LOGAN — After playing in a pair of tournaments in each of the first two weekends, Utah State volleyball takes a short break from tournament play for a non-conference in-state match against Weber State on Tuesday, Sept. 10. First serve from WSU’s Swenson Gym is slated for 7 p.m. (MT).
Weber State head coach Tom Peterson is in his third season as head of the Wildcats’ program after being an assistant on USU head coach Grayson DuBose’s bench in 2010. Peterson was also head coach for the Aggies from 1999-2000, posting a 36-22 (.621) record, with DuBose as his assistant. Weber State assistant coach Brian Scott was a volunteer assistant coach with DuBose and Peterson on USU’s WAC Tournament title season of 2010.
Utah State leads the all-time series with Weber State, 34-19, winning the last four matchups, last losing to WSU on Sept. 2, 2008, at Logan. The Aggies have won the last eight meetings in Ogden, last losing on Nov. 12, 1996. USU is 30-22 (.577) versus the state of Utah during the last 12 years, including 14-14 (.500) on the road.
Live stats and live video for Tuesday’s match at Weber State will be a available online on USU's athletics website.
The Aggies have gone 2-1 in both of their weekend tournaments the last two weeks and take a 4-2 record into Tuesday’s match at Weber State. In its most recent action, USU went 2-1 at the University of Portland Nike Invitational in Portland, Ore. The Aggies opened action by losing to Wichita State in five sets Friday night. On Saturday morning against Pacific, USU was down two sets to none but bounced back to win in five sets. It was the Aggies’ third match in a row playing five sets and the fourth in their first five matches of the season. The Aggies wrapped up their weekend action by beating co-host Portland in four sets, dropping the first frame before rallying to win the next three.
Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) and junior setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) were named to the Nike Invitational all-Tournament team, announced following the final match of the weekend Saturday night.
The Wildcats are 3-5 on the season, winning their first three matches before losing their last five. WSU went 0-4 last weekend at the Nevada Wolf Pack Invitational in Reno, getting swept in their first three matches. The Wildcats lost in three sets to host Nevada and to UC Davis on Friday, before returning to the court Saturday and getting swept by Illinois State. WSU wrapped up action with a five-set battle with Grand Canyon, coming back from down 2-1 to win the fourth set, before falling in the fifth.
With its win over Northern Iowa on Aug. 31, USU won its 600th all-time win. Overall, the Aggies are in their 37th season of collegiate volleyball with an overall record of 603-677-8 (.471) in 1,288 matches.
Utah State resumes tournament action, playing in their third and final tournament of the regular season this weekend, heading to Durham, N.C., to play at the Duke University Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14. The Aggies face South Carolina on Friday morning at 8 a.m. (MT), before taking on host Duke on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. (MT). On Saturday, USU wraps up action by taking on Liberty at 9:30 a.m. (MT).
The Aggies officially kick off their home schedule by hosting Boise State on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in USU's Mountain West Conference league debut.
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.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.
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