Chelsea Fowles Becomes Utah State's All-Time Assists Leader as Aggies Spike Idaho in Four Sets
Oct. 6, 2010
MOSCOW, Idaho - Senior setter Chelsea Fowles recorded eight kills and five blocks, while hitting .583 (8-1-12) to lead Utah State to a convincing four-set win (25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 25-17) against Idaho here Wednesday night in a match that was televised nationally on ESPNU.
Fowles (Hollister, Calif.) added 47 assists in the match to become the school's all-time leader with 3,948 assists breaking the previous record held by Carrie Steverson (1988-91) who had 3,942 career assists.
Utah State, who had lost four straight road matches against Idaho, improves to 14-3 on the season and 2-2 in the Western Athletic Conference with the win. USU is now 5-1 this year in road matches and 10-1 away from home. Idaho falls to 8-9 on the season with the loss including a 3-3 WAC record.
Junior outside hitter Liz McArthur (St. George, Utah) added 20 kills, nine digs and three service aces for Utah State, and hit .342 (20-7-38), while sophomore opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) had 13 kills and hit .478 (13-2-23). Sophomore outside hitter Josselyn White (Smithfield, Utah) added 11 kills, six digs, five blocks and two service aces, while hitting .300 (11-2-30), and senior middle blocker Shantell Durrant (American Fork, Utah) paced USU with eight block assists.
Allison Walker had 18 kills and Alicia Milo finished with 17 kills for Idaho, while Kelsey Taylor had 12 kills and hit .579 (12-1-19) in the match.
Trailing 7-4 in the first set, Utah State got back to even three times including at 12-12 before taking control with runs of 5-1 and 8-3 to post the seven-point win. White led USU with five kills in the opening set as the Aggies hit .375 (12-3-24) and held Idaho to a .107 (11-8-28) hitting percentage.
Utah State never trailed in the second set as it opened an early 13-5 lead and withstood a late rally by Idaho to notch the 25-22 win. McArthur and Sorensen each had five kills for USU in the second set as it hit .486 (21-4-35) and UI hit .419 (15-2-31).
Utah State jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead in the third set, but Idaho recovered with a 7-1 run. With the set tied at 9-9, the Vandals scored six straight points and eventually built a 21-11 advantage en route to the five-point win. Idaho hit .233 (14-7-30) here and Utah State hit just .059 (10-8-34).
Utah State scored the first two points of the fourth set and never trailed as it built an early 9-5 lead and coasted to the eight-point win. McArthur and Sorensen each had six kills for USU in the fourth set as the Aggies hit .484 (17-2-31) and the Vandals hit .250 (15-7-32).
Utah State finished the match with a .347 (60-17-124) hitting percentage and Idaho hit .256 (55-24-121). USU also had seven more team blocks (15-8) and six more service aces (7-1) in the match, while UI had three more digs (40-37) and three fewer service errors (6-3).
Utah State will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 9 when it plays at Boise State (14-4, 2-2) at 3 p.m.