OREM — The Utah Valley State women's volleyball team kicked off the La Quinta Invitational in grand fashion Friday by sweeping Weber State 30-18, 30-25, 30-25.

A strong first game from the host Wolverines set the tone for the rest of the night and effectively put the Wildcats on notice that Friday wasn't going to be a repeat of the match two weeks ago in Ogden when Weber swept UVSC in three straight.

"It was great to send a message right from the beginning," Utah Valley coach Sam Atoa said. "We were in sync and aggressive. We were very determined, and we were ready to play."

Early in the first game, the Wolverines unleashed a 13-1 run on the Wildcats to go ahead 17-4. Strong serving from Lacee Koelliker and Camie Manwill fueled the rally. Outside hitter Brooke Adams was strong at the net, getting four of her six kills in the first game.

Weber State strung together five straight points and cut the deficit to single digits, but UVSC was never in any real danger of ceding its first-game advantage and eventually pulled away to win the game 30-18.

Although the Wildcats lost games two and three by identical 30-25 marks, Weber State played progressively better as the match wore on. In the third game, Weber actually led 22-21 and had Utah Valley on its heels before the Wolverines regrouped to close out the match.

"I liked the way we were playing in the second half of the second game and the end of the third game," Wildcats coach Al Givens said. "If we can duplicate that effort tomorrow, then I think we can do some good things."

Jessica Endres had 15 kills for UVSC, and Manwill added 14 in her first match back after time on the shelf with a pulled leg muscle.

Earlier in the day, Oral Roberts swept Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne.

The La Quinta Invitational continues today at the Student Activity Center on the UVSC campus. The Wildcats take on IPFW at 11 a.m. and Oral Roberts at 4:30 p.m.; the Wolverines play Oral Roberts at 1:30 p.m. before a 7 p.m. nightcap versus IPFW.