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Utah Beach Volleyball Celebrates Senior Day with a Pair of Wins

Utah Beach Volleyball Celebrates Senior Day with a Pair of Wins


SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Beach Volleyball matched their second-longest win streak of the season at four wins, after taking a pair of victories in their first two matches in their return home to Salt Lake City on Friday afternoon. The Utes started the day by taking down Texas A&M Kingsville, 5-0, capturing their fourth sweep across all five courts of the season.

It was a battle to the final courts to decide the winner, as Utah defeated Colorado Mesa, 3-2, in their second match of the day. Before the match got underway, the Utes celebrated the careers of their two seniors, Camille Lee and Marissa Koch.

 

Opening the day with a five-court sweep of Texas A&M Kingsville, each Ute pairing won their match in straight sets, as two Utah pairs kept their opponents below the 15-point mark. The pairing of Langley Griffin and Katie McAlister secured the top court for the Utes with a 21-12, 21-11 win. On the fifth court for Utah, Sonja Wessel and her new playing partner, Gwen Fife, returning to the court, took their match with a score of 21-14, 21-14. The pairing of Kylie Pitzak and Marissa Koch made quick work of their match, claiming back-to-back 21-17 set wins. Putting Utah ahead 2-0 before the second wave started their matches, the duo of Rylee Johnson and Bella Vezzani, claimed their match on the second court, 21-19, 21-13. Securing the sweep, Chloe Narancich and Lauren Sayre added the fifth and final win, 21-15, 21-19.

 

The final match of the afternoon would come down to the final two courts. The match would begin with Koch and Pitzak putting Utah ahead with the first win for the Utes, 21-13, 21-12. Colorado Mesa would match Utah’s win in the first wave with a victory of their own on the second court. After Utah dropped the match on the fifth court, it would be up to courts one and three to secure the team win. Going three sets in each, the duo of Griffin and McAlister came out victorious after some second-set wobbles, 21-15, 18-21, 15-12. The pairing of Narancich and Sayre would go through their own three-set battle on the third court, securing the win, 21-16, 15-21, 15-11.

 

Utah 5, Texas A&M Kingsville 0

Langley Griffin/Katie McAlister def. Rylan Pollard/Kalani Vasquez: 21-12, 21-11

Rylee Johnson/Bella Vezzani def. Grace Gettys/Adrienne Varbrunt: 21-19, 21-13

Chloe Narancich/Lauren Sayre def. Madelyn Wallace/Olivia…

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