UVU volleyball: Atoa notches number 300 as UVU tops both Nevada and Cal Poly

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Sept. 14 2012 10:07 p.m. MDT

Later in the day against the Mustangs (1-9), Hall notched her first triple-double of the season as she tallied a match-high 45 assists, a team-high 14 digs and a season-high 10 kills. Farris led the way in kills with 14, while Nish added 12 and Stringham had 10. Stringham also recorded two solo blocks and eight block assists, and Farris also blocked well with five block assists and a solo.

After dropping an extra-point affair in the opening set, the Wolverines jumped out to a quick 5-1 advantage early in the second. The Mustangs battled right back, however, with six unanswered points to take a 7-5 lead of their own. The set went back-and-forth from there as no team led by more than three points the rest of the frame.

With the second set tied at 24-all, Farris helped UVU even the match by scoring the next two points, one by ace and the other by kill, to take the set 26-24. Hall, Farris and Tait all recorded three kills apiece for UVU in the set, while Stringham had four block assists.

The third set stayed close as no team led by more than two points until the Wolverines went up by three at 21-18 after a Cal Poly attack error. The Mustangs cut the deficit to one, at 21-20, but Farris sparked another rally in which the Wolverines scored four of the next five points to take the set 25-21. Farris had two kills and two blocks during the stretch.

With UVU leading 2-1, Cal Poly took control of the fourth set early on as it jumped out to a 10-4 advantage. But the Wolverines quickly came back. An ace from Nish tied the set at 13-all, and a kill by Stringham gave UVU a 14-13 lead.

The Mustangs worked a late 23-19 lead in the fourth, but the Wolverines rallied to score six of the next seven points to take a 25-24 advantage. Play continued from there until a kill from Fritlzer put the Wolverines up 29-28, and a Cal Poly attack error helped UVU take the set and the match. Stringham led the Wolverines in the final frame with six kills. Hall finished right behind her with four.

Atoa, who is in his 14th season as Utah Valley's head coach, now holds a career win-loss record of 301-139.

"You never focus on that stuff (referring to his 300th victory), you focus on the kids and it's fun to be able to embrace what you put together," Atoa said,. "Their success becomes your success as well. We've had a lot of great kids come through the program that have shared the same philosophy and foundation so the credit goes to them."

The Wolverines will be back in action next Tuesday, Sept. 18, when they travel to Cedar City, Utah to take on in-state foe Southern Utah.

Nevada Box Score

Cal Poly Box Score

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com

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