While the homestand continues for the Utah State volleyball team, the Aggies step away from Western Athletic Conference play this evening.

Utah Valley University visits the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum tonight. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 o’clock.

USU (12-5, 7-1 WAC) brings a four-match winning streak into the contest and sits atop the league standings. Should the Aggies prevail tonight, it would match the longest winning streak since the end of the regular season and WAC Tournament in 2010.

The Wolverines (9-7) have won two in a row as they began Great West Conference play with a pair of victories last week.

“I know they (Wolverines) battled some injuries early on, but I think everybody is healthy now,” USU head coach Grayson DuBose said. “They are playing well.”

UVU has won the last two meetings with USU, including halting an 11-match winning streak by the Aggies to begin the 2010 campaign. Last year the Wolverines swept the Aggies in Orem.

“We always have battles with them,” USU opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen said of the Wolverines. “It will be fun to play another in-state team. They are always good, so we better prepare for a great team.”

USU leads the all-time series with UVU, 5-4.

The Aggies have nine players on their 14-player roster from the state of Utah, while the Wolverines have 10 of their 16-player roster from the Beehive State.

“I love the in-state games,” DuBose said. “I like playing every team in state. I wish BYU would play us. They didn’t want to play us this year, but I wish they would. I think the in-state games are valuable.”

Sorensen, who graduated from Weber High School, also enjoys the in-state games.

“These in-state matches mean a bunch to me,” Sorensen said. “My high school team, we never went to the state tournament, so this is like my state tournament. We want to beat all the in-state teams.”

USU continues to lead the WAC in blocking at 2.99 blocks per set. The Aggies’ defense is second in the league for opponent attack percentage at .157. As a team, USU is hitting .203 and averaging 12.38 kills per set.

UVU is hitting .166, while yielding a .175 attack percentage for its opponents. The Wolverines are averaging 11.22 kills per set and 2.46 blocks.

This will be the third of five straight home matches for USU.

“We love playing in the beautiful Smith Spectrum,” Sorensen said. “We really want to get all these at home for sure.”

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sharrison@hjnews.com

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