Utah State Volleyball Third-Seed For 2010 WAC Volleyball Tournament
Nov. 19, 2010
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State's women's volleyball team will be the third-seed in the upcoming 2010 Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament held in Las Vegas, Nev., and play sixth-seeded Nevada in the first round of the tournament on Monday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. (MT). The tournament will be played at the Orleans Arena.
Utah State is the third-seed in the WAC Tournament for the second time in its six years in league joining the 2007 team. USU was the second-seed in the tournament in 2005 advancing to the championship match, the sixth-seed in 2006, and the fourth seed in 2008. USU did not make the tournament last year as it finished in seventh-place in the WAC with a 6-10 league mark. Overall, USU is 2-4 in WAC Tournament play.
Fourth-seeded Boise State will face fifth-seeded Idaho in the other quarterfinal match Monday with the winner playing top-seeded Hawai'i on Tuesday in one semifinal. The other semifinal will have the winner of the USU vs. Nevada match playing second-seeded New Mexico State on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. (MT). The championship match of the 2010 WAC Tournament will be on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. (MT) and will be televised live on ESPNU.
After starting the 2010 campaign with 11 straight wins, Utah State finished the regular season by winning six of its final seven matches to post a 21-8 record, including a 9-7 WAC mark. Those 21 wins are tied for the eighth-most in school history along with the 2005 team that advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Aggies were picked to finish fourth in the conference this year in the coaches' preseason poll.
Nevada enters the WAC Tournament with a 13-16 record including a 7-9 mark in league play. The Wolf Pack ended its regular season by losing each of its last five matches. Nevada was picked to finish in seventh-place in the WAC's preseason polls.
Utah State and Nevada split its season series as the Wolf Pack won in Reno in four sets (26-24, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16) and the Aggies won in Logan in three sets (25-23, 25-21, 25-16). Nevada holds a 20-12 all-time advantage in the series and this will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools in WAC Tournament play.
USU is led by junior outside hitter Liz McArthur who is hitting .212 and averaging 4.05 kills, 1.88 digs, 0.48 blocks and 0.36 service aces per set. Senior middle blocker Katie Astle is hitting .317 and averaging 1.49 kills and 1.12 blocks per set, while senior setter Chelsea Fowles is hitting .330 and averaging 9.95 assists, 2.20 digs, 0.88 kills, 0.71 blocks and 0.31 service aces per set. As a team, Utah State is hitting .227 on the year as compared to a .170 hitting percentage for its opponents.