OREM — The Utah Valley State women's volleyball team swept visiting North Dakota State Thursday, 30-22, 30-17, 30-22.
"This was the best match that we have played all year," UVSC coach Sam Atoa said. "From execution to serving, and just offensively for some of the girls who have been struggling on the outside. It was nice to be able to see them play a great match."
The Wolverines led the Bison, 11-8, in the first game before pulling away to lead by as many as nine points and eventually win, 30-22.
Freshman outside hitter Camie Manwill scorched NDSU in the first game, notching eight kills and hitting .800. Sophomore middle blocker Jessica Endres ended the game with an authoritative spike from the left side of the net.
"I was so excited," Manwill said. "With my hitting, I was pumped up because my family was here, and just like the atmosphere of all of our fans. And when I killed one ball, it made me want to kill another one even more."
UVSC's momentum kept rolling into the second game. Some superb serving from junior setter Lacee Koelliker helped the Wolverines establish an 11-4 lead.
The Bison, however, fought back to trim the lead to 17-13. That was as close as they would get, though, as impressive play from UVSC hitters Manwill and Brooke Adams — both of whom had five kills in the second game — propelled the Wolverines to win going away, 30-17.
Manwill scored the final point of the second game on a spike that barely landed inbounds in the back-left corner of NDSU's side.
The third game started out 10-10, but with UVSC's Anne Olsen serving, the Wolverines reeled off eight points in a row to seize a commanding 18-10 lead. The Bison never recovered and eventually lost the match on another powerful spike by Endres.
Manwill finished with 17 kills and Koelliker led the way for the Wolverines with 38 assists.
Thursday's result duplicates the September 30 meeting between the two teams in Fargo.
The Wolverines (12-11) play their final regular season game tonight, hosting South Dakota State at 7 p.m