McArthur Leads Utah State Volleyball To Three-Set Sweep Against Nevada

LOGAN, Utah – Senior All-American Liz McArthur had 18 kills and hit a career-high .680 (18-1-25) to lead Utah State’s volleyball team to a three-set sweep against Western Athletic Conference foe Nevada (25-20, 25-18, 25-18) here Saturday night. Utah State improves to 9-11 on the season and 4-3 in WAC play with the win, while Nevada falls to 3-15 overall and 1-6 in league play with the loss. McArthur, an outside hitter from St. George, Utah added six digs and one block assist for Utah State, while junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) had 10 kills, seven digs and three block assists, and hit .381 (10-2-21) in the match. Utah State also got solid play out of its middle blockers as junior Alyssa Everett had five kills and five blocks, and hit .833 (5-0-6), while Kaitlyn VanHoff added five kills, four digs and three blocks. Tessa Lea’ea had 10 kills and Kelly Chang posted 12 digs for Nevada. Utah State opened the match with four straight points and led by as many as seven en route to its five-point win. USU hit .364 (15-3-33) in the opening set as Sorensen had five kills and UN hit .132 (14-9-38). Utah State scored the first three points of the second set and pushed its lead to eight at 21-13 before posting a 25-18 win. McArthur had eight kills on eight attacks in the second set as USU hit .480 (14-2-25) and UN hit .233 (13-6-30). Utah State began the third set by scoring three of the first four points before Nevada took its first lead of the match at 5-4. The Wolf Pack took its largest lead of the set at 11-8 before USU rallied with six straight points to take a 14-11 advantage. UN scored the next three points to tie the score, but USU answered with a 3-0 run of its own and never trailed again as it finished the match on a 7-2 run to post the 25-18 win. Utah State finished the match with a season-high .432 (46-8-88) hitting percentage and Nevada hit .198 (40-20-101). USU also had 5.5 more team blocks (9.0-3.5) and five more digs (34-29), while UN had onemore service ace (2-1) to go along with three more service errors (8-5). Utah State will continue WAC play next week at San Jose State on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. (MT), followed by a contest at No. 8 Hawai’i on Friday, Oct. 21 at 10 p.m. (MT). -USU-

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