LOGAN, Utah – Sophomore outside hitter Josselyn White had eight kills, five blocks and a career-high 13 digs to help Utah State to a three-set win (25-13, 25-23, 25-12) against Louisiana Tech here Thursday in a Western Athletic Conference match. Utah State improves to 15-5 overall and 3-4 in the WAC with the win, while Louisiana Tech falls to 10-13 on the season and 0-8 in league play with the loss. With the win, USU snaps its season-high two-match losing streak. Junior outside hitter Liz McArthur (St. George, Utah) had nine kills to lead Utah State to go along with nine digs, while senior middle blocker Shantell Durrant (American Fork, Utah) had six kills and four blocks, and hit .667 (6-0-9). Junior opposite side hitter Emily Kortsen (Hollister, Calif.) played in just the third set but finished with five kills on eight swings for a .625 hitting percentage (5-0-8), and White (Smithfield, Utah) finished with a .250 (8-3-20) hitting percentage. Kassia Pinto had seven kills and Kara Jones finished the match with six kills to lead Louisiana Tech. Utah State opened a quick 8-3 lead in the first set and then scored the final five points for an easy 25-13 win. USU hit .333 (10-2-24) in the opening set and had four service aces, while Louisiana Tech hit .000 (8-8-30). Louisiana Tech fought back in the second set and used a 6-0 run to turn an 8-6 deficit into a 12-8 advantage. The Lady Techsters increased its advantage to five at 17-12 before USU went on a 9-2 run to lead 21-19 and eventually won, 25-23. USU hit .000 (11-11-43) in the second set but had four team blocks and two service aces, while LTU hit .021 (11-10-48). Utah State scored nine of the first 11 points in the third set and coasted to the 13-point win as Kortsen had five kills. USU hit .516 (18-2-31) in the third set as compared to a .200 (5-1-20) hitting percentage for LTU. Utah State finished the match by hitting .245 (39-15-98) and Louisiana Tech hit .051 (24-19-98). USU also had eight more service aces (10-2), seven more digs (47-40) and four more team blocks (10-6) in the match, while both teams had five service errors. Utah State will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 23 when it hosts New Mexico State at 8:30 p.m. The match against NMSU has a late start due to the USU Homecoming football game against Hawai’i, which begins at 3 p.m. Fans can get into the volleyball match for free with a ticket stub from Saturday’s football game. -USU-
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