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Aggies continue three-game skid after losing to Boise State

By Jaden Johnson
Nov. 6, 2016

The Utah State University volleyball team entered Thursday night’s match with Boise State in desperate need of a win after dropping two straight matches on the road last week, but things only got worse for the Aggies as they suffered one of their worst losses of the season.

Collectively as a team, the Aggies had a season-low hitting percentage of .091 on the match, including a hitting percentage of .000 in the second set. They also tallied up a total of 20 hitting errors en route to a 3-0 sweep.

“That’s about as bad of a performance as you can have in your home gym,” Aggie head coach Grayson DuBose said. “We should have played better.”

After gaining a 16-11 lead in the first set, USU gave up a 14-5 run and the Broncos never looked back. Boise State went on to outscore the Aggies 50-28 in the second and third sets.

“They got us uncomfortable and then we got fragmented and we couldn’t respond,” DuBose said. “That’s a really nice volleyball team, but we got smacked in the mouth and we didn’t fight back, and that’s a little disappointing.”

The Broncos, who now sit atop the conference standings at 11-2, also dealt USU a 3-0 loss last month in Boise.

“They’re a scrappy team,” senior outside hitter Kaylie Kamalu-Smith said. “They knew our tendencies and they scouted us very well.”

Smith was one of the lone bright spots of the night for the Aggies, coming away with 12 kills, three digs, a block, and two service aces.