BYU, Utah hosted a rivalry rematch in an NCAA volleyball tournament with wins – .

BYU, Utah hosted a rivalry rematch in an NCAA volleyball tournament with wins – .

The BYU and Utah volleyball teams will meet in the second round of the NCAA tournament after both knocking out their opponents in the first round on Friday.

With both teams playing at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo, Utah beat UVU 3-1, then BYU swept Boise State.

Utah and UVU met twice in August to start the season, with the then No. 10 utes winning both times.

Although Utah’s standings have now dropped to 16th, the result has remained the same with the Utes beating the WAC tournament champions for the third time this year.

“I think Utah Valley are a very good team,” said longtime Utah coach Beth Launière after her team’s game against the Wolverines. “They are very well supervised. It’s a great coaching team.

“I have the greatest respect for (UVU coach) Sam Atoa and what he’s doing there. They just have a lot of really good hitters. They are aggressive and they have been fired. I thought they played well.

UVU entered the game victorious in their last eight sets, but Utah quickly ended that streak, using a push to pull away from the Wolverines and win the opening set 25-16.

The Utes scored the last seven points for a comfortable 1-0 lead.

The next set saw the Wolverines fight their way to a decisive 25-22 victory, as UVU did just enough to keep Utah at bay and maintain a slim advantage throughout the set.

“It was more for us to take care of the ball on our side, and I think that was the difference,” Atoa said of the second set. “We couldn’t do as much in the other sets. “

Utah regained the lead in the third set, scoring a 25-19 victory. The Utes controlled the set, extending their advantage over time.

Utah finished in the fourth and final set to advance to the second round of the tournament, posting a dominant performance, using four aces on service and 11 kills to secure a 25-11 victory.

“Whichever team we play tomorrow, whether BYU or Boise, these are two teams we have to get revenge on,” senior passer Stef Jankiewicz said ahead of the Utes’ second round game.

“So we’re ready to come in and go as hard as we can. “

Utah will play BYU, as the Cougars ended the night with a comfortable 3-0 sweep from Boise State, advancing to the second round of the tournament for the 10th consecutive season.

BYU sophomore forward Erin Livingston had 15 kills. It was rounded out by teammate Whitney Bower, who finished the night with 25 of the Cougars’ 33 assists.

“I think Whitney had a great game,” said BYU coach Heather Olmstead. “She was putting on such nice balls to hit and Erin was rocking fearlessly.”

“It started with the hands, between the hands, around the hands, on the hands. I think she’s just playing with a self-confidence that she can kill every time she rocks, and she almost did tonight.

BYU looked like the nation’s No. 5 ranked team, easily taking down the Broncos. The Cougars won the first set impressively 25-6. The next two sets were closer, but BYU still easily won 25-19 and 25-10.

Current Cougar and former Ute Kenzie Koerber were asked about BYU’s second-round game against his old school.

“Right now I feel like it’s the next team,” Koerber said. “I don’t even think about it being my old team. “

BYU and Utah will vie for a spot in the Sweet 16 on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Smith Fieldhouse.

The game will mark the third time in four years that the Utes and Cougars have met in the NCAA tournament.

Schools split the two previous meetings.


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