Liz McArthur Named Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week
Nov. 29, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State volleyball player Liz McArthur has been named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Nov. 28, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
It is the third time this year and fifth time in her career that McArthur has been named USU's Student-Athlete of the Week.
McArthur, a 6-1 junior outside hitter from St. George, Utah (Snow Canyon HS) was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Tournament as she helped Utah State defeat sixth-seeded Nevada (3-1), second-seeded New Mexico State (3-2) and top-seeded and third-ranked Hawai'i (3-0) to win the tournament title. McArthur began the tournament with 16 kills and eight digs against the Wolf Pack in the quarterfinals. She then had 19 kills, nine digs and five blocks against NMSU in the semifinals, and posted 12 kills and seven digs against UH in the championship match.
Overall, McArthur hit .213 (47-18-136) during the tournament and averaged 3.92 kills, 2.00 digs, 0.58 blocks and 0.17 service aces per set.
For Utah State, it was its first win against a ranked opponent since Sept. 13, 2008 when it defeated No. 15 Purdue in five sets and its first win against a top 10 team since Nov. 12, 2007 when it defeated No. 10 Hawai'i in Honolulu in three sets. Utah State becomes just the third team in the history of the WAC to win the tournament championship as Hawai'i had won the previous 10 tournament titles, while BYU won the first two. The Rainbow Wahine entered the championship match against USU having won 31 straight WAC Tournament matches dating back to 1997. USU also snapped UH's 23-match winning streak and 62 set winning streak dating back to Sept. 11, 2010 and became the first team to sweep the Rainbow Wahine since the 2008 NCAA Regional final.
Utah State, who is 24-8 on the season, will face seventh-seeded and fourth-ranked California (25-3, 15-3) on Friday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. (MT) in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament in Berkeley, Calif. The match will be played at Haas Pavilion on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.
Nominees from other sports included:
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Junior forward Brady Jardine (Twin Falls, Idaho) led Utah State to a pair of home wins last week against Utah (79-62) and Northeastern (56-54). Against the Utes, he posted his second career double-double with a career-high 20 points to go along with a career-high 13 rebounds in a career-high 31 minutes. Jardine was 6-of-7 from the field and 8-of-10 at the free throw line in the game. Against the Huskies, Jardine posted another double-double with 15 points and a career-high tying 13 boards as he was 5-of-10 from the field and 5-of-8 at the free throw line. He also tied his career-high with three blocks and played a career-high 34 minutes in the game. For the week, Jardine averaged 17.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks, while shooting 64.7 percent from the field (11-17) and 72.2 percent at the free throw line (13-18).
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Redshirt junior forward Ashlee Brown (Chandler, Ariz.) helped Utah State to a 1-1 road record last week as it lost at Brigham Young (84-52) and won at Weber State (66-54). Brown recorded her first career double-double against the Wildcats with 10 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with two blocks and one steal. Against the Cougars, she had four points, six rebounds and three assists. For the week, Brown averaged 7.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.5 steals, while shooting 35.5 percent from the field (6-of-17) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (2-of-4).
2010-11 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners