Utah State Volleyball Hosting Air Force on Saturday Night
Nov. 10, 2017

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women’s volleyball will host Air Force on Saturday night at 7 o’clock, returning to Kirby Court at the Wayne Estes Center for the first time in four matches. The night will feature a special Daddy/Daughter Date Night promotion, where families can purchase two tickets and receive two drinks, two hot dogs and a lunch tote for $12. More information on the promotion can be found here.

Utah State is 14-13 on the year, including a 6-9 mark in the Mountain West, and needs just one more victory inside the Estes Center to secure a winning record at home for the 11th time under head coach Grayson DuBose. The Aggies have won two of their last three at home with victories over Boise State and UNLV on Oct. 10 and 28, respectively.

USU is led offensively this season by senior outside Lauren Anderson, who ranks second in the Mountain West in both kills per set and points per set, averaging 3.98 and 4.53, respectively. Anderson has totaled 378 kills this year and could become the first Aggie since 2011 to surpass 400 kills in a season, when All-American Liz McArthur logged 406. She is followed by senior right side Kayla DeCoursey with 241 kills and senior outside Rachel Gale-Hammond with 209, averaging 2.54 and 2.40 per set, respectively. Junior setter Kassidy Johnson has directed the attack for the majority of the year and ranks third in the league with 10.16 assists per set, while the Aggies are hitting .204 (1,172-495-3,326).


 

 

Defensively, junior libero Tasia Taylor has proven to be one of the best in the Mountain West, ranking second with 4.86 digs per set and totaling 461 digs this season, seventh all-time in school history. Taylor needs just 42 more digs to move into sixth place and tie Ashlan Rogers-Court with 503 digs, set during the 2013 season. Junior middle Lauren O’Brien and freshman middle Bailey Downing lead the Utah State block, averaging 1.03 and 1.00 blocks per set and totaling 94 and 62, respectively.

Air Force enters the match on Saturday night having lost six of its last eight, including a three-set defeat at Boise State on Thursday night. Overall, the Falcons are 12-17 on the year and 5-10 in league play, including a victory over the Aggies in Colorado Springs on Oct. 12.

AFA is led offensively by sophomore outside Denise Ssozi with 358 kills, averaging 3.23 per set, and she is followed closely by junior middle Abigail Miksch with 350 kills, averaging 3.21 per set. The duo is one of only two sets of teammates in the Mountain West that rank in the top-10 of the league in kills per set, ranking eighth and ninth, respectively. As a team, Air Force is hitting .178 (1,334-706-3,521), ninth in the Mountain West.

Defensively, the Falcons are led at the net by senior middle Piper Heineck with 134 blocks on the year, averaging 1.22 per set, while freshman defensive specialist Alex King leads the back row with 241 digs, averaging 2.43 per set.

Following the match with Air Force, Utah State will host Nevada in its final home match on Thursday, Nov. 16, before traveling to San José State on Saturday, Nov. 18, for the season finale.

Fans can also follow the Aggie volleyball program on Twitter @USUVolleyball, on Facebook at USUVolleyball or on Instagram at @usuvolleyball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at @USUAthletics, on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics or on Instagram at @USUAthletics.

-USU-

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