Aug. 27, 2011
OREM, Utah - Utah Valley scored 13 of the final 14 points of the third set Saturday afternoon to complete a three game sweep over CSU Bakersfield (25-13, 25-20, 25-20). The win improves the Wolverines to 2-0 on the year and gives them the opportunity to win the Wolverine Invitational when they take on Northern Arizona tonight at 7 p.m.
During the final stretch of the match UVU also scored 11 consecutive points. Wolverine freshman McKenna Tail served the final 10 points of the rally and converted four of them into service aces.
"I'm proud of the girls and that they were able to realize that we can finish," UVU head coach Sam Atoa said. "We have been very impressive and consistent with our serving in the last two matches and we needed McKenna (Tait) to do what she did at the end. The team is learning to play with confidence."
The Wolverines wasted no time getting out to an early lead against their old Independent foe as they took a 6-1 lead in the early stages of the first set. Following a senior Chelsey Heaps kill UVU later took an 18-9 advantage. UVU finished off the set at 25-13 on a block from senior Sarah Clement and freshman Cassie Wahlin. The Wolverines outhit CSUB (0-2) .480 to .143 in the set.
Trailing 5-1 in the second set, UVU quickly responded by scoring five unanswered points to go ahead 6-5. From there the match stayed close until the Wolverines scored back-to-back points on a sophomore Lindsay Barker ace and a Clement kill to go ahead 17-13. The Wolverines went on to win the set by five as Barker finished it off with a kill. Heaps and Barker each had five kills in the set, while sophomore Brookelyn Campbell added 10 assists.
In the beginning of the third set CSUB and UVU found themselves all tied up at 6-all. The Roadrunners then pulled ahead and worked a seven-point advantage at 19-12. The Wolverines then rallied to win the set by scoring the 13 of the final 14 points.
With the win UVU now improved to 6-1 all-time against the Roadrunners.
Heaps and Barker finished in double figures in kills as they tallied 11 and 10 respectively. Clement added seven and hit .462 for the match. As a team the Wolverine outhit the `Runners .313 to .112.
In other Wolverine Invitational action Northern Arizona came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Illinois State 3-2.