Whitney Webb led Utah with 19 kills against TCU.
Nov. 3, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 9-ranked University of Utah volleyball team (21-2, 12-0 Mountain West) got in a knockdown, drag-out battle with conference rival TCU here tonight, but came out on top, 3-1. With the win, Utah extends its school-record winning streak to 19 matches.
TCU takes to tough loss on games scores of 30-28, 30-27, 18-30 and 30-21. The Horned Frogs fall to 17-11 and 5-8.
"TCU came out fired up to play and it played well," said head coach Beth Launiere. "It never gave up and played strong all night. But, I thought both teams played well tonight. There are a lot of different ways to win a volleyball match and we found one of them this evening."
The home team held the edge in nearly every single statistical category, despite losing to the Utes in four. The Horned Frogs held the 68-58 lead in kills, 64-55 edge in assists, 58-49 favor in digs, 7-4 lead in aces and 12-8 cushion in team blocks. The only category Utah did lead in was service errors. Utah committed only six errors to TCU's 15.
The Utes started and finished the match well. They hit .317 (16-3-41) in game one and .447 (20-3-38) in the fourth frame. But the second and third games saw the Utes hit a combined .072 (22-17-68).
The team finished hitting .238 for the match, led by the 19-kill, .484-hitting effort of Whitney Web. She helped out on defense as well, tallying eight digs and four total blocks.
Also helping out on offense was Airial Salvo. She nearly had a double-double with 15 kills and nine digs. Sydney Anderson ran the offense for the bulk of the evening, handing out 45 assists. She also had seven digs.
"Whitney and Airial had a great match for us tonight," said Launiere. "Those two made the difference for us."
TCU did out-hit the Utes, recording kills at a .280 clip. Leading the defense was the six-block outing of Emillie Toone. Webb helped out too with her four blocks.
Leading the Frogs tonight were Lauren Otto (17 kills), Nirelle Hampton (52 assists), Calli Corley (22 digs) while three TCU players tallied four blocks each.
The Utes return to action tomorrow night to play at New Mexico. First serve is set for 7 p.m. (MST).