Utah State Volleyball Loses at No. 5 Hawaii In Three Sets

HONOLULU – Utah State’s women’s volleyball team began Western Athletic Conference play with a three-set loss (26-24, 25-17, 25-17) at No. 5 Hawai’i late Thursday night to fall to 12-2 overall and 0-1 in league play. UH improved to 11-1 on the season and 1-0 in the WAC with the win. Junior outside hitter Liz McArthur (St. George, Utah) led Utah State with 12 kills and 11 digs as she posted her third-straight double-double and the 11th of her career. Senior libero Christine Morrill (Neola, Utah) added 13 digs for Utah State, while sophomore libero Laurel Bodily had eight digs to go along with two service aces. Kanani Danielson, the reigning WAC Player of the Year, had 15 kills and 10 digs for Hawai’i. Hawai’i held an early 16-9 lead in set one before Utah State scored eight straight points to give the visitors a 17-16 advantage. Neither team led by more than one point the remainder of the set until UH scored the final two points. McArthur had five kills for USU in the set, while Bodily had two service aces during the Aggies 8-0 run. Utah State hit just .024 (11-10-42) in the opening set and Hawai’i hit .150 (14-8-40). Hawai’i scored the first five points of set two and never trailed as it pulled away for the 25-17 win. UH hit .273 (14-5-33) here and USU hit .194 (10-4-31) behind six kills from McArthur who hit .385 (6-1-13) in the set. Utah State scored the first point of the third set on a service ace by McArthur but never led again as Hawai’i opened an early 14-5 advantage and coasted to the eight-point win. UH hit .286 (17-5-42) in the third set and USU hit .132 (8-3-38). Overall, Utah State hit a season-low .108 (29-17-111) in the match and Hawai’i hit .235 (45-18-115). UH also had 14 more digs (59-45), 3.5 more team blocks (10.0-6.5) and two more service aces (6-4) in the match, while both teams finished with five service errors. Utah State will return to action next weekend when it hosts Fresno State on Thursday, Sept. 30 and San Jose State on Saturday, Oct. 2 with both matches beginning at 7 p.m. -USU-

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