Nov. 15, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY - Two years ago, Colorado State came into Crimson Court and defeated the Ute volleyball team 3-0. Utah hasn't lost on its home court since. Until tonight. The Rams defeated the Utes 3-1 (24-30, 30-25, 25-30, 23-30), snapping Utah's 29-match home winning streak and ending the Utes' chances of a regular-season conference championship. Utah hit for a season-low .099 and notched 48 kills compared to the 72 of the Rams.
"We didn't play well at all," Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "It was ugly by both teams for a game and a half, but they got better as the match went on and we didn't. This season, we seem to lose our edge after we've won 5-6 matches. I don't think we should have lost tonight."
Game one was close early on, but Colorado State started to pull away before scoring six straight points to take a 15-8 lead. When Utah started to close the gap, the Rams went on a seven point run to take a 27-18 lead. Utah then out-scored CSU 6-2, but the Ute comeback fell short. Junior Kim Turner led Utah with five kills on the game and hit for .714.
In game two, neither team maintained more than a three-point lead until the very end, when Utah pulled away for a five-point win. Turner again led the Utes, this time finishing with six digs and three blocks. Sophomore Lyndsey Phillips was tops with five kills on the game.
Game three was close until midway through, when the Rams went on a 5-0 run to take an 18-13 lead. The Utes cut it to one point several times, but CSU pulled away at the end for the win. Utah hit for -.098 on the game.
Game four saw eight ties in the first 10 points. Both teams then battled back and forth, but the Rams used an 8-1 run to run away with the game and match victory.
Phillips led the team with 14 kills, followed by senior Sylva Strzinková with 13. Strzinková also added 11 digs for her 12th double-double of the season. Turner finished one block shot of a triple-double - 11 kills, 16 digs and nine blocks - for the second match in a row.
The Utes host Wyoming for a 7:00 p.m. match tomorrow night at Crimson Court.