Pair Of Home Matches For USU Volleyball Pits Aggies Against Former WAC Foes San José State And Fresno State
Nov. 11, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Thursday, Nov. 14 - 7 p.m. (MT)
Saturday, Nov. 16 - 7 (MT)
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600 WIN CLUB
200 CONFERENCE VICTORIES
MOUNTAIN WEST ROOKIES
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 .408UTAH 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
DuBOSE MAGIC INGREDIENT TO DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAGUE WINS
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
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
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
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
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
THREE OVER .400
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
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 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
ETIMANI, ORR AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
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
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
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
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
10 ACES IN A MATCH
PASSING PAIGE 2,000 IN CAREER RECORD BOOK
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
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
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
BRAINARD ON CAREER HITTING PERCENTAGE LIST
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
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
SCOUTING FRESNO STATE
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
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
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
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
DUBOSE FOR 100 PLEASE ALEX
AGGIES IN NCAA TOP 10 BLOCKING STATS FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT YEAR, BRAINARD 20th, VANHOFF 30th INDIVIDUAL BLOCKING