– Utah fell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to the No. 4 BYU Cougars in Smith Field House in straight sets (16-25, 21-25, 18-25) on Saturday, December 1.
"It was a tough loss," head coach Beth Launiere
said. "We had the kind of season, as of late, where we really didn't want it to end. We've had such a nice run here at the end and we've been playing such great volleyball, doing a lot of winning, just a great team chemistry. From that perspective, I didn't want it to come to an end. Unfortunately, we came up against a really good BYU team tonight."
The Utes season comes to an end with a record of 19-14 overall. The team won six of its last seven matches coming into the match tonight against BYU.
led the team with 13 kills hitting .345 on the night. Kenzie Koerber
was right behind her with nine kills hitting .368.
The Utes had a great start to the match jumping out to an 8-5 lead. BYU hung around though and eventually took the advantage using a 7-0 run to go up 17-11 that the Utes couldn't recover from. The Cougars rode the home crowd to the first-set win.
BYU took an early lead in the second, but Utah still hung around. Unfortunately, the Utes couldn't get closer than three and BYU took a 2-0 lead after winning the second set.
The Cougars took charge early in the third set building a 9-3 lead. Utah ran off a few points to try and tighten the set back up, but with the win in its grasp, BYU closed out the match.
This was the first meeting between BYU and Utah in the NCAA Tournament.
led the team with 24 assists finishing off a great season. The junior setter eclipsed the 1,000-assist mark for the second straight season and led the team in aces with 48. She was two aces away from tying the single-season record for aces in a season.
led the team in digs with eight.