WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Sophomore Liz McArthur recorded a career-high 17 kills to lead Utah State to a four-set win against Weber State, 25-14, 21-25, 25-20, 25-14, during the first day of competition at the Best Western Canyon Pines Weber State Invitational on Friday night at Ogden.
Utah State, who improves to 31-19 all-time against the Wildcats, has now won 10 of its last 11 matches against WSU including seven straight on the road. USU also recorded a win in its season-opening match for the first time in three years.
McArthur, a sophomore outside hitter from St. George, Utah (Snow Canyon High School), hit a career-high .255 (17-5-47) in the match. Junior outside hitter Lori Wilson-Beckstrom (Provo, Utah/Provo High School) also had a solid match for USU, as she recorded a career-high nine kills and hit .200 (9-5-20). Junior middle blocker Katie Astle (Sandy, Utah/Skyline High School) hit .333 (5-1-12) on the night and added three block assists, while fellow junior middle blocker Shantell Durrant (American Fork, Utah/American Fork High School) had six kills, four block assists and four digs.
Utah State also received solid matches from junior setter Chelsea Fowles (Hollister, Calif./San Benito High School), who had a match-high 43 assists and junior libero Christine Morrill (Neola, Utah/Union High School) who had a match-high 16 digs.
Weber State was led by senior outside hitter Chelsea Bair, who had nine kills, nine digs and three block assists for the Wildcats. Jenna Leggat also had nine kills, while Amy Fackrell had eight kills and Caitlyn Anderson posted 15 digs for WSU.
Utah State took control of the match early on as it scored the first seven points of the match and hit .500 (16-1-30) in the opening set as it coasted to the 11-point win.
Utah State finished the match by hitting .206 (48-22-126) and limited Weber State to a .056 (35-28-125) hitting percentage. USU also registered 12 more digs (53-41) and three more team blocks (9-6) in the match. Both teams finished with five service aces, while the Wildcats had four more service errors (13-9).
Utah State will continue play in the Western Canyon Pines Weber State Invitational today as it faces Gonzaga at 11 a.m., and Utah Valley at 5 p.m.
Weber State and Utah Valley will square off today at 1 p.m., and the Wildcats will face Gonzaga at 7:30 p.m.