Sept. 9, 2011
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Utah Valley University women's volleyball scored the final 11 points of the third set to complete a 3-0 sweep over the Air Force Academy at the Falcon Invitational Friday night (25-16, 25-13, 25-22). The win was UVU's fifth in a row and improved the Wolverines to 7-2 overall on the young season.
"We played very well in the first two sets and it took some time for us to get back into that mode in the third," Wolverine head coach Sam Atoa said. "But once we did it was hard to stop our momentum."
Chelsey Heaps led UVU with a match-high 14 kills and hit an impressive .455 attack percentage. Erica Nish and Lindsay Barker just missed finishing in double digits in kills, as Nish added nine and Barker had eight. Brookelyn Campbell and McKenna Tait also had solid nights as Campbell put up a match-best 35 assists and four block assists and Tait had 11 digs and three service aces.
In the opening set UVU broke out to a 10-5 lead after consecutive kills from Heaps. AFA (2-6) got within three at 15-12 but the Wolverines scored the next three points to take an 18-12 advantage. After a Falcon point, UVU then rolled off five straight points to take a commanding 23-13 lead. UVU won set at 25-16 on a Heaps kill. In the set the Wolverines outhit the Falcons .357 to .059 and Heaps drilled home an impressive eight kills.
The second set was similar to the first, as Air Force kept it close in the beginning but UVU used a 7-0 run in the middle of it to go ahead for good at 17-9. The Wolverines went on to win the set by 12 points. Campbell led UVU in the set with nine assists, two blocks and two kills.
The third set was a different story however as the Falcons broke out to a large lead and it took a late UVU rally to pull it out.
With Air Force up 22-14 in the final set, UVU made its run by scoring 11 unanswered points to win the set 25-22. Tait started the rally by serving the final 10 straight points and Barker and Nish led the Wolverines offensively during the stretch with three and two respective kills.
"McKenna did an awesome job in being able to serve the final 10 balls of match for us and we were able to do the right things as a team to pull it off," Atoa added. "It was very loud in here and I'm proud of the girls for coming in, stepping up and enjoying the environment."
For the match the UVU outhit the Falcons .337 to .125.
The Wolverines will put their winning streak on the line Saturday when they play two more matches at the Falcon Invitational. UVU will first look for some revenge against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks when it takes them on for the second time of the season at 1 p.m. The Wolverines will then finish the tournament with a match against South Carolina Upstate at 5 p.m.