SUU head coach Craig Choate said even though the team picked up two wins on Saturday, there are still things to work on.
“We struggled,” he said. “We still need to be more disciplined, but we never gave up and that’s a good start.”
In the first set of the first match against the Aggies the Thunderbirds jumped out to a big lead and had built a 22-10 advantage. USU fought back to make the score 24-19, but a service error gave SUU the set.
The second set was extremely close and tied at 19–19 when the Aggies rattled off a 6-0 run to take their lone set of the match 25-19. SUU trailed in the third set 13-11, but used a 7-0 run to create some separation to hold on for the set win 25-18.
The fourth and final set was extremely close throughout, and with the score tied at 20-20, the Thunderbirds went on a 5-1 run to pull out a win and take the match.
The first set in the late match against the Blue Raiders went SUU’s way as the teams went back-and-forth before the Thunderbirds took the set 25-23. The second set was much of the same, when SUU broke a late tie and closed it out with a 25-22 win.
The final set was the most lopsided, as the Thunderbirds held the Blue Raiders to a .167 hitting percentage and knocked them off 25-18 to complete the sweep.
SUU will next travel to Phoenix for the Grand Canyon Tournament, facing Niagara, Gonzaga and Charleston Southern.