Oct. 25, 1997
SALT LAKE CITY -- Brenda Barton-Whicker had 10 kills, 10 digs and hit .333 to lead Utah to a 15-12, 15-4, 15-8 win over New Mexico on Saturday night at Crimson Court.
It was a total domination statistically by the Utes. Utah (17- 5, 7-2 WAC) outhit New Mexico (10-12, 3-6 WAC) .194 to .066, had a 14 to two edge in blocks and a 45 to 33 advantage in kills.
Sara Shakula also had a big offensive night for the Utes with 11 kills. Kalani Tonga posted eight kills and seven blocks. Stacie Greenwalt also posted eight kills. Graciela Torres had a match-high 35 assists.
Amber Smith had 13 kills and five digs to pace the Lobos. "We just had more size than they did at the net, and that was the difference in the match just like it was down at their place a few weeks ago," said Ute head coach Beth Launiere. "Because they had trouble blocking us, they had a hard time playing defense behind the block. But, New Mexico does have some athletes, and had we not been on our toes they could have come back on us at any time."
Utah hits the road next weekend for matches at Colorado State and Wyoming.