Lyndsey Henderson chalked up 11 blocks in the 3-0 win over Wyoming tonight.
Nov. 12, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah volleyball team clinched at least a share of the Mountain West Conference title when it swept Wyoming here this evening, 3-0.
Game scores were 30-16, 30-22 and 30-26. The win ups the Utes to 21-3 overall and gives them a school-record 13 conference wins, going 13-0 in league play. Wyoming stumbles to 13-12 overall and to 6-7 in MWC matches.
"In our initial meeting in January, the first thing we talked about was winning the conference title," head coach Beth Launiere said. "We wanted to win a conference championship and the team has been focused on that since day-one.
"As we steamrolled into the weekend, it was obvious that this team wanted tonight's match and are still hungry for a win tomorrow night."
The team rallied around the performances of Kelsie Kartchner and Lyndsey Henderson this evening. Kartchner had a triple-double (12 kills, 17 assists and 13 digs) while Henderson turned in a double-double with 14 kills and 11 blocks. The 11 block assists ties the school's three-game record, set by McKelle Stilson in 1998. Henderson hit .462 (14-2-26) in racking up 21.5 points and Kartchner was an efficient .357 (12-2-28).
Things got off to a fast start in games one and two for the Utes. They jumped out to 12-1 lead in the first game and had a 5-1 cushion in game two. Utah hit a match-best .294 (15 kills, 5 errors and 34 attempts) in the first frame while holding its rivals to a meager -.100 (5-9-40).
The Utes finished hitting .266 (51-17-128) for the match while holding Wyoming to a paltry .070 (31-22-128). The attack centered around Tracy Neumeier and her 28 assists while Kartchner chipped in with her 17.
Utah also held the edge defensively, outblocking the Cowgirls, 13-2. Henderson led the way in blocks while Connie Dangerfield scooped up a match-best 22 digs.
Utah will have the chance to win the title outright tomorrow night when it hosts the final MWC match for the year. No. 10 Colorado State invades Crimson Court for a 7 p.m. match. It will also air on a tape delay on CSTV on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. as a part of the Sunday Night Spike.