USU volleyball: Team White tops Team Blue in four in Blue-White Scrimmage Tuesday

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 22 2012 10:25 a.m. MDT

Senior outside hitter Josselyn White appropriately led Team White to a 3-1 (25-11, 23-25, 25-14, 26-24) win over Team Blue Tuesday night in the Utah State volleyball Blue-White Scrimmage at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Former Aggie volleyball player Denae Mohlman Pruden was the guest coach for Team White, while former USU player and coach Annette Cottle was the guest coach for Team Blue.

"It was a fun event all the way around tonight starting with the Mother-Daughter Clinic and into our scrimmage. We're very thankful for our guest coaches, as well as the very supportive crowd there tonight," USU head coach Grayson DuBose said. "There were a lot of new students there tonight for the SOAR event, so we were glad to teach them some Aggie volleyball cheers and rituals so they can be part of the HURD."

DuBose also singled out redshirt-freshman Elle Brainard (Saratoga Springs, Utah) and freshman outside hitter Candace Richins (Kaysville, Utah) for Team White and senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) and sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) for Team Blue as stand outs in the match.

White (Smithfield, Utah) led Team White with 17 kills, while Brainard added 15 kills with a .394 hitting percentage (15-2-33). Richins added 14 kills. Redshirt-freshman middle blocker Shan England (Cave Creek, Ariz.) was the fourth Team White player in double-digit kills with 10. Sophomore setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) dished out 48 assists. Neves also served up four aces, all in the first set on the way to an 8-0 Team White lead. White also added four service aces, part of the 12 aces on the night for Team White.

Team White had 15 total team blocks, getting nine (one solo, eight assists) from Brainard, while England added nine block assists. Freshman libero McKell Staheli (Pleasant Grove, Utah) had a team-best 15 digs.

Team Blue was led by Sorensen with 17 kills. VanHoff added nine kills, and sophomore outside hitter Jamaica Alisa (St. George, Utah) notched eight. Senior setter Kassi Hargrove (Reno, Nev.) doled out 36 assists. Senior libero Ashlan Rogers (Highland, Utah) had a match-high 22 digs. VanHoff led Team Blue with six block assists, helping them to nine total team blocks.

The second set was the only one where Team White had a hitting percentage under .250, highlighted by a match-high .452 (16-2-31) in the third set.

Prior to the scrimmage, the team held a free Mother-Daughter skills clinic, teaching basic volleyball techniques and skills to mothers and daughters, with over 50 sets of mothers and daughters in action. All participants received a free USU volleyball T-shirt, and the team signed autographs after the clinic and after the scrimmage.

The Aggies will officially kick off the season by hosting the Utah State Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25, welcoming in-state foes Utah, Southern Utah and Weber State along with Portland.

Utah State volleyball tickets are available by visiting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.

Fans who can't make a game can follow the action via GameTracker and Watch Live links, as well as following updates on Twitter.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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