USU volleyball: Utah State Volleyball victorious in clash of the Aggies Thursday with sweep of New Mexico State

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 10:00 a.m. MDT

Utah State again came from behind in the second set after New Mexico State took a 12-8 lead after a kill by Lauren Lorech, forcing a timeout by the home team. Out of the short break in play, NMSU had four errors, one off a tandem block by Sorensen and Brainard, to tie up the score at 12-all. Later VanHoff and Sorensen paired up for back-to-back blocks to put USU ahead, 22-21, and three points later with the score tied at 23, Hays had a service error to give USU set point at 24-23, but NMSU countered with a kill by Scott to send the set to bonus volleyball. Utah State had set point on two other plays and capitalized on the second after a White kill then a kill by Sorensen to seal the set at 27-25.

After the intermission, the home Aggies darted out to an 8-3 lead, as VanHoff pounded two kills during the spurt. NMSU pulled within 12-10 on kill by Preslie Alexander, but Orr regained control for USU with a kill to start a 7-1 streak by the home Aggies, and Orr helped cap the spurt as part of a trio block with VanHoff and Neves for a 19-11 Utah State lead. After NMSU narrowed the margin to 20-15 on a block by Lauren Loerch, USU scored five of the next six points, including three kills by White, a tandem block by Sorensen and Brainard and a visiting Aggie error to end the set and match for the home team's 25-16 victory.

USU's "Dig for a Cure" campaign is part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to help raise money for Logan Regional Hospital Foundations's Breast Cancer Services. Pledges are now being gathered for every dig the Aggies make during their seven home matches in October as part of USU's "Dig for a Cure" campaign. Pledges can be made in any amount and flat donations are also accepted and appreciated. Pledge and donation forms will be available at the matches at the marketing/promotions table on the west concourse of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. More information along with pledge/donation forms can be found here: http://bit.ly/RtaUKK.

Utah State's longest homestand since 2000, continues when the Aggies host WAC newcomer Denver on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

The Aggies then take a break from conference play to host in-state foe Utah Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Returning to WAC play, USU will host San Jose State on Saturday, Oct. 13 and UTSA on Monday, Oct. 15. After road matches at Idaho on Thursday, Oct. 18 and at Seattle on Saturday, Oct. 20, USU returns home to host UT Arlington on Thursday, Oct. 25 and Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Oct. 27. All Aggie home matches start at 7 p.m.

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 at www.UtahStateAggies.com. Aggie volleyball home matches are also streamed online by clicking on the "Watch Live" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com. There is a Utah State All-Access Monthly Subscription for $9.95 and a Utah State All-Access Yearly Subscription for $79.95.

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

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