Junior Kelsie Kartchner notched her second triple-double of the season against BYU.
Nov. 7, 2003
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah volleyball team defeated rival Brigham Young tonight in four games (30-19, 23-30, 30-24, 30-27) in front of 1,320 fans, its biggest home crowd of the season. It was Utah's seventh win in a row over the Cougars. The Utes hit for .241 on the match and held the Cougars to .180.
"This was such a hard-fought, completely even-played match by both teams," Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "During the last time out in game four, I talked to my team about being more offensive. I told them to play to win, not to lose."
"It has been a gradual process of coming to this offense," she continued. "We have the luxury of having two very good setters. Right now it's working well for us."
Senior All-America candidate Kim Turner finished with 22 kills on 35 attempts with just three errors for a .543 hitting percentage. She also added 13 digs, four blocks and an ace.
Turner led a group of five Utes in double-digit kills. Joining the group was junior Kelsie Kartchner, who posted her second triple-double of the season - 25 assists, 12 digs and 11 kills. She hit for .381 on the match and also added four blocks and a service ace.
Utah dominated game one, leading throughout and building its lead to as many as 13. Utah won by 11, 30-19. The Utes hit .258 on the game and held the Cougars to .000. Utah also out-blocked BYU 4-1. Turner led the Utes with five kills and two blocks, while Morrill had seven digs.
BYU had two early leads in game three before Utah went on a 6-1 run to take a 7-3 lead, which it maintained for the remainder of the game, winning 30-24. Utah hit .356 on the game and held the Cougars to .156. Sommerfeldt and Kartchner had five kills apiece on the game to pace the Utes.
After a 3-3 tie in game four, BYU used a 10-3 run to go up 14-6. Utah cut the lead to three (23-20), but the Cougars then scored three straight points, forcing a Utah time out. Both teams exchanged points after the time out to make it 27-21 in favor of BYU, but the Utes scored nine straight points to win the game 30-27. The Utes hit .250 on the game, compared to the .205 of the Cougars. Turner had six kills on the game to lead Utah.
Utah closes out regular-season MWC play next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-15, at San Diego State and UNLV. Both matches start at 7 p.m. (PT).