Top-Seeded Utah State Tangles With Eighth-Seeded UT Arlington Monday In WAC Volleyball Tournament
Nov. 18, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
2012 WAC VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 19-21
Monday, Nov. 19
Tuesday, Nov. 20
Wednesday, Nov. 21
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WAC TO STREAM VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT FROM UTSA
The volleyball tournament will be held in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 19-21. The top eight teams will advance to the tournament with all seeds and bracketing determined by Nov. 15. The quarterfinals will take place on Monday, Nov. 19 while the two semifinal matches begin at 4:00 p.m. CT on Tuesday. The championship final will not be streamed as it will be televised by ESPNU on Wednesday and will be streamed on ESPN3.com.
An all-tournament pass that includes the six matches can be purchased for $17.95. Individual matches may be purchased for $8.95 each. More information and how to subscribe to any of these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC TOURNAMENT
AGGIES ONE OF ONLY THREE TEAMS TO WIN WAC TOURNAMENT TITLE
LOOKING AT UTAH STATE
Utah State has won 11 of its last 14 matches overall... The Aggies' 19 wins this season is also the second-most during USU head coach Grayson DuBose's seven seasons at the helm of the Aggie program behind 24 victories in 2010.
The Aggies' 15 WAC wins is a school record for most WAC wins as well as most conference wins, as USU topped its previous mark of 12 Big West Conference wins in 2001... USU's 18 conference matches played is also tied for the most in school history, joining 1990-1995 and 2001-2004 in the Big West... Utah State's .833 conference winning percentage is its highest since 1981 when USU had a .900 league winning percentage, going 9-1 in Intermountain Conference action.
USU has now won 20 matches in a season twice under head coach Grayson DuBose, joining the 24 wins in Utah State's 2010 WAC Tournament title season... Overall, the Aggies have won 20 matches in a season for the 11th time in school history.
Utah State continues to lead the WAC overall in blocking at 3.01 blocks per set and the Aggies also are second in the league in WAC only matches at 2.94 blocks per set... USU's defense also leads the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.160) and in WAC only matches (.145)... Offensively, USU is third in overall attack percentage (.222) and fourth in WAC only attack percentage (.220)... Utah State is also sixth in overall kills per set (12.58) and sixth for WAC only kills per set (12.91)... The Aggies also are sixth in the league overall with 14.33 digs per set while ranking third in WAC only matches with 15.95 dps... USU is also seventh in the WAC for overall assists per set (11.66) and tied for sixth for league only (12.00)... A 1.17 aces per set ranks the Aggies tied for third in the WAC overall while they are fifth in conference only matches with 1.14.
Senior outside hitter Josselyn White (Smithfield, Utah) set a school-record for attack percentage in USU's win over LA Tech on Oct. 27, hitting .812 with 13 kills in 16 attacks with no errors... White has missed a total of five matches plus part of three others in different stretches with illness... She is ninth in the WAC for overall points per set (3.40) and 10th overall for kills per set (2.84)... White is also climbing USU's career block assists and total blocks lists.
Senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) is sixth in the WAC in overall kills per set (3.18) and sixth in WAC only kills per set (3.40), as well as fifth for overall points per set (3.90) and fourth for conference only matches for points per set (4.10)... Sorensen has a team-leading 11 double-doubles on the season... Like White, Sorensen is also climbing USU's career lists, cracking into top 10 kills list in the regular-season finale, as well as already breaking into USU's top 10 lists for career block assists and total blocks.
Redshirt-freshman middle blocker Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) is second in the WAC in overall blocks per set (1.43), while ranking third in conference only matches (1.38)... Brainard also is ninth in the WAC overall in hitting percentage (.296)... With 149 total blocks, Brainard is third in the league for total blocks as well also ranking fourth in the league for WAC only matches with 90 total blocks... Brainard is 17th in the most recent NCAA statistics with 1.44 blocks per set.
Brainard now has 143 blocks on the season, moving up to No. 3 on the Aggies' single-season block assists list and now has 149 total blocks, moving up to No. 4 on the single-season total blocks list.
Sophomore setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) is third in both the WAC overall and WAC stats for assists per set, with 10.28 aps overall and 10.66 aps in league matches... Neves became the ninth different Aggie player to reach 1,000 assists in a season, and the milestone was accomplished for the 16th time in school history... She also became the 12th Aggie volleyball player to reach the 1,000 career assists milestone when USU played in San Diego, Calif., and now with 1,912 career assists, Neves becomes just the ninth player in USU history with 1,500 career assists and is No. 9 on the USU career assists list... Neves needs just 53 assists to catch Dominique Arsenault (2003-05) for the No. 8 spot, with 1,965 assists.
Sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) is second on the team and fourth in the WAC overall for blocks with 1.32 blocks per set, ranking fifth overall in the league with 137 total blocks... VanHoff is fifth in WAC only matches with 1.26 blocks per set... She also is 37th in last week's NCAA stats for blocks per set with 1.31 bps... VanHoff is also climbing up the Aggies' single-season block assists and total blocks lists, sitting at No. 8 on the block assists list with 128 block assists and tied for No. 9 on the total blocks list with 137.
Sophomore outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) is eighth in the WAC for both overall kills per set (3.00) and league-only matches for kills per set (3.12), as well as 10th in WAC only matches for points per set (3.40).
Sophomore libero Ashlan Rogers (Highland, Utah) is sixth overall in the WAC in digs per set (3.70) as well as fourth in the WAC in conference only matches with 4.08 digs per set... Rogers also is sixth in the WAC overall in service aces per set (0.26)... On USU's single-season digs list, Rogers is No. 8 with 385 so far this season.
DuBOSE MAGIC INGREDIENT TO REGULAR-SEASON TITLE
TURNING PAIGE 1,000 IN SINGLE-SEASON RECORD BOOK
Earlier this season Paige Neves became the 12th Aggie player to reach the 1,000 career assists milestone... Now with 1,912 career assists, Neves becomes just the ninth player in USU history with 1,500 career assists and is No. 9 on the USU career assists list... Neves needs just 53 assists to catch Dominique Arsenault (2003-05) for the No. 8 spot, with 1,965 assists.
SINGLE-SEASON Assists 1) 1442 Andrea Delsigne 2003 2) 1441 Chelsi Neves 2000 3) 1368 Chelsi Neves 2001 4) 1340 Randi Winn 1993 5) 1255 Lori Sargent-McKnight 1998 6) 1239 Chelsea Fowles 2010 7) 1192 Mindi Jackson 1996 8) 1157 Lori Sargent-McKnight 1997 9) 1136 Carrie Steverson 1989 10) 1133 Chelsea Fowles 2007 11) 1123 Chelsea Fowles 2009 12) 1061 Carrie Steverson 1990 13) 1054 Stephanie Maurer 1986 14) 1038 Paige Neves 2012 15) 1028 Lori Sargent-McKnight 1999 16) 1025 Chelsea Fowles 2008WIN STREAKING ON THE ROAD
USU's loss at San Jose State on Nov. 10 snapped the Aggies' eight-match road win streak, which was the most for an Aggie team in one season in school history, bettering the previous mark of seven road wins in a row, won by the 1978 squad... The overall longest road winning streak for road matches is 10, as the 1977 team won its last three matches on the road before the 1978 squad's aforementioned seven-match win streak.
WHITE'S SCHOOL RECORD
20-WIN SEASONS GOING FOR 20
AGGIES SEVENTH, BRAINARD 17th, VANHOFF 37th IN BLOCKING IN NCAA STATS
SINGLE-SEASON RECORD LIST WATCH
SORENSEN 11th, WHITE 12th WITH 800
Kills 1) 1813 Zuzana Cernianska 2002-05 2) 1463 Amy Crosbie 1997-00 3) 1431 Liz McArthur 2008-11 4) 1369 Amanda Nielson 2004-07 5) 1309 Erin Cartwright-Davis 2001-03 6) 1294 Denae Mohlman 1997-00 7) 984 Beth Hodge 2003-06 8) 971 Melissa Schoepf 1997-00 9) 872 Ingrid Roth 2002-05 872 Shay Sorensen 2009-Pres. 11) 863 Niki Conner 1995-98 -- 840 Josselyn White 2009-Pres.WHITE ALSO IN UTAH STATE TOP 10 FOR BOTH ATTACKS AND BLOCKS, SORENSEN FOR BLOCKS
Senior outside hitter Josselyn White has climbed up to the No. 6 spot on the Utah State career attacks list, now with 2,969, passing Denae Mohlman (1997-2000) for No. 6 with 2,796 attacks, and needing 30 more to catch Erin Cartwright-Davis (2001-03) for No. 5 with 2,999 attacks.
White has also recently reached the USU top 10 for career total blocks, moving up to No. 7 with 315 total blocks, passing former teammate Shantell Durrant (2008-10) with 309 and Tiffany Kitley (1996-99) with 306... Now with 282 career block assists, White is in the No. 8 spot on the career block assists list, needing eight more to catch Erin Cartwright-Davis (2001-03) at No. 7 with 290... White also has 33 career solo blocks, needing four more to reach the No. 10 spot on the career solo block list, currently held by Ingrid Roth (2002-05) with 37.
Sorensen also has broken into the top 10 for both career block assists and career total blocks, as she has 277 block assists, good for No. 9, while ranking No. 10 on the total blocks list with 288.
RUDE WELCOMING TO WAC NEWCOMERS
UTAH STATE IN THE WAC
UTAH STATE IN THE DEE GLEN SMITH SPECTRUM
DUBOSE FOR 100 PLEASE ALEX
AGGIES AGAINST TOURNAMENT FIELD
4-NEW MEXICO STATE
6-SAN JOSE STATE
SCOUTING UT ARLINGTON
UTA's top ranking in the WAC statistics is digs, as the Mavericks are third in the league overall with 15.67 digs per set while ranking fifth in the WAC only matches (15.62)... UT Arlington is sixth or lower in the other six categories for both overall and WAC only matches.
The Mavericks are led by sophomore middle blocker Taylor Gross with 2.42 kills per set, while fellow sophomore middle blocker Ashley Bennett and junior middle blocker Charmaine Whitmore share the team lead with a .227 attack percentage... Junior outside hitter Shelby Dickson is eighth in the WAC overall for digs per set with 3.63 dps... Sophomore setter Amanda Welsh is fifth in the WAC for overall assists per set (8.77), and is also fifth in the conference for aces per set (0.27).
UTA head coach Diane Seymour is in her ninth season with a 131-144 record.
USU VOLLEYBALL'S Shay Sorensen COLLECTS WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK ACCOLADES TWICE
Sorensen, a senior opposite side hitter from North Ogden, Utah, earned the honor for the first time on Sept. 17 after she averaged 4.30 kills on .296 hitting, 3.30 digs and 0.60 blocks per set in a pair of road wins at UTSA and Texas State. She posted a pair of double-doubles to lead Utah State to its first 2-0 start to WAC action since 2007. In the Sept. 13 four-set win over UTSA, Sorensen logged 15 kills and 11 digs, adding a pair of blocks and a service ace. In the sweep at Texas State on Sept. 15, she tallied a match-high 15 kills on a season-high .353 hitting to go with 12 digs and two blocks.
The Aggie senior earned it a second time on Oct. 22 after she averaged 4.18 kills, 3.36 digs and 1.09 blocks per set. Sorensen posted double-doubles in two of the three matches in helping the Aggies to a 2-1 record, including winning two on the road to give Utah State its first six-match road win streak since 1978. She started the week with 15 kills and 11 digs, along with four blocks in a five-set loss to UTSA on Oct. 15. In the Oct. 18 five-set win at Idaho, Sorensen logged her team-leading 10th double-double of the season with 18 kills and tied a career-high with 17 digs to go along with five blocks. She then added 13 kills without posting any hitting errors for a .382 attack percentage to go with nine digs and three blocks in a sweep at Seattle U on Oct. 20.
Sorensen's on Sept. 17 was the first of the season for the Aggies, and was the first for a USU vollleyball player since Liz McArthur earned the accolade last season on Oct. 17.
Kaitlyn VanHoff NAMED WAC VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
VanHoff, a sophomore middle blocker (Draper, Utah) averaged a remarkable 2.12 blocks and 2.00 kills on .300 hitting as the Aggies went undefeated on the week. She posted a career-high .333 attack percentage and added seven total blocks as Utah State swept New Mexico State on Oct. 4, handing NM State its first conference loss of the season to take over first place in the WAC standings. Van Hoff then tied a career high with 10 block assists in five-set win over Denver on Oct. 6, registering four blocks in the third set alone. Van Hoff entered the week averaging 1.30 kills on .144 hitting and 1.21 blocks per set.
Josselyn White NAMED USU ATHLETE OF THE WEEK TWICE
White, a senior outside hitter from Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS), was the first USU student-athlete to earn the honor this school year, getting recognized after she was named to the Utah State Invitational, sponsored by Gossner Foods, all-tournament team in the season-opener weekend as she helped USU to a 3-1 record and a second-place finish. During the tournament, White hit .278 (43-13-108) with 43 kills, 34 digs and 10 blocks. White posted a career-high .500 attack percentage (14-0-28) in the win against Portland and logged a career-high 18 digs against Southern Utah.
The senior earned it a second time this season after she led USU to a pair of Western Athletic Conference road wins over the weekend of Sept. 27 and Sept. 29, with a four-set win over Louisiana Tech on Sept. 27 and a sweep at UT Arlington on Sept. 29. She tallied her fourth double-double of the season in the win over Louisiana Tech, posting a career-high 20 digs to go with 10 kills. White added a season-high 17 kills on a .429 attack percentage (17-2-35), her third-highest of the season in the sweep of UT Arlington. For the weekend, the senior had a .338 attack percentage (27-5-65), averaging 3.86 kills per set to go with a matching 3.86 digs per set average, adding 0.43 blocks per set and 0.29 aces per set.
These are White's first two career USU Student-Athlete of the Week accolades.
UTAH STATE VERSUS THE STATE OF UTAH
AGGIES NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS HISTORY
UTAH STATE RANKED 10TH IN THE NATION IN BLOCKING LAST SEASON
UTAH STATE LED THE WAC IN BLOCKING
RECAPPING LAST SEASON