Utah State’s Volleyball Match Against Hawaii Monday Will Be Televised on ESPNU

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s women’s volleyball team continues Western Athletic Conference play this week as it hosts national power Hawai’i on Monday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. (MT), and the contest will be televised live nationally on ESPNU (Comcast Ch. 400 in Cache Valley). Utah State will take part in Breast Cancer Awareness month Monday and hand out free USU Volleyball Dig for the Cure t-shirts to the first 100 fans entering the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum with pink on. In fact, all fans wearing pink will receive free admission to the match. USU will also honor two breast cancer survivors prior to the match, as they will be introduced along with USU’s starters. Utah State is 15-6 on the season and 3-5 in the WAC after defeating Louisiana Tech (3-0) and losing to New Mexico State (3-0) at home last weekend. USU is led by junior outside hitter Liz McArthur who is hitting .240 and averaging 4.27 kills, 1.89 digs, 0.42 blocks and 0.44 service aces per set. Sophomore opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen is hitting .256 and averaging 2.26 kills and 0.76 blocks per set, while senior setter Chelsea Fowles is hitting .331 and averaging 9.98 assists, 2.11 digs, 0.93 kills, 0.68 blocks and 0.33 service aces per set. As a team, Utah State is hitting .236 on the year as compared to a .181 hitting percentage for its opponents. Hawai’i, who is ranked No. 4 in the country in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, is 18-1 and 8-0 in WAC play after winning at Boise State (3-0) in its last match Saturday. The Rainbow Wahine are 4-0 on the road this year and are led by junior outside hitter Kanani Danielson who is hitting .306 and averaging 4.57 kills, 2.69 digs and 0.58 blocks per set. Hawai’i is hitting .274 on the season and holding its opponents to a .134 hitting percentage. UH returns four starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s team that went 32-3 overall including a perfect 16-0 in WAC play. Hawai’i lost to Penn State in four sets in the national semifinals last year to end its season. Utah State is 8-39 all-time against Hawai’i, which includes a 4-13 record at home. The last time the two teams played was on Sept. 23, 2010 in Honolulu with UH winning in three sets. The last time USU defeated the Rainbow Wahine was on Nov. 11, 2007 in Honolulu as the Aggies shocked then No. 10 Hawai’i in three sets (30-28, 31-29, 30-27) to snap an 108 conference match home winning streak for Hawai’i. It was also the first win for USU against UH in its last 20 meetings overall. The last time the Aggies defeated the Rainbow Wahine at home was on Nov. 12, 1981 in Logan in five games. Utah State is 10-52 (.161) against ranked opponents over the last 10 years. Overall, USU has won two of its last eight matches against ranked teams. The last time Utah State played a ranked team was on Sept. 23, 2010 when it lost at Hawai’i, 3-0. USU’s last win against a ranked opponent was on Sept. 13, 2008 when it defeated then No. 15 Purdue in five sets at a tournament hosted by Utah. Utah State is 86-39 (.688) at home in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum during the last 10 years, which includes a 64-32 (.667) record against conference opponents. USU is also 46-42 (.523) in WAC play including a 30-14 (.682) home record. -USU-

Free News Delivery by Email

Would you like to have the day's news stories delivered right to your inbox every evening? Enter your email below to start!