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Utah Upsets No. 17 Purdue at Mortar Board Tournament

Kathryn Haynie had six service aces during the tournament. She was named to the all-tournament team.

Kathryn Haynie had six service aces during the tournament. She was named to the all-tournament team.

Sept. 1, 2007

Final Stats


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Utah women's volleyball team split a pair of five-game matches on the final day of the Mortar Board Purdue Premier, falling to Dayton, 3-2, before upsetting No. 17 Purdue, 3-2, to close out the tournament.

Lori Baird and Kathryn Haynie were both named to the all-tournament team. Baird had 39 kills and 20 blocks during the Premier, while Haynie tallied 39 kills and six service aces.

"We battled hard today and showed a lot of character after losing a tough five game match this morning," head coach Beth Launiere said. "I'm really proud of this team for finding a way to win the last match. Team beat a good Big Ten team is a big deal for us. We keep getting better. We have been a few swings away in several of these games. I'm very pleased with where we're at. We're learning a lot from these battles and it's only going to help us get better and prepare for the Mountain West."

After a late run gave Purdue (3-3) a 30-26 win in game one, Utah (2-3) rallied to take games two (30-27) and three (31-29). Tied 27-27 in game two, the Utes reeled off three straight points to end the match, including kills from Kate Robison and Baird. Game three also went point-for-point between the two teams. Down 29-28, Haynie hit three consecutive kills to give Utah the victory. Purdue won game three with an 8-0 run early to put the game out of reach, 30-18.

Game five saw Utah come back from a two point deficit late in the game, 13-11, before four consecutive points ended the game. Haynie and Baird combined for a block on the final play.



Robison set a career-high with 21 kills against the Boilermakers, including 10 digs. Whitney Webb had 16 kills and 12 digs while Keisha Fisher tallied 50 assists and 22 digs. Connie Dangerfield also had 22 digs.

Against Dayton, Utah fell in game one, 30-26, before rallying to win games two and three, 30-18 and 30-18, respectively. In both games, Utah took control early and easily pulled away.

The Utes dropped the fourth game, 30-26, to tie the match at 2-2. In game five, Dayton took the game to match point, 14-11, before Utah came back to tie the game, 14-14. The Flyers took the game with a kill by Kortney Norris and a service ace from Bethany Akerhielm.

Utah was led by Haynie's 18 kills and three service aces. Webb tallied 16 kills with 10 digs while Dangerfield had 25 digs. Baird hit a team-best .423, tallying 15 kills on 26 attempts with four errors.

The Utes play their first game at Crimson Court on Friday, Sept. 7, against No. 4 USC at 7 p.m.

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