Nov. 3, 2011
OREM, Utah - Junior Shay Sorensen recorded her first-ever double-double with 10 kills and a career-high 12 digs in Utah State's three-set loss at Utah Valley (25-20, 25-21, 25-20) Thursday. USU falls to 11-14 on the season with the loss and UVU improves to 20-8 with the win.
Sorensen, an opposite side hitter from North Ogden, Utah recorded double-digit kills for the 13th time this season and 22nd time in her career, while junior outside hitter Josselyn White (Smithfield, Utah) also had 10 kills to go along with six digs and three block assists. Senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur (St. George, Utah) finished the match with nine kills and nine digs for Utah State.
Jaicee Kuresa had 13 kills and Chelsey Heaps added 10 kills and 17 digs to lead Utah Valley.
Both teams combined for nine ties and eight lead changes in the first set before Utah Valley scored the final four points for the win. UVU held an early 7-3 lead before Utah State scored five straight points to go ahead 8-7. The Wolverines then scored four straight points for an 11-8 advantage, but USU fought back to go up 15-14. With the score tied at 19-19, the Wolverines scored six of the final seven points for the win. Utah Valley hit .130 (14-8-46) in the opening set and Utah State hit .073 (9-6-41).
Utah State held an early 8-4 advantage in set two before Utah Valley rallied to tie it at 10-10. UVU then scored three straight points to break at 14-14 tie and never trailed again en route to its four-point win. UVU hit .308 (18-6-39) in the second set and USU hit .250 (13-5-32).
Utah State led by as many as two early on in the third set including at 9-7. UVU scored consecutive points to tie it at 9-9 and later used a 5-0 run to break a 14-14 tie and coasted from there to the five-point win. UVU hit .333 (18-4-42) in the final set and USU hit .216 (13-5-37).
Utah State finished the match with a .173 (35-16-110) hitting percentage and Utah Valley hit .252 (50-18-127). UVU also had three more digs (50-47), 1.5 more team blocks (4.5-3.0) and one more service ace (4-3) in the match, while USU had three fewer service errors (4-1).
Utah State will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 5 when it hosts Western Athletic Conference foe Idaho in its final home match of the season at 7:30 p.m.
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