Senior Kim Turner notched a triple-double -- 15 kills, 15 digs and 11 blocks -- in Utah's win over Washington State on Friday.
Sept. 5, 2003
SALT LAKE CITY - In a thrilling five-game match, the Utah women's volleyball team evened its record at 2-2 with a 30-27, 25-30, 29-31, 34-32, 15-7 win over Washington State in its first match of the Hampton Inn Volleyball Classic at Crimson Court tonight. Senior All-American candidate Kim Turner notched a triple-double in the victory, finishing with 15 kills, 15 digs and 11 blocks.
The Utes hit for just .111 on the match, but held the Cougars to .119. Utah also posted a season-high 17 blocks.
"We're really up and down right now, but when we steady up, we'll be really good," Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "A win is a win. I don't care if it's ugly so long as we identify what we need to work on and move forward."
Kartchner dished out 48 assists on the match, while Turner and Leichliter each had three service aces.
In game two, Washington State used a 6-1 run to jump ahead 12-6, but the Utes tied it at 17. The game remained close until the Cougars pulled away at the end, scoring three points for the 30-25 win. Utah hit -.029 on the game, while the Cougars compiled a .129 hitting percentage.
The Utes held the lead throughout game three until the Cougars went on an 8-2 run to tie the game at 22. Washington State built its lead to as many as three before Utah tied it at 28 and again at 29. The Cougars then scored two straight points for the 31-29 win. Utah had five blocks on the game, but was out-hit .111 to .136.
In game four, the Cougars led by as many as seven (17-10), but Utah came back and tied it at 23. Both teams then battled back and forth before the Utes finally won 34-32. Utah had six blocks and 19 digs in the game, but was edged in hitting percentage .085 to .087 by the Cougars.
In the fifth and final game, Utah took the lead early and never looked back, winning 15-7. The Utes hit a match-high .409 on the game.
The Utes host Utah Valley State at noon tomorrow, Sept. 6, followed by a 7 p.m. match against No. 18 Missouri.