Utah State Volleyball Continues WAC Play Thursday Night At Nevada
Nov. 9, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's volleyball team continues Western Athletic Conference play Thursday night at Nevada at 8 p.m. (MT).
Utah State is 11-15 on the season and 6-6 in WAC play following losses at Utah Valley (3-0) and to Idaho (3-2) at home last weekend. The Aggies are led by senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur who is hitting .167 and averaging 3.79 kills, 2.37 digs, 0.40 blocks and 0.18 service aces per set. Junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen is hitting .192 and averaging 2.55 kills, 0.83 blocks and 0.78 digs per set, and freshman setter Paige Neves is hitting .236 and averaging 8.97 assists, 2.52 digs, 0.77 blocks and 0.59 kills per set. As a team, Utah State is hitting .167 on the year as compared to a .171 hitting percentage for its opponents.
Nevada is 5-19 on the season and 2-10 in the WAC following a road win at Louisiana Tech (3-0) and a road loss at New Mexico State (3-0) last weekend. The Wolf Pack, who are 2-5 at home this season, are led by junior middle blocker Janelle Batista who is hitting .306 on the season and averaging 2.75 kills and 0.64 blocks per set. As a team, Nevada is hitting .166 on the year as compared to a .255 hitting percentage for its opponents. The Wolf Pack return four starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's team that finished with a 13-17 record and a 7-9 WAC mark to tie for sixth-place. Ruth Lawanson is in her first year as Nevada's head coach.
Utah State is 14-20 all-time against Nevada including a 1-14 record on the road. USU won the first meeting between the two teams in Logan in three sets and has won four of the last five matchups between the two teams.
Utah State is 58-50 (.537) all-time in WAC play including a 21-32 (.396) record on the road. USU is also 63-91 (.409) in road matches during the last 12 years, which includes a 42-63 (.400) record in conference matches. This season, USU is 3-8 on the road and 4-11 in all matches away from home.