SALT LAKE CITY – Utah volleyball has remained undefeated through the season with wins over Cal Poly (25-17, 25-17, 25-16) and San Diego, ranked 22nd (28-30, 25-22, 25- 22, 25-17) Friday at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Utah will play an unbeaten weekend in its home tournament tomorrow night in Salt Lake City, hosting Hawaii at 7 p.m. MT to close the event.
“Some games are just games where you really have to manage, and that’s what it was like tonight against San Diego,” said the head coach. Beth launiere. “They are a really talented San Diego team and it was very beneficial to play a game like that at the start of the season. It was a fun game because both teams were making a lot of adjustments as they went. as the game progressed. We look forward to playing Hawaii tomorrow night and finishing strong in our home tournament. “
# 19 Utah 3, # 22 San Diego 1
The game between the two top 25 teams did not disappoint as Utah took the 3-1 victory to remain unbeaten this season. The first three sets went to the wire before the Utes definitively sidelined the Toreros in the fourth set after hitting a collective clip of 0.438 in the frame.
The ranked pair went back and forth in the first set and it took extra points before San Diego could secure the victory. Utah took the lead at 22-19, but a 5-1 run from San Diego saw the Utes push back their first set point, led by 24-23. A big kill from Drews evened the score, but the teams continued to trade points until the set was tied 28-28. Although he pushed back four previous set points, a San Diego kill and Ute attack error ended the set.
The second set played out the same as the first, with both teams playing tight until Utah took a lead midway through the 17-14 frame. The Utes allowed the Toreros to come back over time and were eventually forced to call a timeout with the lead reduced to 23-22 late in the set. Out of the timeout, San Diego put a serve out of bounds and an attacking error would give Utah the set 25-22. Dani Drew was electric in the set, recording nine wins for Utah with a .467 clip.
The errors occurred a little and a long way into the third set as both teams hit over .300 as a unit. Zoe Weatherington, Madelyn Robinson and Kennedi evans each posted four wins in the set and combined for a single error to guide the Utes into another competitive victory. The setting was the same as Utah and San Diego were again tied late as the previous sets. Utah racked up a trio of points from one Weatherington win and two Drews wins as the score tied at 22-22 to win the set and put themselves in a position to close the game.
Utah didn’t pass up the opportunity and took a 13-7 lead to start the fourth set and never looked back. A 19-11 lead gave Utah the victory, and although a quick run in San Diego reduced the lead to just four points, Utah bounced back and came out with a 25-17 victory in the fourth. set and a 3-1 win. The Utah offense had 15 kills with just one error in the last set (0.438 percent).
Drews registered 23 kills, a season high, while Robinson added 12 and Weatherington registered 11 kills, a season high. Stef Jankiewicz once again led the offense and tallied 42 assists and 14 digs for the team in his first double-double as a Ute. Robinson also landed a double-double, adding 12 digs to his kill count. Vanessa ramirez also hit the 10+ mark in digs, also finishing with 12 digs. Allie Olsen finished with a block total of 6.0, a high for the team.
# 19 Utah 3, Cal Poly 0
Aggressive serve and net play guided Utah through a first 25-17 win, and later the game, to kick off the Utah Classic. Utah finished the opening set with five aces serving and four blocks, while Dani Drew tallied six kills with a 0.462 hit percentage to start the two-day tournament.
The Utes took an early lead over the Mustangs, forcing Cal Poly to request a time-out after falling 6-2 in the first set. Cal Poly reduced him to just two points, but another push from Utah led to a six-point lead at the end of the first set. In control, Utah extended the lead to 22-14 before a pair of wins from Madelyn Robinson and an ace of Stef Jankiewicz would close the set for Utah.
There was little separation in the second set until a 6-0 Utes run left the Mustangs 12-6 behind despite a Cal Poly timeout in the middle of the race. A short trade by the Mustangs reduced the score to just two points, but Zoe Weatherington stopped the chain of points with a timely kill. Utah then scored four of the next six points to regain the lead at 21-16. After a Cal Poly sideout, Utah closed the set with four straight points, including two blocks and another Robinson kill, to once again win 25-17.
Utah finished their second straight sweep of the season after limiting Cal Poly to just 0.054 hits in the third set. Drews had seven kills in the frame, while Robinson added four to end his game. The third set was once again close to start until the halfway point when Utah led 13-10 and scored eight of the next ten points to maintain a 21-12 lead. A statement from Drews put Utah in a position to close the game, while Allie Olsen set the last stitch to complete the sweep.
Drews led the team with 14 kills, while Robinson posted his second double-digit effort of the season with 10 kills. Weatherington followed with seven kills, while Evans added five kills to the tally. Jankiewicz distributed 21 assists in straight sets and Emily smith got 14 assists in the third set.
Vanessa ramirez was on a mission against the Mustangs and had 12 digs for the defense of Utah. Ramirez, with Megan Yett, also had three aces serving each of Utah’s 10 total. Evans totaled five blocks and Weatherington registered four blocks to lead Utah at the net. Utah defeated Cal Poly in kills (44-27), assists (37-23), digs (41-32), aces (10-3) and blocks (10.0-6, 0).