Utah 3, Loyola Marymount 0

Dec. 2, 2005

SALT LAKE CITY -- The University of Utah (23-8 overall) picked up where it left off at the conference tournament as it steamrolled its way through the NCAA Tournament first round with a 3-0 win over Loyola Marymount (19-11) tonight.

With the win, the Utes advance to the second round and play the No.4-seeded and No. 6-ranked Arizona on Saturday, Dec. 3. It will be at Crimson Court and first serve is slated for 7 p.m.

Game scores for the Ute victory were 30-10, 30-22 and 30-20.

"We sided out 100 percent in game one," head coach Beth Launiere remarked. "That doesn't happen very often.

"We came out ready for this tournament. We were very aggressive and I thought that the team executed flawlessly. We were fired up (in game one) and we took advantage of that. But, we came down to earth and Loyola Marymount picked it up. I thought we were able to control most of the match and played pretty good."

The Utes came out of the gates blazing in the first frame. They hit .500 (14 kills and 2 errors on 24 swings) and chalked up six aces. The two miscues were both from back-row attacks. Utah cooled off but still hit .330 for the match, led by the 16-kill effort of Airial Salvo.

The best hitter on the team, though, was Whitney Webb. The outside hitter tallied 10 kills on 12 swings to hit an impressive .833.

Shannon Krug guided the attack in shelling out 35 assists and recorded a double-double with 10 digs.

The Utes defense was firing on all cylinders as well. They out-blocked the Lions, 17-3, and held their opponents to a paltry .030 hitting percentage. LMU never hit better than .122 during the match, and bottomed out a -.103 average in game one.

Lori Baird's seven total blocks led Utah at the net. Emillie Toone swatted away six LMU attempts while Salvo and Krug had five blocks. Danielle Leichliter led all players with a match-high 23 digs.

LMU was by Sandy Krone and her seven kills while Heather Hughes set the attack in dishing out 17 assists. Defensively, Christianna Reneau had a team-high 13 digs while five Lions recorded one block each.



-- Courtesy Utah