Utah State volleyball: Josselyn White tabbed USU Athlete of the Week

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Oct. 1 2012 3:41 p.m. MDT

Utah State volleyball player Josselyn White has been named the American First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, Sept. 30, in an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel. It is the second time not only this season, but also in her career, that White has earned USU student-athlete of the week accolades.

White, a senior outside hitter from Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS), led USU to a pair of Western Athletic Conference road wins over the weekend, with a four-set win over Louisiana Tech on Thursday and a sweep at UT Arlington on Saturday. She tallied her fourth double-double of the season in the win over Louisiana Tech, posting a career-high 20 digs to go with 10 kills. White added a season-high 17 kills on a .429 attack percentage (17-2-35), her third-highest of the season in the sweep of UT Arlington on Saturday. For the weekend, the senior had a .338 attack percentage (27-5-65), averaging 3.86 kills per set to go with a matching 3.86 digs per set average, adding 0.43 blocks per set and 0.29 aces per set.

White is seventh in the WAC overall for kills per set (2.97) and points per set (3.50).

With USU's 2-0 weekend mark, the Aggies also improved to 3-0 this season in Texas, as Saturday's win at UT Arlington joined victories in September at UTSA and Texas State. Utah State is also 4-0 against WAC newcomers this year, beating UT Arlington, Texas State, UTSA and Seattle.

White and Utah State volleyball open a season-long five-match homestand starting with New Mexico State on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., in an all-Aggie showdown of the top two teams in the WAC. NMSU is 5-0 in league play, while USU is 4-1. New Mexico State is 11-4 overall, while Utah State is 10-5. The match-up Thursday between the navy Aggies of USU and the maroon Aggies of NMSU is the 66th meeting all-time, Utah State’s longest series with any WAC foe. Thursday’s match will tie for the longest in school history behind the 67 meetings with Utah. Utah State is 26-39 all-time against New Mexico State, which includes an 11-17 home record, but the navy Aggies have won three of the last four meetings.

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.

USU volleyball action can be followed live on the Internet with live stats available through the "Gametracker" link on the USU website. Aggie volleyball home matches are also streamed online by clicking on the "Watch Live" link on their website. There is a Utah State All-Access Monthly Subscription for $9.95 and a Utah State All-Access Yearly Subscription for $79.95.

Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY – Junior Kyle McKenna (Farmington, Utah) placed 14th out of 143 runners with a time of 25:08.4 in the eight-kilometer race at the 27th annual Roy Griak Invitational held Saturday in Falcon Heights, Minn. McKenna helped USU finish in 11th place out of 15 teams.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY – Senior Alex Litzsinger (Pocatello, Idaho) crossed the finish line in 21st place out of 211 runners with a time of 21:56.0 in the six-kilometer race at the 27th annual Roy Griak Invitational held Saturday in Falcon Heights, Minn. USU finished in 11th place out of 17 teams.

FOOTBALL – Sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton (Houston, Texas) completed 21-of-34 passes for a career-high 404 yards in leading Utah State to a 35-13 home win against UNLV. Keeton also had four touchdown passes in the game, the second-most of his career, to go along with four rushing yards on six carries. The 404 passing yards rank as the 10th-most in school history and the most by an Aggie quarterback since 2002.

MEN’S GOLF – Freshman Reed Platke (Whitefish, Mont.) finished tied for 15th place with a 1-over 214 (74-69-71) at the Boise State hosted Dash Thomas Memorial. Platke began the tournament with a 3-over 74 and then carded a season-best 2-under 69 during his second 18 holes, before finishing with an even-par 71. USU finished the tournament tied for seventh place in the 13-team field with a 19-over 871 (297-284-290).

SOCCER – Senior defender Natalie Norris (Sandy, Utah) helped Utah State earn a pair of 0-0 double overtime ties at New Mexico State and at No. 18 Denver last weekend. In two matches, Norris and the Aggie defense faced 36 shots in 220 minutes without allowing a goal as the senior played every minute of both matches.

MEN’S TENNIS – Senior Sven Poslusny (Lorrach, Germany) posted a 1-1 singles record at the ITA All-American Pre-Qualifying Championship held in Tulsa, Okla., last weekend. Poslusny lost in the first round to Eastern Washington's Joseph Cohen (7-6, 6-2) but then defeated Purdue’s Arthur Dobradin (6-3, 6-1) in the bonus round.

WOMEN’S TENNIS – Sophomore McKenzie Davis (Salt Lake City, Utah) posted a 5-0 record to win the Blue Flight of singles play at the Jack Taylor Classic hosted by Boise State as she won all five of her matches in straight sets. Davis also won the doubles title with senior partner Jaci West, defeating Sandy Vo and Marlena Pietzuch from Boise State in the finals, 8-3.

2012-13 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners

Aug. 27 - Josselyn White, Volleyball

Sept. 3 - Chuckie Keeton, Football

Sept. 10 - Chuckie Keeton, Football

Sept. 17 - Tanner Higham, Golf

Sept. 24 - Kerwynn Williams, Football

Oct. 1 - Josselyn White, Volleyball

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

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