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No. 7 Utah Volleyball Falls In Four At No. 9 Washington, 3-1

Feb 27, 2021

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SEATTLE, Wash. – After battling back to win the third set, the No. 7 University of Utah Volleyball team fell to the No. 9 Washington Huskies for the second straight match, 3-1. Utah is 8-2 overall this season.

The Utes dropped the first two sets before battling to win the third, but a big run by the Huskies in the fourth made it tough for the Utes to rally back with Washington pulling away for the win. 

The Utes were led in kills by senior Dani Drews, who racked up a game-high 21, also adding 15 digs to her stat line. Junior Saige Ka'aha'aina-Torres recorded a team-high 39 assists, also tying Drews for a team-best 15 digs.

Senior Kenzie Koerber and redshirt junior Phoebe Grace tied for the team lead in blocks with four each with Koerber also notching nine kills, 12 digs and two aces.

After going point-for-point with the Huskies early in the first set, Washington was able to take a 14-10 lead on a 4-0 run. The Utes battled back to within one which included a key kill from Koerber, but Washington would go on to lead the rest of the set with the Utes averaging just a 16.7 hitting percentage through the first set.

The Utes jumped out to a two-point advantage in the second set on a block from Koerber and redshirt sophomore Kennedi Evans, but Washington would answer once again, going on a 6-0 run to take an 9-5 lead. Despite holding the Huskies to a low hitting percentage in the second set, the Utes hitting percentage continued to drop (-0.029) with Washington taking the second set 25-17.

Utah battled it out in the third set with Drews racking up nine kills in the set with Utah walking away with the 25-23 win to push a fourth. After trailing 19-15 late in the third, the Utes started to chip away with an ace from sophomore Emily Smith to tie it 21-21 and two straight kills from Drews to take the lead, eventually claiming the two-point win.

The Utes led 7-6 early in the fourth set on a big kill from junior Madelyn Robinson, but another 6-0 run by Washington would put Utah in a hole that they were unable to overcome, falling 25-18 in the set and 3-1 overall in the match.

Utah returns to action March 5 and March 7 when they host the Stanford Cardinal in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The Utes and the Cardinal will get started on Friday at 6 p.m. MT with the game being live streamed via UtahUtes.com.