Utah State Defeats Syracuse In Four Sets Friday During Own Invitational

LOGAN, Utah – Senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur (St. George, Utah) posted her fourth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 11 digs to help Utah State’s volleyball team (2-3) notch a four-set win (25-23, 25-23, 17-25, 25-19) against Syracuse (3-1) here Friday in the second day of the Utah State Invitational, sponsored by Gossner Foods. Junior outside hitter Josselyn White (Smithfield, Utah) added 12 kills, 15 digs and four block assists for Utah State, while Ashlan Rogers (Highland, Utah) recorded a career-high 19 digs. Freshman setter Paige Neves (Otto, Wyo.) also had a season-high 19 digs to go along with a season-high six block assists, and junior middle blocker Alyssa Everett (Perry, Utah) had a season-best eight block assists. Noemie Lefebvre and Ying Shen each had 16 kills to pace Syracuse, while Ashley Williams finished with a match-best 28 digs. McArthur led Utah State with five kills in the first set as the Aggies hit .093 (11-7-43) and held Syracuse to a .020 (12-11-50) hitting percentage. With the set tied at 14-14, USU went on a 7-2 run to go up 21-16 and then held on for the 25-23 win. McArthur added four kills in set two, as did junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) as USU hit .135 (13-6-52) and SU hit .073 (14-10-55). Syracuse led by three early on in the set, but Utah State rallied late scoring five of the final eight points for the win. Syracuse used a 10-3 run in the third set to coast to the 25-17 win as it hit .261 (10-4-23) and limited Utah State to a negative .042 (8-9-24) hitting percentage. Everett led Utah State with four kills in the fourth set as the Aggies hit .059 (8-5-51) and held the Orange to a .000 (12-12-58) hitting percentage. In the fourth and final set, USU went on a 12-4 run in building a 20-12 advantage before posting the six-point win. Utah State finished the match with a .076 (40-27-170) hitting percentage and Syracuse hit .059 (.48-37-186). USU also out-blocked the Orange, 15.5-15.0, while SU posted four more digs (88-84). Both teams finished with three service aces and Syracuse had three more service errors (6-3). Utah State will return to action Saturday when it hosts Texas State (3-1) in the final match of the Utah State Invitational at 7 p.m. In other matches Saturday, Texas State will play Syracuse at 11 a.m., and Idaho State will play Syracuse at 5 p.m.

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