Coming off perhaps its best outing of the season, the Utah volleyball team returns home this weekend for a pair of matches: tonight against Nevada and Saturday night against Weber State at Crimson Court.
Even though they lost, the Utes felt their match at Notre Dame Saturday was one of their best showings of the year. They fell to the No. 15-ranked Irish in five games, dropping the finale 15-12.
"We've improved every match this year," said senior all-American candidate Kim Turner. "It would have been nice to win (at Notre Dame), but we played five good games and just came up short."
So far this season, the Utes have been led by Turner, who averages 3.77 kills, 1.52 blocks and 2.42 digs per game, sophomore Shelly Sommerfeldt, who averages 3.68 kills per game and senior libero Jackie Morrill, who averages a team-high 3.23 digs per game.
Against Notre Dame, junior Kelsie Kartchner came up big, notching a triple-double with 60 assists, 13 digs and 11 kills. Also, sophomore Danielle Leichliter had her best game as a Ute with 19 kills.
Nevada comes into tonight's game with a 5-6 record and is led by Christine Harms.
Saturday the Utes will have the opportunity to avenge one of last year's losses, a 3-1 defeat to the Wildcats in Ogden. It will also be a matchup of sisters, the Utes' Kartchner and Wildcat freshman Jamie Kartchner. The Wildcats are 3-6 on the year.