Sept. 3, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
Junior outside hitter Josselyn White posted a career-high 20 kills including five in the crucial fifth-set to lead Utah State's volleyball team (3-3) to a five-set win (16-25, 25-23, 25-15, 20-25, 15-10) against Texas State (3-3) here Saturday night to win its own Utah State Invitational.
Syracuse also posted a 2-1 record during the Utah State Invitational to finish in second-place, while Texas State was third with a 1-2 mark and Idaho State was fourth with a 1-2 record.
White was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, while teammates Liz McArthur and Shay Sorensen were both named to the all-tournament team. Other members of the all-tournament team included Noemie Lefebfre (Syracuse), Ashley Williams (Syracuse), Kaleight McCorquodale (Texas State) and Breanne Van Emery (Idaho State).
White (Smithfield, Utah), who hit .381 in the match (20-4-42), added nine digs and tied her career-high with seven block assists. McArthur (St. George, Utah) added 17 kills and six digs, and Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) posted 11 kills and six block assists.
Freshman setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) continued her maturation process for Utah State and finished with a season-high four kills on four attempts to go along with 14 digs and 45 assists. Junior libero Laurel Bodily (Idaho Falls, Idaho) also played well for the home team finishing with a match-high 21 digs.
Melissa Toth had 19 kills for Texas State, while Lindy DeGeare added 14 kills and four service aces.
White had five kills for Utah State in the opening set, but Texas State hit a robust .414 (15-3-29) to coast to the nine-point win as it began the match on a 10-3 run. USU hit .194 (10-4-31) in the set.
White added four more kills in the second set as Utah State rallied from a late 20-16 deficit with a 9-3 run to post the 25-23 win. USU hit .148 (11-7-27) in set two and held Texas State to a .056 (12-10-36) hitting percentage.
Utah State carried its momentum from set two into set three as it scored six of the first seven points and led by as many as 11 before notching the 25-15 win. McArthur had five kills here as the Aggies hit .407 (13-2-27) and the Bobcats hit .068 (11-8-44).
Texas State evened the match at two sets apiece with a 6-0 run in the fourth set turning a 10-7 deficit into a 13-10 advantage en route to its 25-20 win. TSU hit .212 (13-6-33) in the fourth set and USU hit .161 (12-7-31).
Texas State held an early 4-2 lead in the fifth and final set before Utah State scored three straight points to go up 5-4 and USU never trailed again as it scored the final three points in posting the 15-10 win. White had five kills on seven attempts with no errors in the fifth setting as the Aggies hit .500 (10-0-20) and TSU hit .259 (10-3-27).
Utah State finished the match with a season-best .265 (56-20-136) hitting percentage and Texas State hit .183 (61-30-169). USU also had 10 more team blocks (15-5) and 13 more digs (64-51) in the match, while TSU had five more service aces (8-3) and four more service errors (10-6).
Utah State will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 6 when it plays at Weber State at 7 p.m.
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