Nov. 20, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State volleyball had three players earn all-Western Athletic Conference honors it was announced by the league office Sunday as Liz McArthur was named to the first-team, Shay Sorensen earned second-team all-WAC honors, and Paige Neves was named to the all-freshmen team.
Utah State has now had at least three all-WAC honorees five times in its seven years in the league as four Aggies were honored in 2005, 2007 and 2010, while a school-record five players were recognized following the 2008 season.
McArthur, a senior outside hitter from St. George, Utah (Snow Canyon HS) was named first-team all-WAC for the second-straight year after ranking fourth in the league in kills (3.76) and points per set (4.21). McArthur is hitting .167 on the season and averaging 2.35 digs, 0.45 blocks and 0.21 service aces per set.
McArthur, who earned second-team all-WAC honors as a sophomore, becomes the first two-time first-team all-conference player for Utah State since Zuzana Cernianska (2002-05) earned first-team all-league honors in each of her final three seasons at USU.
Since joining the WAC prior to the 2005 season, Utah State has now had five players earn first-team all-conference honors as Zuzana Cernianska and Ingrid Roth both received the honor in 2005, along with Amanda Nielson in 2007 and Melissa Osterloh in 2008.
Sorensen, a junior opposite side hitter from North Ogden, Utah (Weber HS) earned second-team all-WAC accolades for the first time in her career as she is hitting .203 and averaging 2.60 kills, 0.85 blocks and 0.72 digs per set. In WAC games, Sorensen ranks eighth in the league in points per set (3.28) and ninth in kills per set (2.83).
Neves, a freshman setter from Otto, Wyo. (Burlington HS) is the third Aggie to be named to the WAC's all-freshmen team joining Melissa Larson (2006), Chelsea Fowles (2007) and Emily Kortsen (2008). This year, Neves is hitting .212 and averaging 2.50 digs, 0.73 blocks and 0.55 kills per set, to go along with 8.90 assists per set to rank seventh in the WAC.
Utah State (12-16, 7-7) returns to action on Monday, Nov. 21 when it faces Fresno State (13-14, 7-7) in the first round of the 2011 WAC Tournament at 8:30 p.m. (MT) at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. USU is the fourth-seed in the tournament and FS is the fifth-seed.
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