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LOGAN — Sophomore opposite-side hitter Zuzana Cernianska recorded a match-high 19 kills to go along with seven digs as Utah State improved to 4-0 on the season with a three-game win (30-22, 30-27, 30-27) over Idaho State Wednesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Along with Cernianska's 19 kills, freshman outside hitter Beth Hodge (Broken Arrow, Okla.) added 14 kills and 10 digs, while senior middle blocker Erin Cartwright-Davis (Hyrum, Utah) recorded 13 kills, nine digs and four blocks. Senior libero Taubi Neves (Otto, Wyo.) led the Aggies on defense with 13 digs.

As a team, Utah State hit .213 in the match and held Idaho State to a .153 hitting percentage. Overall, USU recorded 58 kills and 57 digs in the match as compared to 36 kills and 37 digs for ISU.

Utah State will return to action this weekend at the Montana State-Mizuno/Holiday Inn Classic in Bozeman against Alabama, Montana State and #14 Kansas State.

COUGARS ON ROAD: PROVO — After finishing 2-1 at the University of Florida tournament last week, the BYU women's volleyball team will again be on the road as it travels to participate in the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational hosted by Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.

BYU will participate in four matches and play will begin Friday when the Cougars take Arkansas (1-2) at 1:30 p.m. (MDT) and North Texas (3-0) at 6 p.m. On Saturday, BYU will play Saint Louis (2-2) at 1:30 p.m. and SMS (2-1) at 6 p.m.

Senior rightside hitter Carrie Bowers was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week after her breakout performance last week. She averaged 5.00 kills per game, 1.70 dpg and 0.70 bpg, while hitting .443.