Aug. 30, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State volleyball player Liz McArthur has been named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced by the league office Monday. McArthur was also named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Aug. 29, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
It is the first time in her career that McArthur has been named WAC Player of the Week, and the third time she has received USU student-athlete of the week honors.
McArthur, a 6-1 junior outside hitter from St. George, Utah (Snow Canyon HS) was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2010 Utah Classic as she led Utah State to wins against UC Davis (3-0) and Utah (3-1) to claim the tournament championship. The win against the Utes was USU's first since the 1990 season, snapping a 13-match road-losing streak to Utah. Against UC Davis, McArthur had 19 kills and hit .500 (19-3-32). Against Utah, she tied her career-high with 25 kills and added a career-high 15 digs for her first double-double of the season. She also hit .512 (25-3-43) in the match. For the tournament, McArthur hit an unbelievable .507 (44-6-75) and averaged 6.29 kills and 2.57 digs per set.
Utah State, who is currently 2-0 on the season, will play Weber State (0-3) in its home opener on Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m., and then travel to Tempe, Ariz., this weekend to participate in the Arizona State Sheraton Classic. USU will begin the tournament on Friday, Sept. 3 with a pair of matches against San Diego State (3-0) and Seattle (1-2) at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. (MT) respectively, before concluding the tournament on Saturday, Sept. 4 against Arizona State (1-2) at 2 p.m. (MT).
Nominees from other sports included:
SOCCER - Junior goalkeeper Molli Merrill (Bountiful, Utah) registered her second-straight shutout as Utah State tied Idaho State, 0-0, in double overtime on the road Sunday. Merrill had two saves in 110 minutes of action facing 13 shots, including seven in the first half. This is the first time in her USU career that she has had back-to-back shutouts.
2010-11 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 30 - Liz McArthur, Volleyball
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