Utes Take Deseret Duel
SALT LAKE CITY -- In a five-set match at Crimson Court, the BYU women’s volleyball team (9-14, 4-5 MWC) fell to Utah (11-11, 6-3 MWC) 3-2 (25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 12-25, 6-15) for the sixth-consecutive time.
"We had a lot of bright spots tonight and had a handle on them for the majority of the evening," BYU head coach Shay Goulding said. "Our passing broke down in the fourth set and we couldn't get going again."
Jennifer Hamson and Stephanie Snow led the Cougars on the attack with 14 and 13 kills, respectively, with Kiana Rogers distributing the ball 42 times. Senior Christina Measom was also in double-digits at the net with 12 kills.
Starting out the match strong, the Cougars gained a quick five-point lead off of Utah errors and two-straight kills by Measom at 9-4. After a Utah kill by Erin Redd, the Cougars posted another 3-0 run with kills by Warner and Measom to gain a seven-point lead at 12-5. Maintaining the lead the rest of the set and earning an eight-point lead at one point, the Cougars silenced the crowd and put away set one 25-18.
The Utes came back in the second set, tallying a 4-0 run after the Cougars began the set 3-1. Another 6-0 Ute run had the Cougars playing catch-up the rest of the set, falling 25-20 and knotting the match at 1-1 going into the locker rooms.
Hamson leading the way with five kills, the Cougars won set three 25-21. Solid blocking earned a 5-0 run for the Cougars ending at 13-8. The Utes continued to chip away at the BYU lead, and a late 6-1 Utah run gave the Cougars a scare at 23-21, but Snow and a Ute hitting error gave BYU its last two points of the set.
In the fourth set Utah picked up steam, the Cougars unable to grasp the lead. The Cougars fell 25-12, sending the match to five sets.
Keeping up the momentum, the Utes ran away with the fifth set 15-6. Utah senior Karolina Bartkowiak tallied her 1,000th kill of her career with a kill at 5-2.
"Tonight was the rivalry which is always tough, but keeping the rest of conference in perspective, we still have the rest to keep our heads up and keep working hard," said Goulding.
The Cougars will be back in the Smith Fieldhouse Saturday Nov. 6 to take on San Diego State at 7 p.m. MT.
MWC Second Half Begins at Utah
PROVO -- Coming off a split weekend on the road, the BYU women’s volleyball team (9-13, 4-4 MWC) will travel 45 miles north to in-state rival Utah (10-11, 5-3 MWC) for a Friday night match at 7:30 p.m., televised live on The Mtn.
"We are improving daily right now which is a great place to be going into the second round of conference play," BYU head coach Shay Goulding said. "We are confident in our play and still making adjustments daily to be better. As a team, we were very dissatisfied with our play against Utah in the first round and look forward to making things right this weekend by having the last word in the Deseret Duel."
With only one match this week, the Cougars will travel to Salt Lake City on Friday night to take on the Utes in the 90th meeting between the teams. BYU leads the all-time series at 64-26, with the Utes taking the last five matches. The Utes are led by Morgan Odale on the attack with 276 kills at 3.37 kills per set.
The Cougars are coming off a 1-1 weekend on the road, dropping one match to New Mexico and beating TCU, both in four sets. In the win over TCU, the team came back from a nine-point deficit in the fourth set to win 3-1 on the road.
In the match, four Cougars were in double-digit kills. True freshman Jennifer Hamson led on the attack with 15 kills while Stephanie Snow and Christie Carpenter both chalked up 14 kills apiece. Christina Measom added 11 kills while Nicole Warner had eight blocks.
The Utes are coming off a four-set loss to New Mexico as well, although they outhit and out-blocked the Lobos. Erin Redd led the Utes on the attack against the Lobos with 15 kills on .433 hitting. Four Lobos and four Utes were in double-digit digs, the game coming down to New Mexico out-digging Utah 95-to-74.
After Friday’s match the Cougars will host SDSU Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. MT in the Smith Fieldhouse.