Clemson Advances To Program's Second Round Of 16 Appearance
Dec. 6, 2008
Courtesy of Utah
CLEMSON, S.C. -Utah outside hitter Kathryn Haynie posted a team-high 11 kills as the national 12th seed University of Utah volleyball team earned its second NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance in school history with a 3-0 win (25-21, 26-24, 21) against Clemson Saturday in Jervey Gym.
Utah (26-5) has won 11 consecutive matches and 19 of its last 20 overall. The Utes are 12-4 away from Crimson Court and have won nine consecutive sets overall.
Haynie hit her 14 kills on just 19 swings for a career-high .632 hitting percentage. The North Salt Lake City, Utah native notched her 20th career double-double performance and her eighth of this season with 11 digs.
Two other Utes hit double figures in kills with Emillie Toone totaling 12 on just 22 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. Lori Baird totaled 10 kills with four errors on 24 attempts for a .250 hitting percentage. Baird also came up with a match-high five service aces.
The Utes are 10-9 in 19 all-time NCAA Tournament matches. Utah has qualified for the tournament in 10 of the last 11 years.
Utah is 21-0 after winning the first set of a match this season and are now 16-0 when taking the first two sets.
The Utes take on fifth-seeded Washington in the Seattle Regional final Friday, Dec. 12 in Seattle, Wash. The Huskies are 26-5 this season and earned a pair of 3-0 sweeps in the first two rounds of the tournament over Portland State and Santa Clara.