Sophomore Shelly Sommerfeldt led Utah with 17 kills against Ohio.
Aug. 30, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Utah volleyball team (1-2) earned its first win of the young season with a three-game sweep (30-25, 30-28, 20-25) of Ohio in their final match at the Sun Devil Volleyball Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Utes hit .227 and had 12 service aces on the match.
"We settled down and were able to use our strengths this match," Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "Last night, we struggled with serving and passing, so we changed our lineup in order to get our best servers and passers on the court, which steadied us out."
"Did I want to come out of this tournament 1-2?" Launiere continued. "No, but we learned a ton and we'll be a better team for it."
Sophomore Shelly Sommerfeldt led the Utes with a career-high 17 kills to go along with four blocks. Senior All-American candidate Kim Turner added 15 kills, eight digs and two aces. Sophomore Danielle Leichliter added career-highs of eight kills and four service aces.
The Utes jumped out to a quick start in game one, taking a 5-1 lead. The Bobcats then tied it at 15 apiece and kept it close until Utah pulled away at the end for the 30-25 win. Both Turner and Sommerfeldt notched seven kills on the game as the Utes out-hit Ohio .237 to .074.
After Utah jumped out to a quick lead in game two, Ohio used a 7-0 run to take a four-point lead. The Utes then scored six straight to regain the lead, 15-13. Both teams then battled back and forth before Utah put it away 30-28.
The Utes host the Hampton Inn Utah Classic next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5-6, at Crimson Court, where they'll face No. 19 Washington State and No. 21 Missouri.