Oct. 29, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Senior All-American Liz McArthur had 11 kills to lead Utah State's volleyball team to a three-set win against Louisiana Tech (25-15, 25-17, 25-22) here Saturday. USU improves to 6-5 in Western Athletic Conference play and 11-13 on the season with the win, while LTU falls to 0-10 in league play and 9-18 overall with the loss.
McArthur, an outside hitter from St. George, Utah added seven digs and two service aces in the match and hit .241 (11-4-29), while junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) had six kills and hit .278 (6-1-18). Freshman outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) added four kills, two digs and one service ace, and freshman libero Ashlan Rogers (Highland, Utah) finished with 10 digs.
Marcella Braz had 10 kills and Stephany Salas had a match-high 16 digs to lead Louisiana Tech.
Utah State trailed 3-1 in the first set before scoring five straight points to go ahead 6-3. USU later used an 8-0 run to turn a 12-10 advantage into a 20-10 lead en route to the 10-point win. USU hit .194 (10-4-31) in the opening set as compared to a negative .079 (7-10-38) hitting percentage for LTU. Junior outside hitter Josselyn White (Smithfield, Utah) had four kills to lead the Aggies in the first set.
Utah State never trailed in the second set as it scored the first two points and led by as many as eight at 16-8 as it posted the eight-point win. USU hit .308 (12-4-26) in the second set and held Louisiana Tech to a negative .034 (9-10-29) hitting percentage. McArthur had six kills for USU here and hit .600 (6-0-10) in the set.
Utah State jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead in the third set, but Louisiana Tech fought back with a 6-3 run to tie it at 9-9. LTU later took a 14-13 lead before USU scored four straight points on its way to the 25-22 win. USU hit .143 (10-5-35) in the final set and LTU hit a negative .031 (9-10-32). Orr had a team-best four kills in the set for the Aggies.
Utah State finished the match with a .207 (32-13-92) hitting percentage and held Louisiana Tech to a negative .051 (25-30-99) hitting percentage. USU also had 3.5 more team blocks (8.0-4.5), two more service aces (3-1) and one more dig (38-37) in the match, while LTU had seven fewer service errors (14-7).
Utah State will return to action on Thursday, Nov. 3 when it plays a non-conference match at Utah Valley at 7 p.m.
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