The Daily Utah Chronicle

Carra McManamon is a sports writer for the Daily Utah Chronicle where she covers a variety of sports. She has interned with Deseret News Sports where she mainly covered college football. Carra currently is a ESPNU Campus Rep and also contributes for Ute Nation on Rivals.com.

Making the Climb as a Collegiate Athlete

University of Utah  Girls Volleyball Bailey Choy (8) sets Tawnee Luafalemana (20)  for the spike against BYU at the Hunstman center in Salt Lake City, UT on Thursday,Sept.14, 2017

(Photo by Jose Remes/ Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Carra McManamon

October 9, 2017

Someone willing to carry her team on her back — that is how University of Utah volleyball head coach Beth Launiere describes middle blocker Tawnee Luafalemana. Luafalemana’s best friend and teammate, Adora Anae, noted other characteristics that make up the senior. “She’s just young, spirited,...

Volleyball: No. 17 Utah Upsets No. 9 Washington in Five Set Thriller

University of Utah Volleyball senior middle blocker Tawnee Luafalemana (20) blocks the ball in a set of matches vs. The Oregon Ducks at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, UT on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

(Photo by Kiffer Creveling | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Carra McManamon

October 8, 2017

It might have taken the No. 17 University of Utah volleyball team five sets to get the victory, but the Utes got their first ever win in Seattle, beating the No. 9 Washington Huskies in a hard fought battle. “It was exciting but at the same time we had to be completely focused the whole night,...

Volleyball: No. 16 Utah Sweeps Cal, 3-0

Tawnee Luafalemana #20 and  Dani Barton #1 ready for serve. University of Utah  Volleyball girls take on California Golden Bears for the win 3-0 . University of Utah takes the win in Salt Lake City, UT on Saturday,Jan.1, 2017

(Photo by Jose Remes/ Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Carra McManamon

September 26, 2017

After a competitive back-and-forth battle of a first set, the No. 16 University of Utah volleyball team (11-2, 2-0 Pac-12) earned the win after Adora Anae scored the match point to secure a 25-19 victory en route to a sweep over California (9-4, 0-2). “What I’m most happy with is the things we...

Soccer: No. 25 Utah Ends Double OT in 0-0 Draw to No.10 USC

Paola Van Der Even (14) dribbles past Nicole Molen (11) during the Utah Utes Women's soccer tie game versus University of Southern California at Ute Soccer Field in Salt Lake City, UT on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

(Photo by Cassandra Palor/ Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Carra McManamon

September 24, 2017

After 110 minutes of soccer, the conference opener for the No. 25 University of Utah soccer team (5-2-2, 0-0-1 Pac-12) and No. 10 USC (6-1-1, 0-0-1 Pac-12) ended in a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon in Salt Lake City. Utah head coach Rich Manning knew this match wasn’t going to be an easy game for his...

Volleyball: No. 16 Utah Hosts No. 25 Colorado, Cal to Open Conference Action

University of Utah  Girls Volleyball Camryn Machado(6) sets Tawnee Luafalemana (20) for the spike against BYU at the Hunstman center in Salt Lake City, UT on Thursday,Sept.14, 2017

(Photo by Jose Remes/ Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Carra McManamon

September 22, 2017

The nonconference schedule has come to a close for the No. 16 University of Utah volleyball team (9-2) whose two losses came against two top 15 teams. The Utes, who were picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 conference, will open Pac-12 play with a four-game home stand that begins this weekend against...

Volleyball: No. 16 Utah Defeats Utah Valley to Close Nonconference Schedule

University of Utah  Girls Volleyball Dani Barton (1) cheering with team after point against  BYU at the Hunstman center in Salt Lake City, UT on Thursday,Sept.14, 2017

(Photo by Jose Remes/ Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Carra McManamon

September 22, 2017

To close out its nonconference schedule, the No. 16 ranked University of Utah volleyball team (9-2) earned a 3-1 win over Utah Valley (5-9) this past Friday. The Utes were able to come back and redeem themselves after dropping their previous match against No. 14 ranked BYU. "Less than 24 hours later...

Volleyball: No. 16 Utah Set to Host No. 14 BYU

Shannon Scully (2), Phoebe Grace (19) and Dani Barton (1) look on while Adora Anae (14) hits the ball during the Utah Women's Volleyball Red vs. White Scrimmage at the U Hunstman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (Dr. Rishi Deka  | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Carra McManamon

September 14, 2017

On Thursday, Sept. 14 in Salt Lake City, the No. 16 University of Utah women's volleyball team (8-1) will host the team from down south, No. 14 BYU (8-1) at 7 p.m. MT at the Huntsman Center. Utah is coming off a 3-0 win that clinched it the Utah Volleyball Classic Championship to record its sixth sweep...

Volleyball: No. 18 Utah Sweeps Competition in Utah Volleyball Classic

Volleyball: No. 18 Utah Sweeps Competition in Utah Volleyball Classic

By Carra McManamon

September 11, 2017

Making its home debut after playing back-to-back tournaments on the road, the No. 18 ranked University of Utah Volleyball team (8-1) found success on their home court as they took down all three teams competing in the Utah Volleyball Classic this past weekend. Utah earned its first victory by upsetting...

Dani Barton Continues Family Legacy at the U

Dani Barton (1) high fives her coaches and teammates during the Utah Women's Volleyball Red vs. White Scrimmage at the U Hunstman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (Dr. Rishi Deka  | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Carra McManamon

September 9, 2017

Competitive is the word best used to describe University of Utah volleyball freshman Dani Barton, according to her big brothers, Jackson and Cody Barton, current members of the Utah football team. On the other hand, her mom, Mikki, said she is a person who is peaceful and pleasant to be around. With...

Volleyball: No. 18 Utah Goes 3-0 in Honolulu

Dani Barton (1) high fives Tawnee Luafalemana (20) after a successful block during the Utah Women's Volleyball Red vs. White Scrimmage at the U Hunstman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (Dr. Rishi Deka  | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Carra McManamon

September 8, 2017

For the first time in program history, the No. 18 ranked University of Utah women's volleyball team earned a victory over Hawaii as it went 3-0 in the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic that began Aug. 31 and concluded Sept. 3. Utah now holds a 1-11 all-time record against Hawaii. During the tournament...