Oct. 23, 1997
SALT LAKE CITY -- Brenda Barton-Whicker had 10 kills, six digs and hit. 375 to lead Utah to a 15-7, 15-9, 15-6 sweep of UTEP in Western Athletic Conference volleyball action on Thursday night at Crimson Court.
Barton-Whicker had plenty of help, as Utah (16-6, 6-2 WAC) outhit UTEP (12-7, 2-6) .252 to .051. Sara Shakula and Jen Snow each had nine kills, while Shakula also chipped in with a team-high eight digs. Kalani Tonga hit .667 with eight kills. Lucie Turkova served up three aces for the Utes.
Andrea Tate led the Miners with 10 kills, seven digs and a .381 hitting percentage.
The Utes set the tone for the night by jumping out to an 8-1 lead in game one. After Utah surged out to a 10-2 lead in game two, UTEP battled back within 10-9 before the Utes scored the next five points to take a 2-0 lead in the match. The third game was tied at 4-4 until the Utes ended the match with an 11-2 run.
"We did a lot of things well tonight, but it was kind of a sloppy match," said Ute head coach Beth Launiere. "We weren't really pushed by them. If we are going to beat better teams down the road we will need to be more consistent all the way through the match than we were (on Thursday night)."
Utah hosts New Mexico on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at Crimson Court.