Utah State volleyball player Kaitlyn VanHoff has been named the Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 1-7. This is VanHoff's first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.
VanHoff, a sophomore middle blocker (Draper, Utah), averaged 2.12 blocks and 2.00 kills on .300 hitting as the Aggies went undefeated on the week. She posted a career-high .333 attack percentage and added seven total blocks as Utah State swept New Mexico State last Thursday, handing NM State its first conference loss of the season to take over first place in the WAC standings. VanHoff then tied a career high with 10 block assists in the five-set win over Denver on Saturday, registering four blocks in the third set alone. VanHoff entered the week averaging 1.30 kills on .144 hitting and 1.21 blocks per set.
With the two wins last week, the Aggies have won their last four in a row, having won seven of their last eight matches. USU now has a 12-5 overall record and is atop the WAC standings with a 7-1 league record.
VanHoff and Utah State will take a break from conference action but continue its five-match homestand by hosting Utah Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 9. The Beehive State battle between the Aggies and the Wolverines is slated for a 7 p.m. start.
Utah State continues to lead the WAC overall in blocking at 2.99 blocks per set. USU also is fifth in overall attack percentage (.203). The Aggies’ defense is second in the league overall for opponent attack percentage (.157). USU also is seventh in the league overall with 14.11 digs per set. With 11.39 assists per set in all matches, the Aggies are fifth overall and are also fourth in overall kills per set (12.38). A 1.17 aces per set ranks the Aggies sixth in the WAC overall.
Utah Valley brings a 9-7 overall and 2-0 Great West Conference record into Tuesday’s in-state battle.
UVU is hitting .166 as a team, while yielding a .175 attack percentage for its opponents. The Wolverines are averaging 11.22 kills per set as a team, while dishing out 10.41 assists per set. Utah Valley also averages 2.46 blocks per set, as well as 13.03 digs per set. Behind the service line, UVU averages 1.44 aces per set.
Utah State improved to 30-20 (.600) versus the state of Utah during the last 12 years after going 2-1 against in-state foes in the opening weekend. The Aggies have a 16-7 (.696) home record against in-state foes. Under seventh-year head coach Grayson DuBose, USU is 14-12 (.538) versus teams from the Beehive State, including an 8-6 (.571) record at home.
Utah State is 5-4 all-time against Utah Valley including a 3-2 home record. UVU has won the last two meetings, sweeping USU last year in Orem and winning in five sets during the 2010 season.
USU has nine players on its 14-player roster from the state of Utah, while UVU has 10 of its 16-player roster. Of the combined 19 Utah natives on both teams’ rosters, each team has a player from Kaysville who went to Davis HS, in Aggie freshman defensive specialist McKell Staheli and Wolverines’ freshman middle blocker Lauren Stringham.
Utah State will be continuing its "Dig for a Cure" campaign as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help raise money for Logan Regional Hospital Foundations' Breast Cancer Services. Pledges are now being gathered for every dig the Aggies make during their seven home matches in October. 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.
The Utah State Campus Store is donating 20 percent of all pink merchandise sales during the month of October to Aggie volleyball's "Dig for a Cure" campaign.
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.