But Penn State is one of the best teams in the country, and its size and athleticism at the net proved to be too much for the Utes.
Utah, which finishes 21-13, will return many key players next year as it tries to make another postseason run.
Erin Redd-Brandon led Utah with 12 kills. Kalee Kirby had 14 assists and Morgan Odale had nine digs.
For Penn State, which now advances to the NCAA regionals, Micha Hancock had 32 assists and Megan Courtney had 17 kills.
BYU volleyball • The Cougars' second-round NCAA game at No. 11 Hawaii ended before press time Saturday night. Check byucougars.com for details.
Weber State • The Wildcats' game scheduled for Saturday night at UT Arlington was canceled due to inclement weather in the Dallas area. The game will be rescheduled. Weber State's next game is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Utah Valley.
Utah Valley 89, St. Katherine 35 • In Orem, the Wolverines ran away with this one, led by center Ben Aird's 16 points and seven boards.
Dixie State 85, Fresno Pacific 80 • In Fresno, Calif., the Red Storm remained unbeaten (6-0, 2-0 PacWest) behind five players who scored in double digits: Louis Garrett (17), DeQuan Thompson (15), Kimball Payne and Dalton Groskreutz (14 each), and Zach Robbins, who had a game-high 15 boards to go with 10 points.
Westminster 68, Montana Western 64 • In Dillon, Mont., Tallon Robertson led the way for the Griffins with 25 points. Blake Skidmore scored 14 points for Westminster, and Jordan Pryor added 12 on 4-of-5 shooting from behind the 3-point arc.
SLCC 106, Impact Academy 68 • The Bruins (11-1) closed out their SLCC Tournament on Saturday with a blowout win. West Jordan High grad Jaden Jackson scored 30 points on 10 3-pointers. He made 10-of-14 from beyond the arc; his 10 treys tie a school record. Jackson added five boards and four assists. Freshman forward John Paul had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Gary Payton II had 12 points, seven assists and six boards. Kurtis Toolson added 12 points.
BYU 52, Creighton 51 • The Cougars moved to 8-0 Saturday in Omaha, Neb., after a last-second Bluejays' shot fell short.
Jennifer Hamson led the Cougars with 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. Lexi Eaton chipped in 19 points for the Cougars.
Utah 61, Nevada 57 • The Utes won at home, led by Nakia Arquette and Emily Potter, who had 12 points each; Ciera Dunbar and Michelle Plouffe scored 10 apiece.
Weber State 79, Utah Valley 64 • In Ogden, the Wildcats stormed back after trailing by 18 points to post the 15-point win and improve to 4-3. Weber State sophomore guard Des Ramos had a career-high 34 points. Senior forward Amanda Hughes picked up her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward Regina Okoye added 14 points.
Westminster 68, Montana Western 55 • In Dillon, Mont., Alli Winters led the Griffins with a game-high 20 points. Alli Blake had 15, and Tia Pappas and Shelby Ellsworth added 10 each.
Dixie State 86, Fresno Pacific 84 • Haley Holmstead had a massive performance Saturday in Fresno, Calif., to lead the Red Storm to the win. The senior guard, who played at American Fork High School, had a game-high 42 points. She made 14 of 21 shots from the field and 14 of 17 free throws.