USU volleyball sweeps Lady Techsters, 3-0

<strong>LOGAN—</strong> The Utah State women’s volleyball team improved to 15-1 all-time against Louisiana Tech Saturday with a 25-18, 25-19, 25-14 sweep of the Lady Techsters at home in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

“I thought offensively we played really well,” USU head coach Grayson DuBose said. “We have a good team. We think we’re doing a nice job. I’m happy for our team that we were able to do that. Winning is always more fun than the alternative.”

Paced by the senior leadership of Josselyn White and Shay Sorensen, the Aggies cruised to a first set win thanks in large part to a plethora of Lady Techsters errors. Sorensen recorded five kills to lead all players, and the Aggies hit .476 while committing only three errors.

LA Tech stormed back to start the second set, not committing an error while limiting the Aggies opportunities. Trailing 12-9, the USU defense came to life and sparked a 9-3 run to take an 18-15 lead that the Aggies would never surrender.

White and Sorensen combined for 13 kills in the set, while redshirt freshman Elle Brainard teamed up with Sorensen for three blocks to spark the comeback.

“We got off to a slow start but we were able to keep grinding and push ourselves back out of that,” Sorensen said. “We had a timeout and we just said, ‘All right, it’s time to kick it in.’ Our whole team, anyone can be big for us and everyone is. That’s what makes this team special.”

White, a Cache Valley native, took over the third set to help the Aggies complete the sweep. White tallied four of her match-high 13 kills while hitting .812 – a school record.

“I had no idea, but it’s cool,” White said of setting the record. “Our middles did a great job of getting up, which leaves me just one blocker so it’s really not that impressive. It’s a team thing so it’s pretty cool. The big thing is that we won.  As far as records are concerned, it’s nice, we’ll celebrate it tonight but tomorrow is a new day.”

The Aggies finished the match with a .360 hitting percentage while committing 11 errors. Ranked 6th nationally in blocks per set, USU finished with seven block assists and held the Lady Techsters to a .127 hitting percentage.

Utah State improved to 16-7 overall and a WAC-best 12-2 with four games remaining. The Aggies hit the road for a three game swing, starting with the University of Denver on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

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