Aggie Spikers Play Fifth-Seeded Fresno State In Quarterfinals Of 2011 WAC Tournament Monday
Nov. 17, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
Weekly Volleyball Release
Release #12 11/17/11
2011 WAC TOURNAMENT * ORLEANS ARENA * LAS VEGAS
Nov. 21 * vs. Fresno State * 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 * vs. #6 Hawai'I * 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 23 * vs. TBA * 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Utah State (12-16, 7-7) will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., this coming week to participate in the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament from Nov. 21-23 at the Orleans Arena. USU is the fourth-seed in the tournament and will play fifth-seeded Fresno State (13-14, 7-7) in one quarterfinal match on Monday, Nov. 21 at 8:30 p.m. (MT).
Fans who would like to follow the 2011 WAC Tournament via the internet can go to the following link for up-to-date stats on every tournament match. The live stats link for the entire tournament will be: http://www.wacsports.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=10100.
WAC TO STREAM VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
The Western Athletic Conference, in conjunction with its Web site partner NeuLion, has announced it will stream the first two days of the 2011 WAC Volleyball Tournament. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv. Each day, you can view both matches on WAC.tv for $9.95. Wednesday's championship match is not available on WAC.tv, but can be seen live nationally on ESPNU. More information and how to subscribe to these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State is 12-16 on the season and finished tied with Fresno State for fourth-place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 7-7 league mark following a four-set win at Nevada and a five-set loss at Fresno State last weekend. The Aggies are led by senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur who is hitting .167 and averaging 3.76 kills, 2.35 digs, 0.45 blocks and 0.21 service aces per set. Junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen is hitting .203 and averaging 2.60 kills, 0.85 blocks and 0.72 digs per set, and freshman setter Paige Neves is hitting .212 and averaging 8.90 assists, 2.50 digs, 0.73 blocks and 0.55 kills per set. As a team, Utah State is hitting .170 on the year as compared to a .172 hitting percentage for its opponents.
UTAH STATE IS THE DEFENDING WAC TOURNAMENT CHAMPION
Utah State enters the 2011 WAC Tournament as the fourth-seed and the defending tournament champions after beating Nevada (3-1), New Mexico State (3-2) and No. 3 Hawai'i (3-0) to claim its first-ever WAC Championship last year. With its win over UH, Utah State became just the third team in the history of the WAC to win the tournament championship as Hawai'i had won the previous 10 tournament titles, while BYU won the first two. The Rainbow Wahine entered the championship match against USU last year having won 31 straight WAC Tournament matches.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC TOURNAMENT
Utah State is 5-4 all-time in the Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament as it won the 2010 WAC Tournament as the third-seed with wins against Nevada (3-1), New Mexico State (3-2) and No. 3 Hawai'i (3-0), and advanced to the 2005 championship match as the second seed before losing to top-seeded Hawai'i (3-0). USU began the 2005 tournament by defeating seventh-seeded Fresno State (3-1) in the first round and third-seeded New Mexico State (3-2) in the semifinals. In 2006, Utah State was the sixth-seed in the tournament and lost to third-seeded Idaho (3-1). In 2007, USU was the third-seed and lost to sixth-seeded San Jose State (3-2), and in 2008 USU was the fourth-seed and lost to fifth-seeded San Jose State (3-2).
UTAH STATE CONTINUES TO DO WELL IN THE WAC
For the fifth time in its seven years in the Western Athletic Conference, Utah State finished league play with at least an even record as it was 7-7 this year. USU was 11-5 in the WAC in 2005 and 2007, and 9-7 in league play in 2008 and 2010.
DUBOSE HAS SECOND-MOST WINS IN SCHOOL HISTORY
With its four-set win at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Sept. 17, Grayson DuBose moved ahead of former Aggie head coach Burt Fuller (2001-05) and into second-place all-time at USU for career wins. DuBose, who is in his sixth-year at Utah State, now has an overall coaching record of 92-88 (.511). Marilyn McReavy and Mary Jo Peppler hold the school record with 209 wins as they were co-head coaches from 1976-81.
MCARTHUR REIGNING MVP OF WAC TOURNAMENT
Senior outside hitter Liz McArthur is the reigning Most Valuable Player of the WAC Tournament, while junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen was named to the WAC's all-tournament team a year ago. McArthur hit .213 (47-18-136) during the tournament and averaged 3.92 kills, 2.00 digs, 0.58 blocks and 0.17 service aces per set, while Sorensen hit .333 (31-7-72) and averaged 2.58 kills, 0.75 blocks and 0.33 digs per set.
UTAH STATE RANKS 12TH IN THE NATION IN BLOCKING
As of Monday, Nov. 14, Utah State ranks 12th in the country in blocking (2.81). Individually, freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff ranks 48th in the nation in blocking (1.20), while senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur ranks 80th in the nation in kills per set (3.76) and 88th in points per set (4.21).
UTAH STATE LEADING THE WAC IN BLOCKING AND DIGS
As of Sunday, Nov. 13, Utah State ranks first in the WAC with 2.81 blocks and 15.25 digs per set. USU also ranks sixth in the WAC in hitting percentage (.170), seventh in kills per set (11.24), seventh in assists per set (10.45) and eighth in service aces per set (0.98).
EVERETT RANKS SECOND IN THE WAC IN BLOCKS
As of Sunday, Nov. 13, junior middle blocker Alyssa Everett ranks second in the WAC in blocks per set (1.24), while junior libero Laurel Bodily ranks fourth with 3.80 digs per set. Freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff ranks fifth in the WAC in blocks per set (1.20), and sophomore middle blocker Nicole Gneiting-Theurer ranks sixth in the WAC in blocks per set (1.12). Junior outside hitter Josselyn White ranks seventh in points per set (3.50), eighth in kills per set (2.76) and eighth in blocks per set (1.04). Senior outside hitter Liz McArthur ranks fourth in kills per set (3.76) and fourth in points per set (4.21), and freshman setter Paige Neves ranks seventh in assists per set (8.90).
MCARTHUR RANKS THIRD ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN KILLS
Senior outside hitter Liz McArthur ranks third all-time at Utah State with 1,424 career kills and is now 39 kills shy of tying Amy Crosbie (1997-2000) for second all-time with 1,463 career kills. McArthur also ranks second all-time at USU with 4,252 career attempts. Zuzana Cernianska (2002-05) holds the all-time school record with 1,813 career kills and 4,423 career attempts. McArthur also ranks tied for eighth all-time at USU with 97 career service aces along with Melissa Schoepf (1997-2000) and is one ace shy of tying Crosbie and Lori Sargent-McKnight (1996-99) for seventh all-time with 98 career service aces.
BODILY RANKS SEVENTH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN DIGS
Junior libero Laurel Bodily ranks seventh all-time at Utah State with 902 career digs and is 17 digs shy of tying Lori Sargent-McKnight (1996-99) for sixth all-time with 919 career digs. Christine Morrill (2007-10) holds the school record with 1,846 career digs.
WHITE RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME AT UTAH STATE IN ATTACKS
Junior outside hitter Josselyn White ranks 10th all-time at Utah State with 2,227 career attacks and is 458 attacks away from tying Niki Conner (1995-98) for ninth all-time with 2,685 career attacks.
MCARTHUR AND BODILY ENTER SINGLE-SEASON RECORD BOOKS
Senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur currently has 1,262 attacks this year to rank tied for fifth all-time at Utah State for a single season, while junior libero Laurel Bodily has 395 digs on the year to rank seventh all-time at USU for a single season.
RECAPPING LAST WEEKEND
Utah State went 1-1 last week as it won at Nevada (3-1) and lost at Fresno State (3-2). Against the Wolf Pack, junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had 14 kills and six block assists, while senior outside hitter Liz McArthur added 13 kills and 10 digs for her 12th double-double of the season and 24th of her career. Junior outside hitter Josselyn White finished with 10 kills, seven digs and four block assists, and freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff tied her career-high with seven kills to go along with six total blocks. USU hit .260 (47-15-123) in the match and UN hit .141 (51-30-149). Against the Bulldogs, McArthur had 18 kills, nine digs, three service aces and a career-high seven block assists, while Sorensen had 14 kills and four block assists, and White added 10 kills and six digs. Junior middle blocker Alyssa Everett tied her career-high with nine total blocks and VanHoff had seven block assists. USU hit .167 (47-23-144) in the match and FS hit .218 (69-33-165).
MCARTHUR RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 26 KILLS AGAINST IDAHO
Senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur recorded a career-high 26 kills in her last match against Idaho, bettering her previous high of 25 kills. Overall, it is the third time this year and 19th time in her career that McArthur has recorded at least 20 kills in a match.
SORENSEN POSTS FIRST-EVER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen posted her first-ever double-double in a match against Utah Valley as she had 10 kills and a career-high 12 digs. Sorensen has now recorded double-digit kills 16 times this year and 25 times in her career.
ROGERS RECORDS CAREER-HIGH 27 DIGS AGAINST IDAHO
Freshman libero Ashlan Rogers posted a career-best 27 digs iagainst Idaho. For Rogers, it was her first match with 20-plus digs as she also has 13 double-figure dig matches this season.
UTAH STATE ON NEUTRAL COURTS
Utah State is 1-3 on neutral courts this year and 13-6 on neutral courts over the last three years. Under current head coach Grayson DuBose, USU is 21-27 (.438) when playing on neutral courts.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
Utah State is 59-51 (.536) all-time in WAC play which includes a 37-18 (.673) home record and a 22-33 (.400) record on the road.
MCARTHUR NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Utah State volleyball player Liz McArthur was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced by the league office on Oct. 17 as she led Utah State to a pair of home wins against WAC foes Fresno State (3-1) and Nevada (3-0). It is the first time this year and third time in her career that McArthur has been named WAC Player of the Week.
MCARTHUR NAMED TO COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM
For the second year in a row, senior Liz McArthur was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District VIII team. McArthur, who was named to the District VIII third team as a junior, was named to the first team in this her senior season and she is now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. McArthur was the only player from the state of Utah recognized and one of just four players from the WAC to be honored. McArthur has a cumulative 3.76 grade-point average in family, consumer and human development and has earned academic all-WAC honors three times in her career. Utah State has now had four different players earn academic all-district honors a total of seven times in the last five years.
SCOUTING FRESNO STATE
Fresno State is 13-14 on the season and finished tied with Utah State for fourth-place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 7-7 mark following a home loss to Idaho (3-1) and a home win against Utah State (3-2) last weekend. The Bulldogs, who are 1-3 on neutral courts this year, are led by senior middle blocker Brianna Clarke who is hitting .329 and averaging 2.41 kills and 0.92 blocks per set. As a team, Fresno State is hitting .192 on the season as compared to a .216 hitting percentage for its opponents. The Bulldogs return three starters and five letterwinners from last year's team that went 13-15 and finished in a tie for sixth-place in the WAC with a 7-9 league mark. Lauren Netherby-Sewell is 48-65 in four years at Fresno State and 91-84 in six years as a collegiate head coach.
VERSUS THE BULLDOGS
Utah State is 12-8 all-time against Fresno State, which includes a 1-0 record at neutral sites. The two teams split its season series this year as USU won in Logan in four sets and FS won in Fresno in five sets. Since joining the WAC, USU is 10-5 against the Bulldogs.
VARIOUS AGGIES NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS IN 2011
Utah State has had several players named to various all-tournament teams in 2011 as it won its own Utah State Invitational and competed in tournaments hosted by Southern Utah and Long Beach State. Junior libero Laurel Bodily was named to the Southern Utah All-Tournament team. Senior outside hitter Liz McArthur was named to both the Utah State and Long Beach State All-Tournament teams. Junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen was named to the Utah State Invitational All-Tournament team, and junior outside hitter Josselyn White was named the Most Valuable Player of the Utah State Invitational.
UTAH STATE RETURNS THREE STARTERS AND SIX LETTERWINNERS
Utah State returns three starters and six letterwinners from last year's team that went 24-9 overall and finished in third-place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 9-7 league record. Among those starters returning for USU is senior Liz McArthur (OH) who earned honorable mention All-American honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) in 2010, and juniors Shay Sorensen (OPP) and Josselyn White (OH). Also returning for USU are three reserves in juniors Laurel Bodily (LIB) and Kassi Hargrove (S), and sophomore Tumua Etimani (OH). USU will also have the services of three redshirts in sophomore Nicole Gneiting-Theurer (MB) and freshmen Jamaica Alisa (OPP) and Paige Neves (S).
#3 - Tumua Etimani - Has played in all 28 matches this year... Had a season-high three kills and a career-high seven digs at San Jose State... Tied her career-high with two service aces against Cal State Fullerton... Hitting .207 (9-3-29) on the season and averaging 0.44 digs per set.
#4 - Laurel Bodily - Averaging 3.80 digs per set to rank fourth in the WAC... Had a career-high 30 digs at Weber State... Has recorded double-digit digs 40 times in her career including in 20 of 28 matches this year... Has recorded at least 20 digs five times this season... Named to the Southern Utah Invitational All-Tournament team after averaging 4.45 digs per set in three matches.
#5 - Ashlan Rogers - Has played in all 28 matches during her first year at Utah State and currently ranks second on the team averaging 2.64 digs per set... Had a season-high 27 digs against Idaho and has posted double-digit digs 13 times this year.
#8 - Kassi Hargrove - Started the first three matches of the year at setter and recorded a career-high 30 assists against Drake and a career-high 17 digs against Pacific... Averaging 4.52 assists and 1.93 digs per set.
#9 - Paige Neves - Has started each of the past 25 matches at setter and is averaging 8.90 assists, 2.50 digs, 0.73 blocks and 0.55 kills per set, while hitting .212... Tied her season-high with 50 assists against Idaho and had a season-high 19 digs against Syracuse... Posted a season-best five kills at Cal State Fullerton... Currently ranks seventh in the WAC in assists.
#10 - Shay Sorensen - Had a career-high 19 kills against New Mexico State and had a career-high eight blocks against Idaho State... Had a career-high 12 digs at Utah Valley for her first-ever double-double... Hitting .203 and averaging 2.60 kills, 0.85 blocks and 0.72 digs per set... Has recorded double-digit kills 16 times this year and 25 times in her career... Named to the Utah State Invitational All-Tournament team.
#11 - Nicole Gneiting-Theurer - Had a career-high five kills against New Mexico State... Also had four kills and five blocks against Drake and a season-high seven blocks against Southern Utah and Cal State Fullerton... Hitting .165 and averaging 1.12 blocks and 0.55 kills per set... Ranks sixth in the WAC in blocking.
#13 - Kaitlyn VanHoff - Averaging 1.07 kills and 1.20 blocks per set, while hitting .190... Had a season-high nine blocks at Cal State Fullerton and a season-high seven kills in four different matches... Currently ranks fifth in the WAC in blocking.
#14 - Alyssa Everett - Hitting .120 on the season and averaging 0.62 kills and 1.30 blocks per set to rank second in the WAC... Had a season-best six kills against Syracuse and nine blocks against Texas State and at Fresno State.
#17 - Rachel Orr - Had career-highs with 14 kills and 23 digs at Louisiana Tech... Also had 14 kills at New Mexico State... Had one service ace against Hawai'i in her first career start... Hitting .092 on the season and averaging 1.77 kills and 166 digs per set.
#18 - Liz McArthur - Had a career-high 26 kills against Idaho and recorded a career-high 16 digs against SMU... Has recorded double-doubles in 12 of her 28 matches this year to give her 24 career double-doubles... Has posted double-digit kills 75 times in her career... Had a career-high 74 attacks against Hawai'i... Currently ranks fourth in the WAC with 3.76 kills per set and fourth with 4.21 points per set... Is hitting .167 on the season and averaging 2.35 digs, 0.45 blocks and 0.21 service aces per set... Named to the Utah State Invitational and Long Beach State Classic All-Tournament teams.
#23 - Josselyn White - Hitting .169 on the season and averaging 2.76 kills, 2.32 digs, 1.04 blocks and 0.19 service aces per set... Currently ranks seventh in the WAC in blocks per set, seventh in points per set and eighth in kills per set... Recorded a career-high 20 kills against Texas State and tied her career-high with seven blocks against the Bobcats... Has posted double-digit kills 13 times this year and 28 times in her career... Has six double-doubles this year and eight in her career... Named the Most Valuable Player of the Utah State Invitational... Missed eight matches with an ankle injury.
HEAD COACH Grayson DuBose
Grayson DuBose is entering his sixth season as Utah State's head volleyball coach after being hired on March 27, 2006.
In his five years at USU, DuBose (pronounced Do-Boz) has brought stability to one of the top programs in the WAC as he has coached two All-Americans, 15 all-WAC selections, 39 academic all-WAC honorees and six academic all-district recipients. He is also one of just four coaches in school history to have a winning record and is five victories away from becoming the second-winningest coach in school history.
Utah State had one of its best seasons in school history in 2010 winning its first-ever WAC Tournament Championship and advancing to its fourth NCAA Tournament in school history. Overall, Utah State became just the third team in the history of the WAC to win its tournament championship as it was the first school in 11 years to defeat perennial power Hawai'i in the championship match. USU finished the year with a 24-9 record, including a third-place conference finish with a 9-7 league mark. Those 24 wins in 2010 were not only the seventh-most in school history, but the most since 1982. Utah State also had four players earn all-WAC honors during the season, including junior outside hitter Liz McArthur who was named to the first-team. McArthur was also named the Most Valuable Player of the 2010 WAC Tournament and went on to earn American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) honorable mention All-American honors. USU also had seven players earn academic all-WAC honors in 2010, while senior middle blocker Katie Astle joined McArthur on the academic all-district team. DuBose also received national attention in 2010 as he was named one of five finalists for the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Coach of the Year award.
DuBose also had plenty of success during the 2007 season as he led Utah State to a 17-13 record and a third-place conference finish with an 11-5 mark. Among those 11 league victories was one of the biggest wins in school history as USU posted a three-set sweep at No. 10 Hawai'i, snapping an 108-match home conference winning streak for the Rainbow Wahine.
Following the 2007 season, DuBose had four players recognized by the WAC as senior Amanda Nielson was named to the league's first-team and an AVCA honorable mention All-American, while setter Chelsea Fowles was named the freshman of the year in the WAC. DuBose was also honored in 2007 as he became the first volleyball coach in school history to garner conference coach of the year honors.
Prior to accepting the head coaching position at Utah State, DuBose spent four seasons (2003-06) as an assistant on Brigham Young University's men's volleyball team.
DuBose began his collegiate coaching career at Utah State from 1999-2000 as an assistant to Tom Peterson. During that time, the Aggies won the Eastern Division of the Big West Conference in 1999 and advanced to the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament in 2000, defeating Missouri in the first round. USU finished the 2000 season ranked 22nd in the country, the program's first-ever top 25 ranking.
In his four seasons at Brigham Young, DuBose helped lead the Cougar's men's program to a 90-30 (.750) record, including a National Championship in 2004 and a second-place finish at the 2003 NCAA Tournament. During his time at BYU, he coached nine All-Americans, including the 2004 NCAA Player of the Year.
DuBose graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in history in 1993 and then received his teaching certificate from Utah State in 1995. He and his wife Lenonnie have three children, Kline (13), Cassandra (11) and Jackson (7).
Year School Overall WAC
2006 Utah State 13-19 (.406) 6-10 (.375)
2007 Utah State 17-13 (.567) 11-5 (.688)
2008 Utah State 11-17 (.393) 9-7 (.562)
2009 Utah State 15-14 (.517) 6-10 (.375)
2010 Utah State 24-9 (.727) 9-7 (.563)
2011 Utah State 12-16 (.429) 7-7 (.500)
Totals 92-88 (.511) 48-46 (.511)