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Nov. 14, 1997

Utes Fall to No. 9 BYU in Three

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah was swept by No. 9 Brigham Young 15-4, 15-9, 15-3 on Friday night in front of 1,573 fans, the largest ever at Crimson Court.

Utah (20-8) now falls to fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division at 9-5, a full game behind Wyoming, which swept second-place Colorado State on Thursday night. Brigham Young (23-5) takes command of first place at 13-1 in league play.

The Cougars outhit the Utes .282 to .037, and had an 11 to two edge in blocking. BYU also posted 45 kills to Utah's 32.

Korie Rogers and Amy Steele Gant each had a match-high 13 kills and hit over .400 to lead the Cougars. Rachel Greene had five blocks and Anna-Lena Smith posted a match-high nine digs and 36 assists.

Freshman Jen Snow stepped up with 10 kills, six digs and a .333 hitting percentage for the Utes. Sara Shakula and Stacie Greenwalt had seven and six kills, respectively.

"That was the worst match we've played all year, no question" said a disgruntled Ute head coach Beth Launiere after the match. "Brigham Young is very good, but we shouldn't have been beaten that bad. There wasn't one thing that we did well, and we didn't carry out our game plan at all. It was disastrous. We're a good enough team, but we just don't seem to step up with any confidence in big matches."

Utah closes out the regular season next Friday night at SMU.

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