LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women’s volleyball will close out a three-match road swing and look for its second conference sweep of the season when the Aggies face Boise State in Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. USU picked up a conference sweep over UNLV earlier in the year with a 3-1 win in Las Vegas on Sept. 28, followed by a three-set sweep of the Rebels at home on Oct. 28.
Boise State leads the all-time series against the Aggies, 23-19, but Utah State captured a 3-0 victory over the Broncos in the first meeting between the two schools earlier in the year in Logan. During the match, USU hit .306 (45-11-111), its best hitting percentage in conference play to that point, and senior outside Rachel Gale-Hammond recorded a season-high 15 kills. Senior outside Lauren Anderson and senior opposite Kayla DeCoursey also recorded double digit kills, with 13 and 12, respectively. Junior libero Tasia Taylor’s 23 digs were one shy of tying the school record for digs in a 3-set match and marked the eighth time she surpassed the 20-dig plateau this season.
Utah State is coming off of its best offensive showing of the season, hitting a season-best .336 (57-15-125) at Wyoming on Saturday afternoon en route to a 3-1 (25-22, 25-27, 25-19, 25-15) road victory over the Cowgirls. Anderson tallied a career-high-tying 23 kills during the match, hitting .356 (23-7-45), best among USU outsides. Junior setter Kassidy Johnson recorded her fourth double-double of the season after logging 48 assists and 10 digs. Taylor led all players on the back row with a match-high 18 digs and was followed by DeCoursey with 10 digs, her second double-digit dig match in the last three contests.
On the year, Anderson leads the Utah State attack with a team-best 369 kills, averaging 4.01 per set, second in the Mountain West. Anderson is also second in the league in points per set, averaging 4.58, while Taylor and Johnson are second in digs per set and assists per set, averaging 4.88 and 10.34, respectively. Taylor has already totaled 449 digs this season, seventh all-time in a single season in Utah State history.
Boise State enters the match having lost each of its last three matches, falling in four to New Mexico and Wyoming, and then losing a three-set affair during its last match at Colorado State on Saturday.
Boise State’s strength resides in its hitters as the Broncos are second in the league in both kills per set (13.82) and assists per set (12.95). Individually, senior outside Sierra Nobley is tops in the Mountain West with 4.77 kills per set and also leads the league with 5.37 points per set. The ball is kept in play by senior libero Maddi Osburn, who leads the league in digs per set, averaging 4.89 per frame, while Boise State as a team ranks just behind the Aggies in third with 14.92 digs per set.
Fans can follow the match at Boise State via live stat and live video links online at utahstateaggies.com.
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