Nov. 10, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Junior Shay Sorensen recorded a match-high 14 kills and senior All-American Liz McArthur added 13 kills and 10 digs for her 12th double-double of the season and 24th of her career to lead Utah State volleyball to a four-set win (26-24, 25-18, 16-25, 25-10) at Nevada Thursday.
Utah State, who won for just the second time in 16 matches at Nevada, improves to 12-15 on the season and 7-6 in the Western Athletic Conference. UN falls to 5-20 overall and 2-11 in league play with the loss.
Sorensen, a junior opposite side hitter from North Ogden, Utah had six block assists to go along with her 14 kills as she hit .524 in the match (14-3-21), while McArthur, an outside hitter from St. George, Utah added two service aces to go along with her 13 kills and 10 digs.
Junior outside hitter Josselyn White (Smithfield, Utah) finished the match with 10 kills for Utah State, while freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff (Draper, Utah) tied her career-high with seven kills to go along with six block assists, while hitting .600 (7-1-10), and freshman libero Ashlan Rogers (Highland, Utah) had a match-best 16 digs to go along with two service aces.
Elissa Ji and Tessa Lea'ea each had 12 kills for Nevada.
Nevada began the match by scoring five of the first six points before Utah State finally got going with a 6-1 run to take its first lead of the night. Trailing 14-12, USU rallied again with a 4-0 run and eventually scored the final two points of the set on back-to-back kills by White and freshman setter Paige Neves. USU hit .138 (10-6-29) in the first and UN hit .179 (16-9-39). There were 12 ties and five lead changes in the first set as Sorensen and White each posted three kills for USU.
Utah State controlled the second set as it took an early 7-3 advantage and never trailed in posting the 25-18 win. USU hit .379 (13-2-29) in the second set as compared to a .182 (13-7-33) hitting percentage for UN. McArthur had five kills for the Aggies in set two.
Nevada scored the first five points of the third set and led throughout en route to the 25-16 win. The Wolf Pack hit .220 (14-5-41) in the third set and the Aggies hit .079 (9-6-38).
Nevada held an early 4-3 lead in the fourth and final set before Utah State went on a 5-0 run. Leading 9-7, USU scored 14 of the next 15 points for a 23-8 advantage and went on to post the 25-10 win. Utah State hit .519 (15-1-27) in the final set and held Nevada to a negative .028 (8-9-36) hitting percentage. Sorensen led USU with seven kills on just eight swings in the fourth set.
Utah State finished the match with a .260 (47-15-123) hitting percentage and Nevada hit .141 (51-30-149). USU also had 5.5 more team blocks (12.5-7.0) and three more digs (55-52), while UN had one more service ace (6-5) but also had six more service errors (9-3).
Utah State will conclude its regular season on Saturday, Nov. 12 at WAC foe Fresno State at 8 p.m. (MT).
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