Utah State volleyball announces 2010 schedule

LOGAN, Utah ­ Utah State’s head volleyball coach Grayson DuBoseannounced Thursday its 2010 schedule as the Aggies will play a total of 29matches during the regular season, including four against in-stateopponents. Of those four match-ups against in-state teams, two will be at home asthe Aggies host Weber State on Aug. 31 and Utah Valley on Sept. 17 in itsown Utah State Invitational. In all, Utah State will play 12 matches at theDee Glen Smith Spectrum, a venue where it has gone 81-36 (.692) over thelast 11 seasons. “We are looking forward to the season as a staff and a team,” saidDuBose. “We have put together a competitive schedule and it will challengeour team as we prepare for WAC play. We are excited that Gossner Foods isgoing to help us host a tournament, which will allow us to play in front ofour great fans.” Utah State will begin its 2010 season in a tournament hosted by Utahduring the last weekend of August and play UC Davis and the host Utes beforereturning home to face Weber State in its home opener on Aug. 31. USU willthen play in consecutive tournaments at Arizona State and Montana as it willplay San Diego State, Seattle and the host Sun Devils at the ASU Tournament,and Temple, North Dakota and UM the following weekend in Missoula, Mont. Utah State will then play its second in-state match of the season atBrigham Young on Sept. 14 before hosting Loyola Marymount, UC Riverside andUtah Valley in its first Utah State Invitational sponsored by Gossner Foodson Sept. 17-18. Utah State will begin WAC play on the road against defending leaguechampion Hawai’i on Sept. 23 and host Fresno State and San Jose State in itsfirst home conference matches of the year on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2. USU willalso host Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State and Hawai’i during a five-daystretch in the middle of October, followed by three more home matches in arow in early November as it hosts Boise State and Idaho, followed by itsfinal home match of the year against Nevada on Nov. 12. USU will thenconclude its regular season on the road against Louisiana Tech and NewMexico State on Nov. 15 and 17. The 2010 WAC Tournament will once again be held at the Orleans Hotel inLas Vegas, Nev., on Nov. 22-24, and the first and second rounds of the NCAATournament will be the first weekend in December. Utah State returns seven starters and 11 letterwinners from last year’steam that went 15-14 overall and finished in seventh-place in the WAC with a6-10 league record. Among those returning for USU is senior setter ChelseaFowles, senior middle blockers Katie Astle, Shantell Durrant and DanielleTaylor, senior libero Christine Morrill, and junior outside hitters EmilyKortsen and Liz McArthur. McArthur was named second-team all-WAC in 2009,while Astle, Fowles and Morrill all earned second-team all-WAC honors in2008, and Taylor was named second-team all-WAC in 2007. Kortsen also earnedall-league honors in 2008 as she was named to the WAC’s all-freshman team.2010 UTAH STATE VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULEDate Opponent TimeAug. 28 at Utah TournamentAug. 28 vs. UC Davis 1 p.m.Aug. 28 at Utah 7 p.m.Aug. 31 WEBER STATE 7 p.m.Sept. 3-4 at Arizona State TournamentSept. 3 vs. San Diego State 11 a.m.Sept. 4 vs. Seattle 6 p.m.Sept. 4 at Arizona State 2 p.m.Sept. 10-11 at Montana TournamentSept. 10 at Montana 7 p.m.Sept. 11 vs. Temple 10 a.m.Sept. 11 vs. North Dakota 4:30 p.m.Sept. 14 at Brigham Young 7 p.m.Sept. 17-18 UTAH STATE TOURNAMENTSept. 17 USU vs. Loyola Marymount 10 a.m.Sept. 17 UC Riverside vs. Utah Valley 12:30 p.m.Sept. 17 Loyola Marymount vs. UC Riverside 4:30 p.m.Sept. 17 USU vs. Utah Valley 7 p.m.Sept. 18 Utah Valley vs. Loyola Marymount 10 a.m.Sept. 18 USU vs. UC Riverside 12 p.m.Sept. 23 at Hawai’i* 11 p.m.Sept. 30 FRESNO STATE* 7 p.m.Oct. 2 SAN JOSE STATE* 7 p.m.Oct. 7 at Idaho* 8 p.m.Oct. 9 at Boise State* 2 p.m.Oct. 15 at Nevada* 8 p.m.Oct. 21 LOUISIANA TECH* 7 p.m.Oct. 23 NEW MEXICO STATE* 7 p.m.Oct. 25 HAWAI’I* 7 p.m.Oct. 28 at San Jose State* 8 p.m.Oct. 30 at Fresno State* 8 p.m.Nov. 4 BOISE STATE* 7 p.m.Nov. 6 IDAHO* 7 p.m.Nov. 12 NEVADA* 7 p.m.Nov. 15 at Louisiana Tech* 6 p.m.Nov. 17 at New Mexico State* 7 p.m.Nov. 22-24 at WAC Tournament (Las Vegas, Nev.)*Denotes Western Athletic Conference Match.Home matches in BOLD CAPS.All times are Mountain time.All times and dates are tentative and subject to change.-USU-

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