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UVU volleyball: Wolverines travel to Logan to face Utah State Tuesday

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Oct. 8 2012 4:38 p.m. MDT

Wolverine junior Brookelyn Hall (center) sets a ball for freshman Lauren Stringham (left) versus Weber State on Sept. 4 at UVU's PE Building.

Shane Truskolaski, UVU Athletics

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OREM, Utah – The Utah Valley University volleyball team will conclude its five-week-long 12-match road stretch Tuesday by traveling to Logan to face Utah State. The Wolverines are 7-4 during their time away from home and are 1-2 against in-state teams so far this year.

Fans can follow live stats and live video of the match by visiting the USU website.

The Wolverines are 9-7 on the season and 2-0 in Great West Conference play after winning their first two conference matches of the season last week. UVU came from behind in both contests to defeat Texas-Pan American and Houston Baptist in five sets on the road last week.

UVU fell behind 2-0 at UTPA on Thursday but was able to rally to take its conference opener 3-2 (25-27, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-10). Senior Erica Nish led the Wolverines offensively with 11 kills, while freshman Bailey Farris finished one kill shy of a double-double with nine and 12 digs. Fellow freshman Lauren Stringham added eight kills and nine block assists.

The Wolverines then fell behind 2-1 at HBU on Saturday and were trailing late in the fourth set by six points but rallied once again to take the match (25-18, 18-25, 22-25, 25-20, 15-12). Utah Valley was led by 16 kills apiece from junior Lindsay Morrell and sophomore Kalani Norris and 15 from Nish. Nish and Stringham led the Wolverines at the net as they each tallied six blocks, and sophomore McKenna Tait secured the back row with a career-high 33 digs.

For the season, Stringham leads the Wolverines in kills with 112 and a .296 hitting percentage. Nish is right behind her with 108 and also averages 2.12 kills per set. Stringham also leads the squad in blocks with 83 (nine solos and 74 block assists) and a 1.32 block per set average.

About Utah State: Utah State is 12-5 overall and off to a 7-1 start in its last season of play in the WAC. The Aggies also have won four consecutive contests and are in the middle of a five-match homestand. USU was tabbed to place fourth in the preseason conference poll this year and tied for fourth in the WAC last season.

The Aggies are led offensively by Rachel Orr and Shay Sorensen and their identical 184 kills and 2.88 kill per set averages. Elle Brainard leads USU at the net with 94 blocks (four solos and 90 block assists) and a 1.47 block per set average. Her teammate Kaitlyn VanHoff is right behind her with 85 blocks (five solos and 80 block assists) and an average of 1.33 blocks per set.

Tuesday's matchup between the Aggies and Wolverines will be the 10th all-time meeting. USU holds a slight 5-4 advantage, but UVU has won the last two meetings including a 3-2 win in Logan two years ago and a sweep in Orem last year.

Up Next for the Wolverines: UVU will come home for the first time since Sept. 4 to take on conference foe NJIT on Saturday, Oct. 13. The Wolverines will put their 13-match home win streak on the line in that contest.

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.

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