When the Aggies take the volleyball court this evening, the foe on the other side of the net will be somewhat familiar.
That’s because Utah State took on Wyoming in the Equality State less than three weeks ago. The Aggies won in four sets and haven’t lost since, rolling to five straight victories.
“We just keep taking it one point at a time, one set or game at a time,” USU libero Ashlan Rogers-Court said.
USU (14-7, 7-3 Mountain West Conference) has won nine of its last 12 matches, including a sweep of preseason league favorite San Diego State last week. The Aggies and Cowgirls (14-10, 4-6) are scheduled to begin at 7 o’clock in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
“We love being at home, we love the Spectrum,” opposite side hitter Elle Brainard said. “Having the fans there is fun and finally being home is nice too.”
USU is in the midst of a four-match homestand and have had just five at home so far this season.
Last Saturday the Aggies finished the first half of the league schedule with a nice rally to beat UNLV in four after dropping the opening set. They are currently tied with New Mexico, UNLV and Fresno State for second in the MW standings, three games behind No. 9 and undefeated Colorado State. The Rams visit the Spectrum Saturday evening.
Wyoming comes to town after being swept at home by Fresno State. The Cowgirls had won four matches in a row before facing the Aggies earlier this month.
Leading the way for USU is outside hitter Rachel Orr with 3.37 kills and 2.47 digs per set. Her nine double-doubles on the season is tied with outside hitter Tumua Etimani for the team lead.
Middle blockers Kaitlyn VanHoff and Alyssa Everett lead the Aggies in blocking with 1.29 and 1.25 per set, respectively. Setter Paige Neves is dishing out 10.47 assists per set, while Rogers-Court leads the team in digs with 4.06 per set.
“I think something that is a really big strength for us is we really don’t have just one good player that is our good player,” Brainard said. “We have a wide variety. So, we have different options we can go to when something isn’t working.”
USU head coach Grayson DuBose likes how his team is coming together as the second half of MW play begins.
“We are all working together, they are pulling for each other whether they are on the bench or in the match,” DuBose said. “... We just have a bunch of great teammates on this team. It’s fun.”
Wyoming middle blocker Erin Kirby leads the MW in blocks per set at 1.82, while libero Becky Stewart is tops in the league in digs at 5.19.