Utah Volleyball Bests WSU in Five Games

Sept. 5, 2003

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Washington State, coming off a pair of five-game losses last weekend added a third to the stats as Utah defeated the Cougars 3-2 Friday night at the Utah Hampton Inn Classic Tournament.

Utah moves to 2-2 after the 30-27, 25-30, 29-31, 34, 15-7 win over WSU, now 1-3.

Being in a five-game match against the preseason pick to win the Mountain West Conference says a lot about the very young Cougar team that became even more youthful Friday night. WSU's Brenn Larson, sophomore setter and 2002 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team selection, did not make the trip to Utah as she is recovering from a high ankle sprain. Stepping into the setter's role were freshman walk-ons Kali Richards (Spokane, Wash.) and Ashley Bristol (Winnemucca, Nev.).

Utah was led by Shelly Sommerfeldt's 16 kills but Kim Turner was the floor leader with a triple-double of 15 kills, 15 digs and 11 blocks. Jackie Morrill had 19 digs and setter Kelsie Karchner had 48 assists.

Lone Cougar senior Zanda Bautre had 16 kills and 10 digs. Kristen Carlson also had a double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs. Jennifer Todd added five blocks while Bristol had 23 assists and Richards 22 assists.

'I think this was an amazing performance by our kids,' WSU Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'I'm so proud of them. How many teams could put two walk-on setters out there that are freshmen and go five with a team like this. Everyone of my kids stepped it up tonight. If it wouldn't have been for a couple of mistakes, we would have won this match. I couldn't be prouder of this team'

WSU took a 20-13 lead but the Utes went on a 12-2 run for a 25-22 lead. After trading a pair of points, the Cougars grabbed two and closed to within one at 26-27. Sommerfeldt landed two kills of her five kills in this game and Henderson landed the winning attack. Utes come back to win 30-27.

The Cougars came back to take the lead in the second game and scored seven of the final nine points of the game for the 30-25 win. Utah hit a -.029 while WSU pit a barely better .129 in this game.

Utah went out to 20-14 lead in the third game before WSU went on a 10-2 run to go ahead 24-22. The two teams traded points until a Bautre kill and bad attack by Sommerfeldt put WSU up 27-25. After the squads traded points, Utah's Lyndsey Henderson had a kill and a block when WSU's Melanie Greene hit into the net tying the game at 28. Carlson put the Cougars at game point with a kill but the Utes struck back and knotted it up at 29. Carlson then took control with a kill and an ace to give WSU the 31-29 win.

WSU ran up a 17-10 lead in the fourth game but the Utes, playing on their home Crimson Court, went on a 14-6 run to tie the score at 24. The teams battled to ties again from 28 to 32 points. With back-to-back kills from Danielle Leichliter and Turner, Utah tied up the match with the 34-32 win.

Capitalizing on the momentum from the fourth-game win, the Utes took charge of game five and never looked back, scoring the 15-7 game win and the match.

In the first match of the tournament, No. 18 Missouri defeated Utah Valley State 30-23, 30-24, 30-16.

The Cougars conclude the tournament taking on Missouri (4-0) Saturday morning and Utah Valley State (1-4) Saturday night.

Utah (2-2)		30	25	29	34	15Washington State (1-3)	27	30	31	32	7STATISTICS:KILLS - Utah 64 (Sommerfeldt 16), WSU 56 (Bautre 16)HITTING PERCENTAGE - Utah .111, WSU .119ASSISTS - Utah 58 (Kartchner 48), WSU 52 (Bristol 23, Richards 22)DIGS - Utah 71 (Morrill 19), WSU 71 (Carlson 13)BLOCKS - Utah 17 (Turner 11), WSU 8 (Todd 5)SERVICE ACES - Utah 9 (Turner, Leichliter 3 each), WSU 6 (Carlson 3)Attendance:  514.
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