Kathryn Haynie had six service aces during the tournament. She was named to the all-tournament team.
Sept. 1, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Utah women's volleyball team split a pair of five-game matches on the final day of the Mortar Board Purdue Premier, falling to Dayton, 3-2, before upsetting No. 17 Purdue, 3-2, to close out the tournament.
"We battled hard today and showed a lot of character after losing a tough five game match this morning," head coach Beth Launiere said. "I'm really proud of this team for finding a way to win the last match. Team beat a good Big Ten team is a big deal for us. We keep getting better. We have been a few swings away in several of these games. I'm very pleased with where we're at. We're learning a lot from these battles and it's only going to help us get better and prepare for the Mountain West."
After a late run gave Purdue (3-3) a 30-26 win in game one, Utah (2-3) rallied to take games two (30-27) and three (31-29). Tied 27-27 in game two, the Utes reeled off three straight points to end the match, including kills from Kate Robison and Baird. Game three also went point-for-point between the two teams. Down 29-28, Haynie hit three consecutive kills to give Utah the victory. Purdue won game three with an 8-0 run early to put the game out of reach, 30-18.
Game five saw Utah come back from a two point deficit late in the game, 13-11, before four consecutive points ended the game. Haynie and Baird combined for a block on the final play.
Against Dayton, Utah fell in game one, 30-26, before rallying to win games two and three, 30-18 and 30-18, respectively. In both games, Utah took control early and easily pulled away.
The Utes dropped the fourth game, 30-26, to tie the match at 2-2. In game five, Dayton took the game to match point, 14-11, before Utah came back to tie the game, 14-14. The Flyers took the game with a kill by Kortney Norris and a service ace from Bethany Akerhielm.
Utah was led by Haynie's 18 kills and three service aces. Webb tallied 16 kills with 10 digs while Dangerfield had 25 digs. Baird hit a team-best .423, tallying 15 kills on 26 attempts with four errors.
The Utes play their first game at Crimson Court on Friday, Sept. 7, against No. 4 USC at 7 p.m.