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Utes hope to bounce back vs. Y.

Fresh from being stunned 3-0 on their homecourt by Notre Dame on Tuesday, the 14th-ranked Ute women's volleyball team, whose school-record win streak was halted at 12 by the Irish, now have to host not only their closest rival but a team that beat Notre Dame in five games the next night in Provo.

BYU (11-18, 4-3) will visit Crimson Court today at 1 p.m. hoping to dump more misery on the 15-3, 7-0 Utes, who fell at home Tuesday for the first time since Sept. 2003.

The Utes hold a nine-match win streak over the Cougars dating to 2001, but BYU leads the overall series 61-16. Utah beat BYU in four games in Provo last month.

"After playing (Notre Dame), we'll be anxious to get back to Mountain West Conference play," said Ute coach Beth Launiere. "BYU is a talented team. Anytime BYU and Utah meet in any sport, it's big. But, more importantly, it's also a conference match."

Said BYU coach Karen Lamb, "Right now, it doesn't matter who we play, only that we know who we are and play like it."

The Cougars move even closer to home, playing at UVSC on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Utah, amid a four-match homestand, hosts New Mexico and Air Force next weekend.