USU volleyball splits the day at Bay Area Invitational

MORAGA / SAN FRANCISCO, Calif .– Utah State volleyball (5-3) opened the competition at the Bay Area Invitational on Friday, losing to CSU Bakersfield, 3-2, and beating San Francisco, 3-0.

The Aggies played their third straight five-set game against CSU Bakersfield. The Roadrunners won the first two sets, 25-23 and 25-22, but the Aggies rebounded to win the third and fourth sets, 25-19 and 25-21. CSU Bakersfield won the match with a 15-11 victory in the fifth.

The teams kept things tight to start the game, but the Aggies took the lead with a 5-0 run underlined by a pair of aces serving the second out batter. Tatum stall. With the USU in the lead 20-15, the CSUB had a 9-0 run to take command of the set. The second set remained tight throughout as the teams went from alternating points to rally races.

CSU Bakersfield took the first point of the third set, but the Aggies responded and led for the rest of the set. A 5-0 run highlighted the set for USU on the freshman passer At Kalia Thunstrom serve who made his college debut in the game. Utah State again led most of the time in the fourth, trailing just 20-19. An attacking error from Roadrunner secured the last point for the Aggies. CSU Bakersfield came out strong in the fifth, leading the end.

Utah State had three record winning double-digit players in the loss, led by Stall with 13. Junior center blocker Kennedi boyd follow-up with 12 and senior outside Kristy frank added 10. Junior passer Kalena vaivai recorded a double-double with 30 assists and 13 digs, leading the team in both categories. The Aggies recorded a 16-block high, led by Boyd who had eight assists. As a team, USU reached 0.172 (58-29-169), while CSUB reached 0.188 (55-28-144).

Utah State returned to the winning column on Friday night, sweeping San Francisco 25-18, 25-22, 25-11.

The Aggies were lagging behind early in the first set, but rebounded quickly. A pair of 6-0 points gave USU the advantage they retained for the remainder of the set, while the team got the last point on a USF service error. San Francisco led by six points in the second set, but the Aggies regained the lead at 16-15, holding it for the remainder of the set. Utah State led from start to finish in the third, winning the game on a block from a senior center blocker. Corinne Larsen.

San Francisco’s scoring computer crashed halfway through the third set, so the final stats are not correct. An updated box score and season statistics will be available on Saturday morning.

Utah State will wrap up the Bay Area Invitational game on Saturday, September 11, playing Saint Mary’s at 2 p.m. MT.

Fans can follow the Aggie volleyball program on Twitter, @USUVolleyball, on Facebook at / USUVolleyball, or on Instagram, @usuvolleyball. Aggie fans can also follow Utah State’s athletic program on Twitter, @USUAthletics, Facebook at / USUAthletics and on Instagram, @USUAthletics.

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