Utah volleyball has won its second MWC title, its first outright.
Nov. 13, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - With two matches left to play, the No. 9-ranked University of Utah volleyball team (23-2 overall, 14-0 Mountain West) can lay claim to its first outright Mountain West Conference title.
The title assures the Utes a No. 1 seed at the Mountain West Conference Tournament, set for Nov. 22-25 in Las Vegas. They will play the winner of the play-in match between the Nos. 8 and 9 seeds.
This marks Utah's second such title as the Utes also tied for the regular season crown back in 2004 when both Utah and CSU went 13-1.
"Winning the conference championship was one of our primary goals this season," said veteran head coach Beth Launiere. "I am very happy for our players because we set this goal and we achieved it.
"We still have two matches left in the regular season and I don't want us to let up. There have been times this season when we could have slipped and a lost a match but we didn't let it happen. This team persevered."
A tight, three-way race among Utah, Colorado State and Brigham Young came to a head last weekend when Colorado State fell to UNLV in five games on Sunday night. With CSU's loss, it fell into a tie for second with BYU at 11-3 while Utah is currently a perfect 14-0 with two matches left.
For those wishing to attend the MWC Tournament, it will be held on the campus of UNLV. Ticket prices are as follows:
All Session Pass
Youth (age 3 to 12), $15
Senior (age 50 & up), $15
Single Day Tickets >
Tickets are available online at unlvtickets.com or by calling 702-739-3267.
The Utes still have two regular season matches on the road as they have to battle Air Force (Nov. 17) and Colorado State (Nov. 18) yet this weekend.