Cougars defeat Utes in offseason competition
PROVO, Utah—BYU women’s volleyball took down Utah 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-23, 25-21) at the Smith Fieldhouse Friday evening in an offseason matchup.
Utah took the early lead in the first set, but Alexa Gray tied up the score 7-7 on a kill, and freshman Amy Boswell followed with a kill of her own to take the first Cougar lead. BYU skipped ahead 14-10 with the help of Ute errors, holding onto that lead through the rest of the 25-22 set.
BYU posted four quick points in the second set with the help of two blocks by Kimberli Boswell and a service ace by newcomer Camry Godfrey. Utah tied it up on a kill 9-9 and proceeded to take the lead. The Cougars tied up the set two more times, but couldn’t gain control, and lost the second set 25-20.
The Utes and Cougars were neck-and-neck through the third set, coming a tie 12 times. At 23-all, Hamson slammed Utah with a kill to put BYU at set point, and a Ute error pushed the Cougars to a 25-23 victory and 2-1 lead overall.
Up 4-1 to start the fourth set, BYU lost its lead momentarily on a Ute kill. Three consecutive Utah points increased the deficit to 15-12, but the undeterred Cougars answered with three straight points of their own to tie it at 15-15. BYU didn’t regain the lead until Haddock’s kill put the Cougars up one, part of a 4-0 run that brought the score to 23-20. Utah got one more kill in before another Haddock kill and a service ace took the set and the match for the Cougars.
The teams played a practice fifth set following the BYU victory. Utah took a 3-1 lead to start, but a 5-0 Cougar run stole the lead for BYU. The Cougars had another 5-0 run, highlighted by two kills from Jessica Jardine, and a Utah error finished off the practice round with a 15-10 BYU advantage.
Last weekend the Cougars lost to the Utes and defeated Salt Lake Community College and Weber State in a tournament hosted by Utah.
BYU heads up the road to Orem April 13 for a tournament hosted by the UVU Wolverines. The tournament starts at 9 a.m. MDT.
Former BYU women’s volleyball All-American Amy Boswell Usevitch will be inducted into the WCC Hall of Honor on Saturday…