Four Utah State Volleyball Players Earn All-WAC Honors

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State volleyball had four players earn all-Western Athletic Conference honors it was announced by the league office Sunday as Liz McArthur was named to the first-team, while Katie Astle, Shantell Durrant and Christine Morrill each earned second-team all-WAC honors.The four all-WAC honorees for Utah State are its most since 2008 when five Aggies were honored by the league office. USU also had four all-WAC recipients in 2007 and three in 2005.McArthur, a junior outside hitter from St. George, Utah (Snow Canyon HS) was named first-team all-WAC after ranking first in the league in service aces (0.36), and third in both kills (4.05) and points per set (4.66). McArthur, who ranks 25th in the nation in points per set, 29th in kills per set and 40th in service aces per set, earned second-team all-WAC honors last year. Since joining the WAC prior to the 2005 season, Utah State has now had five players earn first-team all-conference honors as Zuzana Cernianska and Ingrid Roth received the honor in 2005, along with Amanda Nielson in 2007. Astle, a senior middle blocker from Sandy, Utah (Skyline HS) was named second-team all-WAC for the second time in the last three years as she currently ranks fourth in the league in hitting (.317) and sixth in blocking (1.12). Astle was also named second-team all-WAC as a sophomore in 2008.Durrant, a senior middle blocker from American Fork, Utah (American Fork HS) also earned second-team all-WAC honors as she currently ranks second in the conference and seventh in the nation in blocking (1.42).Morrill, a senior libero from Neola, Utah (Union HS) also earned second-team all-WAC honors for the second time in the last three years as she currently ranks third in the conference with 4.58 digs per set. Morrill was also named second-team all-WAC as a sophomore in 2008.Utah State (21-8, 9-7) returns to action on Monday, Nov. 22 when it faces Nevada (13-16, 7-9) in the first round of the 2010 WAC Tournament at 6 p.m. (MT) at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. USU is the third-seed in the tournament and UN is the sixth-seed.-USU-

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