Emillie Toone has one of her six blocks in the 3-0 win over SDSU tonight.
Oct. 20, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - The No. 10-ranked University of Utah volleyball team (18-2, 9-0 Mountain West) raced its winning streak out to 16 straight matches as it dispensed of the San Diego State Aztecs in three games tonight. Scores were 30-22, 30-17 and 30-23.
The 3-0 win marks the 15th three-game victory of the season as Utah has swept five of its last six opponents. The loss drops the Aztecs to 8-13 on the year and to 2-7 in league play.
"We played a fairly complete match tonight," said head coach Beth Launiere. "I think we're starting to see our game solidify at this point of the season. That doesn't mean I think there's room for us to get better. With the rest of the conference season, the Mountain West Conference championships and the NCAA's, there's almost two months of the season left. So, we're not packing it in when it comes to improving upon ourselves.
"Our goal is to get two percent better each time. So, we're going out there and fine-tuning all the little things that we still need to work on."
Utah's offense rolled this evening as it hit .333 (55-16-117) for the match. Utah hit an impressive .457 in game two, only committing one error on 35 swings. They finished with 17 kills in the second game.
With that, the Utes saw four of their front-line players top the .300 plateau in hitting. They were led by the swift swinging of Emillie Toone. She tallied 10 kills on a scorching .692 (10-1-13) hitting. Lori Baird collected her nine kills at a .615 (9-1-13) clip, Whitney Webb got nine kills on .412 (9-2-17) hitting while Airial Salvo hit .350 (16-2-40) in recording a match-high 16 kills.
The attack initially ran through Sydney Anderson as she handed out 22 assists and tallied five digs. Shannon Krug came off the bench to take over mid-way through game two. She dished out 19 assists and also had a pair of block assists.
Pacing the Ute defense was the 16-dig effort of Connie Dangerfield. Webb helped out, scooping up 13 digs of her own. At the net, it was Webb's seven-block outing that led the team. Toone and Baird were a constant figure on the block as well as they both finished with six blocks apiece.
Leading the Aztecs tonight were Melanie Greene (nine kills), Leah Lathrop (17 assists), Aime Cordeiro (19 digs) and Kelly Wahlin (six blocks).
The Utes have a break on Saturday before returning to the court for a rare Sunday affair. Utah hosts UNLV on Sunday. First serve at Crimson Court is set for 4 p.m.