Senior captain Sylva Strzinkova led Utah with 10 kills in the loss to No. 2 Hawaii.
Nov. 27, 2002
SALT LAKE CITY - The No. 24 University of Utah women's volleyball team fell to 24-8 on the season with a three-game loss (29-31, 16-30, 18-30) to No. 2 Hawaii at Crimson Court tonight. Utah notched a season-low 37 kills and a .124 hitting percentage, while the Rainbow Wahine finished with 56 kills on .298 hitting. The Utes were also out-blocked 11-7.5
In game one, Utah took the lead at 2-1, built it to as many as five points, and held it until Hawaii tied it at 22. The game then went back and forth until sophomore Kelsie Kartchner was serving game point for Utah and served it out of bounds. Hawaii then scored two straight points for the 31-29 win. Utah hit for .161 on the game, compared to the .189 of the Rainbow Wahine. Senior Sylva Strzinkova had five kills to lead the Utes.
After falling behind in game two, Utah tied it at eight and again at 10. The Wahine then used a 9-0 run to take a 19-10 lead. Utah tried to battle back, scoring two straight points, but Hawaii went on an 8-0 run to close out the game. The Rainbow Wahine hit for .375 on the game, while the Utes hit for just .032. Hawaii also out-blocked Utah 4-0.
In the third and final game, Utah took an early lead, but Hawaii tied it at eight and never looked back. They hit for .389 on the game and nearly doubled the Utes in kills (20-11). Utah also committed four service errors on the game.
"They're a great team," Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "They take things away from you. They hit really well and we ran into some passing problems. We did a lot of good things for a while, but you've got to have everything working against a team like this."
Strzinková notched 10 kills to lead Utah. She also had eight digs. Junior Kim Turner finished with eight kills and four blocks.