– No. 25 Utah fought back from a two-set hole at No. 22 Washington State to earn three match points in the fifth set, but ended up dropping a heartbreaker on the road in Bohler Gym in Pullman, Washington.
The Utes had players stepping up in the near comeback as they finished with four players in double-digit kills and two career nights from Megan Yett
and Kenzie Koerber
Yett led the team with 18 kills and tallied her second career double-double with 18 digs. Koerber finished the match with 15 kills hitting .394 while also having 7.0 blocks.
After dropping the first set, Washington State took an early lead in the second, but Utah fought back late to get within one at 23-22. The Cougars would win the set to go up 2-0 in the match, but the Utes came out like a different team in the third set after making the late run in the second.
Utah jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the third and didn't let Washington State get close from there. Koerber and Yett sparked the Utes combining for 10 kills and only having two errors in the set.
The Utes kept their surge going in the fourth hitting .432 finishing with 18 kills and only two errors. They grabbed a 15-7 lead and didn't look back pushing the home team to a fifth set.
Like the entire match, the fifth set was very back and forth. In all, there were 12 ties in the fifth set alone and Utah had three match points that were all spoiled by Washington State. The Cougars took advantage of their first match point to win the match in front of their home fans.
Washington State came into the match as the third best team in the Pac-12 in blocks and Utah out blocked the Cougars 13.0-11.5.
led the team with 23 digs, and the other two Utes in double-digit kills were Dani Drews
and Lauga Gauta
with 11. Drews also had 18 digs.
The Utes will have to move on quickly as they will now travel to Seattle to take on Washington on Sunday, September 30 at 1 p.m. MT.