Whitney Webb shined against No. 4 UCLA but it wasn't enough to top the Bruins in the NCAA Tournament.
Dec. 2, 2006
LOS ANGELES - The No. 11-ranked University of Utah volleyball team (28-4 overall) saw its historic season come to an end as the No. 4-ranked and No. 4-seeded UCLA Bruins topped the Utes here in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 3-0.
Whitney Webb's 17 kills (on .414 hitting, 17-5-29), 18 digs and four total blocks led the Utes in the second-round match-up, but it wasn't enough as the Utes fell on scores of 30-24, 30-27 and 30-26. Webb led the Utes in kills, digs and blocks.
The 3-0 loss marks the only time in 2006 that Utah got swept in three games.
The 2006 season concludes with Utah setting records for wins in a season (28), conference wins (16), consecutive wins (23) and winning percentage (.875).
Other impressive individual performances of note tonight: Emillie Toone, who hit a match-high .500 (10-1-18) and had three blocks; and Kathryn Lovell, who also had double-digit kills, tallying 12 on .250 (12-5-28) hitting.
Sydney Anderson set the attack with a match-high 44 assists. She also had six digs.
Utah hit .229 (55-23-140) but couldn't compete with UCLA's .299 average (53-15-127). The Bruins also held the 14-7 edge in team blocks.
Leading the Bruins tonight were Nana Meriwether (15 kills and nine blocks), Nellie Spicer (38 assists) and Colby Lyman (13 digs).
UCLA led from wire to wire in game one as it built a 5-1 cushion on the visitors before it got trimmed to one, 7-6. However, UCLA benefited from eight team blocks in the first frame to hold the Utes at bay.
Utah had its chances to win games two and three as it had a 7-3 advantage on UCLA in game two and a late 22-18 lead on the Bruins in game three. But, the home team rallied to race past the Utes in both games to secure the three-game sweep.