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Irish hand Utes rare home loss

The visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish dealt the University of Utah volleyball team its third loss of the season Tuesday, sweeping the Utes 30-26, 30-24, 30-25.

It was Utah's first home loss this season, and the first since September of 2003. Utah falls to 15-3 overall while Notre Dame improves on the season to 10-5.

"Notre Dame came in tonight well-prepared and very focused," head coach Beth Launiere said. "I thought we were ready for tonight, but obviously not.

"Notre Dame played a solid volleyball match. There wasn't a lot of things that it didn't do well tonight and that's what put a lot pressure on our team. It made us scramble."

The Fighting Irish rallied around six service aces and hit .231 (50 kills, 19 errors and 134 attempts) for the match. Adrianna Stasiuk led the way, hitting .567 for the night. She tallied 18 kills on 30 attempts and only chalked up one error.

The Utes hit .169 as the Notre Dame defense forced Utah into 23 hitting errors and outblocked the home team, 10.0-8.0. Leading the way was Carolyn Cooper, tallying six blocks for the Irish. Lyndsey Henderson's five blocks and 10 kills paced the Utes.