Cougars Fall to Utes in MWC Title Match

Rachel Dyer led the Cougars in both kills and blocks against Utah and was named to the MWC All-Tournament Team. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

Goodman and Dyer Named All-Tournament

LAS -- BYU's Mountain West Conference Tournament title hopes came to an end Saturday night as the Cougars fell to in-state rival Utah in the championship match. The five-game loss leaves No. 21 BYU with a 25-3 overall record and the hope of an at-large berth in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. This year's Tournament field will be announced Sunday at 12:30 p.m. MST on ESPNNews.

"I felt like we gave it everything we had but we came up short and that's disappointing," said BYU head coach Jason Watson. "We feel good, however, that our season is not over and that we have a lot of volleyball left to play. That's encouraging."

Redshirt freshman Rachel Dyer led BYU in both kills and blocks with 17 offensive putaways and five rejections. All-MWC outside hitter Chelsea Goodman also had double-digit kills with 15 while adding 12 digs to record her 14th double-double of the season and fifth in the last six matches. Annie Kemp led the Cougars with 16 digs.

The Utes got off to a fast start in game one, keeping BYU, the nation's 14th-best hitting team, completely out of its offense while holding the Cougars to a .062 hitting percentage. BYU scored the first point of the match but never led again in game one, falling 30-21. Utah's Airial Salvo, the MWC Freshman of the Year, pounded six kills in the game while hitting .667.

Game two began with an identical 4-1 Utah lead, which the Utes built to 10-6. The Cougars had a chance to tie the game at 11-11 after a 4-1 run but could not capitalize and quickly found themselves trailing by four points once again at 14-10. BYU got a second chance at 16-15 and found the back corner of the Utah court, resulting in a Cougar point.

A huge block from Lexi Brown Patterson and Lindsy Hartsock on the next point capped the 5-0 BYU run and gave the Cougars their first lead since 1-0 in game one. The two teams battled back and forth from there with neither team able to gain more than a two-point advantage. Tied at 28-28, Rachel Dyer pounded two emphatic kills on the right side, giving BYU the gritty 30-28 win.

Trailing 8-6 in game three, Hartsock served four straight points, including two aces, to give BYU a 10-8 lead. That advantage was short-lived, however, as the Utes stormed back on an 8-3 run to turn the game 18-15 in their favor. That lead proved insurmountable for BYU as Utah scored eight of the last 11 points to win the game 30-23. The Cougars' hitting woes continued in the game as they racked up 12 attack errors combined with 17 kills on 37 swings to hit .135.

After getting off to another slow start, the Cougars put togther a 4-1 run to tie game four at 12-12, but did not have enough to overtake the Utes. While the game remained close with Utah owning no more than a three-point advantage until late in the game, BYU could not string together the points necessary to even the match and force a fifth game. Down 27-21, the Cougars attempted a late comeback with a 5-1 spurt to cut the lead to two but would get no closer as the Utes converted their first match point for the 30-26 victory.

Volleyball Box Score

BYU COUGARS

Utah vs #21 Brigham Young Univ. (Nov 26, 2005 at Las Vegas)

Utah | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

## Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE|POINTS

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4 SOMMERFELDT, Shelly. 4| 17 8 44 .205| 1| 2 4| 0| 9| 1 3 0| 0| 21.5

5 BAIRD, Lori......... 4| 8 5 34 .088| 0| 2 2| 0| 1| 0 9 3| 0| 14.5

11 SALVO, Airial....... 4| 16 2 38 .368| 0| 0 0| 1| 8| 0 5 0| 0| 18.5

12 KRUG, Shannon....... 4| 0 2 6 -.333| 54| 0 3| 0| 3| 0 4 0| 0| 2.0

15 TOONE, Emillie...... 4| 7 1 17 .353| 0| 0 0| 1| 1| 1 7 1| 0| 11.5

17 WEBB, Whitney....... 4| 11 5 20 .300| 0| 0 0| 1| 11| 0 5 0| 0| 13.5

9 LEICHLITER, Danielle 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 3 0| 2| 12| 0 0 0| 0| 3.0

13 THEURER, Katie...... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 2| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

16 ROBISON, Kate....... 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 2| 3| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

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Totals.............. 4| 59 23 159 .226| 55| 7 11| 7| 49| 2 33 4| 0| 84.5

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 18.5

Game K E TA Pct

1 12 4 29 .276 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 TEAM RECORDS

2 14 10 42 .095 Utah................ (3) 30 28 30 30 22-8

3 12 2 29 .345 Brigham Young Univ.. (1) 22 30 23 26 25-3

4 21 7 59 .237

Brigham Young Univ. | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN

## Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE|POINTS

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1 GOODMAN, Chelsea.... 4| 15 8 38 .184| 0| 2 1| 2| 12| 0 3 0| 1| 18.5

5 EVANS, Lauren....... 4| 5 4 14 .071| 53| 0 3| 0| 12| 0 2 1| 0| 6.0

9 PATTERSON, Lexi..... 4| 7 9 22 -.091| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 4 2| 0| 9.0

10 LOTT, Erica......... 3| 7 9 26 -.077| 1| 0 0| 1| 5| 0 1 2| 0| 7.5

14 HARTSOCK, Lindsy.... 4| 5 2 12 .250| 1| 4 2| 0| 2| 0 5 0| 0| 11.5

44 DYER, Rachel........ 4| 17 5 29 .414| 0| 1 2| 0| 1| 0 5 1| 0| 20.5

2 BEAUMONT, Janvier... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 0 2| 2| 7| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

3 EVANS, Lindsey...... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 2| 12| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

11 KEMP, Annie......... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 3| 0 0| 0| 16| 0 0 0| 0| 0.0

13 PORTER, Bryn........ 1| 4 2 18 .111| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 1| 0| 4.0

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Totals.............. 4| 60 39 159 .132| 59| 7 10| 7| 68| 0 20 7| 1| 77.0

TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 10.0

Game K E TA Pct

1 12 10 32 .062 Site: Las Vegas (Cox Pavilion)

2 17 9 37 .216 Date: Nov 26, 2005 Attend: 614 Time: 2H 10M

3 17 12 37 .135 Referees: VERNA KLUBNIKIN, MARY BLALOCK

4 14 8 53 .113

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