USU Volleyball Continues Road Swing At New Mexico Saturday
Nov. 8, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State volleyball will continue its weekend trek, when the Aggies to Albuquerque, N.M. to take on the Lobos of New Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Mountain West Conference match-up between USU and UNM will start at Noon.
Fans can follow Saturday's action with "Watch Live" and "GameTracker" links at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
USU head coach Grayson DuBose will be leading his squad into his old stomping grounds at New Mexico. DuBose was an assistant for the Lobos in 2001, after his two-year stint as an assistant at USU from 1999-2000, then departing for UNM with head coach Tom Peterson. While on the Lobos' bench in 2001, DuBose helped lead UNM to a 5-20 overall, 3-11 MW ledger, leaving Albuquerque after one season to go with Peterson to the BYU men's program.
Utah State is making its first visit to Albuquerque since 2006, and the Aggies are just 2-6 on the Lobos' home court, but they won in their last visit there in 2006. Saturday's meeting is USU's second meeting with UNM this season, and the 23rd meeting all-time, as the Lobos lead the all-time series, 12-10, winning the first match-up this season,sweeping the Aggies on Oct. 3. The teams first met on the court in 1976, and the Aggies won the first eight meetings before the Lobos won five in a row and then after a USU win in 1986, won six more in a row before the Aggies won in 2006, then UNM resumed its winning ways in the series. The Lobos have won seven of the last eight and 12 of the last 14 meetings.
The Aggies have now won seven of their last eight and 11 of their last 15 matches in improving to 16-8 overall and 9-4 in MW play after winning at Air Force, 3-1, Thursday night. Senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani (Richardson, Texas) posted her fourth-straight double-double to lead three players in double-digit kills while junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) notched a career-high attack percentage, as Utah State volleyball bounced back from dropping the first set with a 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-15) Thursday night in the first-ever meeting on the volleyball court between the Aggies and Falcons.
Etimani recorded her team-leading 12th double-double and fourth in a row with game-highs of 15 kills and 13 digs, adding a match-high two service aces and two blocks. Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) and junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) tallied 11 kills apiece.
Junior setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) tied a career-high .833 (5-0-6) attack percentage), while Orr logged a career-high .667 (11-1-15) attack percentage. They were joined in the +500 attack percentage department by senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah) with .636 (8-1-11), while Etimani added a .406 (15-2-32) to pace Utah State to a .388 (61-14-121) attack percentage for the match.
Neves dished out a match-best 43 assists, while freshman Erica Moscoso (Mission Viejo, Calif.) notched seven helpers. Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court (Highland, Utah) added 12 digs and Orr added eight.
VanHoff led a USU blocking effort that totalled 11 total team blocks, as the junior middle blocker logged a match-high seven block assists. Sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) added five block assists to go with nine kills, while Neves added three.
The Lobos improved to 19-5 overall and 9-4 in MW play with a 3-1 win over Boise State Thursday night. UNM has won five of its last six matches.
After this road trip, the Aggies then return home to host San José State and Fresno State on Thursday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 16, respectively, both in 7 p.m. start times.
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.
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