Kat Lovell had a team-high 11 kills in the 3-0 win over CSU tonight.
Sept. 15, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - The No. 21-ranked University of Utah volleyball team (8-2 overall, 1-0 Mountain West) stymied the Colorado State offense here tonight in winning its sixth straight match, 3-0.
Game scores were, 30-26, 30-21 and 30-24. The Rams fall to 5-5 on the year, 0-1 in league play.
"Our block caused a lot of problems for Colorado State tonight," said head coach Beth Launiere. "Our block takes away a lot of options for our opponents and when you do that, it's easier to figure out what it is they are going to do."
And problems it did cause for the Rams. Utah held the 15.5-7 edge in team blocks and held CSU to a meager .064 hitting for the match. In fact, the Rams never successfully staged a rally and never held a significant lead during the match because of that. Their only leads at any point during the match were a pair of 1-0 starts in games one and two.
Sydney Anderson got the start at setter and dished out 39 assists. She nearly had a double-double with nine digs. Anderson also had three total blocks.
Connie Dangerfield led all back-row players with 15 digs.
Leading the Rams was Mekana Barnes (11 kills), Ashley Fornstrom (34 assists), Katelin Batten (10 digs) while two CSU players tallied four total block apiece.
The Utes return to action tomorrow night at 7 p.m., when they host conference rival Air Force.