Danielle Leichliter's 22 digs led the Utes who beat SDSU tonight, 3-1.
Oct. 22, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - Crimson Court continues to be a thorn in the side of opponents as the University of Utah volleyball team (15-6, 7-3 Mountain West) upped its home mark to 9-0 this year with a 3-1 win over San Diego State here tonight.
It is the 10th straight home win for the Utes, dating back to the 3-0 regular season finale win last year.
"It was definitely a tale of two matches tonight," commented head coach Beth Launiere. "We executed at a high level in games one and two but San Diego State came out a different team in game three. It changed things up and it was very aggressive in the final two games. Once we adjusted to it, we were able to turn things around and make it a pretty good four-game match."
Utah out-hit its rivals tonight, .248-.089, and benefited from five Utes who tallied double-digit kills tonight. Lori Baird led the team from the middle in hitting .481 and recording 14 kills. Airial Salvo almost had a triple-double despite hitting .050 on the night. She racked up 12 kills, 12 digs to go along with eight total blocks. Emillie Toone had 11 kills while Shelly Sommerfeldt and Whitney Webb recorded 10 kills apiece.
Shannon Krug had an all-around night as she led the way with 47 assists. She also had eight digs and five blocks.
The Ute block stymied the Aztec offense, holding the edge at the net, 19-7. Baird's nine total blocks led the way but she also had help with Salvo's eight and Toone's six. Danielle Leichliter had 22 digs to leads the Utes, one shy of her career high.
The Aztecs came out something fierce in games three and four as it held the Utes to .097 hitting in the last two frames. Utah, which combined to commit only five errors in all of games one and two, recorded 10 miscues alone in game three. SDSU was able to race out to 6-1 game-three lead and never saw the Utes get any closer than 23-19. The Aztecs finished off the Utes with a 7-1 game-ending run.
Game four was nip-and-tuck until Utah broke a 15-15 tie thanks in part to a 5-0 run. The visitors rallied to tie it at 28-28 but the Utes blocked SDSU's last two attacks to escape with the two-point, game-four win.
Audra Dent led the Aztecs with 13 kills while Kristen Castillo's 24 assists were also a team-high. Defensively, Aime Cordeiro had a match-high 31 digs while Lindsey Noll's four blocks led the way.
The Utes return to action on Saturday, Oct. 29, when it plays conference foe TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m.