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UVSC spikers outlast Jackrabbits

OREM — The Utah Valley State women's volleyball team finished its regular season on a high note Friday, defeating visiting South Dakota State three games to one.

"South Dakota State, that was a tall order for us to win tonight," UVSC coach Sam Atoa said. "It was very sweet for our seniors to be able to play well tonight, and for the girls to be able to rally around them. And to have a great last home match, it's a nice way to win, especially against a good team."

After winning the first two games 31-29, 30-23, the Wolverines dropped the third game 25-30 to the Jackrabbits.

With SDSU ahead 20-14 in the fourth game, it appeared that the match was headed for a decisive fifth game.

Led by four kills from sophomore Jessica Endres, however, UVSC got hot and tied the score at 24-24. A combination of Jackrabbit errors and strong Wolverine play at the net led to Utah Valley winning the fourth game 30-28.

Freshman Camie Manwill authoritatively spiked home the last point to give the Wolverines the victory.

Manwill had 18 kills and 15 digs. Lacee Koelliker led UVSC with 56 assists.

The Wolverines lost to the Jackrabbits 3-2 in South Dakota back on Oct. 1.

UVSC (13-11) will travel to Northern Colorado to finish its season at the Independent Championships on Nov. 10-12.


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