It was the first Pac-12 defeat of the year for the Huskies (11-3, 3-1) and the first conference victory for Utah (9-6, 1-3).

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Visiting Utah put pressure on Washington from the very start and the result was the Utes claiming a 25-22, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20 victory Sunday in Pac-12 volleyball action.

It was the first Pac-12 defeat of the year for the Huskies (11-3, 3-1) and the first conference victory for Utah (9-6, 1-3).

“It was a high level of serving from Utah,” said UW coach Keegan Cook. “They caught us in the first set, and they just kept that pressure the entire time. I thought we made some adjustments in the third and fourth to figure some things out, but they kept the service pressure on us and they didn’t make a lot of errors either. They killed 19 balls in the first set and 16 in the second so they earned a lot of what they got, so I’m not surprised but certainly disappointed.”

Kara Bajema led the Huskies with 22 kills.

The Huskies looked to be back on track after taking the third set and then jumping out to a 7-3 lead in the fourth, but the Utes came out of a timeout to score six in a row and that turned into a decisive 14-4 run.

Utah hit .284 for the match, compared to .236 for the Huskies.


• Three consecutive points at the end of the second set, two coming on kills by Taylor Mims, proved crucial as Washington State (11-3, 2-2 Pac-12) rallied for a 21-25, 32-30, 25-19, 26-24 home victory over Colorado (9-6, 1-3). The Cougars were down 30-29 and in jeopardy of losing the first two sets when Mims led the rally. Mims finished with 23 kills and also had 11 digs. Ashley Brown had a career-high 57 assists.


Mireya Grey scored her first career goal as Washington (7-3-1) posted a 1-0 victory at home over Oregon (7-3-1). Makena Carr recorded her first career assist on the goal that came in the 43rd minute. Siena Ruelas made three saves for UW. Ruelas now has a shutout streak of 183½ minutes.

• Seattle University (3-7-2, 1-1 Western Athletic Conference) dropped a 1-0 decision to Grand Canyon (4-9, 1-0) at home. Sarah Inafuku scored in the 54th minute for the Antelopes.

Maegan O’Neill and Maddy Haro scored as Washington State (10-0-0) remained undefeated with a 2-0 home victory over Oregon State (1-10). The Cougars had a 34-5 edge in shots.

Jodi Ulkekul’s second goal of the game, coming in the 103rd minute, lifted Gonzaga (6-3-2, 1-1 West Conference Conference) to a 3-2 double-overtime victory over host San Diego (4-6-1, 0-2). Ulkekul opened the scoring in the 21st minute.


Declan McGlynn had two goals and an assist as Seattle U (8-3, 2-1 WAC) went on the road to record its fifth victory in a row, this one 5-2 over Houston Baptist (3-3-3, 1-1-1). Nathan Aune, Julian Avila-Good and Cody Gibson also scored for the Redhawks.


• After an 8-over 296, Washington is 14th out of 15 teams at the Nike Collegiate Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Vanderbilt leads, 15 strokes ahead of the Huskies. Paul Margolis is the top Husky, with a 72 to tie for 27th.