Sylva Strzinkova notched her eighth double-double of the season against New Mexico on Friday night.
Oct. 4, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY - The No. 20 University of Utah women's volleyball team improved to 12-4 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain West Conference with a 3-1 win over the University of New Mexico tonight (25-30, 30-20, 30-24, 30-26). It was the Utes' 24th consecutive home win.
Utah out-hit the Lobos .287 to .185 on the match. Utah also reverted to a 5-1 (one setter) offensive scheme. "When we run a 5-1, it frees up Kim and Sylva to be attackers for us," Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "I think it's the best thing for us."
In game one, New Mexico jumped out to a 6-1 lead, but the Utes closed the gap and tied it at 10. The game stayed close until the Lobos pulled ahead 22-16. New Mexico went on to win 30-25. Utah hit for .105 compared to the .314 of New Mexico. Senior Sylva Strzinková notched five kills and hit for .400 on the game.
Sophomore Kelsie Kartchner opened game two with three aces, setting the stage for the rest of the game. Utah maintained a lead throughout, building it to as many as 11 points and winning 30-20. The Utes hit for .515 on the game. Junior captain Kim Turner had seven kills and sophomore Sabine Schulz had five.
In the 30-24 Ute win in game three, Utah again led throughout. The Utes hit for .359 and were paced by Turner with seven kills on the game.
The fourth and final game was close from start to finish with Utah winning 30-26. There were five ties in the first eight points before New Mexico took a five-point lead (17-12). The Utes battled back, tying the match at 21 and pulling ahead for the victory.
Strzinková finished with her eighth double-double of the season and fourth in a row when she notched 15 kills and 15 digs. Turner had 22 kills (.450 hitting percentage) to go along with five blocks. "Kim had good focus tonight," Launiere said. "She didn't make the errors she's been making recently."
Meanwhile, sophomore setter Kelsie Kartchner finished with a season and career-high 58 assists. "Kelsie did a really nice job setting tonight," Launiere said. "She had good location."
Junior libero Jackie Morrill led Utah with 17 digs.
"We played pretty good volleyball for 3 1/2 games," Launiere said. "This was the time that we didn't have a mid-week match and had three practices in a row without a match since the preseason. It allowed us to really work on some things."
UP NEXT: The Utes host Air Force for a 7:00 p.m. match tomorrow night at Crimson Court. The Falcons defeated Brigham Young 3-1 tonight.