Dyer, Hartsock Lead BYU over Utah State

Sophomore Rachel Dyer led BYU with a season-high 14 kills and a .650 attack percentage. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

LOGAN -- Led by the play of middle blockers Rachel Dyer and Lindsy Hartsock, No. 19 BYU earned a 32-30, 30-18, 30-26 victory over Utah State Tuesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The win ended a three-match losing skid for the Cougars in Logan, where they last won in 1998.

"I have a lot of respect for Grayson and his team," BYU coach Jason Watson said of first-year Aggie coach and former BYU colleague Grayson DuBose. "He's doing an outstanding job here at Utah State. It's not a surprise that we had to battle tonight."

The first game was truly a battle. With BYU leading 17-16, Utah State ran off four straight points, including two service aces, to build a 20-17 advantage and force a BYU timeout. The Cougars responded by scoring out of the break and slowly chipped away at the deficit before tying the tally on the scoreboard at 25-25. From there, the final stretch of the game looked like it would go Utah State's way before some timely play by BYU's Hartsock.

"Our middles played well," Watson said. "Hartsock and Dyer were able to exploit some things and challenge Utah State. They got us out of some pretty tough situations."

Thanks in large part to the play of Hartsock, the Cougars' All-American middle blocker, BYU was able to withstand three Utah State game-point opportunities in the final moments of game one. After Chelsea Goodman's kill took away USU's first try at a win, Hartsock kept BYU alive with a block and then a swing to hold off the Aggies on their final two attempts to seal the victory. After Hartsock's kill tied the score at 30-30, BYU scored the final two points to achieve the come-from-behind win.

"Being able to respond in game one was a highlight for our team and a good test for us," Watson said. "It was a sign of our maturity."

The Cougars fed off the emotion of the win by jumping out to a double-digit advantage in game two at 17-7 on their way to a convincing 30-18 triumph. The Aggies, however, did anything but fold in the decisive third game.

After BYU took a 12-8 lead in game three, Utah State rallied to overtake BYU at 13-12 and went on to earn a four-point cushion at 18-14. After four straight Cougar points evened the tally, the Aggies stayed strong with three points of their own for a 21-18 lead.

Once again, BYU's middle play proved to be the difference in the tightly contested game. With Utah State holding a 25-24 edge, Hartsock again provided some timely play to help BYU record four straight points and ultimately close out the game with a 30-26 victory.

Hartsock finished the night with a match-high seven blocks and hit .471 while recording nine kills. Her mate in the middle, Dyer, led BYU with a season-high 14 kills while hitting a sizzling .650 on her attacks. Junior Jenna Judkins, who set the Cougar offense in her second straight start for the injured Amy Schlauder, tossed up 42 assists with Goodman and Erica Lott each adding 12 kills from outside attacks. Goodman led BYU with 13 digs to achieve her fifth double-double in nine outings this year.

BYU hit .291 for the match while holding the Aggies to a .115 attack percentage. Amanda Nielson's 12 kills led Utah State.

With the win, BYU improves to 8-1 on the year while Utah State is now 5-5. The Cougars lead the all-time series between the two schools, 49-13.

BYU returns to Provo to begin Mountain West Conference play this weekend, hosting Air Force Friday and Colorado State Saturday in the Smith Fieldhouse. Both matches start at 7 p.m., with Saturday's contest being broadcast on BYU-TV.

Volleyball Box Score

BYU Cougars

#19 BYU Cougars vs Utah State (Sep 12, 2006 at Logan, Utah)

BYU Cougars | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

## Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE

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1 GOODMAN, Chelsea.... 3| 12 8 27 .148| 0| 1 3| 0| 13| 0 3 0| 0

7 WILSON, Kim......... 3| 2 3 19 -.053| 2| 0 0| 0| 3| 0 1 0| 0

10 LOTT, Erica......... 3| 12 3 33 .273| 0| 0 2| 1| 4| 0 5 0| 0

14 HARTSOCK, Lindsy.... 3| 9 1 17 .471| 0| 1 0| 0| 3| 1 6 0| 0

20 JUDKINS, Jenna...... 3| 1 0 1 1.000| 42| 0 0| 0| 5| 0 1 1| 2

44 DYER, Rachel........ 3| 14 1 20 .650| 1| 0 0| 0| 0| 1 3 0| 1

2 BEAUMONT, Janvier... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 5| 8| 0 0 0| 0

11 PINEGAR, Annie...... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 9| 0 0 0| 0

12 PARKER, Catherine... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 3| 50 16 117 .291| 45| 2 6| 6| 45| 2 19 1| 3

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 11.5

Game K E TA Pct

1 17 9 47 .170 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 TEAM RECORDS

2 19 1 29 .621 BYU Cougars......... (3) 32 30 30 8-1

3 14 6 41 .195 Utah State.......... (0) 30 18 26 5-5

Utah State | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

## Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE

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1 Ale, Monarisa....... 3| 7 9 25 -.080| 3| 0 0| 0| 5| 1 2 0| 0

5 Taylor, Danielle.... 3| 3 3 8 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 2 0| 0

8 Larson, Melissa..... 3| 9 1 17 .471| 0| 3 0| 0| 3| 1 4 0| 0

14 Jeppson, Hailey..... 3| 9 7 34 .059| 0| 0 1| 0| 5| 0 1 0| 0

23 Hillier, Heather.... 3| 1 0 5 .200| 33| 3 3| 0| 6| 0 1 0| 5

33 Nielson, Amanda..... 3| 12 7 33 .152| 0| 0 2| 1| 8| 0 3 0| 0

4 Rainey, Traci....... 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

12 Peterson, Kelsi..... 3| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 1| 8| 0 0 0| 0

15 Schaap, Dani........ 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0

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Totals.............. 3| 41 27 122 .115| 36| 6 6| 2| 36| 2 13 0| 5

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 8.5

Game K E TA Pct

1 13 8 48 .104 Site: Logan, Utah (Smith Spectrum)

2 14 9 34 .147 Date: Sep 12, 2006 Attend: 749 Time: 1:34

3 14 10 40 .100 Referees: Tom Given, Teri Jackson

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