After a disappointing start to the season, the Utah women's volleyball team came up with its best match of the year, sweeping No. 18-ranked Missouri Saturday night in the final game of the Hampton Inn Classic.
Led by tournament MVP Kim Turner, the Utes beat the Tigers 30-26, 30-21 and 30-28 to improve to 4-2 on the season. The Tigers dropped to 5-1.
"It was a big match for us offensively because we've been struggling offensively and haven't put it together this year," said Utah coach Beth Launiere. "That was good match against a good Missouri team. I'm surprised we handled them the way we did. I'm very pleased going 3-0 in the tournament."
The Utes had barely gotten past Washington State Friday night, winning a five game, including a 34-32 margin in the fourth game. Saturday afternoon, they cruised past Utah Valley State College 30-19, 30-20 and 30-21, gaining confidence for the match with Missouri.
Turner, who won MVP honors in the tournament for the third straight year, ended up with 54 kills, 39 digs and 24 blocks in the three games. She was joined on the all-tournament team by Shelly Sommerfeldt and Jackie Morrill.
Last weekend the Utes lost two of three matches in the Arizona State tournament, but Launiere feels her team has worked out the kinks after this weekend's matches.
SOCCER: The Utah women's soccer team battled No. 6 Texas A&M to a standstill for over 75 minutes on Friday night before surrendering a decisive one-on-one goal by Katherine Krambeer. Set up by a pass from Laura Probst, Krambeer then beat Ute goalkeeper Ashley Mason at the 75:41 mark. The Utes (2-1) play Baylor today before returning home to face Weber State Thursday afternoon.