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LAS VEGAS - Behind four players in double digit kills, the fifth-seeded Utah volleyball team won a hard-fought five-game match, 3-2 (23-30, 30-16, 18-30, 30-22, 15-12), against No. 20 and top-seed Colorado State in the second round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
Utah moves on to play UNLV in the championship match, at 8 p.m. PT in the Cox Pavilion on the campus of the host Rebels.
Kathryn Haynie led the Utes with 20 kills and 15 digs. Lori Baird hit .357 with 13 kills and nine blocks. Whitney Webb tallied 12 kills. Keisha Fisher recorded a team-high 20 digs with 31 assists.
With the match tied, 2-2, Utah surged at the end of the final game to take the match. Down 11-9, the Utes finished the game on a 6-1 run to take the 15-12 win. The only Utah mistake in the final points was a Connie Dangerfield service error, while Kate Robison, Lori Baird and Webb each had a kill in the winning drive.
"This game was so much about serving and passing early on," head coach Beth Launiere said. "Both teams had runs of really good serving, and that was the difference. We held them under .200 in hitting, and we won this game with defense.
"This was a great team effort. No one had a bad match, and some people stepped up and had a great match."