#17 Utes Down Cougars in Four Sets
Adora Anae becomes Utah's All-Time kill leader
PULLMAN, WASH. - The No. 17-ranked Utah Utes (14-3, 5-1) downed the Washington State Cougars (13-5, 2-4) in four sets (25-21, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21) early Sunday afternoon at Bohler Gym in Pullman, Wash. During the first set of Sunday's match, Adora Anae became Utah's all-time leader in kills. Anae finished the match with 20 kills to have a total of 1,635 kills thus far in her career. Anae passed Utah's first ever All-American, Kim Turner (2000-03), who previously held the record with 1,620 kills. Tied 11-11 in the first set, both Utah and Washington State traded points early until Anae recorded a kill which would help the Utes put together a 4-1 run. The teams went into the media timeout following the run with a Ute lead, 15-12. Out of the timeout, the Cougars countered with a 4-1 run of their own to square the frame at 16-16. Leading 23-21. A kill from Dani Barton followed by a block from Barton gave the Utes the first set 25-21. In the second set, Utah scored four straight points to force Washington State to call its first timeout following a kill fromKenzie Koerber, trailing the Utes 12-8. The Cougars scored three of the next four points to trail 13-11, but Utah went on a 7-3 run to extend the lead to 20-14. Washington State made a late push and cut the Ute lead to just 21-18, but three straight points from the Utes earned the first set point after a service ace from Shannon Scully. Utah took the second set, 25-19, after a block from Berkeley Oblad that was originally called out, but after a challenge from Utah that there was a touch off the block, the play was reviewed and overturned. Utah trailed 12-10 in the third set before three straight points from Washington State sent the Utes into the media timeout trailing 15-10. A kill from Koerber brought the Utes within four points, trailing 20-16, but Washington State scored four of the next six points to earn its first set point, 24-18. Utah had a late rally, scoring three straight points and forcing a Washington State timeout, but it wasn't enough as the Cougars took the set 25-21. The Utes forced an early Washington State timeout, trailing 8-4, in the fourth set after scoring five straight points. The 5-0 run included three service aces from Anae, along with kills from Barton and Carly Trueman. With the Ute lead at 15-10, the Cougars forced a Utah timeout after scoring three straight points to only trail by two, 15-13. Tied 21-21, Utah scored four straight points to secure the match win and take the fourth set 25-21. Bailey Choy posted 35 assists and eight digs against Washington State, while Camryn Machado added in 13 assists. Dani Barton totaled 12 kills, Berkeley Oblad and Tawnee Luafalemana each added in nine kills, and Carly Trueman registered eight kills for the Utes. Oblad also had 5 total blocks for Utah. Three Utes had double-digit dig efforts with Brianna Doehrmannleading the way with 17 digs. Anae finished the day with 16 digs and Scully totaled 14 digs. Utah led Washington State in kills (66-48), hitting percentage (.250-.193), assists (60-43), digs, (71-58), and service aces (6-3). The Utes continue Pac-12 road play next weekend against Arizona and Arizona State. Utah takes on Arizona Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. MT to open the weekend.