Senior captain Sylva Strzinkova was one of four Utes with double-digit kills.
Sept. 17, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY - The No. 10 University of Utah volleyball team fell to 8-3 on the season with a 30-15, 31-33, 25-30, 27-30 loss to in-state rival Weber State University tonight, despite the fact that the Utes out-hit the Wildcats .265 to .215 and had 17 more kills. It was Utah's first loss to the Wildcats since the 1995 season.
Utah opened game one on fire, jumping out to a 12-2 lead and the leading 17-5. The score went back and forth for the remainder of the game, with junior Kim Turner serving an ace to win the game. Junior Britt Whiting hit for .857 on the game and finished with six kills.
In game two, the Wildcats took a 7-5 lead, but sophomore Lyndsey Phillips served six straight points to give Utah an 11-7 lead. Weber State cut the Utah lead to two (23-21) and then tied the game at 25. Both teams then battled back and forth before the Wildcats won 33-31.
With game three tied at six, Weber State scored five straight points to take an 11-6 lead. Both teams then scored fairly evenly for most of the game until the Wildcats pulled away at the end, winning 30-25. Weber State out-blocked the Utes 7-2 on the game and hit for .341 compared to Utah's .171.
In the fourth and final game, Weber State took an early lead and never looked back. They led 24-18 when the Utes made their comeback attempt, which ended short. Sophomore Lyndsey Phillips served four straight points to cut the Wildcat lead to one (28-27), but served the next ball into the net. Weber State then clinched the game and match win on the next serve. Weber State out-hit Utah .289 to .195 on the game.
Senior Sylva Strzinkova and Turner both finished with double-doubles. They led five Utes in double-digit kills with 14 apiece. Phillips had 13, sophomore Sabine Schulz notched 12 and Whiting finished with 11. Turner also led the team with 13 digs, followed by junior libero Jackie Morrill with 12 and Strzinkova with 11.
"I give tons of credit to Weber State because we beat them pretty good in game one and they didn't go away," Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "They played a great match. Statistically, we got our offense going better tonight, but we couldn't block a ball. The bottom line is we have to get better. But I believe everything is there for us to do that."
The Utes host Arkansas on Friday, Sept. 20, and Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 21. Both matches start a 7:00 p.m. at Crimson Court.