No. 8 Utah Defeats San Jose State, 3-0

Sept. 7, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - The University of Utah women's volleyball team (5-0) completed its fourth three-game sweep of the season when they defeated San Jose State University 32-30, 30-16, 30-26, at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 7.

In game one, the Utes were down 27-22, but scored seven straight points before winning 32-30. Utah dominated game two, finishing with 9.5 team blocks and out-hitting San Jose State .483 to -.091. The Utes sealed the victory in game three.

Junior Kim Turner set a new school record for total blocks in a three-game match with 13. Turner also had seven kills.

Senior Sylva Strzinkova led the team with 16 kills and 12 digs. She also had eight blocks and four service aces. Sophomore setter Kelsie Kartchner notched 38 assists and sophomore Sabina Schulz finished with 10 kills and nine digs, just shy of a double-double.

San Jose State was led by Kim Noble's 14 kills and eight digs. Fran Pozzi chipped in 13 kills and eight digs as well. Stephanie Pascucci added 12 kills on the afternoon. Jeanine Haldi led the team with 12 digs defensively.

The Utes hit .231 on the match and had 22.5 blocks in the three games, while San Jose State hit .091 and managed just four blocks.

The Utes face No. 1 Stanford, the defending national champions and the team that knocked Utah out of the Sweet Sixteen last season, at 7:00 p.m. tonight for the championship.

The Spartans will take on Cal Poly in the 5:00 p.m. this evening at Maples Pavilion.

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