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USU volleyball: Utah State to host Boise State on Thursday night

Utah State women’s volleyball will host Boise State on Kirby Court at the Wayne Estes Center on Thursday at 7 p.m. The night will be Greek Night with competitions scheduled between the various sororities and fraternities on campus.

The Aggies enter the match with an overall mark of 10-13, including a 5-7 ledger in the Mountain West. Utah State is hitting .227 (1,127-452-2,971) and opponents are matching the total, also hitting .227 (1,176-481-3,068) on the year.

Junior outside Lauren Anderson and senior outside Kaylie Kamalu-Smith lead the Utah State attack with 284 and 277 kills, respectively, and are one of only two sets of teammates that rank in the top 10 of the Mountain West in kills per set. Anderson is sixth and Kamalu-Smith is seventh in the league, averaging 3.42 kills per set each. Senior setter Erica Moscoso directs the USU attack, totaling 827 assists and averaging 10.74 per set (fourth in the MW).

Defensively, senior libero Hannah Gleason leads the Utah State back row with 342 digs, averaging 3.89 per set. Gleason has recorded double-digit digs in 13 of the last 14 matches and surpassed more than 1,300 digs in her career (1,307) after posting back-to-back 13-dig performances last week. Junior middle Carly Lenzen and sophomore middle Lauren O’Brien lead the Utah State block, totaling 87 and 86 blocks on the year, respectively.

Boise State is 19-6 on the year and currently atop the Mountain West with a league mark of 10-2. The Broncos are riding an eight-match winning streak, having won seven of the eight in straight sets, and will face the Aggies in their only match this week.

BSU is hitting .247 (1,273-465-3,265) on the year and averaging a league-best 14.47 kills per set. Junior outside Sierra Nobley leads the Boise State attack with 399 kills, averaging a league-best 4.53 kills per set. Junior setter Jaymee-Lee Bulda directs the attack, totaling 856 assists and averaging a league-best 11.73 per set.

Defensively, Boise State opponents have hit .185 (1,094-498-3,214) and the BSU back row leads the Mountain West with 15.78 digs per set. Junior Maddi Osburn leads the league with 5.01 digs per set, and senior middle Maddy O’Donnell leads the Boise State block with 115, averaging 1.31 per set.

Head coach Shawn Garus is in his eighth season with Boise State, compiling an overall mark of 136-105 over that span. BSU leads the all-time series against Utah State, 22-18, and has won each of the last three matches.

Kyle Cottam is the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations at Utah State University.