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USU volleyball: Aggie volleyball head coach Grayson DuBose is on the precipice of 100-win plateau

By Megan Allen

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Sept. 20 2012 4:12 p.m. MDT

The success the Utah State program has seen over the last few years has made the experience a great one for everyone involved. As this year’s seniors get ready to leave USU, they are appreciative of the things they have learned from DuBose and the contributions they have been able to make.

“I really didn’t know he was this close to this milestone. It’s cool to be a part of that,” White said. “I’d like to think that our group of girls have helped him get there and have helped him be successful. It’s cool to see that manifest. When he first got here he had to really try to build the team. It’s exciting and I’m very happy for him.”

Shay Sorensen, a senior opposite side hitter, said she has constantly been impressed by DuBose’s commitment to the game and the team.

“I am honored to be part of Grayson’s 100th win. It is a testament to his hard work and dedication to USU volleyball. He has been an awesome coach and I’m so glad I got to spend my college career working with him,” Sorensen said. “I have grown not only in my volleyball skills, but life skills as well because of him.”

DuBose’s humility has played a vital role in his success as a coach. He is not one to willingly accept the credit and attention for the way the program is run.

“I’ve had good players who have worked hard and bought into a system. Every day they come out and compete and work hard. We push them and make it uncomfortable for them, but they keep grinding,” DuBose said. “I like who I get to work with. I work with quality student-athletes who are excited to be here and who think it’s important to be an Aggie.”

As he works toward the next win to bump him over the 100-mark, DuBose doesn’t think anything of it. He loves his job and the people he has the opportunity to work with.

“It’s a wonderful thing we have going here at Utah State,” DuBose said. “Being able to be a part of this program is sure something special for me.”

While he may not say it outright, those close to DuBose know the love and respect he has for the program. They know he is proud of the organization he has built and that he will continue to strive for success.

“It’s a huge honor for me to be a part of this legacy that Grayson has built with this program,” Sorensen said. “I know it means a lot to him even though he may not come out and say it.”

Utah State takes a 7-4 overall record into Thursday's WAC match-up with Seattle. USU is 2-0 in WAC play for the first time since 2007 and will be going for its first 3-0 conference start since 2005. Seattle is 6-6 overall and 1-1 in WAC play in its first year as a member of the WAC, as the Redhawks lost their inaugural WAC match to New Mexico State in five sets on Sept. 13 before bouncing back to beat Denver in five on Sept. 15.

After Thursday's match, USU continues it short homestand by hosting Idaho on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

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

Megan Allen is a member of the USU Athletic Media Relations.

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