Sept. 3, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior outside hitter Liz McArthur recorded a match-high 22 kills to lead Utah State to a hard-fought five-set win (25-20, 25-14, 20-25, 14-25, 15-11) against Seattle University here Friday night during the first day of competition at the Arizona State hosted Sheraton Classic.
Utah State, who defeated San Diego State earlier in the day in four sets, is now 5-0 on the season and tied with the 2003 team for the best start to a season since the 1979 national runner-up squad began the year with an 11-0 record. Seattle University falls to 2-3 with the loss.
McArthur (St. George, Utah) added five digs and hit .383 (22-4-47) in the match for Utah State, while senior middle blocker Katie Astle (Sandy, Utah) had eight kills and seven block assists, and hit .333 (8-2-18). Sophomore outside hitter Josselyn White (Smithfield, Utah) finished the match with 12 kills, six blocks and four digs, and senior libero Christine Morrill (Neola, Utah) had a match-high 25 digs.
Cristin Richards led Seattle University with 19 kills and 12 digs, and Sarah Jaeckel finished the contest with 17 kills.
After trailing for much of the first set, Utah State scored seven of the final eight points to turn a 19-18 deficit into a 25-20 win. USU hit .278 (14-4-36) in the opening set and Seattle hit .095 (13-9-42). McArthur led the way for the Aggies in the first set as she had seven kills and hit .636 (7-0-11).
Utah State dominated the second set as it led 20-6 before finishing with an 11-point win. The Aggies hit .304 (10-3-23) in this set as compared to a negative .069 (8-10-29) hitting percentage for the Redhawks. Senior middle blocker Shantell Durrant (American Fork, Utah) had three kills to lead USU.
Seattle controlled the third set and posted the five-point win as it hit .241 (13-6-29) and held Utah State to a .040 (8-7-25) hitting percentage.
In the fourth set, Utah State jumped out to an early 8-3 lead before Seattle scored five straight points and eventually put together a 22-6 run to blow-out the Aggies, 25-14. SU hit .464 (14-1-28) in the fourth set, while USU hit .188 (10-3-22).
Utah State regrouped in the fifth and final set and never trailed as it quickly built a 6-2 lead and was never really threatened as it posted the four-point victory to win the match in five sets. USU hit .318 (10-3-22) in the final set and Seattle hit .200 (7-3-20). McArthur and White each posted four kills for USU in the deciding set.
Utah State finished the match with a .225 (53-22-138) hitting percentage as compared to a .176 (55-29-148) hitting percentage for Seattle. USU also had four more digs (52-48), two more service aces (8-6) and 0.5 more team blocks (12.0-11.5), while Seattle had one fewer service errors (7-6).
Utah State will conclude play in the Arizona State hosted Sheraton Classic with a single match on Saturday as it faces the host Sun Devils at 2 p.m. (MT). ASU is 2-3 on the season as it defeated Seattle (3-1) and lost to San Diego State (3-1) on Friday.
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