Heading into last night's match, Utah was the clear underdog at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo. BYU was undefeated and ranked #9 in the country playing on their home court. On top of that, BYU had the psychological edge, having a 69-29 advantage in the all time series and winners of five straight matches. It was just a formality that BYU would win yet another match in this series, right? Utah had other ideas, as junior Adora Anae set a school record with 31 kills and the Utes upset the Cougars in five sets.
Things got off to a good start for the Utes as they took an early two set lead winning the sets 27-25 and 25-20. Needing only one more set to pull the upset, the Utes had placed themselves in a good position to shock the Cougars. BYU didn't go down easily however.
The Cougars battled back on their home court avoiding a sweep and winning the third set behind BYU freshman McKenna Miller 25-23. Utah tried to finish the Cougars off in the fourth set racing out to a 7-2 lead to start the set. With their backs against the wall, the Cougars called a timeout to regroup and then came out blazing, going on a 15-2 run, pulling away for a 25-17 win and forcing a fifth set.
The fifth set started off to BYU's advantage as the Cougars took a 3-1 and then 4-2 lead. Utah responded with five straight point to put the Utes back on top 7-4. The two teams went back and forth before BYU went on a run to take a 13-11 lead. Utah fought back behind Anae and Berkeley Oblad to tie things up at 13. Anae took care of finishing of BYU, scoring the final two points to give Utah a 15-13 win in the fifth set and securing the victory for Utah,.
Anae's record setting performance makes her just the second Utah player to record at least 30 kills. Freshman Bailey Choi set a personal best with 57 assists and sophomore Megan Shughrou had a season high 24 digs as Utah advanced to 8-2 on the season. The win is the first for the Utes in Smith Fieldhouse since 2010 and breaks the nation's longest home winning streak. BYU had won 29 in a row at home. Utah continues their season on Saturday against Utah State. First serve is 7 pm at the huntsman Center.