BYU women’s volleyball defeats Utah in front of record crowd

Provo, Utah – BYU women’s volleyball didn’t let a loss turn into two. The 12th-seeded Cougars lost to Washington State last Friday night, but that didn’t affect their intensity in Wednesday night’s rivalry game against Utah.

BYU defeated the Utes 3-1 in front of the largest crowd to ever watch a women’s volleyball game at Smith Fieldhouse. A total of 5,528 fans attended Wednesday night’s game. The crowd surpassed the previous record of 5,507 set last year against Duke.

Star outside tackle Erin Livingston led the way for BYU with 16 kills. Senior standout Claire Little contributed 14 more kills after back-to-back zero-goal matches against UC Irvine and Washington State.

BYU women’s volleyball improved to 9-1

The win improved BYU’s record to 9-1. Utah State drops below .500 to 4-5 on the year.

BYU won the first set against the Utes in dominating fashion 25-13. Utah then had the upper hand in the second set with a 25-23 win. After that, it was all BYU, 25-19 and 25-16.

Both the Utes and Cougars now look to the end of their non-conference schedules before league play ramps up.

What’s next for the Cougars, Utes

BYU will wrap up its non-conference schedule with two in-state road games Friday night against UVU and then Utah State in Logan on Saturday. The Cougars begin their Big 12 Conference season opener at home against Houston on Sept. 20.

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Utah finished its nonleague schedule with Weber State on Friday night. The Pac-12 season then begins on September 21 against Colorado.

Mitch Harper is a BYU insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (Participate) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow Mitch’s coverage of BYU in the Big 12 Conference on X And Threads:@Mitch_Harper.

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