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Utes Down North Carolina, 3-1, For First Win

Lori Baird tallied 16 kills against North Carolina.

Lori Baird tallied 16 kills against North Carolina.

Aug. 31, 2007


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Utah women's volleyball team earned its first win of the season with a 3-1 (30-15, 28-30, 30-21, 30-22) defeat of North Carolina at the Mortar Board Purdue Premier on Friday, Aug. 31.

Senior Whitney Webb had a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs, while junior Lori Baird led Utah with 16 kills and seven blocks. Karolina Bartkowiak had a team-high .750 hitting percentage, recording nine kills on 12 attempts with no attack errors.

Up 5-4 in the first game, Utah went on an 8-0 run to take control of the game, 13-4. Baird tallied seven kills in the first game, with Kathryn Haynie tallying six. Kate Robison had two service aces for the Utes.

"We came out and played very, very well in game one," head coach Beth Launiere said. "We executed at the highest level that we've played all season.

"We dropped off a bit in game two, but we steadied out and really put together a nice match. Several players had fewer errors during this match, which was a positive. We're getting better."

In game two, Utah held a 28-23 lead before surrendering seven straight points to North Carolina, as the Tar Heels tied the match at 1-1 with a 30-28 victory.

The Utes took a late lead in a tough game three. Utah led by as many as seven points during the course of the game, 18-11, before North Carolina rallied to cut the lead to 18-17. Holding a 23-21 lead, the Utes ended the game with a 7-0 run to win, 30-21. Baird tallied five kills, while Webb had four kills and five digs.

A late run also dictated the outcome of game four. Neither team was able to gain more than a two-point advantage through much of the game. With Utah leading 19-18, the Utes put together an 11-4 drive to close out the game. Robison led the way with five kills.

Other Utah standouts in the match included freshman Keisha Fisher, who tallied 41 assists, while Stephanie Shardlow made her first start for the Utes and had nine assists. Robison had 11 kills on the night. Connie Dangerfield recorded 11 digs.

For North Carolina, Sue Haydel tallied 13 kills. Bekah Brinkley was also in double figures with 10 kills. Brianna Eskola made 18 digs and Christine Vaughn had eight blocks.

The Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society, which sponsors the Purdue tournament, recognized three players from each team for their academic achievements. Haynie received the Top Scholar award, while Hilary Taylor was recognized as the Most Improved Scholar. Dangerfield was awarded the Community Service award.

Utah continues at the Mortar Board Premier on Saturday, Sept. 1, when it takes on Dayton at 10 a.m. MT and host Purdue at 5:30 p.m. MT.



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