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Utah Volleyball Takes 3-0 Victory At Air Force

Kathryn Haynie had 10 kills, seven digs, and four blocks Saturday at Air Force.

Kathryn Haynie had 10 kills, seven digs, and four blocks Saturday at Air Force.

Oct. 25, 2008

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Ute outside hitter Kathryn Haynie posted an impressive all-around performance with 10 kills, seven digs, and four blocks as the University of Utah volleyball team extended its season-long win streak to eight matches with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-21) win over Air Force Saturday night in Cadet Gym.

In its first match in more than a week, the Utes completed their season sweep of the Falcons and extended their set-winning streak to seven by outhitting Air Force .306 to .086 for the match.

"Our whole team executed well the entire match," head coach Beth Launiere said. "We played really well the entire match and it was just a solid performance the entire night."

Utah (15-4, 7-2 MWC) also earned its seventh consecutive Mountain West Conference victory by outblocking Air Force, 11.5 to 4.

Haynie was the lone Ute in double figures in kills with 10 on 21 attempts with three attack errors for a .333 hitting percentage. She was followed by eight kills by classmate Lori Baird, who notched a .389 mark 18 attempts on the attack with one error.

"[Haynie] does a lot of things for us," Launiere said. "She is a really versatile player and she is a key part of everything we do. She hits hard and has developed into one of our top passers. Last week in practice, we really worked on passing to our outside hitters and it paid off tonight."

Chelsey Sandberg and Karolina Bartkowiak tied for the match-high hitting percentage at .500. Sandberg notched three kills without an error on six attempts, while Bartkowiak converted six kills on 10 swings with a single error.

Baird charged the Ute block with a match-high six blocks, followed by middle blocker Emillie Toone. Toone registered four block assists and a solo block for a total of five. Toone was second on the squad with six kills in the match. Bartkowiak also came up with three blocks.

Stephanie Shardlow and Abby Simmons teamed up to cover the setting duties. Shardlow turned in a team-high 20, while Simmons set up 16 kills for the Utes. Simmons also served a match-high two service aces.

The Utes started the match by scoring the first three points of the first set behind two kills by Baird, but Air Force battled back to trim the margin to one point, 9-8. With the score 12-10, the Utes answered back with a 4-0 run to take a 16-10 lead and extended its run to 8-2 to take a 20-12 edge. A service ace by libero Keisha Fisher and Baird's fourth kill of the set clinched the opening set victory for the Utes, 25-16. The nine-point spread was Utah's largest lead of the set.

Utah outhit Air Force .393 to .088 in the opener, led by Baird's four kills and two apiece five other Utes.

Utah got out to a 9-5 lead early in the second set and never looked back. Haynie came through with a team-high three kills, while Toone and Bartkowiak added two more kills each in a 25-17 second-set win. The Utes held the Falcons to 12 kills and 12 error s for a .000 hitting percentage, while earning a .308 mark on the attack.

To start the third set, Utah fell behind 5-1, but managed to trim the disadvantage to 7-6. The Utes stayed within two points of the Falcons until a service ace by Shardlow tied the match at 13 points apiece and managed to tie the match on three more occasions. A service ace from Simmons gave the Utes their first lead of the set, 17-16, and ignited a 5-0 run. A block by Toone and Bartkowiak followed by a kill by Haynie, then a solo block from Toone would push the lead to 20-16 as the Utes held its four-point lead for a 25-21 match-clinching win.

The Utes take on No. 7 Oregon in Eugene Monday at 7 p.m.

 

 

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