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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University women’s volleyball will close out its 2013 home slate this weekend when the Thunderbirds host Montana State on Thursday night and Montana on Saturday night. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. with live stat and live video links online at www.suutbirds.com.
Scouting Montana State
Montana State will enter the match on Thursday night with an overall record of 6-21, including a 4-12 mark in the Big Sky Conference.
The Bobcat offense has totaled 1,239 kills this season, averaging 12.1 per set and a .161 hitting percentage. Kennadie Clute leads the team with 454 kills, averaging a league-best 4.45 kills per set. Anna Sykora has directed the MSU attack, collecting 1,068 assists, averaging 10.47 per set.
Defensively, Montana State has recorded 1,227 digs (12.03 per set) and 163 digs, averaging 1.60 per set. Nicole Baker leads the team with 365 digs (3.58 per set) and Natalee Godfrey leads the MSU block with 79, averaging 0.77 per set.
Montana State took a 2-1 all-time series lead with a win in Bozeman earlier this season.
Last Time Against Montana State
BOZEMAN, Mont. - Oct. 12 - Southern Utah University women’s volleyball took the first set and recorded the second-most blocks in school history, but fell at Montana State on Saturday night in four sets.
SUU finished the match with 18.0 blocks, including four solo blocks and 28 block assists, marking the second-highest blocking total in school history. Taylor Heine led the T-Birds with a .529 hitting percentage, recording 10 kills on 17 swings with only one error. Kylie Schofield led all SUU attackers with 11 kills during the contest.
The University of Montana will play at Northern Arizona on Thursday night before making the trip to Cedar City on Saturday night. The Grizzlies are currently 12-13 overall and 9-7 in the Big Sky Conference.
UM has tallied 1,093 kills, averaging 11.8 per set and a .197 hitting percentage. Kayla Reno leads the team with 315 kills, averaging 3.39 per set and is second on the team with 18 service aces. Kortney James directs the Grizzly attack, recording a team-best 784 assists this season.
Defensively, Montana has recorded 1,319 digs (14.18 per set) and 239.5 blocks (2.58 per set). Megan Murphey leads the team with 337 digs (3.62 per set) and Brooke Bray leads the team in blocks with 118 total, averaging 1.27 per set.
Montana squared the all-time series at 2-2 with a win in MIssoula earlier this season.
Last Time Against Montana
MISSOULA, Mont. - Oct. 11 - Southern Utah University women’s volleyball lost a three-set decision to the University of Montana on Friday night, falling to 2-15 overall on the season and 1-6 in the Big Sky. Montana moved to 7-9 and 4-3 in conference with the victory.
Kylie Schofield led Southern Utah’s attackers with 13 kills and added two digs. Jenna Bradfield led the team with 13 digs and also recorded a career-high four service aces. Alissa Youart also tallied double-digit digs with 11 and led the team with two blocks.
Lusia Angilau • MB • West Valley City, Utah (Hunter HS)
Has appeared in 25 matches during her career, recording all of her career-high numbers during her senior year ... tallied a school-record tying 11 blocks against Sacramento State on Oct. 31 ... also recorded her first career double-double against CSUS with 11 kills and 11 blocks ... tallied career highs of 12 kills (11/4), three digs (9/7), 11 blocks (10/31), two assists (10/25) and one ace (twice) this season.
Hailey Moore • OP • Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield HS)
Moved from middle, to outside and to opposite during her time at SUU ... has appeared in 117 matches with 62 starts ... her time in Cedar City includes career highs of 12 kills (9/24/11), 20 digs (9/8/12), eight blocks (10/2/10), three assists (9/7/13)and a school-record five service aces (9/1/12).
Kylie Schofield • OH • Spanish Fork, Utah (Spanish Fork HS)
Has played both outside and opposite hitter while at SUU ... leads the team in kills (282) and attempts (966) this season ... has appeared in 115 matches with 58 starts ... recorded career highs of 22 kills (9/7/13), 15 digs (9/3/11), seven blocks (twice), three assists (9/3/11) and two service aces (9/9/11) ... recorded the fifth-best and eigth-best single-match hitting percentage in school history in 2011.
Alissa Youart • OH • Waimanalo, Hawaii (Iolani HS)
Played a significant number of sets at libero in 2012, but has spent most of her time playing at outside hitter ... has appeared in 117 matches, logging 68 starts ... member of the 2010 Summit League all-Freshmen team ... has recorded career highs of 18 kills (9/30/10), 25 digs (twice), six blocks (three times), four assists (four times) and two aces (four times) ... has recorded two of the top-ten dig performances and is sixth in single-match hitting percentage in school history.