Nov. 24, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State volleyball will host Air Force on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Monday's match is the make-up match from Oct. 5 that was postponed due to the partial government shutdown.
USU enters this week with an 18-11 overall record, needing two wins for its second 20-win season in a row and third in the last four years, all under head coach Grayson DuBose. Overall, the Aggies are going for their 12th 20-match win season in school history in the 38 seasons of Aggie volleyball.
The Aggies have won 13 of their last 20 matches in registering an 18-11 overall and 11-7 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 lost back-to-back matches for just the second time this season and the first in conference play, falling in a five-set battle at UNLV on Thursday and in straight-sets Saturday at San Diego State.
Monday is not only the second meeting with Air Force this season, but the second ever, as the Aggies won the inaugural meeting, 3-1, earlier this season on Nov. 7 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Utah State ranks third in the Mountain West in both opponent hitting percentage (.183) and aces per set (1.19). USU also is fourth in blocks per set (2.62), fifth in digs per set (15.04), seventh in hitting percentage (.215) and ninth in both kills per set (12.71) and assists per set (11.85).
In MW only rankings, the Aggies are second in the league in opponent hitting percentage (.178), blocks per set (2.78), aces per set (1.22), and digs per set (15.37). USU is also fifth in kills per set (13.33) and eighth in both fourth in both hitting percentage (.212) assists per set (12.28).
Individually, junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court (Highland, Utah) is third in digs per set both overall (4.28) and MW only (4.54). Rogers-Court leads the league in MW only service aces per set (0.38), while ranking second in overall aces per set (0.26).
Sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) is third in the league in blocks per set both overall (1.30) and MW only matches in blocks (1.42). Senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah) is sixth in blocks per set overall (1.17) and sixth in league only matches (1.22).
Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) is sixth in MW overall in points (3.85) and seventh in kills (3.39), while ranking seventh in MW only in points (3.74) and eighth in MW only kills (3.31).
Junior setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) is fourth in assists in MW only (10.98) and fifth in assists overall (10.53), while also ranking eighth in MW only in aces per set (0.26).
VanHoff needs two total blocks to for the No. 2 spot on the USU career total blocks digs, currently held by Ingrid Roth (2002-05) with 409. Rogers-Court enters the week with 466 digs this season, needing 34 more to become the fifth player in USU history with 500 digs in a single season.
The Falcons are 6-23 overall and 3-14 in MW play, having lost their last four matches, seven of their last eight and 12 of their last 14. Last weekend, Air Force got swept at New Mexico on Thursday before falling at Nevada on Saturday. The Falcons are 1-12 on the road this season, including 0-9 in MW action.
Air Force eighth in the MW in both opponent hitting percentage (.257) and service aces (1.03), while ranking ninth in digs (13.75). The Falcons also are 10th in hitting percentage (.189), assists (11.68) and kills (12.25), along with 11th in blocks (1.36).
Individually, junior middle blocker Ayesha Hein is fifth in hitting percentage (.366) and junior setter Hillary Keltner is sixth in assists (9.97) as the only Falcons in the MW overall statistics. Sophomore outside hitter Akokwe Clement leads the team in kills (2.93), while fellow sophomore Raquel Rosas tops the team in blocks (0.65). Sophomore defensive specialist Rebecca Bates leads USAFA in digs (2.54) and in aces (20, 0.18 saps).
Following Monday's match, the Aggies wrap up the season on Wednesday, Nov. 27, hosting Nevada at 7 p.m. Wednesday is USU's final match of the year and the Aggies will be honoring their two seniors, outside hitter Tumua Etimani (Richardson, Texas) and middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah).
Utah State volleyball tickets are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.
Fans who can't make the matches can follow along with "Watch Live" and "GameTracker" links at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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