Utah State volleyball hosts Fresno State Thursday night, encouraging fans to wear pink

LOGAN, Utah ­ Utah State’s women’s volleyball team will return to Western Athletic Conference play and host Fresno State on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. During the month of October, Utah State’s volleyball team is helping raise awareness and money for breast cancer, the world’s most common cause of cancer death in women. As part of the month-long campaign, Aggie fans wearing pink will receive free admission to any of USU’s four remaining home matches during the month of October. Utah State is 11-8 on the season after posting a five-set non-conference win at Utah Valley Tuesday night. USU, who is 2-4 in WAC play, is led by sophomore outside hitter Liz McArthur who is hitting .186 and averaging 3.67 kills, 1.47 digs and 0.53 blocks per set, while sophomore opposite side hitter Emily Kortsen is hitting .242 and averaging 2.11 kills, 2.30 digs and 0.56 blocks per set. Junior middle blocker Katie Astle is also playing well for USU as she is hitting .342 and averaging 1.52 kills and 0.89 blocks per set. As a team, Utah State is hitting .208 on the season as compared to a .185 hitting percentage for its opponents. Fresno State is 10-7 on the season and 3-2 in WAC play following a pair of home wins last weekend against Utah State (3-1) and Idaho (3-2). FSU, who is 3-4 on the road this season, is led by sophomore right-side hitter Brianna Clarke who is hitting .266 and averaging 1.90 kills and 1.39 blocks per set. As a team, the Bulldogs are hitting .183 on the season as compared to a .195 hitting percentage for its opponents. Fresno State returns seven starters and 10 letterwinners from last year’s team that went 7-20 overall and finished in eighth-place in the WAC with a 3-13 league record. Lauren Netherby-Sewell is in her second season as the Bulldogs head coach. Utah State is 8-7 all-time against Fresno State, which includes a 4-2 record at home. FSU defeated the Aggies last weekend in Fresno in four sets. Since joining the WAC, USU is 6-4 against the Bulldogs. Following its match against Fresno State, Utah State will remain home and host Idaho (7-10, 3-2) on Monday, Oct. 19 at 9 p.m., in a match that will be televised live on ESPNU. -USU-

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