“We’re very excited and pleased to be moving on,” Head Coach David Rubio said. “But our hats are off to
The victory propelled
Baum, who started the match 11-for-11 in kill opportunities, finished the night with 21 kills on 32 swings with just two errors for a match-high .594 hitting percentage. She also added eight assists, two aces, seven digs and a pair of blocks to finish with 24 points in the win.
“We’ve found a different way to win all year long,” Rubio continued. “Kristina took 32 swings tonight and I’m not sure she’s done that all season. People know about Kim (Glass) and Jen (Abernathy), but the effort of players like Kristina has helped us get to where we are.”
As a team,
Along with Baum’s effort, Glass and Abernathy chipped in with 27 and 21 kills, respectively. Glass added 13 digs and Abernathy 11, for their 19th and 15th double-doubles of the season. Freshman libero Brittany Leonard led all players with a match-high 15 digs for Wildcats.
Game one was nip-and-tuck throughout the set, as both teams saw extended runs ended by timely time outs by the opposition but six kills by three different Wildcats and a 4-1advantage in blocks proved too much for the Utes to overcome. Baum, Glass and Abernathy accounted for all 18
After jumping out to an early six-point lead in game two, the Wildcats had to hold off numerous scoring runs by the Utes to head into the break up 2-0. Baum, Glass and Abernathy continued the lethal one-two-three punch, finishing the second game with seven, six and six kills, respectively. The Cats hit at a much-improved .351 clip in the second frame
Despite hitting .381 in game three, five service errors and .424 attack percentage by the Utes proved to be too much for the Wildcats to complete the sweep.
Trailing 26-24 late in the fourth game,