Oct. 29, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Wyoming at UTAH STATE
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Saturday, Nov. 2 - 7:30 p.m. (MT)
#9 Colorado State at UTAH STATE
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
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Playing the second half of a four-match homestand and to open the second half of Mountain West Conference action, Utah State volleyball (14-7, 7-3 MW) will put its season-long five-match win streak on the line against Wyoming (14-10, 4-6 MW) on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. (MT) and ninth-ranked and league-leading Colorado State (19-0, 10-0 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. (MT). Both matches will be played at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270).
Saturday's 7:30 p.m. start time is due to USU football's game Saturday afternoon vs. Hawai'i. Fans can get free admittance to the Aggie volleyball game that night with their ticket stub from the USU football game.
Finishing the first half of league action with a 7-3 conference record, USU will open the second-half of Mountain West play in a four-way logjam for second-place along with New Mexico, UNLV and Fresno State, three matches behind league-leading Colorado State at 10-0.
Thursday will be Wyoming's first visit to Logan since 1989. Utah State leads the series with Wyoming, 14-13, with the Aggies winning the last four meetings, including this season's first meeting, 3-1, on Oct. 12 in Laramie.
The Aggies and Rams will be locking horns against each other in Logan for the first time since 1989. CSU leads the all-time series, 18-14, winning the last 17 meetings, including a 3-1 win at Fort Collins on Oct. 10. USU is the only visiting team to win a set on CSU's home court in its 10 home matches this season.
Saturday's match against No. 9 Colorado State is USU's second meeting this year against a ranked opponent, with the first against a then-No.13 CSU team on Oct. 10 in Fort Collins. The Aggies are 11-59 (.157) during the last 13 years versus ranked opponents, losing its last five matches. The Aggies' last home win against a ranked opponent was Oct. 11, 2001, beating 12th-ranked Pacific, 3-2.
Junior setter Paige Neves now has 2,725 assists, moving up to No. 5 on USU's career list, and now needs 84 assists to tie her older sister, Chelsi Neves (2000-01), with 2,809 career assists.
Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court recently became just the fifth player in Aggie history to reach the 1,000 career digs mark in USU's win over UNLV on Sept. 26. Now with 1,021 career digs, Rogers-Court needs just three digs to tie Niki Conner (1995-98) for the No. 4 spot.
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
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 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 613-682-8 (.474) in 1,303 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 204-297 (.407) in 501 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- 7-3 .700 TOTAL CONFERENCE WINS 204-297 .407
UTAH STATE IN CONFERENCE PLAY
USU has won 22 of its last 28 matches league action after being 7-3 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 109-46 (.703) at home in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum during the last 14 years, which includes an 82-38 (.683) record against conference opponents.
AGGIES IN THE MIDST
USU is in the midst of a season-long four-match homestand, going 2-0 so far. The Aggies are 4-1 so far this season in home matches.
UTAH STATE VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Saturday's match against No. 9 Colorado State is USU's second meeting this year against a ranked opponent, with the first against a then-No.13 CSU team on Oct. 10 in Fort Collins. The Aggies are 11-59 (.157) during the last 13 years versus ranked opponents, losing its last five matches. USU's last win against a ranked team was its win over No. 3 Hawai'i in the 2010 WAC Tournament championship match, and the Aggies' last home win against a ranked opponent was Oct. 11, 2001, beating 12th-ranked Pacific, 3-2.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies have won their last five matches in a row and nine of their last 12 matches in posting a 14-7 overall record. USU's ledger is bolstered by a 7-3 Mountain West mark, including winning its first two Mountain West matches in school history, as the Aggies are in their first year in the MW. USU is in the midst in season-long four-match homestand, opening with a pair of victories after sweeping San Diego State, 3-0, on Thursday, then rallying after dropping the first set to beat UNLV, 3-1, on Saturday.
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
Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court has served-up a team-leading 21 service aces, while junior setter Paige Neves has 20 aces. Freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gleason (Las Flores, Calif.), adds 16 aces, followed by junior outside hitter Rachel Orr with 14.
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
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 (.178), while also ranking third in aces (1.23), as well as ranking fourth in the league in blocks (2.68). USU is also fifth in both digs per set (14.99) and hitting percentage (.212) and ninth in both kills per set (12.48) and assists per set (11.71).
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
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 nine of the rankings as junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff and senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett are third and fourth with 1.49 and 1.42 blocks per set, respectively, while sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard is ninth (1.17).
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
USU had four players in double-figure kills in the Aggies' win over UNLV on Oct. 26. It was just the second time this season that four USU players posted double-digit kills, also doing so in Utah State's win at Boise State on Sept. 21. 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.
ONE OF TWO WITH THREE OVER .400
Utah State is one of only two teams in the Mountain West with three outings with over a .400 attack percentage, along with Colorado State. The feat has been reached a total of nine times, and the Aggies own one-third of them with the third-highest mark and tied with two for the seventh-highest. Colorado State has posted the top two marks with a .529 (53-7-87) against Baylor on Aug. 30 and a .488 (49-7-86) against San José State on Oct. 26, as well as the No. 9 spot with a .412 (64-8-136) against Denver on Sept. 10.
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 .463 attack percentage on Sept. 14 against Liberty 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.
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
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. Utah State has also came back from down a set to beat Portland (9/7) and UNLV on Oct. 26.
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 nine double-doubles each, behind two MW players with 13 and one with 11, while Etimani and Orr are two of four 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 9.96 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
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 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
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 fourth in MW only matches blocks per set (1.42) and fifth in overall blocks per set (1.25).
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 19 of the 21 matches overall, including nine 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), eight at Wyoming (10/12) and seven vs. UNLV (10/26).
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
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.
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 2,725 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 84 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) 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
This season, junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court has not only broken into the USU top 10 career digs list, but she became just the fifth player in Aggie history to reach the 1,000 career digs mark in USU's win over UNLV on Sept. 26. Now with 1,021 career digs, Rogers-Court has 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 three digs to tie Niki Conner (1995-98) for the No. 4 spot.
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
Total Blocks 1) 477 Denae Mohlman 1997-00 2) 409 Ingrid Roth 2002-05 3) 367 Kaitlyn VanHoff 2011-Pres. 4) 359 Amanda Nielson 2004-07 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
BRAINARD ON CAREER HITTING PERCENTAGE LIST
Sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard recently reached the 1,000 career attacks mark, making her eligible for the Aggies' career attack percentage list, where she climbed to No. 8 at .242.
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
Utah State leads the series with Wyoming, 14-13, with the Aggies winning the last four meetings, including this season's first meeting, 3-1, on Oct. 12 in Laramie. Thursday will be Wyoming's first visit to Logan since 1989 when the Cowgirls swept the Aggies. USU's series history with Wyoming began in 1977, and the Aggies won the first seven meetings before the Cowgirls won the next 10 meetings and 13 of the next 14, but USU's current four-match win streak. Wyoming's last win in the series came in 1998.
The Cowgirls are 14-10 overall and 4-6 in MW play, currently on a loss-win pattern over their last five matches after a four-match winning streak, broken by USU with the 3-1 win on Oct. 12. During that streak, four of the five have been four-setters, with the recent loss, getting swept at home by Fresno State on Saturday, the lone match out. Wyoming is 3-5 on the road this season, including 2-4 in MW road matches.
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
The Aggies and Rams will be locking horns against each other in Logan for the first time since 1989. CSU leads the all-time series, 18-14, winning the last 17 meetings, including a 3-1 win at Fort Collins on Oct. 10. USU is the only visiting team to win a set on CSU's home court in its 10 home matches this season. The meeting on Oct. 10 of this season was the first meeting between the two teams since 2001. First meeting in 1976, USU won the first 11 meetings and 14 of the first 15, before CSU has won the last 17 match-ups. The Aggies' last win over the Rams was a 3-0 sweep in 1983, in a neutral court meeting in Provo, while USU is 5-6 vs. CSU in Logan, last winning in 1982.
ABOUT COLORADO STATE
The Rams are currently ranked ninth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Coaches Poll, posting a perfect 19-0 overall ledger and a 10-0 MW mark. CSU swept Fresno State and San José State last Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
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
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:
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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 127-105 (.547) 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.
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