OGDEN — Utah Valley snapped a five-match losing streak with a 3-0 road victory over in-state foe Weber State at Swenson Gym on Tuesday night (25-17, 25-17, 25-19). Junior Kalani Norris and freshman Macky Treanor led the way for the Wolverines as they each recorded double digits in kills and hit over .400 apiece.
"We played well on both sides of the ball tonight," said head coach Sam Atoa. "The girls did a great job of being able to take control of the match and I felt like they really disrupted Weber State's offense, which allowed us to score some points."
Norris' 15 kills and .481 attack percentage led the way for UVU but Treanor finished right behind her with 12 kills of her own and a .407 hitting percentage. Senior setter Brookelyn Hall and junior libero McKenna Tait too had solid matches as they both recorded match-highs in assists and digs with 36 and 10, respectively. Hall also chipped in seven digs while Tait added two aces.
In a match that saw just one lead change and three ties, UVU (3-8) dominated the Wildcats (4-10) from start to finish as it outhit the home team .358-.156 as well as held a 70-50 sideout percentage advantage.
The victory marks UVU's fifth straight over the Wildcats and now gives the Wolverines a 9-6 advantage over WSU in the all-time series.
UVU WOMEN'S GOLF: At Kuna, Idaho, the Utah Valley University women's golf team closed out the Bronco Fall Invitational on Tuesday with a ninth-place finish. The 54-hole tournament was hosted by Boise State at the Falcon Crest Golf Club in Kuna, Idaho.
The Wolverines, who entered the final day of the tournament in ninth place, maintained their finish as they shot 37-over par in the final round. For the three rounds, UVU combined for a final tally of +105 with scores of 322, 322 and 325.
"It was a rough tournament for our team," said head coach Sue Nyhus. "We've been struggling a bit as of late but we'll try to regroup and get back on track."
Junior Brooke Whittaker led the Utah Valley team scorers on the day and at the tournament. Her final round of 79 (+7) helped her finish in a tie for 26th at 17-over par. Sophomore Kalea Heu, who was competing as an individual at the invitational, posted UVU's next best finish at 23-over. Her final round of nine-over 81 helped her tie for 39th overall.
Juniors Hannah Herman and Lynn-Marié Nagel were the Wolverines' next best finishers as they posted respective final tallies of +25 and +29. Herman's 241 was good enough for a tie of 42nd place while Nagel's 245 pitted her in 50th.
Redshirt freshman Kimberly Nyhus posted the best final round for any UVU golfer on Tuesday as the individual shot a four-over 76 to help her finish the tournament at +30. During Nyhus' final round she recorded one birdie, 12 pars and five bogeys.
"All three of our individuals had one good round apiece," added Nyhus. "Monica Yeates shot a 77 in the first round, Kalea had a 73 in the second round and Kim had a 76 today so we had a couple of bright moments."
Santa Clara won the tournament with 11-over par and SCU's Kaci McCartan walked away as the individual winner at one-under. Host Boise State took second at +18 while Portland State finished third with 23-over.
"As we move forward we'll begin preparing for New Mexico State," concluded Nyhus. "We're working towards more consistency and learning how to play the game of golf rather than just hit balls."
SUU RUNNER EARNS AWARD: Southern Utah cross country runner Ryan Barrus earned a nod from the Big Sky Conference this week, garnering an Athlete of the WeekComment on this story
award after a second-place individual finish at the UC Riverside Invitational.
Barrus led the Thunderbirds to a second-place team finish on Saturday, crossing the finish line in second place with a time of 24:04.8 in the 8k. While Central Arizona's Harry Mulenga won the race with first-place time of 22:58.7, Barrus' time broke into Southern Utah's records on the course, ranking second behind Cameron Levins' 2011 time of 22:58.7.
WEBER STATE'S HARPER PICKS UP HONOR: For the second-straight week the Weber State women's cross country team has picked up a Big Sky Athlete of the Week. WSU freshman Summer Harper earned the conference's weekly honor Tuesday after her performance at the BYU meet last Saturday.
Running in her first collegiate meet, Harper, a native of Orem, finished third overall at the BYU Autumn Classic in Provo. She posted a time of 18:14.0 on the 5K course to finish third, less than one second behind the second-place finisher. The Wildcats finished third as a team in the meet.