Oct. 30, 2008
OREM, Utah - The Utah Valley University women's volleyball team (8-10) swept Seattle University (9-18) in three sets (25-19, 25-21, 25-20) Thursday night led by sophomore Kayli Broadbent and junior Kristin Anderson who had 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
As a team the Wolverines outhit the Redhawks .257 to .162 in the match. Utah Valley also recorded eight total team blocks to Seattle's 7.5. Anderson's 10 kills came on only 16 swings with one error to earn a .562 attack percentage for the middle blocker, who also had two blocks on the night. Junior libero Allyce Wilson's back-row work provided UVU with 15 digs as well.
"Every team is different in what they can do according to their athlete's abilities and the team's necessities," UVU head coach Sam Atoa said. "Our job defensively is to adjust to what they do on offense, and tonight we were able to do that well."
UVU's defense held Seattle to a .186 attack percentage in the first set thanks in large part to 3.5 total team blocks and a seven-dig performance from Wilson. The Wolverines took the set 25-19 with Anderson and Broadbent each earning four kills in the set and senior Kristi Lindlley setting the team to a .297 pace.
The Wolverines scored seven of the first eight points in the second set, but allowed the Redhawks to tie the set at 7-7. Seven points later Utah Valley had a seven-point lead. Seattle would pull back to within two down the stretch, but no closer as UVU won the set 25-21. The Wolverines hit .259 in the set and held the Redhawk's .129.
The third set went to UVU 25-20 after a strong defensive effort from both teams. The Wolverines hit .216 with 3.5 total team blocks in the set, and the Redhawks hit .161 with four total team blocks. However, both Anderson and Broadbent reached double-digits in the kills column as they recoded four and five kills, respectively, in the deciding set.
Utah Valley's next match will be at Weber State Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Wolverines beat the Wildcats in five sets in Orem earlier this season. The team's next and last home match of the season before the Independent Championship will be Friday, Nov. 7 as UVU takes on Houston Baptist. Fans will get $2 off admission (students will be free) with a can of food to be donated to the Utah Food Bank.