Utah State Volleyball Loses to San Jose State in Four Sets

LOGAN, Utah – Hanah Blume had 15 kills and 16 digs to lead San Jose State to a four-set win (25-23, 25-20, 13-25, 25-16) against Utah State here Saturday night. The Spartans improve to 7-10 on the season and 2-2 in the Western Athletic Conference with the win, and the Aggies drop to 13-3 overall and 1-2 in league play with the loss. Junior outside hitter Liz McArthur (St. George, Utah) had a match-high 19 kills for Utah State to go along with three service aces, while senior middle blocker Shantell Durrant (American Fork, Utah) had five kills and five block assists. Senior libero Christine Morrill (Neola, Utah) added a match-high 20 digs, while sophomore libero Laurel Bodily (Idaho Falls, Idaho) had 10 digs. Utah State played well early on and led by as many as five in the first set at 17-12 before San Jose State roared back with a 13-6 run to post the two-point win. USU hit just .026 (9-8-38) in the opening set and San Jose State hit .114 (15-10-44). San Jose State carried that momentum into the second set as it scored the first two points and never trailed to go up two games to none. SJSU hit .364 (16-4-33) in the second set and USU hit .281 (13-4-32). Utah State rebounded with a convincing 12-point win in the third set as it built an early 7-3 led and extended its advantage to 12 at 21-9 before recording the 25-13 victory. McArthur had eight kills for USU in the set as the Aggies hit .379 (15-4-29) and the Spartans hit .000 (6-6-30). Utah State began the fourth set by scoring six of the first nine points before San Jose State took control with an 8-0 run to go up 11-6 and never looked back as it posted the nine-point win for the four-set win. SJSU hit .333 (16-3-39) in the fourth set and USU hit .206 (11-4-34). Utah State finished the match with a .211 (48-20-133) hitting percentage and San Jose State hit .205 (53-23-146). SJSU also had two more digs (57-55), 1.5 more team blocks (11.0-9.5) and one more service aces (6-5) in the match, while USU had one more service error (6-5). Utah State will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 6 when it plays at Idaho in a match that will be nationally televised on ESPNU beginning at 8 p.m. (MT). -USU-

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