The Utah State volleyball team was winless this season when it took on the University of Utah Friday night.
And the Aggies are still winless after falling to the Utes in three straight games, losing 25-21, 25-16 and 25-23.
But the Aggies did not go down without a fight. With a roster of mostly in-state players, the Aggies took the lead in the first game at 19-18. At that point, the Utes' Kathryn Haynie took over, smashing one kill to give Utah a 23-21 lead and then blocking down the game-winning point.
Cynthia Silva smashed five winners in that first game and was named the player of the match with 10 kills and 12 digs.
"I was really intense," she said.
"It was good to see Cynthia have a good offensive night," said Utah coach Beth Launiere, who has guided the Utes to a 6-1 start this season, losing only to fourth-ranked Texas.
In the last game, Utah trailed 23-20 when Launiere called a timeout and the Utes came back with five straight points to register the win.
"We had just worked on a drill in practice for that same situation," said Launiere, "I told them to go out and just do the drill."
It worked to perfection.
Emillie Toone recorded her best performance of the season with nine kills and four blocks. Toone has come back to play after sitting out a year with an injury.
"It takes awhile," Launiere said. "She is getting back in competitive mode. We have been talking to her about being more aggressive, and she was more aggressive tonight."
Also piling up 10 kills was Haynie, but she modestly stated, "We have so many people that we can go to."
The Utes will take on 15th-ranked Purdue tonight at 7 p.m. at Crimson Court.
UTAH VALLEY GETS FIRST WIN: The Utah Valley University women's volleyball team (1-5) earned its first victory of the year Friday at home in a 3-0 sweep 25-20, 25-19, 25-16 against North Texas (1-6) in the first match of the LaQuinta Invitational.
Sophomore outside hitter Kayli Broadbent led all attackers with 16 kills in the match with a hitting percentage of .542. Freshman outside hitter Chelsey Garfield also recorded 11 kills in her first match at the Shurian Family Activity Center in Orem.
Junior middle blocker Kristen Anderson added four more blocks to her total (33) on the year as she continues to average 1.5 blocks per set. Junior libero Allyce Wilson also recorded 22 digs in the three sets, marking the second time she has surpassed the 20-dig mark in a match this season.
The LaQuinta Invitational continues today as North Texas squares off against Idaho State at 1 p.m. and UVU hosts Idaho State at 7 p.m.
WILDCATS RALLY FOR VICTORY: The Weber State volleyball team rallied for a 3-2 victory over San Diego State on Friday night in the first match of the Gonzaga Invitational in Spokane, Wash.
The victory, which moves WSU to 6-3 on the season, was the second win over San Diego State in one week after beating the Aztecs 3-1 last Saturday at the Baylor Classic in Waco, Texas. WSU won Friday's match 21-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 15-6 for its second-straight five set win.
The Wildcats were led in kills by junior Chelsa Bair, who tied her season-high with 18 kills and also had 10 digs for her third double-double of the season. It marked the 50th match in Bair's 74-match career in which she has posted 10 or more kills. Junior Micah Folsom finished with 11 kills and a season-high 14 digs for her second double-double of the season. Caitlyn Anderson led WSU with 17 digs and Brittney Bisaillon posted nine kills for the 'Cats.
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