Oct. 1, 1997
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah volleyball team rolled on Thursday night and stayed perfect in the Western Athletic Conference with a 15-8, 15-12, 15-9 sweep of Wyoming at Crimson Court. The win was the Utes's 11th in a row, tying the longest winning streak in school history set way back in 1978. Utah improved to 12-3 overall and 3-0 in the WAC. Wyoming fell to 9-7 and 2-1 in the league.
The Utes got solid play all around, with not one outside hitter or middle blocker hitting under .300. The Utes outhit Wyoming as team, .347 to .222. Sara Shakula led the way with 14 kills, seven digs, five service aces and a .458 hitting percentage. Brenda Barton-Whicker, Kalani Tonga and Stacie Greenwalt each had 12 kills. Tonga had nine total blocks. Jamie Young had a match-high 11 digs and hit .636 with seven kills. Wyoming was led by 12 kills from Jessica Zehr and 11 kills from Anna Permely.
The pivotal moment in the match came late in the second game. With Wyoming finding its rhythm after a shaky first game, taking a 12-10 lead, Utah rattled off five unanswered points to win 15-12. "Sara Shakula had a great match serving and offensively," said Ute head coach Beth Launiere. "When we fell behind in game two, we just lost our focus. Graciela Torres wasn't setting well, but once she got her focus, the team settled down and we got some key kills." Utah hosts No. 20 Colorado State on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. The match will be televised live by KJZZ-TV.