Oct. 4, 1997
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah's school-record tying 11-game match winning streak came to a end with a 10-15, 15-9, 15-11, 15-11 loss to No. 20 Colorado State on Saturday afternoon at Crimson Court.
Utah (12-4, 3-1 WAC) came out smoking, outhitting Colorado State (13-3, 3-1 WAC) .409 to .188 in the first game en route to a 15-10 win. The Rams held the upperhand the rest of the way though, winning the next three games. Despite the loss, Utah held the edge statistically, outhitting CSU .222 to .186, getting 68 kills to 67 and 21 blocks to 10. However, the Utes' achilles heal was service errors, making 16 to Colorado State's seven.
The middle blockers played huge for Utah. Kalani Tonga had 20 kills and 11 blocks. Stacie Greenwalt had 14 kills, a .500 hitting percentage and five blocks. Brenda Barton-Whicker came up with 13 kills and a match-high 14 digs.
Colorado State, which has won nine of its last 10 matches, was led by a match-high 23 kills and 10 digs from outside hitter Rainie Rogers. Janie Penfield had 15 kills.
"Colorado State is an experienced team and we had to earn every point," said Ute head coach Beth Launiere. "We struggled with their outside attack, and we just had too many forced errors. Service errors really hurt us. But, I thought that we played well with them and I'm pleased with the way this team is playing."
Utah plays UNLV and Air Force on the road next weekend.