Nov. 5, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Senior All-American Liz McArthur had a career-high 26 kills in Utah State's five-set loss (26-24, 19-25, 26-24, 25-27, 8-15) to Idaho here Saturday. Idaho improves to 8-4 in Western Athletic Conference play and 14-11 on the season with the win, while USU falls to 6-6 in league play and 11-15 overall with the loss.
Utah State led two sets to one and held an 18-9 lead in the fourth set before Idaho rallied to post the 27-25 victory. The Vandals then dominated the fifth set to complete the come-from-behind win.
McArthur, and outside hitter from St. George, Utah added six digs and two block assists in the match for Utah State. Junior outside hitter Josselyn White (Smithfield, Utah) added 18 kills, seven digs and four block assists, and junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) finished with 13 kills and five block assists. Freshman libero Ashlan Rogers (Highland, Utah) added a season-high 27 digs and freshman setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) tied her season-high with 50 assists.
Alicia Milo had 28 kills and 17 digs, while Allison Walker added 23 kills and 11 digs to lead Idaho.
Utah State built and early 7-2 lead in the first set before Idaho rallied with a 7-2 run of its on to tie the set at 9-9. Both teams combined for 10 ties and four lead changes from that point on before USU got back-to-back kills from White and Sorensen to post the two-point win. The Aggies hit .191 (.15-6-47) in the first set as compared to a .196 (16-6-51) hitting percentage for the Vandals. McArthur led USU with six kills in the opening set.
Idaho jumped on Utah State early in the second set with a 9-3 lead and was never threatened as it coasted to the six-point win. UI hit .387 (15-3-31) in the second set as compared to a .114 (10-6-35) hitting percentage for USU.
Idaho scored five of the first seven points in the third set only to see Utah State answer with a 5-2 run of its own. USU then used an 8-1 run to turn a 10-8 deficit into a 16-11 advantage. The Vandals fought back and eventually tied it at 24-24 before the Aggies scored back-to-back points by McArthur and White for the two-point win. McArthur led USU with seven kills here as the Aggies hit .405 (18-3-37) and the Vandals hit .344 (16-5-32).
Idaho hit just .047 (12-10-43) in the fourth set and Utah State hit .171 (14-7-41), but the Vandals had two more service aces (3-1) and three fewer service errors (3-0) to post the two-point win.
In the fifth and final set, Idaho raced out to a 10-4 lead en route to its 15-8 win. The Vandals hit .692 (10-1-13) in the final set and USU hit .158 (7-4-19).
Utah State finished the match with a .212 (64-26-179) hitting percentage and Idaho hit .259 (69-25-170). UI also had 10 more digs (73-63) and four more service aces (8-4), while USU had 2.5 more team blocks (11.5-9.0) and one fewer service errors (7-6).
Utah State will conclude its regular season next week with a pair of road matches at Nevada on Thursday, Nov. 10 and at Fresno State on Saturday, Nov. 12.
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