Final Road Trip of Regular Season on Tap for Utah State Volleyball
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
Utah State [University] volleyball (18-9, 11-5) hits the road for the final time during the regular season this weekend, heading to Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday, Nov. 21, to take on UNLV (15-11, 10-6 MW) in an 8 p.m. (MT) first serve from UNLV’s Cox Pavilion (2,452). The Aggies then head to San Diego, Calif., to play at San Diego State (13-13, 8-8 MW) Saturday, Nov. 23, in a 2 p.m. (MT) start from SDSU’s Peterson Gym (3,668).
Live stats for this weekend’s matches will be available via “GameTracker” links at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official website of USU athletics. Live video for both of the Aggies’ matches this weekend will also be available online through the Aggies’ Mountain West Network channel by clicking on the “Watch Live” link at www.utahstateaggies.com, the official website of USU athletics.
USU enters this weekend with an 18-9 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 all-time series between USU and UNLV is tied at 2-2, with the Aggies seeking their first two-match win streak in the series, winning the first meeting in 1973 and the most recent match-up on Oct. 26 in Logan, won by USU, 3-1.
The Aggies have won 13 of their last 18 matches in registering an 18-9 overall and 11-4 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 swept a pair of home matches, sweeping the Spartans of San José State Thursday before knocking off Fresno State in straight-sets Saturday.
Utah State ranks third in the Mountain West in both opponent hitting percentage (.178) and aces per set (1.22). USU is also fourth in blocks per set (2.61), fifth in digs per set (15.00), sixth in hitting percentage (.217) and ninth in both kills per set (12.77) and assists per set (11.91).
In MW only rankings, the Aggies are second in the league in opponent hitting percentage (.169), blocks per set (2.79), aces per set (1.26), and digs per set (15.35). USU is also fourth in hitting percentage (.216), fifth in kills per set (13.40) and sixth in assists per set (12.44).
Individually, sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) is third in the league in blocks per set both overall (1.31) and MW only matches in blocks (1.44). Senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah) is fifth in blocks per set overall (1.18) and sixth in league only matches (1.33). Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) is sixth in both overall points (3.82) and overall kills (3.36), while ranking seventh in league only points (3.67) and eighth in league only kills (3.32). Sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) is 10th in MW only in both points (3.61) and kills (3.10).
Junior setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) is third in assists in MW only (11.19) and fifth in assists overall (10.62), while also ranking seventh in MW only in aces per set (0.28).
Fellow junior, libero Ashlan Rogers-Court (Highland, Utah) is third in digs per set both overall (4.20) and MW only (4.44). Rogers-Court leads the league in MW only service aces per set (0.37), while ranking fourth in overall aces per set (0.31).
VanHoff needs three total team blocks to become just the third player in USU history with 400 career total blocks. Neves needs 31 assists to become the fourth player in Aggie volleyball history with 3,000 career assists. Neves needs just two helpers for 1,000 assists for the season, marking the second year in a row she has hit the 1K assists mark.
The Rebels are 15-11 overall and 10-6 in MW action, entering the weekend fifth in the league standings. UNLV has won three of its last five matches, sweeping Nevada on Saturday to snap a two-match losing skid after losing in straight-sets on Nov. 11 and in five at San José State on Nov. 9. The Rebels enter their final homestand of the season with a 7-4 home mark, including a 5-3 MW ledger.
UNLV leads the MW in digs with 15.47 dps, while ranking fifth in the MW statistics in both blocks (2.38) and opponent hitting percentage (.202). The Rebels are also sixth in both kills (13.09) and assists (12.40), eighth in hitting percentage (.207) and ninth in service aces (0.91).
USU and UNLV are the top two teams in digs in the Mountain West only stats, as the Rebels are first with 15.84 digs per set, while the Aggies are second with 15.35 dps.
Following Thursday's match at UNLV, the Aggies play at San Diego State Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. (MT). USU then returns home to host Air Force Monday, Nov. 25, and Nevada Wednesday, Nov. 27, both at 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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 the Athletics website.
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