct. 29 in hitting percentage... Scott also is third in the league for WAC only matches for blocks per set (1.57) while ranking fifth overall (1.31)... The 1.31 bps is 43rd in the country.
New Mexico State head coach and former USU assistant coach Mike Jordan is in his 15th season as head coach of the maroon Aggies, and has amassed a career record of 324-145... Jordan spent two seasons (1996-97) as an assistant coach at Utah State.
USU VOLLEYBALL'S Shay Sorensen COLLECTS WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK ACCOLADES TWICE
Sorensen, a senior opposite side hitter from North Ogden, Utah, earned the honor for the first time on Sept. 17 after she averaged 4.30 kills on .296 hitting, 3.30 digs and 0.60 blocks per set in a pair of road wins at UTSA and Texas State. She posted a pair of double-doubles to lead Utah State to its first 2-0 start to WAC action since 2007. In the Sept. 13 four-set win over UTSA, Sorensen logged 15 kills and 11 digs, adding a pair of blocks and a service ace. In the sweep at Texas State on Sept. 15, she tallied a match-high 15 kills on a season-high .353 hitting to go with 12 digs and two blocks.
The Aggie senior earned it a second time on Oct. 22 after she averaged 4.18 kills, 3.36 digs and 1.09 blocks per set. Sorensen posted double-doubles in two of the three matches in helping the Aggies to a 2-1 record, including winning two on the road to give Utah State its first six-match road win streak since 1978. She started the week with 15 kills and 11 digs, along with four blocks in a five-set loss to UTSA on Oct. 15. In the Oct. 18 five-set win at Idaho, Sorensen logged her team-leading 10th double-double of the season with 18 kills and tied a career-high with 17 digs to go along with five blocks. She then added 13 kills without posting any hitting errors for a .382 attack percentage to go with nine digs and three blocks in a sweep at Seattle U on Oct. 20.
Sorensen's on Sept. 17 was the first of the season for the Aggies, and was the first for a USU vollleyball player since Liz McArthur earned the accolade last season on Oct. 17.
Kaitlyn VanHoff NAMED WAC VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
VanHoff, a sophomore middle blocker (Draper, Utah) averaged a remarkable 2.12 blocks and 2.00 kills on .300 hitting as the Aggies went undefeated on the week. She posted a career-high .333 attack percentage and added seven total blocks as Utah State swept New Mexico State on Oct. 4, handing NM State its first conference loss of the season to take over first place in the WAC standings. Van Hoff then tied a career high with 10 block assists in five-set win over Denver on Oct. 6, registering four blocks in the third set alone. Van Hoff entered the week averaging 1.30 kills on .144 hitting and 1.21 blocks per set.
Josselyn White NAMED USU ATHLETE OF THE WEEK TWICE
White, a senior outside hitter from Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS), was the first USU student-athlete to earn the honor this school year, getting recognized after she was named to the Utah State Invitational, sponsored by Gossner Foods, all-tournament team in the season-opener weekend as she helped USU to a 3-1 record and a second-place finish. During the tournament, White hit .278 (43-13-108) with 43 kills, 34 digs and 10 blocks. White posted a career-high .500 attack percentage (14-0-28) in the win against Portland and logged a career-high 18 digs against Southern Utah.
The senior earned it a second time this season after she led USU to a pair of Western Athletic Conference road wins over the weekend of Sept. 27 and Sept. 29, with a four-set win over Louisiana Tech on Sept. 27 and a sweep at UT Arlington on Sept. 29. She tallied her fourth double-double of the season in the win over Louisiana Tech, posting a career-high 20 digs to go with 10 kills. White added a season-high 17 kills on a .429 attack percentage (17-2-35), her third-highest of the season in the sweep of UT Arlington. For the weekend, the senior had a .338 attack percentage (27-5-65), averaging 3.86 kills per set to go with a matching 3.86 digs per set average, adding 0.43 blocks per set and 0.29 aces per set.
These are White's first two career USU Student-Athlete of the Week accolades.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF UTAH
AGGIES NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS HISTORY
UTAH STATE RANKED 10TH IN THE NATION IN BLOCKING LAST SEASON
UTAH STATE LED THE WAC IN BLOCKING
RECAPPING LAST SEASON