12th-ranked BYU Volleyball visited Utah on Thursday evening to take on the 18th-ranked Utes and won 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 12-25, 25-18).
The Cougars came into the match on a three-game win streak against the Utes, including two wins last year against the Utes, both 3-0 sweeps at the Smith Fieldhouse(one in the NCAA Tournament). The Cougars and Utes struggled to establish dominance in the first set, with the teams trading points. The Cougars finally broke away and created a small gap at 24-21, and would win the set 25-22.
The Utes started the second set strong, pressuring the Cougars and taking an early lead. But the Cougars recouped and went on a run, leading 18-15. Utah would claw their way back into the set, but BYU was ultimately too strong down the stretch and won the set 25-21.
The third set was dominated by Utah, who took a big lead early and never looked back, beating the Cougars 25-12 on the set.
The Cougars would maintain a lead in the fourth set, always slowing any Utah run. The Cougars would go on to win the set 25-18 and the match 3-1. The win is the fourth straight over the Utes. McKenna Miller led the Cougars with 22 kills, while Whitney Bower had 37 assists for the Cougars.
BYU will now travel to Palo Alto to face second-ranked Stanford. BYU split their two matches with the Cardinal in 2018, losing in the Final Four in Minneapolis.