Utah Valley Rallies To Upset Aggie Spikers in Five Sets

LOGAN, Utah – Kayli Doxey had a match-high 26 kills, including six in the deciding fifth set, to lead Utah Valley to a hard-fought come-from-behind five-set win (16-25, 27-29, 27-25, 25-23, 20-18) against host Utah State here Friday in the first day of the 2010 USU Invitational. Utah Valley improves to 8-5 on the year with the win and Utah State falls to 11-1 with the loss. USU had tied the 1979 AIAW National Runner-up team for the fourth-best start to a season in school history prior to its first loss of the year. Senior libero Christine Morrill (Neola, Utah) posted a career-high 32 digs in the match for Utah State, while junior outside hitter Liz McArthur (St. George, Utah) notched her eighth career double-double with 20 kills and 10 digs to go along with a career-high five blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Josselyn White (Smithfield, Utah) added a career-high 15 kills to go along with a career-high tying 12 digs for her second double-double in as many matches. Senior middle blocker Shantell Durrant (American Fork, Utah) added 10 kills and eight blocks for Utah State, while senior setter Chelsea Fowles (Hollister, Calif.) had 14 digs and sophomore libero Laurel Bodily (Idaho Falls, Idaho) had 11 digs. Sophomore setter Kassi Hargrove (Reno, Nev.) also had a career-high on the night as she finished with two service aces. Utah State rolled to an easy nine-point win in the first set as it hit .207 (11-5-29) and limited Utah Valley to a negative .111 (7-11-36) hitting percentage. McArthur had five kills for USU in the opening set, while White had four. Utah State led 18-11 in the second set before Utah Valley chipped away at the deficit and eventually tied it at 23-all before falling 29-27. McArthur had five more kills in the second set, while White and sophomore opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) each had four. USU hit .262 (14-3-42) in the second set as compared to a .161 (20-11-56) hitting percentage for UVU. Utah Valley trailed 8-4 early on in set three before going on a 6-1 run to take its first lead. The Wolverines later used a 9-2 run to take a commanding 24-17 lead only to see Utah State rattle off eight straight points to go ahead 25-24. UVU, however, regrouped and scored the next three points for the win as it hit .171 (15-8-41) in the set and USU hit .195 (16-8-41). Utah Valley held an early 10-6 lead in set four before USU scored six straight points to go ahead 12-10. The Wolverines later led by two at 20-18 before the Aggies scored four straight points to take a 22-20 advantage. However, Utah Valley fought back and scored five of the final six points to tie the match at two sets apiece. UVU hit .174 (14-6-46) in the fourth set and USU hit .140 (14-8-43). Utah Valley scored the first three points of the fifth set, but Utah State rallied an eventually took an 8-7 lead. Neither team led by more than one point the rest of the set as there were 14 ties and six lead changes altogether. USU had three chances to end the match but couldn’t convert any of them and UVU eventually took advantage of three Aggie service aces to post the 20-18 win. Utah Valley hit .059 (9-7-34) in the set and Utah State hit .044 (10-8-45). Utah State finished the match by hitting .165 (65-32-200) and Utah Valley hit .103 (65-43-213). The Wolverines also had 1.5 more team blocks in the match (17.5-16.0), while the Aggies had three more digs (86-83) and four more service aces (7-3), but also had six more service errors (10-4). Utah State will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 18 when it hosts UC Riverside at Noon (MT) in the final match of the 2010 Utah State Invitational. Action will begin at 10 a.m. (MT) Saturday as Loyola Marymount plays UC Riverside.

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