BOISE, Idaho – Despite a match-high 20 kills from Liz McArthur, Utah State’s volleyball team lost to Boise State here in five sets (24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 21-25, 15-7) Saturday in a Western Athletic Conference match. Utah State falls to 14-4 on the season and 2-3 in league play with the loss, while Boise State improves to 16-5 overall and 3-3 in the WAC with the win. McArthur, a junior outside hitter from St. George, Utah posted her seventh double-double of the season and the 12th of her career as she finished the match with 20 kills and 11 digs for Utah State to go along with four service aces. Sophomore opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) added 13 kills, while senior middle blocker Shantell Durrant (American Fork, Utah) had 11 kills and eight block assists, and finished with a .455 (11-1-22) hitting percentage. Utah State also got solid production from its back row as senior libero Christine Morrill (Neola, Utah) posted 20 digs and sophomore libero Laurel Bodily (Idaho Falls, Idaho) had 13 digs. Alisha Young had 17 kills, while Cailin Fellows and Sadie Maughan each posted 13 kills for Boise State. Both teams played well in the opening set as there were seven lead changes and 16 ties before Utah State scored four of the final five points to post the 26-24 win. McArthur led USU with five kills and Sorensen added four as the Aggies hit .196 (13-4-46) in the opening set and Boise State hit .180 (17-8-50). Boise State was the team to rally in the second set as it scored seven of the final 10 points to record the 25-21 win after the two teams combined for 11 tie scores and nine lead changes. BSU hit .294 (16-6-34) here and held Utah State to a .122 (12-7-41) hitting percentage. Boise State carried its momentum from the second set into the third as it used a 5-0 run midway through the set and then scored six of the final eight points to win, 25-19. BSU hit .344 (14-3-32) in the third set and USU hit .226 (12-5-31). Utah State regrouped in the fourth set as it raced out to a 17-12 advantage and later used a 5-1 run to post the four-point win and even the match at two sets apiece. USU hit just .121 (12-8-33) in the fourth set but held the Broncos to a .000 (8-8-33) hitting percentage. The Aggies also had four service aces in the set as compared to just one for BSU. In the fifth and final set, Boise State scored the first two points and never trailed as it finished with a 6-1 run to win the match. BSU hit .333 (8-2-18) in the fifth set and had two service aces, while USU hit .118 (5-3-17). Utah State finished the match with a .161 (54-27-168) hitting percentage and Boise State hit .216 (63-27-167). BSU also had nine more digs (73-64) in the match, while USU had three more team blocks (13-10). Both teams finished with eight service aces and eight service errors. Utah State will return to action on Friday, Oct. 15 when it plays at Nevada at 8 p.m. (MT). -USU-
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