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USU volleyball team beats Texas State, solidify WAC title

sports senior writer

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:11

volleyball team celebrates its WAC championship

THE UTAH STATE VOLLEYBALL TEAM celebrates its undisputed Western Athletic Conference Championship on the Spectrum court after their sweep of Texas State on Wednesday. CURTIS RIPPLINGER photo

Senior Night lived up to its billing for the Utah State women’s volleyball team as the Aggies capped their WAC-Championship season with a sweep of Texas State on Wednesday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to send Shay Sorensen, Josselyn White and Kassi Hargrove out with a win.


“It’s always nice to win on Senior Night,” said USU head coach Grayson DuBose. “You always want to send those guys out with a good feeling. Those three have accomplished a lot while they’ve been here at Utah State. That’s their 71st win, I figured out. I think that’s pretty impressive.”


Playing in front of a sizeable crowd on Senior Night, Sorensen wasted little time giving the Aggies the lead and writing herself in the school record books. With her first swing of the night, the senior from Ogden, Utah recorded her 863rd career kill to move into a tie for 10th place all-time at USU.


But it was fellow-senior White who stole the spotlight early on, tallying five kills as the Aggies cruised to a 25-17 first-set win. Sophomore Rachel Orr also recorded five kills, and Sorensen finished the way she started it, putting down her third kill and moving into sole possession of 10th place all-time.


“It gives me something to look back on when I’m old,” Sorensen said. “It just means that I’ve been here a long time and that I’ve been able to play and get some kills. It’s cool.”


Sorensen finished the night tied for ninth place all-time after finishing with 10 kills, and the Aggies went up two sets to none with a strong finish for the second-consecutive set.


Trailing by three midway through the second set, sophomore libero Ashlan Rogers reeled off three service aces and nearly had a fourth as part of a 4-0 run to give the Aggies a 17-16 lead. USU finished the set with a 16-5 run.


“We knew it was going to be an emotional night,” White said. “We knew we needed to come out and feed off of those emotions and use them for positive things. We were able to do that. We did a good job of coming together and not paying attention to the score. We used what got us the lead in the first place and got the lead back.”

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