USU volleyball: DuBose named WAC Coach of the Year, Brainard tabbed Freshman of the Year

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Nov. 19 2012 10:10 a.m. MST

Sophomore setter Neves (Otto, Wyo.) is third in both the WAC overall and WAC stats for assists per set, with 10.28 aps overall and 10.66 aps in league matches. Neves became the ninth different Aggie player to reach 1,000 assists in a season, and the milestone was accomplished for the 16th time in school history. She also became the 12th Aggie volleyball player to reach the 1,000 career assists milestone, and now with 1,912 career assists, Neves becomes just the ninth player in USU history with 1,500 career assists and is No. 9 on the USU career assists list. Neves needs 53 assists to catch Dominique Arsenault (2003-05) for the No. 8 spot, with 1,965 assists.

Orr, a sophomore outside hitter (Thatcher, Ariz.), is eighth in the WAC for both overall kills per set (3.00) and league-only matches for kills per set (3.12). She is also 10th in WAC only matches for points per set (3.40).

A senior opposite side hitter, Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) is sixth in the WAC in overall kills per set (3.18) and sixth in WAC only kills per set (3.40). She's also fifth for overall points per set (3.90) and fourth for conference only matches for points per set (4.10). Sorensen has a team-leading 11 double-doubles on the season. Sorensen is also climbing USU’s career lists, cracking into top 10 kills list in the regular-season finale, as well as already breaking into USU’s top 10 lists for career block assists and total blocks.

Sorensen became just the 11th player in USU history to reach the 800-kills plateau, doing so on Oct. 20 at Seattle, and fellow senior Josselyn White joined her in the 800-kills club two weeks later, reaching the milestone in the Aggies’ match at Denver on Nov. 1. With 10 kills in USU’s win over Texas State, Sorensen broke into the USU career top 10 kills list, now with 872, vaulting to tie for the No. 9 spot with Ingrid Roth.

White, a senior outside hitter (Smithfield, Utah), is ninth in the WAC for overall points per set (3.40) and 10th overall for kills per set (2.84). White is also climbing USU’s career block assists and total blocks lists. White set a school-record for attack percentage in USU’s win over LA Tech on Oct. 27, hitting .812 with 13 kills in 16 attacks with no errors.

White has climbed up to the No. 6 spot on the Utah State career attacks list, now with 2,969. She needs 30 more to catch Erin Cartwright-Davis for No. 5 with 2,999 attacks.

White has also recently reached the USU top 10 for career total blocks, moving up to No. 7 with 315 total blocks. Now with 282 career block assists, White is in the No. 8 spot on the career block assists list, needing eight more to catch Erin Cartwright-Davis at No. 7 with 290. White also has 33 career solo blocks, needing four more to reach the No. 10 spot on the career solo block list.

VanHoff (Draper, Utah), a sophomore middle blocker, is second on the team and fourth in the WAC overall for blocks with 1.32 blocks per set, ranking fifth overall in the league with 137 total blocks. VanHoff is fifth in WAC only matches with 1.26 blocks per set. She also is 37th in last week’s NCAA stats for blocks per set with 1.31 bps. VanHoff is also climbing up the Aggies’ single-season block assists and total blocks lists, sitting at No. 8 on the block assists list with 128 block assists and tied for No. 9 on the total blocks list with 137.

Top-seeded Utah State volleyball will face eighth-seeded UT Arlington in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Monday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. (MT) at San Antonio, Texas. The tournament is hosted by UTSA at the Convocation Center.

In other quarterfinal matches on Monday, host and No. 3 UTSA will take on No. 6 San Jose State at 11 a.m. (MT), followed by second-seeded Idaho facing seventh-seeded Texas State at 1:30 p.m. (MT). The number four seed, New Mexico State, will take on fifth-seeded Denver at 4 p.m. (MT), preceding the USU-UT Arlington match.

The winner of the SJSU-UTSA match will face the winner of the Idaho-Texas State match in the semifinals Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. (MT), while the USU-UTA winner will take on the winner of the DU-NMSU match in the other semifinal Tuesday at 5:30. (MT). The WAC Championship match is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. (MT) and will be nationally televised on ESPNU.

Fans can stay up-to-date with WAC Tournament news and information on USU's website. All the matches of the WAC Tournament will be streamed by clicking on the "Watch Live" links and can also be followed with live stats through the "live stats" link.

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

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