Kim Turner set a new school record with 13 blocks in a three-game match on Saturday.
Sept. 7, 2002
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The University of Utah women's volleyball team (5-0) completed its fourth three-game sweep of the season when they defeated San Jose State University 32-30, 30-16, 30-26, at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 7. In game one, the Utes were down 27-22, but scored seven straight points before winning 32-30. Utah dominated game two, finishing with 9.5 team blocks and out-hitting San Jose State .483 to -.091. The Utes sealed the victory in game three.
Junior Kim Turner set a new school record for total blocks in a three-game match with 13. "In two matches this season, Kim has individually taken the match over with her blocking," Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "This was one of them." Turner also added seven kills.
Senior Sylva Strzinkova led the team with 16 kills and 12 digs. She also had eight blocks and four service aces. Sophomore setter Kelsie Kartchner notched 38 assists and sophomore Sabina Schulz finished with 10 kills and nine digs, just shy of a double-double.
The Utes hit .231 on the match and had 22.5 blocks in the three games, while San Jose State hit .091 and managed just four blocks.
"San Jose State is a good team -- they are experienced, the play good defense," Launiere said. "They will win a lot of matches this season. I knew we were in for a tough match. What we did well was make adjustments. We took away things that they were good at and that's why, as the match went, on we were able to beat them."
The Utes face No. 1 Stanford, the defending national champions and the team that knocked Utah out of the Sweet Sixteen last season, at 7:00 p.m. tonight for the championship.