USU Volleyball Can Clinch WAC Title Outright With Win At San Jose State Saturday
Hitting the road for the final time of the regular season, Utah State volleyball will head to San Jose, Calif., to take on San Jose State on Saturday, Nov. 10... First serve from SJSU's Spartan Gym is slated for 8 p.m. (MT). USU has already clinched the top seed in the WAC Tournament and at least a share of the regular-season title, but the Aggies can win their first WAC regular-season championship outright with a win Saturday.

 
Hitting the road for the final time of the regular season, Utah State volleyball will head to San Jose, Calif., to take on San Jose State on Saturday, Nov. 10... First serve from SJSU's Spartan Gym is slated for 8 p.m. (MT). USU has already clinched the top seed in the WAC Tournament and at least a share of the regular-season title, but the Aggies can win their first WAC regular-season championship outright with a win Saturday.
 
 

Nov. 6, 2012

LOGAN, Utah -

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Saturday, Nov. 10 - 8 p.m. (MT)
UTAH STATE at San Jose State
Spartan Gym (1,000)
San Jose, Calif.

The Last Meeting
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October 13, 2012
Logan, Utah
Aggie Volleyball Spears Spartans With A Sweep Saturday
Utah State volleyball did something Saturday it had never accomplished in its eight years in the Western Athletic Conference, as its sweep of San Jose State, 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-19) was the Aggies' first-ever five-match WAC win streak. The five-match WAC win streak is USU's longest since a 2001 when the Aggies won six Big West Conference matches in a row.

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STORYLINES

• Hitting the road for the final time of the regular season, Utah State volleyball will head to San Jose, Calif., to take on San Jose State on Saturday, Nov. 10... First serve from SJSU's Spartan Gym is slated for 8 p.m. (MT).
• USU has already clinched the top seed in the WAC Tournament and at least a share of the regular-season title, but the Aggies can win their first WAC regular-season championship outright with a win Saturday.
• This is the first WAC regular-season title for the Aggies, adding to Utah State's WAC Tournament title won in 2010... USU's last conference title was winning the Eastern Division of the Big West in 1999
• The Aggies are seeking their 15th WAC win of the season, which would extend its school record for most WAC wins as well as most conference wins, as USU topped its previous mark of 12 Big West Conference wins in 2001.
• USU has now won 19 matches in a season twice under head coach Grayson DuBose... A win Saturday would give the Aggies their 11th 20-win season in school history.
• Utah State is on an eight-match road win streak, the Aggies' longest road win streak in a single-season in school history.
• Overall, the Aggies have won their last six matches, as well as 11 of their last 13 overall matches.
• Senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen needs 13 more kills to break into the USU career top 10 kills list, with 850 kills, as Niki Conner (1995-98) has 863 career kills... Sorensen also needs one block assist and three total blocks to crack into the respective top 10 lists.
• Senior outside hitter Josselyn White broke a USU school record for attack percentage in Saturday's win over LA Tech hitting .812 with 13 kills in 16 attacks with no errors... White also enters this week with 315 career total blocks, needing four more to tie Michelle Matheson (1998-2001) for No. 6 on USU's career total blocks list.
• Now with 979 assists this season, sophomore setter Paige Neves needs just 21 assists to reach the 1,000 assists plateau for the season... Neves would reach the milestone for the 16th time in school history, becoming the ninth different Aggie to dish out 1,000 assists in a season.

LIVE STATS
Live stats for this Saturday's match are available via "Live Stats" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

LIVE VIDEO
There will not be any video streaming for Saturday's match at SJSU.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
USU has won its last six matches, including Saturday at New Mexico State to clinch at least a share of the WAC regular-season title and the top spot in the WAC Tournament... With the win, the Aggies improved to 19-7 overall and 14-2 in WAC play.

USU also won its eighth-straight road match for a new school record for single-season consecutive road wins in a season, topping the previous mark of seven from 1978... The Aggies won their sixth-straight win overall as well as winning their ninth WAC match in their last 10, winning 11 of their last 13 matches overall... The 19 wins this season is also the second-most during USU head coach Grayson DuBose's seven seasons at the helm of the Aggie program behind 24 victories in 2010.

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 2.92 blocks per set... USU's defense also leads the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.157) and in WAC only matches (.139)... Offensively, USU is fourth in overall attack percentage (.221) and fifth in WAC only attack percentage (.217)... Utah State is also fifth in overall kills per set (12.60) and fourth for WAC only kills per set (12.98)... The Aggies also are seventh in the league overall with 14.23 digs per set while ranking second in WAC only matches with 15.97 dps... USU is also fifth in the WAC for both overall assists per set (11.69) and league only (12.08)... A 1.18 aces per set ranks the Aggies fifth in the WAC overall while they are also fifth in conference only matches with 1.15.

Senior outside hitter Josselyn White (Smithfield, Utah) set a school-record for attack percentage in USU's win over LA Tech on Oct. 27, 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... She is ninth in the WAC for overall points per set (3.41)... White is also climbing USU's career block assists and total blocks lists.

Senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) is sixth in the WAC in overall kills per set (3.15) and seventh in WAC only kills per set (3.37), as well as fifth for overall points per set (3.88) and fifth for conference only matches for points per set (4.09)... Sorensen has logged a double-double in 10 of USU's last 19 matches, and has a team-leading 11 on the season... Like White, Sorensen is also climbing USU's career lists, needing just 13 kills to crack the top 10 kills list, as well as needing one block assist and three total blocks to break into the respective to 10 lists.

Redshirt-freshman middle blocker Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) is second in the WAC in overall blocks per set (1.43) and while ranking fourth in conference only matches (1.37)... Brainard also is eighth in the WAC overall in hitting percentage (.298)... With 140 total blocks, Brainard is third in the league for total blocks as well also ranking third in league WAC only matches with 81 total blocks... Brainard is 17th in the most recent NCAA statistics with 1.43 blocks per set.

Sophomore setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) is second in WAC only matches with 10.75 assists per set, ranking third overall with 10.31 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 1,853 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... Neves also has 979 assists this season, leaving her just 21 assists from the 1,000 assists milestone.

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).

DUBOSE MAGIC INGREDIENT TO REGULAR-SEASON TITLE
This is the first WAC regular-season title for the Aggies, adding to Utah State's WAC Tournament title won in 2010... USU's last conference title was winning the Eastern Division of the Big West in 1999 under Tom Peterson... Current USU head coach Grayson DuBose was an assistant on that team, and has now been a part of the last two conference titles.

TURNING PAIGE 1,000 IN SINGLE-SEASON RECORD BOOK
Sophomore setter Paige Neves needs just 21 assists to reach the 1,000 assists plateau for the season... Neves would reach the milestone for the 16th time in school history and would become the ninth different player to dish out 1,000 assists in a season, as Chelsea Fowles reached the feat four times, Lori Sargent-McKnight accomplished it three times, Carrie Steverson reached it twice, as did Paige's sister Chelsi Neves, while Andrea Delsigne, Randi Winn, Mindi Jackson and Stephanie Maurer all reach it once.

Earlier this season Paige Neves became the 12th Aggie player to reach the 1,000 career assists milestone... 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.

SINGLE-SEASON Assists
1)	1442	Andrea Delsigne	        2003
2)	1441	Chelsi Neves	        2000
3)	1368	Chelsi Neves	        2001
4)	1340	Randi Winn	        1993
5)	1255	Lori Sargent-McKnight	1998
6)	1239	Chelsea Fowles	        2010
7)	1192	Mindi Jackson	        1996
8)	1157	Lori Sargent-McKnight	1997
9)	1136	Carrie Steverson	1989
10)	1133	Chelsea Fowles	        2007
11)	1123	Chelsea Fowles	        2009
12)	1061	Carrie Steverson	1990
13)	1054	Stephanie Maurer	1986
14)	1028	Lori Sargent-McKnight	1999
15)	1025	Chelsea Fowles	        2008
--	979	Paige Neves	        2012

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) 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 2002-05

WIN STREAKING ON THE ROAD
USU has won its last eight road matches this season, which are the most for an Aggie team in one season in school history, bettering the previous mark of seven road wins in a row, won by the 1978 squad... The overall longest road winning streak for road matches is 10, as the 1977 team won its last three matches on the road before the 1978 squad's aforementioned seven-match win streak.

WHITE'S SCHOOL RECORD
USU senior outside hitter Josselyn White set a school record for attack percentage in USU's win over LA Tech on Oct. 27 hitting .812 with 13 kills in 16 attacks with no errors... White's .812 is tops in the WAC this season and is the highest by any WAC player since Boise State's Sadie Maughan had .867 in a 2010 match, as well as the highest by a player in a WAC match since Anna Callis of New Mexico State hit .875 against Utah State in 2006... The .812 by White bettered the previous school record for single-match hitting percentage with 15-19 attempts, previously held by Lori Sargent-McKnight who hit .727 (14-0-19) at North Texas on Nov. 9, 1996.

19-WIN SEASONS GOING FOR 20
USU has 19 wins this season, marking the second time to win at least 19 matches in a season under head coach Grayson DuBose, winning 24 in 2010... A win Saturday would give the Aggies their 11th 20-win season in school history.

AGGIES NINTH, BRAINARD 17th, VANHOFF 39th IN BLOCKING IN NCAA STATS
In the NCAA statistics as of Nov. 5, Utah State leads the WAC and is ninth in the NCAA statistics with 3.01 blocks per set... Washington leads the nation with 3.34 bps... Individually, redshirt-freshman Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) is 17th in the NCAA with a 1.43 blocks per set average, while sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) is 39th with a 1.31 bps average.

SINGLE-SEASON RECORD LIST WATCH
Several Aggie players have broken into the USU single-season top 10 record lists, including redshirt-freshman middle blocker Elle Brainard, who has 134 block assists this season, good for sixth on the USU's block assists list, as well as 140 total blocks, good for eighth on the Aggies' total blocks list... Sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff is 10th on both the block assists list (120) and total blocks list (128)... Sophomore libero Ashlan Rogers has 365 digs this season, climbing to No. 8 on the single-season digs list. {See pg. 8 for complete single-season record watch list}

SORENSEN 11th, WHITE 12th WITH 800
Senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen became just the 11th player in USU history to reach the 800-kills plateau, doing so on Oct. 20 at Seattle, and fellow senior Josselyn White joined her in the 800-kills club two weeks later, reaching the milestone in the Aggies' match at Denver on Nov. 1... Now with 850 kills, Sorensen needs 13 more to break into the USU career top 10 kills list, while White has 821 kills, needing needs 42 more, as Niki Conner (1995-98) has 863 kills.

Kills
1)	1813	Zuzana Cernianska	2002-05
2)	1463	Amy Crosbie	        1997-00
3)	1431	Liz McArthur	        2008-11
4)	1369	Amanda Nielson	        2004-07
5)	1309	Erin Cartwright-Davis	2001-03
6)	1294	Denae Mohlman	        1997-00
7)	984	Beth Hodge	        2003-06
8)	971	Melissa Schoepf	        1997-00
9)	872	Ingrid Roth	        2002-05
10)	863	Niki Conner	        1995-98
--	850	Shay Sorensen	        2009-Pres.
--	821	Josselyn White	        2009-Pres.

Sorensen also is nearing the top 10 for both career block assists and career total blocks, as she has 266 block assists, needing one more to tie Tiffany Kitley (1996-99) for No. 10 and Sorensen's 277 total blocks leaves her three shy of tying Melissa Schoepf (1997-2000) for 10th on the career total blocks list.

WHITE IN UTAH STATE TOP 10 FOR BOTH ATTACKS AND BLOCKS
Senior outside hitter Josselyn White has climbed up to the No. 6 spot on the Utah State career attacks list, now with 2,903, passing Denae Mohlman (1997-2000) for No. 6 with 2,796 attacks, and needing 96 more to catch Erin Cartwright-Davis (2001-03) for No. 5 with 2,999 attacks.

White has also recently reached the USU top 10 for career total blocks, moving up to No. 7 with 315 total blocks, passing former teammate Shantell Durrant (2008-10) with 309 and Tiffany Kitley (1996-99) with 306... Now with 279 career block assists, White is in the No. 8 spot on the career block assists list, needing 11 more to catch Erin Cartwright-Davis (2001-03) at No. 7... White also has 33 career solo blocks, needing four more to reach the No. 10 spot on the career solo block list, currently held by Ingrid Roth (2002-05) with 37.

BREAKING TRENDS
Utah State's loss to Utah Valley on Oct. 9 was the first time this season that USU has lost when not only winning the first two sets but also when leading in blocks and attack percentage along with hitting .300 or better... Prior to the UVU loss, USU was 8-0 when winning the first two sets, 9-0 when leading in blocks and 11-0 when leading in attack percentage, as well as 1-0 when hitting .300 or better.

RUDE WELCOMING TO WAC NEWCOMERS IN FIRST HALF
USU went 5-0 against the WAC newcomers in the first half of the conference schedule, beating UTSA (3-1) and Texas State (3-0) on Sept. 13 and 15, respectively, as well as Seattle (3-0) on Sept. 20, UT Arlington (3-0) on Sept. 29 and Denver (3-2) on Oct. 6... The Aggies' win streak against the league newcomers was broken with their three-set loss to UTSA on Oct. 15, but USU bounced back to sweep both Seattle on Oct. 20 and UT Arlington on Oct. 25, as well as win at Denver on Nov. 1 to improve to 8-1 against the conference's new teams.

UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Utah State is 73-54 (.575) all-time in WAC play which includes a 43-20 (.683) home record and a 30-33 (.476) record on the road.

UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
Utah State is 104-44 (.703) at home in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum during the last 13 years, which includes a 75-37 (.670) record against conference opponents.

DUBOSE FOR 100 PLEASE ALEX
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 seventh-year as Aggie head coach, has a 111-96 (.536) 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.

AGGIES AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE
Saturday is the second meeting of the season between the Aggies and Spartans, and SJSU leads the all-time series, 18-13-1, but USU has won five of the last seven meetings, including the first meeting this season, with USU taking the match in a sweep on Oct. 13... The two teams split last year's meetings, with the home team holding court and earning the victory both times... The Aggies swept the Spartans in the match-up in Logan on Sept. 22, 2011 and SJSU countered with a four-set win on Oct. 19, 2011 in San Jose.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
SAN JOSE STATE - The Spartans are 12-14 overall and 8-8 in WAC play, entering the weekend seventh in the WAC standings... SJSU has lost its last two matches, getting swept at both New Mexico State on Thursday and at Denver on Saturday, and the Spartans have lost five of their last nine matches.

SJSU's service game leads the WAC with 1.34 aces per match overall, also leading the conference in league only matches with 1.42... The Spartans are sixth in the WAC overall in hitting percentage (.186) while ranking seventh in league only matches (.183).

Sophomore middle blocker Mary Alice O'Reilly is third in the WAC for overall hitting percentage (.350), while ranking fourth for league only matches (.363)... O'Reilly also is fifth in kills per set overall (3.21) while ranking sixth in conference matches (3.40)... With 3.77 points per set overall, O'Reilly is sixth in the WAC, while ranking seventh in league matches with 3.93 pps... Freshman setter Michaela Leonard leads the WAC in assists per set both overall (11.13) and league only (11.23)... Leonard also is 10th in the conference for both overall for aces per set (0.22) and league matches (0.25)... Sophomore libero Kiely Pieper is fourth in the conference overall for digs per set (3.82) while ranking fifth in WAC only matches (3.86).

Oscar Crespo is in his sixth season as head coach at his alma mater... Crespo has compiled a 60-113 record at the helm of the SJSU program.

USU VOLLEYBALL'S Shay Sorensen COLLECTS WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK ACCOLADES TWICE
Utah State volleyball player Shay Sorensen has been named the Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week twice this season, the first on Sept. 17 for the week of Sept. 10-16 and the second on Oct. 22 for the week of Oct. 15-21. These are the first two WAC honors of Sorensen's career.

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
Utah State volleyball player Kaitlyn VanHoff has been named the Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 1-7. This is VanHoff's first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.

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
Utah State volleyball player Josselyn White has been named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week twice this season, earning the honors on Aug. 27 and Oct. 1. This award is voted on by a state-wide media panel.

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
Utah State improved to 30-20 (.600) versus the state of Utah during the last 12 years after going 2-1 against in-state foes in the opening weekend... The Aggies have a 16-7 (.696) home record against in-state foes... Under seventh-year head coach Grayson DuBose, USU is 14-12 (.538) versus teams from the Beehive State, including an 8-6 (.571) record at home.

AGGIES NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS HISTORY
With two USU players named to the SDSU Aztec Challenge all-tournament team and three Aggie players being named to the USU Invitational sponsored by Gossner Foods all-Tournament team, Utah State adds to its collection of all-Tournament team honors... Here's a closer look at the current Aggies' all-Tournament team collection:

2012
SDSU Aztec Challenge
Rachel Orr - OH
Elle Brainard - MB

Utah State Invitational
Josselyn White - OH
Elle Brainard - MB
Ashlan Rogers - LIB

2011
Utah State Invitational
Shay Sorensen - OH
Josselyn White - OH - *MVP

2010
Utah Classic
Josselyn White - OH

Montana Invitational
Shay Sorensen - OPP - *MVP

UTAH STATE RANKED 10TH IN THE NATION IN BLOCKING LAST SEASON
Utah State ranked 10th in the country in blocking (2.79) last season... Individually, middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff ranked 47th in the nation in blocking (1.19), while senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur ranked 82nd in the nation in kills per set (3.72) and 98th in points per set (4.17).

UTAH STATE LED THE WAC IN BLOCKING
Utah State finished the 2011 season ranking first in the WAC in blocks (2.79), second in digs (15.05), sixth in hitting percentage (.168), seventh in kills (11.15), seventh in assists (10.38) and eighth in service aces (0.97).

RECAPPING LAST SEASON
Utah State finished the 2011 season with a 17-12 overall mark, posting an even 7-7 WAC record to tied for fourth in the conference... As the No. 4 seed, the Aggies lost to fifth-seeded Fresno State in three sets (25-18, 25-19, 25-10) in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament... Opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen earned second-team all-WAC honors following her junior season as she hit .202 and averaged 2.57 kills, 0.71 digs and 0.86 blocks per set... Setter Paige Neves was named to the WAC's all-freshman team in 2011 after hitting .225 and averaging 8.83 assists, 2.48 digs and 0.71 blocks... Sorensen hit .202 last season and averaged 2.57 kills, 0.71 digs and 0.86 blocks per set... Neves ranked seventh in the WAC in assists at 8.83 per set and added 2.48 digs per set as well as 16 service aces, second among the USU returners... Outside hitter Josselyn White was among the WAC leaders statistically last year as she was ninth in kills (2.73), eighth in blocks (1.01) and seventh in points (3.45) per set... Libero Ashlan Rogers averaged 2.61 digs per set as well as leading the team with 23 service aces a season ago as a freshman, while Kaitlyn VanHoff was fourth in the WAC in blocks at 1.19 per set.

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