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Vikings Continue Conference Play in Big Sky Country
Written by Ryan McCall    Tuesday, 05 November 2013 15:43   

This Weekend
The Portland State Vikings (12-10 overall, 9-3 Big Sky Conference) continue conference road action this weekend when they head to Big Sky country to take on Montana State (5-18, 3-9) and Montana (10-11, 7-5) Nov. 1 and 2 respectively.

Live Stats
Live Stats will be available for both matches. Links can be found by visiting the volleyball schedule page on GoViks.com.

Live Video/Audio
Both matches will also be streamed live online at WatchBigSky.com. It is free to watch but viewers need to create a user name and password through the website, and tune in about five minutes before the match begins.

Last Week
The Vikings split a pair of four-setters on the road losing at Sacramento State Friday night before winning at Eastern Washington Monday night.

The Hornets took the opening match of the weekend by scores of 25-23, 25-22, 17-25, and 25-20. Three Vikings posted double-digit kills led by Kaeli Patton's 17. Garyn Schlatter became the third Viking  in program history to surpass 4,000-career assists in the match. She had 45 assists against the Hornets.

Portland State bounced back with a win at Eastern Washington by scores of 25-22, 25-16, 20-25, and 25-11. The Vikings out-hit the Eagles .238-to-.149 while Patton once again led the Vikings with 12 kills. Katie O'Brien hit .500 (10-1-18) in the match while Leigh-Ann Hattaja posted a career-high five aces while adding a match-high seven blocks.

All-Time Series Marks
Portland State holds the advantage all-time against both Montana State and Montana. Portland State leads Montana State 38-20-1 overall and 19-16 in conference. The Vikings are 51-14 overall and 23-12 in Big Sky play against the Grizzlies. PSU has not lost to either school since 2004. 

Up Next
Portland State returns home to the friendly confines of the Peter W. Stott Center Thursday, Nov. 7 hosting Southern Utah in the first of four straight conference home matches. The Vikings then host Northern Arizona on Saturday, Nov. 9.   

Looking at Montana State
Montana State enters play this weekend 5-18 overall and 3-9 in Big Sky play. The Bobcats have dropped four straight, all on the road. They are 3-4 at home this season. The Bobcats have played just four conference matches at home this season. MSU dropped a pair of three-setters last weekend to Northern Colorado and North Dakota respectively.

The Bobcats have struggled this season and are in the bottom half of the conference in nearly every statistical category. They are hitting .152 as a team (ninth) while allowing opponents to hit .242 (last). MSU averages 11.57 assists (sixth), 12.14 kills (seventh), 1.71 blocks (last), 1.06 aces (eighth), and 12.30 digs (10th) per set this year.

Montana State does have a very lethal weapon on offense in Kennadie Clute. The freshman is averaging 4.30 kills per set which leads the conference. She also leads the league with 4.80 points per set. Clute posted 14 kills and 10 digs against the Vikings on Sept. 28. Natalee Godfrey is eighth in the conference with a .289 hitting percentage while Nicole Backer leads the league with 0.38 aces per set.

Last time vs. MSU
Portland State won a tough four-setter at the Peter W. Stott Center on Sept. 28 by scores of 21-25, 25-19, 25-17, and 25-23. At that point, it was the first set the Vikings had dropped in conference play. Aubrey Mitchell led the Vikings with 11 kills as seven Vikings had six or more kills in the match. Kasimira "Kasi" Clark posted a match-high 24 digs. PSU out-blocked MSU 12-to-8 in the match.

Looking at Montana
Montana enters the weekend 10-11 overall and 7-5 in conference play after splitting a pair last weekend losing in three sets to North Dakota before taking a five-setter at Northern Colorado. The Grizzlies host Eastern Washington on Oct. 31 before hosting the Vikings on Nov. 2.

The Grizzlies are hitting .200 as a team this year while opponents are hitting .226. They average 2.58 blocks per set as a team, second best in the Big Sky. They are fourth in the league with 13.97 digs per set.

Kayla Reno leads the team with 3.26 kills per set while Brook Bray has a team-best .280 hitting percentage. Bray is second in the league with 1.27 blocks per set. Reno is sixth in points per set with 3.81.

Last time vs. UM
The Vikings took the first meeting this season easily in straight sets by scores of 25-12, 25-17, and 25-11 on Sept. 27 at the Peter W. Stott Center. Aubrey MitchellJaklyn Wheeler, and Cheyne Corrado each had 12 kills to lead the Vikings. Wheeler posted her first double-double of the season adding 10 digs to her 12 kills. PSU hit .409 (26-10-88) in the match while holding UM to just .098 (21-13-82). PSU out-blocked UM 10-to-4 in the match while posting 12 aces.

Miss 4,000
Senior S Garyn Schlatter surpassed the 4,000-career assists mark with 45 at Sacramento State (10/25). She became just the third Vikings in program history to surpass the milestone. She now has 4,058 career assists which is currently ranked 17th in the country among active career leaders. 

Climbing the Charts
Portland State's match against Pacific (9/7) marked the 100th career match for senior S Garyn Schlatter. She has now played in 115 career matches, which moves her into a tie for fifth on Portland State's Division I era career matches played list with Nique Fradella (2006-09). Jessica Brodi and Diana Villalpando hold the record for the most matches played during the Division I era with 117. She has also played in 429 career sets which is tied for second on PSU's DI career sets played list. She is one sets away tying Sarah Sirianni (2003-06) for the DI sets played record of 430.

Monster Hitting Night
Portland State hit a season-high .542 against Weber State (10/19). It was the highest hitting percentage performance under seventh-year head coach Michael Seemann and was the first time the Vikings hit over .500 for a match since hitting .571 against Centenary College on September 16, 2005. The Vikings hit .500 or better in each of the three sets including hitting .600 in the final stanza. The Vikings were also a perfect 12-for-12 in side out chances in the second set.

Patton's Career Night
Senior OH Kaeli Patton led the Vikings to a three-set sweep of Idaho State (10/17) with a career-high 18 kills. She hit a staggering .457 in the match with just two attacking errors in 35 swings. She added three digs, four blocking assists and a service ace in the win.

Patton's Weekend
Senior OH Kaeli Patton had a killer weekend from start to finish against both Idaho State (10/17) and Weber State (10/19). She tallied a team-high 28 kills (4.00 kps) while hitting a ridiculous .520 from the floor. She had just two errors on 50 attempts for the weekend. She added a team-high five service aces including four against Weber State. She recorded a pair of double-digit kill performances on the weekend giving her 11 for the season and four straight.

Just Say No
Portland State did not hit into a single block for the first time this season against Weber State (10/19). In fact, they hit into just four against Idaho State (10/17) which matched the previous season low.

Nationally Ranked
The Vikings are ranked 24th in the country as a team in aces per set with a mark of 1.64. Kasimira "Kasi" Clark is ranked 38th in the nation in digs per set with a mark of 4.89.

Haataja's Career Day
Junior MB Leigh-Ann Haataja put together a career day against North Dakota (10/12). Haataja led the Vikings with a season-high 13 kills. She also recorded a career-high 11 blocking assists for her first career double-double. It was the first time a Viking recorded double-digit blocks since Katie O'Brien had 11 against Northern Arizona in 2011.

Team Blocks
The Vikings recorded a season-high 18.0 blocks as a team at UND (10/12) which included season highs in solo blocks (3) and blocking assists (30). Their previous team high was 13.0 set against Arizona on Sept. 13.

Digging Away
The Vikings also set a season high in digs with 95 at UND (10/12). They were led by Kasimira "Kasi" Clark's season-high 30 digs. Jaklyn Wheeler (18), Cheyne Corrado (12), and Garyn Schlatter (11) all had double-digit digs in the match. 

Middles Lead the Charge
PSU had four players with double-digit kills at North Dakota (10/12). It was the first time since the Vikings did it against Southern Utah last season. Junior MB Leigh-Ann Haataja led the way with a season-high 13 while fellow junior MB Katie O'Brien matched her career high with 12. Senior OHs Aubrey Mitchell and Kaeli Patton each added 12.

Moving On Up
Junior Kasimira "Kasi" Clark continues to move up the career digs list at Portland State. She currently has 1,198 career digs which moves her into eighth all-time at PSU and third during PSU's Division I era (1996-present). Clark is 101 away from tying Therese Mariolle (1984-87) for seventh on the all-time list at 1,299. Clark surpassed the 1,000-career dig mark earlier this season against Eastern Washington (9/23).

Double-Doubles
Senior S Garyn Schlatter leads the Vikings with seven double-doubles this season, which is tied for fourth in the Big Sky. Kaeli Patton is second on the team with four and was the first Viking to record a double-double with 17 kills and 10 digs against Oklahoma (9/7). Cheyne Corrado has two, Jaklyn Wheeler has one, and Leigh-Ann Haataja picked up her first career double-double at North Dakota with 13 kills and 11 blocks.

Hot Hitting Mitchell
Senior OH Aubrey Mitchell hit .588 (10-0-17) connecting on 10 of her 17 attacks with no errors against Southern Utah (10/5). It was the first time this season that she was error free and the third time that she hit over .500 with 10+ kills in a match.

Inside the RPI
The first NCAA RPI (Rating Percentage Index) was released for volleyball on Oct. 7. The RPI is a quantity used to rank sports teams based upon a team's wins and losses and its strength of schedule. The Vikings debuted at 89 and are now 113 in the country. They are the highest ranked Big Sky school thanks to a tough non-conference schedule. North Dakota (116), Idaho State (134), and Northern Arizona (142) are the only other Big Sky schools ranked in the top 150. 

Aces, Aces, and More Aces
Serving tough has been one of head coach Michael Seemann's focal points since taking over the program in 2007. The Vikings began conference play with three straight double-digit ace performances. They posted 11 aces in their first two matches before increasing their season high to 12 against Montana. It was the first time that Portland State recorded 10-plus aces in three straight matches since 2006 when they did it against North Dakota State (10), Maryland-Baltimore County (12), and Weber State (12). PSU added a fourth double-digit ace performance with 10 against Weber State (10/19) and a fifth, again with 10, at Eastern Washington (10/28).

Comeback
Portland State's four-set win over Montana State was the first time the Vikings had lost the first set and won since winning in five sets at Northern Colorado last season (11/10/12). PSU dropped the first set against the Bobcats 21-25 before winning the next three by scores of 25-19, 25-17, and 25-23.

Home Sweet Home
Portland State has fared very well at the Peter W. Stott Center under head coach Michael Seemann. The Vikings are 69-14 (.831) overall under Seemann at home and 52-4 (.929) in Big Sky play. They are 9-3 overall at home this season.

Road Win
Portland State's win at Southern Utah (10/5) was its first away from the Peter W. Stott Center this season. The Vikings started the season 0-3 on the road and 0-2 at neutral sites before defeating the Thunderbirds in Cedar City, UT. PSU is now 3-7 away from home this season.

Spreading it Around
Portland State had seven players with six or more kills against Montana State (9/28). All seven had 10 or more attacks with three having over 20. Six of the seven recorded 10 or more points. Senior S Garyn Schlatter distributed the ball around the court with 42 assists. Senior OH Aubrey Mitchell was the only Vikings with double-digit kills (11).

PSU vs. The Ranked
Portland State has faced four ranked opponents this season. The other 10 Big Sky Conference schools have combined for five matches against ranked opponents. Eastern Washington is the only team to have played more than one ranked opponent. North Dakota and Northern Colorado are the only other conference schools to face a ranked opponent.

Terminal Velocity
Senior OH Kaeli Patton led the Vikings to a 2-1 record on the opening weekend of the season at the Northwest Challenge with 31 total kills. Patton has emerged as an offensive weapon for the Vikings after playing much of 2012 as a service specialist and recording just one kill a year ago. Patton averaged 3.44 kps on the opening weekend while hitting .349 (31-9-63). Patton added a pair of assists, two service aces, 12 digs (1.33 dps), and six blocking assists.

Hot Hitting Vikings
The Vikings opened the 2013 season with team hitting percentage of .457 (48-11-81). It was the first time the Vikings hit over .400 since hitting .432 against Seattle on Oct. 7, 2010.

Three Over .500
Three Vikings hit over .500 with 10 kills each in their season-opening sweep of Gonzaga. Senior OH Kaeli Patton hit .524 with 13 kills, senior OH Aubrey Mitchell hit .600 with 11 kills, and senior OH Jaklyn Wheeler hit .615 with 10 kills.

Weekly Roundup

Week 1 – Northwest Challenge
The Vikings went 2-1 to open the season after hosting the Northwest Challenge. They opened with a straight sets win over Gonzaga (25-17, 25-19, 25-13). PSU then fell to No. 5 Washington in straight sets (22-25, 17-25, 10-25). A sweep of Boise State wrapped up the weekend for Portland State. The Vikings defeated the Broncos 25-15, 27- 25, and 25-16.

Week 2 – Midweek at Oregon and the PSU Volleyball Tournament
The Vikings fell in straight sets to No. 12 Oregon. After Oregon took the first set 25-10, the Vikings had set point in the second but could not finish out the set losing 28-26. Oregon took the final set 25-14 to complete the sweep. Senior OH Kaeli Pattonled the Vikings with seven kills. She also racked up a career-high 18 digs along the way.

Portland State went 1-2 at the 2013 Portland State Volleyball Tournament. The Vikings opened the weekend with a straight set loss to No. 25 BYU. They took the first set against Oklahoma before dropping the final three, falling to the Sooners in four sets. Senior OH Kaeli Patton posted the Vikings' first double-double of the season with a career-high 17 kills and 10 digs. Portland State took the first two sets against their final opponent of the weekend, Pacific. The Tigers then took the next two, forcing a fifth set. The Vikings came back to win the fifth set 17-15 and take the match. Three Vikings, Kaeli PattonCheyne Corrado, and Garyn Schlatter, all recorded double-doubles against Pacific.

Week 3 - Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Volleyball Challenge
Portland State went 0-3 at the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Volleyball Challenge in Honolulu. The Vikings opened the week by being swept by No. 10 Hawaii. PSU took the first set against Arizona before dropping the match in four. The Vikings dropped their final match of the challenge to Northwestern in straight sets. Senior outside hitter, and Honolulu native Kaeli Patton was named to the all-tournament team.

Week 4 - Big Sky Opening Weekend
The Vikings opened Big Sky Conference play with back-to-back wins against Sacramento State and Eastern Washington. It was the first time this season that they won consecutive matches.

The Vikings easily dispatched the Sacramento State Hornets in straight sets. They took the match by scores of 25-20, 25-14, and 25-11. Aubrey Mitchell led the Vikings with 11 kills while posting a season-high six blocks. Kaeli Patton recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 blocks.

Portland State moved to 2-0 in Big Sky Conference play with a sweep of Eastern Washington. They won by scores of 25-17, 25-19, and 25-15. Junior OH Cheyne Corrado led the Vikings with 16 kills, one shy of her career high. She also added 11 digs for her second double-double of the season. The Vikings tallied 11 aces in the three sets, matching their season high set in the previous match against Sacramento State. They had back-to-back double-digit aces for the first time this season.

Week 5 - Welcoming the Montana Schools
Portland State stayed perfect in conference play with wins over Montana and Montana State last week at the Peter W. Stott Center. Three Vikings tallied 12 kills apiece as they defeated Montana in straight sets, 25-12, 25-17, and 25-11. Jaklyn Wheeler picked up her first double-double of the season and hit a career-high .476 for the match. PSU also recorded its third straight 10+ ace performance with a season-high 12.

After dropping their first set in Big Sky play, the Vikings won three straight sets to win in four by scores of 21-25, 25-19, 25-17, and 25-23. Aubrey Mitchell led the team with 11 kills but it was a complete team effort as seven Vikings recorded six or more kills. Six Vikings had 10+ points in the match as well; senior S Garyn Schlatter spread the ball around with 42 assists.

Week 6 - First Big Sky Road Test
The Vikings split their last road trip by falling in three sets to Northern Arizona before winning in three against Southern Utah.Aubrey Mitchell led the Vikings with 13 kills in the loss to NAU while Garyn Schlatter picked up her third double-double of the season, 40th of her career, with 30 assists and 10 digs. Jaklyn Wheeler was the kills leader against SUU with 13 while Mitchell added 10 while hitting .588. It was the third time this season that Mitchell hit over .500 while recording 10+ kills. It was also the Vikings' first road win of the season.

Week 7 - Road Spit
The Vikings split their second straight Big Sky Conference road weekend. PSU defeated Northern Colorado in four sets before dropping a five-setter to conference undefeated North Dakota. The Vikings took a tough first set against UNC 31-29 before dropping the second set. They then took the final two to win in four. Aubrey Mitchell and Kaeli Patton each had 13 kills to lead the Vikings.

PSU then dropped a five-setter at North Dakota. UND took the first two sets before the Vikings took the next two, forcing a decisive fifth set. The Vikings had three match points but were unable to finish out the match losing 18-16 in the fifth. Leigh-Ann Haataja led PSU with a season-high 12 kills and a career-high 11 blocks. 

Week 8 - Solid at Home
The Vikings stayed perfect at home last week with wins over Idaho State (3-1) and Weber State (3-0). Kaeli Patton led the way for the Vikings with a career-high 18 kills in the win over the Bengals. PSU took the first two sets before ISU forced a fourth. The Vikings took the fourth by a score of 25-20.

Portland State wrapped up the weekend with a monster hitting performance against Weber State. PSU hit a staggering .542 against the Wildcats committing just four errors in the match. The Vikings did not trail in the match and won by scores of 25-9, 25-11, and 25-15. It was the first time this season that PSU had held an opponent to less than 10 kills in a set.

Week 9 - Second Half of Conference Under Way
The Vikings split a pair of four-setters on the road losing at Sacramento State Friday night before winning at Eastern Washington Monday night.

The Hornets took the opening match of the weekend by scores of 25-23, 25-22, 17-25, and 25-20. Three Vikings posted double-digit kills led by Kaeli Patton's 17 but it was not enough. Garyn Schlatter became the third Viking  in program history to surpass 4,000-career assists in the match. She had 45 assists against the Hornets.

Portland State bounced back with a win at Eastern Washington by scores of 25-22, 25-16, 20-25, and 25-11. The Vikings out-hit the Eagles .238-to-.149 while Patton once again led the Vikings with 12 kills. Katie O'Brien hit .500 (10-1-18) in the match while Leigh-Ann Hattaja posted a career-high five aces while adding a match-high seven blocks.

 

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