No. 11 Volleyball Beats Colorado for Launiere's 600th Win
SALT LAKE CITY – The No. 11 Utah volleyball team bounced back against Colorado after Friday night and earned a sweep (25-18, 25-16, 25-20) over the Buffaloes in the Huntsman Center to earn not only their 12th win of the season, but head coach Beth Launiere's 600th career win.
"I've been proud about the longevity I've been able to sustain," Launiere said. "Each milestone is nice to celebrate, but honestly the best thing about today was getting a 3-0 win against Colorado and keeping us in position for our goals. I always take a little time to celebrate these type of things because I think it's important, but I'll be watching video tomorrow on our next opponent for sure."
The Utes came into the match looking to get a split on the weekend after dropping a tough five-set match on Friday to Colorado. They got just that coming into the day taking business on their home court to move to 12-4 on the season.
The first set was really tight with the teams trading points all the way to 14. That's when Utah gained their first edge in the match with a 4-0 run and extended that to 7-1 to take a 22-16 lead. They closed the set out quickly with two kills from Kenzie Koerber and one kill from Dani Drews.
In the second set, Utah didn't need as much time to get a lead as they went on another 4-0 run early to go up 8-4. The Buffs were able to recover that time with a 3-0 spurt to get within one, but then the Utes ran off five straight and Colorado couldn't recover from that. By the end, Utah had extended its lead out to nine and went up 2-0 with a 25-16 second-set win. The Utes hit .314 in the second set.
Colorado took control early in the third set leading by five at 13-8. Utah proved to be too strong today though and immediately ran off five straight to tie the score at 13. Shortly after tying the score, the Utes won eight of nine points and clinched the match shortly after that.
Launiere has won all 600 of her matches at Utah building the program to where it is today. In her 31st season, she has had 18 20-win seasons and guided Utah to four Sweet 16 appearances.
Drews led the team with 16 kills. Madelyn Robinson also had double-figure kills with 11 to help lead the offense.
Saige Ka'aha'aina-Torres had 34 assists and led the team with 15 digs. She also chipped in with 3.0 blocks. Vanessa Ramirez was right behind her in digs with 14 and Koerber was the third Ute with double-figure digs with 12.
Next weekend, Utah will play its final two home matches of the season against Washington State. The first match is Friday night at 6 p.m. in the Huntsman Center.