Pair Of Home Matches For USU Volleyball Pits Aggies Against Former WAC Foes San José State And Fresno State
Utah State volleyball (16-9, 9-5) will continue its first season in the Mountain West Conference by welcoming a pair of former Western Athletic Conference foes to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) this weekend. USU hosts San José State (8-17, 5-9 MW) on Thursday, Nov. 14 and Fresno State (16-10, 10-4 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 16, both in 7 p.m. contests.

 
Utah State volleyball (16-9, 9-5) will continue its first season in the Mountain West Conference by welcoming a pair of former Western Athletic Conference foes to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) this weekend. USU hosts San José State (8-17, 5-9 MW) on Thursday, Nov. 14 and Fresno State (16-10, 10-4 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 16, both in 7 p.m. contests.
 
 

Nov. 11, 2013

LOGAN, Utah -

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Thursday, Nov. 14 - 7 p.m. (MT)
San José State at UTAH STATE
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Logan, Utah

The Last Meeting
Utah State3
San Jose State0
September 28, 2013
San Jose, Calif.
Aggie Spikers Sweep Spartans Saturday
Paced by hitting over .400 for the third time this season with a .416 Saturday night, Utah State volleyball swept San José State, 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-17), at SJSU's Event Center. Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr's match-high 14 kills led three players in double-digit kills.

The Last Meeting
Utah State1
Fresno State3
September 26, 2013
Fresno, Calif.
Aggie Volleyball Loses First Mountain West Match To Fresno State Thursday, 3-1
Despite a season-high 34 block assists, Utah State volleyball dropped its first Mountain West match in a tightly-contested battle with Fresno State, 3-1 (26-28, 25-19, 24-26, 24-26), at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., Thursday night.

Saturday, Nov. 16 - 7 (MT)
Fresno State at UTAH STATE
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Logan, Utah

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STORYLINES

• Utah State volleyball (16-9, 9-5) will continue its first season in the Mountain West Conference by welcoming a pair of former Western Athletic Conference foes to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) this weekend. USU hosts San José State (8-17, 5-9 MW) on Thursday, Nov. 14 and Fresno State (16-10, 10-4 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 16, both in 7 p.m. contests.
• USU and SJSU both joined the Mountain West on July 1, 2013, while Fresno State is in its second year in the MW.
• Utah State leads the overall series with Fresno State, 12-10 (.545). Fresno State has won the last three match-ups, having won this season's earlier meeting, on Sept. 26 in Fresno, 3-1, as well as the prior two meetings in 2011, when the two were former WAC foes with the Bulldogs beating the Aggies in five sets in the final regular-season match, at Fresno, and then sweeping the Aggies nine days later in the first-round of the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. Those two losses came after USU had won the previous four meetings.
• USU and SJSU have gone back-and-forth in their series, as the Aggies' 3-0 win on Sept. 28 in San José snapped a two-match win streak by the Spartans on their home court. Utah State has nabbed the win in the last two meetings in Logan.
• The Aggies are going for their second double-digit conference victory season, after posting a 15-3 WAC ledger last season. Overall, USU's next conference win will mark the Aggies' fourth season with double-figure conference wins in the last nine years and 11th season with double-figure conference wins in the 38 seasons of Aggie volleyball.

LIVE STATS
Live stats for this weekend's matches will be available via "GameTracker" links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

LIVE VIDEO
Live video for both of the Aggies' matches this weekend will also be available online through the Aggies' Mountain West Network channel by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official web site of USU athletics.

600 WIN CLUB
Utah State won its 600th all-time match with its four-set win over Northern Iowa on Saturday, Aug. 31, and the Aggies are believed to be the 102nd team in NCAA history to reach the 600-win plateau, according to available records with the AVCA. Overall, the Aggies are in their 38th season of collegiate volleyball with an overall record of 615-684-8 (.474) in 1,307 matches.

200 CONFERENCE VICTORIES
USU's sweep over San José State on Sept. 28 was the Aggies' 200th all-time conference win, as USU is now 206-299 (.408) in 505 overall conference matches.

MOUNTAIN WEST ROOKIES
Utah State is in its first season in the Mountain West Conference after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. The MW is USU volleyball's fifth conference in its 38 years of volleyball, starting in the Intermountain Athletic Conference (1976-81), later moving to the High Country Athletic Conference (1984-89), before joining the Big West Conference (1989-2004), then moving to the Western Athletic Conference (2005-12), and now joining the Mountain West on July 1, 2013.

USU Conference History And Records
Intermountain (I) - 1976-81		55-10	.846
High Country (HC) - 1984-89		6-66	.083
Big West (BW) - 1989-2004		62-164	.274
Western Athletic (WAC) - 2005-12	74-54	.578
Mountain West (MW) - 2013-		8-4	.667
TOTAL CONFERENCE WINS		206-299	.408
UTAH STATE IN CONFERENCE PLAY
USU has won 24 of its last 32 matches league action after being 9-5 in MW play this season following an 15-3 league ledger last season in the Aggies' final season in the WAC.

DOUBLE-DIGIT CONFERENCE WINS
USU's next conference win will be the Aggie' 10th league victory this season, marking the second year in row that USU has reached double-digits in the league win column. It the fourth time in the last nine years that USU has reached double-digit conference wins, earning 15 WAC wins last season, after winning 11 in both 2006 and 2007. Overall, USU is going for its 11th season with double-figure conference wins, and the first back-to-back season with double-digits since doing so three-straight season from 1999-2001.

DuBOSE MAGIC INGREDIENT TO DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAGUE WINS
If the Aggies reach double-digit league wins for the second-straight season, it will mark the first consecutive streak of double-figure conference wins since posting three in a row from 1999-2001, doing so under head coach Tom Peterson in 1999 and 2000, when current USU head coach Grayson DuBose was an assistant on that team, then doing so again in 2001 under head coach Burt Fuller with players that DuBose would have recruited.

UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
Utah State is 110-47 (.701) at home in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum during the last 14 years, which includes an 83-39 (.680) record against conference opponents.

LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
The Aggies have won 11 of their last 16 matches in posting a 16-9 overall and 9-4 Mountain West ledger. USU won its first two Mountain West matches in school history, as the Aggies are in their first year in the MW. Last weekend, Utah State won at Air Force in four sets on Thursday, before falling in straight-sets at New Mexico on Saturday.

Utah State is averaging 12.63 kills per set with a .212 attack percentage. USU dishes out 11.75 assists per set, while posting 14.97 digs and 1.20 aces per set. Defensively, the Aggies average 2.66 blocks per set in limiting the opposition to a .181 attack percentage.

Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.), who was the Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 14-20, leads the Aggies with 3.28 kills per set, logging a .181 (312-150-894) attack percentage. Orr also registers 2.51 digs per set, ranking second on the team with 11 double-doubles on the season. She also adds 0.59 blocks per set.

Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah), holds a slight lead for the team-lead advantage with 1.33 blocks per set, registering a .264 (195-73-462) attack percentage with 2.05 kps.

Senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah), is right behind VanHoff with a 1.20 blocks per set average, as well as logging a .292 (77-27-171) attack percentage, adding 0.87 kps.

Senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani (Richardson, Texas), adds 2.73 kills and 2.87 digs per set, and holds team lead with 12 double-doubles. Sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) tallies 2.94 kills per set on a .212 (279-112-787) attack percentage, adding 0.91 blocks per set.

Junior setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) dishes out 10.47 assists per set, adding 2.32 digs per set. While averaging 0.64 kills per set, Neves has a .400 (56-10-115) attack percentage.

Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court (Highland, Utah) leads the team with 4.17 digs per set and 25 service aces (0.26 saps).

ACE, ACE BABY
Junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court has served-up a team-leading 25 service aces, while junior setter Paige Neves has 23 aces. Freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gleason (Las Flores, Calif.), adds 18 aces, followed by junior outside hitter Rachel Orr with 17 and senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani has 16.

The Aggies are currently second in the MW in conference only matches with a 1.24 aces per set average. Overall, USU is third in the league with 1.20 saps.

ORR MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Utah State volleyball player Rachel Orr was named the Mountain West Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for matches played from Oct. 14-20, selected and announced by the conference office on Oct. 21.

Orr, a junior outside hitter from Thatcher, Ariz., led Utah State to a pair of sweeps over Utah Valley and Nevada, averaging nearly a double-double with 10.5 kills and 7.5 digs per match. In Tuesday's win over the in-state foe Wolverines, she posted 10 kills on a .318 (10-3-22) attack percentage, to go with five digs, four blocks and one ace. In Saturday's sweep over the Wolf Pack, Orr posted her eighth double-double of the season to tie for the team-lead with 11 kills and 10 digs, adding two blocks and one ace. Orr's 11 kills came on a .444 (11-3-18) attack percentage. For the week, Orr posted a .375 (21-6-40) attack percentage, averaging 4.33 points, 3.50 kills, 2.50 digs, 1.00 blocks and 0.33 service aces per set.

This is the first Mountain West honor for a Utah State volleyball player, as the Aggies are in their first season in the league. It is also Orr's first-ever player of the week honor.

USU IN MW STATS
Utah State ranks third in the Mountain West in both opponent hitting percentage (.181) and aces per set (1.20). USU is also fourth in blocks per set (2.66), fifth in digs per set (14.97), seventh in hitting percentage (.212) and ninth in both kills per set (12.63) and assists per set (11.75).

In MW only rankings, the Aggies are second in the league in opponent hitting percentage (.173), blocks per set (2.90), aces per set (1.24), and digs per set (15.33). USU is also fifth in kills per set (13.22), seventh in hitting percentage (.205) and eighth in assists per set (12.20).

Individually, sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff is third in the league in blocks per set both overall (1.33) and MW only matches in blocks (1.49). Senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett is fifth in blocks per set both overall (1.20) and league only matches (1.28).

Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr is sixth in both overall points (3.77) and overall kills (3.28), while ranking tied for eighth in league only kills (3.10).

Sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard is tied with Orr for eighth in MW only in kills (3.10), while ranking 10th overall in kills (2.94), as well as eighth in league only points (3.64).

Junior setter Paige Neves is fourth in assists in MW only (11.00) and fifth in assists overall (10.47), while also ranking eighth in MW only in aces per set (0.27).

Fellow junior, libero Ashlan Rogers-Court is third in digs per set both overall (4.17) and MW only (4.41). Rogers-Court is also sixth in serves aces in MW only (0.29) and 10th in overall aces per set (0.26).

FOUR PLAYERS WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT KILLS, 12 OTHER MATCHES WITH THREE
USU has had four players in double-figure kills in a span of two in a three-match stretch, doing so in the win over UNLV on Oct. 26 and against Colorado State on Nov. 2. Four USU players have posted double-digit kills a total of three times, also doing so in Utah State's win at Boise State on Sept. 21. The Aggies have had three players in double-digit kills a total of 12 matches this season, including the first five in a row, and two other times for seven total times on the season before breaking through with four players in the win over Boise State on Sept. 21, adding three in the matches at Fresno State and San José State on Sept. 26 and 28, respectively. USU then went two matches without three with double-digit kills before tallying three with double-digit kills, all with 12 kills, at Wyoming on Oct. 12 and against Wyoming on Oct. 31, adding three at Air Force on Nov. 7.

THREE OVER .400
After not hitting .400 or better since 2003, the Aggies topped the .400 attack percentage mark three times this season, all in a span of eight matches.

Highlighting the over .400 outings was Utah State's .463 attack percentage in a 3-0 sweep over Liberty on Sept. 14, its highest attack percentage since 2002. USU's .463 attack percentage came on 48 kills with just four errors in 95 attacks, tying its previous highest mark from nearly 11 years to the day, with a .463 (60-10-109) outing vs. Northeastern on Sept. 13, 2002.

The Aggies posted a .416 (47-10-89) attack percentage on Sept. 10 in a sweep over in-state foe Weber State, which was their first time hitting over .400 in a match since Oct. 18, 2003, when they posted a .408 against UC Riverside.

Most recently, Utah State logged a .416 (47-5-101) attack percentage in the Aggies' sweep over San José State on Sept. 28.

ONE OF TWO WITH THREE OVER .400
Utah State is one of only two teams in the Mountain West with three outings with over a .400 attack percentage, along with league-leader Colorado State. The feat has been reached a total of 10 times, and the Aggies own nearly one-third of them with the third-highest mark and tied with two for the seventh-highest. Colorado State has posted over .400 four times, while Boise State has done it twice and New Mexico has done it once.

The Aggies are one of four Mountain West teams to hit better than .400 in a conference match done a total of five times, joined by Colorado State twice, once with a .488 (49-7-86) against San José State on Oct. 26 and with a .440 at Boise State on Oct. 31, Boise State with a .455 (42-7-77) versus Air Force on Oct. 20 and New Mexico with a .444 (44-8-81) against Nevada on Oct. 26.

THE FEW, THE PROUD
USU's .463 attack percentage on Sept. 14 against Liberty came from having 48 kills with just four errors in 95 attacks. The four errors is the Aggies' fewest errors since at least 2008, according to available records. USU's previous fewest errors over that time was eight, done three times including twice last season, at Seattle (10/20/12) and vs. Texas State (11/14/12), as well as against Nevada in 2011. The Aggies only had five errors in the win at SJSU (9/28) on the way to their .416 outings.

USU's four errors in the Liberty match is also the fewest in a match in the Mountain West this season, while the Aggies' five against SJSU on 9/28 is the fewest in a league match this season.

DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK, WE'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE
USU got in touch with their inner LL Cool J when down two sets to none on Sept. 7 against Pacific, but bounced back to win in five sets. The Aggies' rally marked the first time that USU has bounced back from down 2-0 to win in five since Oct. 3, 2009. Utah State has also came back from down a set to beat Portland (9/7) and UNLV on Oct. 26.

ETIMANI, ORR AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
USU senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani (Richardson, Texas) and junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) are among the Mountain West leaders in double-doubles, as Etimani has 12, ranking fourth in the league behind two players with 15 and one with 14, while Orr is right behind as one of two players with 11. Etimani is tied for second in the league in double-doubles in MW matches with two other players, behind one player with nine, while Orr is seventh as the only player with six double-doubles in conference play.

Etimani is averaging just shy of a double-double per match at 9.59 kills and 10.1 digs per match. She is also posting 2.73 kills and 2.87 digs per set this season.

Orr also averages just short of a double-double with 11.56 kills and 8.81 digs per match, averaging 3.28 kills and 2.51 digs per set.

Tumua Etimani TIME
The Aggies have also received significant contributions from senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani (Richardson, Texas), who entered this season with just 17 kills and nearly doubled that in the first two matches with 24 as part of 39 total kills in first three matches of season. She progressively improved in kills with 11 at Utah (8/30), 13 vs. Northern Iowa (8/31) and 15 vs. Fairfield (8/31). Etimani also progressively improved in digs with 14 at Utah (8/30), 15 vs. Northern Iowa (8/31) and 17 vs. Fairfield (8/31).

On the season, Etimani has a total of 16 matches with double-digit kills, having a streak of five in a row halted with only seven at New Mexico (11/9), but has double-digit kills in 11 of the last 15 matches. Etimani also has a total of 14 double-digit digs outings, leading to her co-team-leading 12 double-doubles this season.

THE RETURN OF EVERETT, AMONG MW BLOCKING LEADERS
After missing last season with a knee injury, senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah) has made a smashing return to action. In her season debut, Everett posted eight blocks and four kills on .500 attack pct. at Utah (8/30).

Everett tied her then season-high with eight blocks in the win over Pacific (9/7), adding six blocks at Weber State (9/10) before breaking through with a career-high 10 block assists against Boise State (9/18). She then added nine blocks at Fresno State (9/26), then notching six each at Colorado State (10/12) and at Wyoming (10/12), before setting a new career-high with two solo blocks to go with two assists for four total, also adding four block assists, for her total of 12 matches with four or more blocks.

Everett is fifth in blocks per set both overall (1.20) and league only matches (1.28).

VANHOFF IS BLOCKING TOUGH
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) had at least three blocks in the last 11 matches and 23 of the 25 matches this season, including 12 matches with five or more. VanHoff had logged a then-season-high six blocks three times, doing so in two of USU's four true road matches, in the season-opener at Utah (8/30) and at Portland (9/7), along with the neutral court match vs. South Carolina (9/13), before breaking through with nine blocks at Fresno State (9/26), adding six at Colorado State (10/10), eight at Wyoming (10/12) and seven vs. UNLV (10/26). She posted eight block assists in the Wyoming (10/31) match, adding five on one solo and four assists against Colorado State (11/2).

VanHoff is third in the league in blocks per set both overall (1.33) and MW only matches in blocks (1.49).

KAMALU KILL FOR THE WIN
Freshman outside hitter Kaylie Kamalu (Kaysville, Utah) has two kills on the season, but both have sealed matches for Utah State. Her first Aggie career kill clinched USU's win at Portland (9/7) and she also had the match-winning kill to complete the Aggies' sweep over San José State (9/28).

10 ACES IN A MATCH
USU served up 10 service aces in its five-set win over Fairfield on Aug. 31. It was the first time that the Aggies had 10 service aces in a match since Oct. 23, 2010 when they also had 10, against Louisiana Tech. USU came close to that with nine against Wyoming (10/31), for its most in a conference match.

PASSING PAIGE 2,000 IN CAREER RECORD BOOK
In the loss to Utah on Aug. 30, junior setter Paige Neves became just the eighth player in Aggie volleyball history to reach the 2,000 career assists plateau and just the sixth to pass the 2,500 career assists mark. She now has 2,892 assists, passing her older sister, Chelsi Neves (2000-01), with 2,809 career assists, for the No. 4 spot on USU's career assist list. Paige Neves now needs 641 for the No. 3 spot held by Lori Sargent-McKnight (1996-99) with 3,533 career assists.

CAREER ASSISTS
1)	4520	Chelsea Fowles		2007-10
2)	3942	Carrie Steverson	1988-91
3)	3533	Lori Sargent-McKnight	1996-99
4)	2818	Paige Neves		2009-Pres.
5)	2809	Chelsi Neves		2000-01
6)	2618	Stephanie Maurer	1984-87
7)	2265	Andrea Delsigne		2001-03
8)	2025	Randi Winn		1992-93
9)	1965	Dominique Arsenault	2003-05
10)	1495	Kalei Arnold		1992-95

ROGERS-COURT NOW HOLDING COURT IN TOP 10 OF RECORD BOOK
This season, junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court has not only broken into the USU top 10 career digs list, but she became just the fifth player in Aggie history to reach the 1,000 career digs mark in USU's win over UNLV on Sept. 26. Now with 1,096 career digs, Rogers-Court has also climbed up to the No. 3 spot, needing 518 more for the No. 2 spot held by Kelsi Peterson (2003-06).

CAREER DIGS
1)	1846	Christine Morrill	2007-10
2)	1614	Kelsi Peterson		2003-06
3)	1096	Ashlan Rogers-Court	2011-Pres.
4)	1053	Zuzana Cernianska	2002-05
5)	1024	Niki Conner		1995-98
6)	981	Heather Olmstead	1998-01
7)	919	Lori Sargent-McKnight	1996-99
8)	904	Laurel Bodily		2009-11
9)	839	Carrie Steverson	1988-91
10)	830	Melissa Schoepf		1997-00

Rogers-Court has also broken into the single-season top 10 list, a list she already holds the No. 6 spot on with 413 digs in 2012. Now with 396 digs this season, Rogers-Court passed current USU assistant coach Taubi Neves (2003) for the No. 10 spot and is one dig from the No. 8 spot held by former teammate Laurel Bodily (2011).

SINGLE-SEASON DIGS
1)	573	Christine Morrill	2010
2)	537	Kelsi Peterson	        2006
3)	531	Christine Morrill	2009
4)	510	Kelsi Peterson	        2005
5)	431	Kelsi Peterson	        2004
6)	413	Ashlan Rogers	        2012
7)	409	Christine Morrill	2008
8)	397	Laurel Bodily 	        2011
9	396	Ashlan Rogers	        2013
10)	362	Taubi Neves	        2003

VANHOFF HAS BLOCKED WAY INTO RECORD LISTS
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff become the 10th player in USU history to reach 300 career total blocks and the sixth Aggie player to reach 300 block assists. VanHoff is now No. 3 on the USU block assists list with 370 career block assists, passing Amanda Nielson (2004-07) for the No. 3 spot with 337. She needs two more block assists to catch Ingrid Roth (2002-05) for the No. 2 spot. VanHoff also is No. 3 on the Aggies' career total blocks list with 391 total blocks, passing Nielson for the No. 3 spot with 359 career total blocks. VanHoff needs 18 total blocks to catch Roth for the No. 2 spot with 409.

BLOCK ASSISTS
1)	420	Denae Mohlman		1997-00
2)	372	Ingrid Roth		2002-05
3)	370	Kaitlyn VanHoff		2011-Pres.
4)	337	Amanda Nielson		2004-07
5)	327	Katie Astle		2007-10
6)	300	Shantell Durrant	2008-10
7)	292	Michelle Matheson	1998-01
8)	290	Erin Cartwright-Davis	2001-03
9)	286	Josselyn White		2009-12
10)	280	Shay Sorensen		2009-12

TOTAL BLOCKS 1) 477 Denae Mohlman 1997-00 2) 409 Ingrid Roth 2002-05 3) 391 Kaitlyn VanHoff 2011-Pres. 4) 359 Amanda Nielson 2004-07 5) 351 Erin Cartwright-Davis 2001-03 6) 340 Katie Astle 2007-10 7) 319 Michelle Matheson 1998-01 319 Josselyn White 2009-12 9) 309 Shantell Durrant 2008-10 10) 306 Tiffany Kitley 1996-99

BRAINARD ON CAREER HITTING PERCENTAGE LIST
Sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard recently reached the 1,000 career attacks mark, making her eligible for the Aggies' career attack percentage list, where she climbed to No. 8 at .239.

CAREER HITTING PCT. (1000 att.)
1)	.348	Denae Mohlman		1997-00
2)	.304	Katie Astle		2007-10
3)	.295	Michelle Matheson	1998-01
4)	.281	Erin Cartwright-Davis	2001-03
5)	.269	Marie Motil		1992-93
6)	.264	Lisa Grandmaison	1984-85
7)	.255	Ingrid Roth		2002-05
8)	.239	Elle Brainard		2012-Pres.
9)	.238	Lori Sargent-McKnight	1996-99
10)	.232	Sheryl Swain		1986-87

UTAH STATE-SAN JOSÉ STATE SERIES HISTORY
Utah State and San José State were former WAC foes and moved to the Mountain West together this summer and Thursday will be the 35th meeting, with SJSU leading 19-14-1. The Aggies first faced the Spartans in 1979. USU and SJSU have gone back-and-forth in their series, as the Aggies' 3-0 win on Sept. 28 in San José snapped a two-match win streak by the Spartans on their home court. Utah State has nabbed the win in the last two meetings in Logan.

SCOUTING SJSU
The Spartans are 8-17 overall and 5-9 in MW play, having won their last three matches after losing their previous four. SJSU's two most recent wins were both five-setters won at home, beating San Diego State in five on Thursday and going the distance against UNLV on Saturday. The Spartans are 2-8 in road matches this season, including 1-5 in MW road action.

San José State is sixth in the MW statistics in hitting percentage (.213), ranking ninth in opponent hitting percentage (.251). The Spartans also are seventh in assists (12.27), kills (12.93), blocks (2.16) and digs (14.38), while ranking fifth in aces (1.14).

Individually, junior middle blocker Mary Alice O'Reilly is this week's Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week, after recording a .325 hitting percentage with 3.70 kills per set, 15 blocks (1.50 bps) and three digs (0.30 dps) over the two matches in leading SJSU to a pair of five-set wins over San Diego State and UNLV. Against SDSU, she recorded the first double-double of her career with a career-high 19 kills and 12 blocks. O'Reilly is eighth in the MW in points (3.52). Sophomore setter Michaela Leonard is second in the league in assists (11.16), senior outside hitter Hanah Blume is third in kills (3.68) and ninth in digs (3.27). Senior middle blocker Sarah Griest is ninth in the conference in aces (0.28).

SJSU head coach Oscar Crespo is in his seventh season leading the charge of the Spartans' program, recording a 67-125 record.

AGGIES-BULLDOGS SERIES HISTORY
Saturday's meeting is USU's second meeting with Fresno State this season, as the Bulldogs swept the Aggies in this season's first meeting on Sept. 28 in Fresno. Utah State leads the overall series with Fresno State, 12-10 (.545), but FS has won the last three meetings. The Aggies and Bulldogs first met in 1980. Before this season, Fresno State won the previous two meetings with Utah State in 2011, when the two were former WAC foes with the Bulldogs beating the Aggies in five sets in the final regular-season match, at Fresno, and then sweeping the Aggies nine days later in the first-round of the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. Those two losses came after USU had won the previous four meetings.

SCOUTING FRESNO STATE
The Bulldogs are 16-10 overall and 10-4 in MW action, having won four of their last five and nine of their last 11 matches. FS had its three-match win streak halted with a 3-1 loss to UNLV on Thursday, before bouncing back to sweep San Diego State on Saturday. The Bulldogs are 6-2 in road matches overall and 4-2 in road MW play.

Fresno State leads the Mountain West in service aces (1.36), while ranking third in both kills (13.52) and assists (12.62), as well as fourth in hitting percentage (.228). FS is also fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.203), sixth in digs (14.67) and eighth in blocks (1.98).

Senior outside hitter Korrin Wild leads the Bulldogs with 3.83 kps, ranking second in the MW, as well as second in points (4.32) and third in aces (0.32), right behind teammate, senior right side hitter Holly Franks in second (0.33). Junior middle blocker Maci Murdock is third in hitting percentage (.385), while senior outside hitter Marissa Brand is seventh in kills (3.07). Junior setter Christina Lee is eighth in assists (7.78), while freshman defensive specialist/libero Maggie Eppright is eighth in digs (3.39).

Fresno State head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell is in her sixth season at the leash of the Bulldogs' program, posting an 81-87 record. She is in her eighth season overall as a head coach, with an overall record of 125-107.

ETIMANI EARNS DUKE INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS
USU senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani earned her first career all-tournament team honor by being named to the Duke Invitational all-Tournament Team after helping USU to a 1-2 mark in the two-day tournament.

Etimani opened the weekend with a career-high 18 digs in USU's 3-1 loss to South Carolina Friday morning, adding eight kills, one block assist, one ace and one assist. In USU's 3-0 loss to host Duke Friday night, Etimani notched nine digs, two kills, one ace and one assist. She finished out the weekend with seven kills, two assists, one block and one ace in USU's sweep over Liberty. Etimani hit a career-best .333 (7-0-21) attack percentage in the Liberty match, helping the Aggies to a season-best .463 attack percentage, tying its previous highest mark from nearly 11 years to the day, with a .463 outing vs. Northeastern on Sept. 13, 2002. For the week, Etimani posted a .186 (16-6-59) attack percentage with 1.70 kills, 3.70 digs, 0.40 assists, 0.30 aces and 0.20 blocks per set.

USU's ORR AND NEVES NOTCH NIKE INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM HONORS
USU's junior duo of Rachel Orr and Paige Neves notched Portland Nike Invitational all-Tournament honors, as the awards were announced following the final match of the invitational.

It is Orr's second-straight all-tournament honor and third of her career. It is Neves' first all-tournament team of her career.

Wichita State won the tournament, with WSU's Chelsey Feeken being named the MVP, and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Ashley Andrade and Sam Sanders. Korrin Wild of Fresno State and Autumn Wedan of Portland, along with Orr and Neves round out the all-tournament team.

For the weekend, Orr notched a .257 attack percentage (57-21-140) in the Aggies' three matches. Orr tied her career-high for the second-straight match with 19 kills in USU's loss to Wichita State on Friday, then topped that with a new career-high 20 kills against Pacific Saturday morning, including 14 in last three sets, spearheading USU's rally from down two sets to none to beat the Tigers in five sets. Orr finished the Pacific match with a .306 (20-5-49) attack percentage for her second match this season hitting over .300. She then added 18 kills in the win over Portland Saturday night. Orr also posted a pair of double-doubles with 19 kills and 11 digs in the Wichita State match and then notched 18 kills and 13 digs against Portland, as she now has five double-doubles in her career, which have all come in USU's six matches this season. She also registered a season-high four blocks in Pacific match, adding three each against Wichita State and Portland. For the week, Orr hit .257 (57-21-140) with 4.07 kills, 2.21 digs, 0.71 blocks and 0.21 aces per set. It was her third career tournament honor and second in as many weeks.

Neves earned her first tournament honor of the season and her career by dishing out 9.36 assists per set in USU's three matches. She started the weekend with her third double-double of the season with a season-best 50 assists and 14 digs in the Aggies' loss to Wichita State, adding a season-high tying two service aces. Neves then notched 44 assists to go with a season-high four kills in USU's five-set comeback win over Pacific, posting a .800 attack percentage (4-0-5). In the Aggies' four-set win over co-host Portland to round out the weekend, Neves logged 37 assists, along with seven digs and three block assists.

ORR AND ROGERS-COURT TABBED TO UTAH CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Utah State volleyball's junior duo of Rachel Orr and Ashlan Rogers-Court were named to the Utah Classic all-Tournament Team, announced following the final match of the weekend.

The Aggie duo were joined on the all-Tournament team by Fairfield's Rachel Romansky, along with Courtney Kintzel and Kinsey Caldwell of Northern Iowa, as well as Utah's Erin Redd-Brandon, Lea Adolph, Shelby Dalton and Morgan Odale, who was named the MVP.

USU went 2-1, beating Northern Iowa and Fairfield on Saturday after falling to Utah in five sets on Friday. Utah won the Classic with a 3-0 mark, while Northern Iowa ended 1-2 and Fairfield was 0-3.

Orr, a junior outside hitter from Thatcher, Ariz., posted a .206 attack percentage (46-19-131) in the three matches, highlighted by a .311 attack percentage (19-5-45) and logged a match-high 19 kills to go with 14 digs for her third-consecutive double-double in the five-set win over Fairfield Saturday evening. She averaged 3.3 kills and 3.1 digs per set in the Aggies' three matches. Orr posted 15 kills and 16 digs Friday against Utah, while logging 12 kills and 14 digs in the four-set win over UNI Saturday morning.

Rogers-Court, a junior libero from Highland, Utah, averaged over 21 digs per match for the weekend, finishing with 64 total for a 4.6 digs per set average for the weekend. She logged 23 in the Northern Iowa match after notching 22 against Utah. Rogers-Court wrapped up play with 19 in the win over Fairfield. She also served up five aces for the weekend, with two each against Utah and UNI, and one in the Fairfield match.

This is Orr's second all-tournament team honor, as she was tabbed to the San Diego State Aztec Challenge all-Tournament Team last season. It is also Rogers-Court's second all-tournament team accolade, being named to last year's Utah State Invitational all-Tournament Team.

AGGIES NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS HISTORY
With one USU player named to the Duke Invitational all-Tournament Team, plus two Agggie players named to the Portland Nike Invitational and two more to the Utah Classic all-Tournament Team this season, current Aggies have now earned a total of nine all-tournament team honors... Here's a closer look at the current Aggies' all-Tournament team collection:

2013
Duke Invitational
Tumua Etimani - OH

Portland Nike Invitational
Rachel Orr - OH
Paige Neves - S

Utah Classic
Rachel Orr - OH
Ashlan Rogers-Court - LIB

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

Utah State Invitational
Elle Brainard - MB
Ashlan Rogers-Court - LIB

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 eighth year as Aggie head coach, has a 129-107 (.547) 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 IN NCAA TOP 10 BLOCKING STATS FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT YEAR, BRAINARD 20th, VANHOFF 30th INDIVIDUAL BLOCKING
In last season's NCAA statistics, Utah State led the WAC and was ninth in the NCAA statistics in blocking with 3.00 blocks per set... It was the third year in a row that the Aggie blocking attack was in the top 10 in the NCAA and led the WAC in blocking after ranking 10th in the country in 2011 at 2.79 bps and ninth in 2010 at 2.89 bps.

Individually, Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) was 20th in the NCAA with a 1.41 blocks per set average, while middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) was 30th with a 1.33 bps average.

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