Oct. 30, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State volleyball will play the third leg of its four-match homestand on Halloween night when the Aggies host border-foe Wyoming on Thursday, Oct. 31. First-serve from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum is slated for 7 p.m. USU Athletics will be handing out candy to children age 12 and under.
Thursday is also USU's final match of its "Dig For A Cure," with any pledge or donation received throughout USU's month-long campaign will enter the fan's name into a drawing. Prizes include: T-shirts, volleyballs and team photos. For more information or to donate, contact USU Assistant Coach Taubi Neves at email@example.com or 435-797-2063, or go to: http://bit.ly/RtaUKK.
Wyoming will be making its first visit to Logan since 1989 on Thursday. 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. 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 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, at the midway point of conference play. 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 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).
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.
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).
The Aggies wrap up their four-match homestand by hosting ninth-ranked and league-leading Colorado State on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. 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.
Utah State volleyball tickets are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.
Fans who can't make the match can follow along with "Watch Live" and "GameTracker" links at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Utah State volleyball team wants to help by raising money for Logan Regional Hospital Foundations's Breast Cancer Services. Pledges are now being gathered for every dig the Aggies make during their six home matches in October as part of USU's "Dig for a Cure" campaign.
For each dig (a defensive move made to control a spiked ball) the Aggies are asking for a donation of $0.25. If the Aggies record 200 total digs in the six matches, a pledge of $0.25 will result in $50. Half of this donation will go to the Logan Regional Hospital Foundation to assist in Breast Cancer Services while the other half will be used to support the USU Volleyball team. Pledges can be made in any amount and flat donations are also accepted and appreciated. Pledge and donation forms will be available at the matches at the marketing/promotions table on the west concourse of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Any pledge or donation received will enter the fan's name into a drawing which will take place the last home match in October, on Thursday, Oct. 31 vs. Wyoming. Prizes include: T-shirts, volleyballs and team photos. Come cheer on the Aggies during their October matches and keep track of their digs to help them "Dig for a Cure." For more information or to donate, contact USU Assistant Coach Taubi Neves at firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-797-2063, or go to: http://bit.ly/RtaUKK.
Fans can also follow the Aggie volleyball program on twitter at twitter.com/USUVolleyball, on facebook at facebook.com/USUVolleyball, or on Instagram at instagram.com/USUVolleyball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics, on facebook at facebook.com/USUAthletics, or on Instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.
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