Nov. 11, 2010
NEWARK, N.J. - Utah Valley's volleyball team won its eighth victory in its last nine tries Thursday evening in Newark, N.J., as it downed the NJIT Highlanders in three sets (25-21, 25-22, 25-21).
"I didn't think that we had the flow that we were expecting tonight but we played alright," UVU head coach Sam Atoa said. "Even though some things weren't going our way and we couldn't get the momentum that we hoped for. We were able to stay composed and take care of the things that we needed to, to get the job done."
In a close first set, UVU (19-10, 8-3) found itself trailing 15-12 to the Highlanders (4-21, 2-10) midway through. The Wolverines then rolled off three consecutive points to tie it at 15-all. UVU then went on a 6-0 unanswered run to pull ahead for good as it won the first set by four.
The second set was more of the same as it was all knotted up a 10 apiece. The Wolverines then pulled ahead by a couple of points and managed to hold off the home Highlanders runs the rest of the set to win by three.
In the third and final set, NJIT took an early lead and held it for the majority of the set as it tried to do all it could to send its seniors out with a victory on senior night. But back came the Wolverines as they took advantage of a number of Highlander attack errors to take the lead at 16-15. UVU didn't look back the rest of the way as sophomore Erica Nish put the match away by scoring the final point with a kill.
Senior Kayli Doxey and junior Chelsey Heaps put up double-doubles for UVU in the win. Doxey had 11 kills and 13 digs, while Heaps had 10 kills and 11 digs. Junior Jaicee Kuresa also had a solid match as she scored nine kills, hit .304 and added three blocks.
With the win UVU improved to 5-1 all-time against the Highlanders, which includes a perfect 2-0 this season.
The Wolverines will conclude the regular season Saturday at 1 p.m. MT with a match in the Windy City at the winless Chicago State Cougars. UVU will then prepare for its first conference championship that will take place Nov. 19-21, back in Chicago.