For the 19th time in 21 tries, the Utah Valley University volleyball team defeated Chicago State in straight sets on Thursday evening at CSU’s Jacoby Dickens Center in Chicago (25-22, 25-22, 25-19).
With the victory, the Wolverines improve to 9-12 on the season and 4-2 in WAC play, while the Cougars drop to 10-12 overall and 1-5 in league matches with the setback.
“The girls played well. I’m proud of them for coming in and executing tonight,” head UVU coach Sam Atoa said. “Any time you hit .289, as a team, that is great. Overall I’m happy with our performance.”
Lexi Thompson paced the Wolverines offensively with 14 kills, while Kristen Allred added eight and Madison Dennison chipped in six. Dennison, who currently leads the nation in blocks, also recorded a match-high five blocks, while Sierra Starley and Seren Merrill led the way in assists and digs with 27 and 13, respectively.
“Lexi did a nice job of hitting for us,” Atoa said. “We fell short on a few goals that we set tonight, but I was pleased with our sideout percentage, our hitting percentage and our blocking. Those were three areas of focus that we did a nice job at.”
The Wolverines were the first to break through in the opening set, as they jumped out to a 10-6 advantage following a 6-1 run. The Cougars later evened the score at 13-13, but back responded Utah Valley by scoring six of the next eight points to take a 19-15 lead. With UVU later holding to a 24-19 set-point advantage, CSU answered with back-to-back-to-back points to pull within two at 24-22. It wasn’t enough, though, as the Wolverines closed the set at 25-22 on a Thompson kill. …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News