Utah State Volleyball Hosts Border-Foes Wyoming And Ninth-Ranked Colorado State This Weekend
Oct. 29, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Wyoming at UTAH STATE
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Saturday, Nov. 2 - 7:30 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- 7-3 .700 TOTAL CONFERENCE WINS 204-297 .407
UTAH STATE IN CONFERENCE PLAY
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
AGGIES IN THE MIDST
UTAH STATE VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is averaging 12.48 kills per set with a .212 attack percentage. USU dishes out 11.71 assists per set, while posting 14.99 digs and 1.23 aces per set. Defensively, the Aggies average 2.68 blocks per set in limiting the opposition to a .178 attack percentage.
Last week's Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week, USU junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.), leads the Aggies with 3.37 kills per set, logging a .197 (266-120-741) attack percentage. Orr also registers 2.47 digs per set, co-leading the team with nine double-doubles on the season. She also adds 0.61 blocks per set.
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah), holds a slight lead for the team-lead advantage with 1.29 blocks per set, registering a .249 (155-61-378) attack percentage with 1.96 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 .268 (59-22-138) attack percentage, adding 0.78 kps.
Senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani (Richardson, Texas), adds 2.65 kills and 2.84 digs per set, while sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) tallies 2.96 kills per set and 0.92 blocks per set.
Junior setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) dishes out 10.47 assists per set, adding 2.38 digs per set. While averaging 0.67 kills per set, Neves has a .408 (48-8-98) attack percentage.
Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court (Highland, Utah) leads the team with 4.06 digs per set and 21 service aces (0.27 saps).
ACE, ACE BABY
The Aggies currently lead the MW in conference only matches with a 1.31 aces per set average. Overall, USU is third in the league with 1.23 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 (1.31), while ranking second in both opponent hitting percentage (.164) and blocks per set (3.06). USU is also third in digs per set (15.54), sixth in both hitting percentage (.203) and kills per set (13.14) and seventh in assists per set (12.31).
Individually, sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff is third in the league in blocks per set both overall (1.29) and MW only matches in blocks (1.49). Senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett is fourth in league only matches blocks per set (1.42) and fifth in overall blocks per set (1.25).
Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr is sixth in overall in both points (3.87) and kills (3.37), while ranking seventh in league only in kills (3.20) and ninth in points (3.67).
While not ranking in the overall stats, sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard is sixth in the MW only stats in both points per set (3.81) and kills per set (3.23), while ranking ninth in blocks per set (1.17).
Junior setter Paige Neves is third in assists in MW only (11.26) and fifth in assists overall (10.47), while also ranking tied for sixth in MW only in aces per set (0.31).
Fellow junior, libero Ashlan Rogers-Court is third in digs per set both overall (4.06) and MW only (4.29). Rogers-Court is also tied for sixth in serves aces in MW only (0.31) and tied for eighth in overall aces per set (0.27).
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 (1.30) and Emily Harris seventh (1.24).
FOUR PLAYERS WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT KILLS, 10 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.
ONE OF TWO WITH THREE OVER .400
The Aggies are one of four Mountain West teams to hit better than .400 in a conference match, joined by Colorado State with a .488 (49-7-86) against San José State on Oct. 26, Boise State with a .455 (42-7-77) versus Air Force on Oct. 20 and a .444 (44-8-81) against Nevada on Oct. 26.
THE FEW, THE PROUD
USU's four errors in the Liberty match is also the fewest in a match in the Mountain West this season, while the Aggies' five against SJSU on 9/28 is the fewest in a league match this season.
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 9.96 kills and 10.67 digs per match. She is also posting 2.65 kills and 2.84 digs per set this season.
Orr also averages just short of a double-double with 12.67 kills and 9.29 digs per match, averaging 3.37 kills and 2.47 digs per set.
Tumua Etimani TIME
On the season, Etimani has a total of 14 matches with double-digit kills, including eight of the last 11, 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 11 double-digit digs outings, leading to her co-team-leading nine 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 fourth in MW only matches blocks per set (1.42) and fifth in overall blocks per set (1.25).
VANHOFF IS BLOCKING TOUGH
VanHoff is third in the league in blocks per set both overall (1.29) and MW only matches in blocks (1.49).
KAMALU KILL FOR THE WIN
10 ACES IN A 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) 2725 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) 1021 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
Rogers-Court is also 21 digs from the single-season top 10 list, a list she already holds the No. 6 spot on with 413 digs in 2012. With 21 digs, Rogers-Court would tie Heather Olmstead (2001) with 340 digs and with 41 more digs, Rogers-Court would tie current USU assistant coach Taubi Neves.
SINGLE-SEASON Digs 1) 573 Christine Morrill 2010 2) 537 Kelsi Peterson 2006 3) 531 Christine Morrill 2009 4) 510 Kelsi Peterson 2005 5) 431 Kelsi Peterson 2004 6) 413 Ashlan Rogers 2012 7) 409 Christine Morrill 2008 8) 397 Laurel Bodily 2011 9) 362 Taubi Neves 2003 10) 340 Heather Olmstead 2001 -- 321 Ashlan Rogers 2013VANHOFF HAS 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 348 career block assists, passing Amanda Nielson (2004-07) for the No. 3 spot with 337. She needs 24 more block assists to catch Ingrid Roth (2002-05) for the No. 2 spot. VanHoff also is No. 3 on the Aggies' career total blocks list with 367 total blocks, passing Nielson for the No. 3 spot with 359 career total blocks. VanHoff needs 42 total blocks to catch Roth for the No. 2 spot with 409.
Block Assists 1) 420 Denae Mohlman 1997-00 2) 372 Ingrid Roth 2002-05 3) 348 Kaitlyn VanHoff 2011-Pres. 4) 337 Amanda Nielson 2004-07 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
BRAINARD ON CAREER HITTING PERCENTAGE LIST
CAREER HITTING PCT. (1000 att.) 1) .348 Denae Mohlman 1997-00 2) .304 Katie Astle 2007-10 3) .295 Michelle Matheson 1998-01 4) .281 Erin Cartwright-Davis 2001-03 5) .269 Marie Motil 1992-93 6) .264 Lisa Grandmaison 1984-85 7) .255 Ingrid Roth 2002-05 8) .242 Elle Brainard 2012-Pres. 9) .238 Lori Sargent-McKnight 1996-99 10) .232 Sheryl Swain 1986-87
AGGIES-COWGIRLS SERIES HISTORY
Wyoming is second in the MW in blocking (2.88) and ranking fourth in opponent hitting percentage (.154). The Cowgirls also are sixth in the MW in hitting percentage (.211), fourth in digs (15.16), fifth in aces (1.14) and eighth in both kills (12.73) and assists (11.92).
Individually, Wyoming does not have any player in the top 10 of the league statistics for kills, but they do have five players averaged over 2.0 kills per set. Junior middle blocker Erin Kirby leads the MW in blocks (1.82 bps) and is fifth in the league in hitting percentage (.352) as well as tied for eighth in points (3.50 pps). Senior libero Becky Stewart leads the league in digs (5.19 dps), while fellow senior, middle blocker Reese Plante leads the Cowgirls with 2.59 kps as well as ranking second in the conference in service aces (0.32 saps) and freshman setter Courtney Chacon is ninth in assists (8.08 aps).
Wyoming head coach Chad Callihan is in his first season guiding the Cowgirls' program, logging an 14-10 mark so far. Callihan is in his 12th season overall as a head coach, registering a 241-145 overall record.
USU-CSU SERIES HISTORY
ABOUT COLORADO STATE
CSU leads the MW in hitting percentage (.298), kills (14.59), blocks (2.89) and assists (13.32), while ranking second in opponent hitting percentage (.154), fourth in service aces (1.21) and eighth in digs (13.96).
Senior middle blocker Samantha Peters leads the league in hitting percentage (.402) and ranks second in blocks (1.41). Junior setter Deedra Foss is first in the conference in assists (11.76), while junior outside hitter Marlee Reynolds is seventh in kills (3.12), sophomore defensive specialist Kaitlind Bestgen is third in service aces (0.31) and senior libero Jaime Colaizzi is fifth in the conference in digs (3.82).
Colorado State head coach Tom Hilbert is in his 16th season at the reins of the Rams' program, posting a 422-104 record there. Overall, Hilbert is in his 24th season as a head coach, amassing a 596-176 record.
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