Cougar volleyball takes down the Aggies

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The BYU women’s volleyball team shut out Utah State last night in Logan.

The Cougars took care of another in-state rivalry game by defeating the Aggies 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-19).

“Tonight was not our best match statistically,” coach Shawn Olmstead said, “but it just goes to show the amount of heart and guts and grit the kids put into their play.”

The Aggies, now 4-7, were looking to end their losing streak, but the Cougars would not allow it.

Utah State’s Shay Sorensen had 11 kills, while Josselyn White contributed 10 of her own. Aggie setter Paige Neves led in assists with 29, and Laurel Bodily had 22 digs.

“[Utah State’s] record doesn’t reflect how good they really are,” Olmstead said. “Stats and records are not as big of factors when it comes to these in-state rivalry games. They came out and fought us until the end.”

The BYU stat leaders were junior Nicole Warner and sophomore Jennifer Hamson with 13 kills each. Junior Heather Hannemann had another outstanding game contributing 36 assists to the Cougars’ offensive efforts. Junior Kendalyn Hartsock had 23 digs, and senior Christie Carpenter had 12. The Cougars had a total of 11 team blocks.

“Our libero [Hartsock] played great tonight, she really stood out,” Olmstead said.

The Cougars (10-2) are now on a nine-game winng streak and continue to improve.

“We will continue to work hard and improve. A few days of rest will help us out after being on the road these past few days,” Olmstead said.

The Cougars are off to California this weekend to take on Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge on Sept. 16-17.

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