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Volleyball Sweeps Aztecs for Ninth Straight Win

Kat Lovell hit .545 in netting 13 kills in the win over SDSU today.

Kat Lovell hit .545 in netting 13 kills in the win over SDSU today.

Sept. 23, 2006

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The No. 18-ranked University of Utah volleyball team (11-2, 4-0 Mountain West) was firing on all cylinders as the Utes hit .442 in sweeping San Diego State University for their ninth straight win.

The win came on game scores of 30-25, 30-18 and 30-20 as Utah remains perfect in league play. The Aztecs stumble to 6-9 overall and to 0-3 in MWC action.

"We were very efficient on offense today," said head coach Beth Launiere. "I'd have to say that this was the most complete match I've seen from us yet this season. We executed at a very high level."

No Ute spiker hit worse than .286 for the match as the team finished hitting an untouchable .442. It topped out hitting .471 in the second game, never hitting worse than .421 in the opening stanza.

It was a four-prong attack for the Utes, led by the 15-kill effort of Airial Salvo. Kathryn Lovell helped out with 13 kills while Lori Baird and Whitney Webb finished with an 11-kill afternoon.

It was Lovell who had the hottest arm on the court. She finished the match hitting an impressive .545 (13 kills, one error, 22 attempts).

Setting the attack was freshman Sydney Anderson. She was the only player to record a double-double today as she dished out 47 assists to along with 13 digs. She also had a kill and two block assists on the day.

The Aztec offense got off to a hot start out of the gate as they hit .324 in game one. But, it slowed down to hit .100 in game two and .217 in the final game. The Ute defense held the Aztecs to .221 hitting. Leading the block was Baird and Webb with four total blocks apiece. Emillie Toone, the nation's No. 1 blocker, finished with three total blocks. But, she had eight kills in hitting .500. SDSU held the slimmest of edges at the net, 7.5-7.

 

 

Anderson led the Utes in digs but also had help from Connie Dangerfield (11 digs) and Kate Robison (10).

Leading the Aztecs were Melaine Greene (13 kills and eight digs), Leah Lathrop (19 assists) and Bailee Hellwig (five blocks).

The Utes return to the court of Friday, Sept. 29, to battle in-state rival Brigham Young. The match in Provo, Utah, is set to start at 7 p.m.

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