No. 9 Volleyball Earns Weekend Split at No. 17 UCLA
LOS ANGELES – The ninth ranked Utah volleyball team salvaged a split against No. 17 UCLA on the road with a four-set (21-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-10) win on Sunday.
Utah's attack was on the entire match as they hit .317, but the defense was the story as they had 15.0 blocks in the match. Kennedi Evans led the way on those having 10.0 of them.
The Utes had three attackers with double-digit kills with Dani Drews having 24, Kenzie Koerber with 17 and Madelyn Robinson with 12.
Utah found itself in a hole early in the first set. They got back within two twice after trailing by as many as seven, but the Bruins held on taking the first set and the lead.
After the first, Utah took control of the match and didn't let go of it. In the second set, the Utes used a 7-1 run to go up 20-13. The Utes closed the set out and evened the match by winning three straight. After hitting just .163 in the first set, the Utes bounced back to hit .394 in the second.
Early in the third set, Utah won nine of 11 points to take control up 12-7. The Utes pushed their lead out by as many as nine and closed the set out 25-17 to take a 2-1 lead.
With a chance to close the match out and earn a weekend split, Utah wasted no time taking a lead. They jumped out to a 13-3 lead and closed things out 25-10.
The win moves Utah to 11-3 on the season.
Evans 10 blocks is the most by a Ute this season and second time in her career she's had double-digit blocks.
In addition to their strong offensive matches, Drews and Koerber both had double-doubles. Drews had 17 digs and Koerber had 13 digs along with 5.0 blocks.
Saige Ka'aha'aina-Torres posted 46 assists and 11 digs.
Vanessa Ramirez posted a career high 17 digs in the match.
Utah will play Colorado next week with the first match in Boulder and the second match on Sunday in Salt Lake City. Friday's match at Colorado will begin at 7 p.m.