Aggies struggle in loss to rival Utah

LOGAN – The Utah State volleyball team lost in three sets to rival Utah Wednesday night at the Estes Center. Head Coach Grayson DuBose was not pleased with the Aggie’s performance and said he was having a hard time saying anything positive about the match.

“We were not good and they were really good and we allowed them to be good,” DuBose said. “It was real disappointing.”

The Aggies lost the first set 25-20 and were behind most of the night, but were able to compete a few times during the match. After falling behind early in the second set the Aggies fought back. At one point they had the lead, but lost the set 25-23. DuBose said during that run it felt like the team was gaining momentum, but lost it after the team let up on its serving.

“Our serving was too easy,” he said. “They were insistent all night long. You know, just ramming it down our throats.”

The Aggies lost the match after falling behind early in the third set, eventually losing it 25-19.

During the match Paige Neves completed her 3,500th career assist. The senior setter holds the record for fourth most all-time at Utah State and is on pace to pass the 4,000 mark. That accomplishment would give her the number two spot all-time.

“I’m excited for her,” DuBose said. “She’s been a great kid in our program for a long time. She’s worked real hard to get where she is and so I’m happy for her.”

Despite the poor performance DuBose said he saw in his team, he promised there would be improvement.

“We’re going to get better,” he said. “We’re going to figure out how to get better.”

If the Aggies want to improve in time for conference play they have a short time to do it. The defending Mountain West champions Colorado State are coming to town next week. The Rams were picked to repeat as Mountain West champions this year and will play the Aggies Thursday Sept. 25 in the Estes Center.

“They’re very skilled and they’re well-coached and they’re very experienced,” DuBose said. “I don’t think much fazes them.”

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