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Ute Volleyball Defeats Utah Alumni, 3-1

Junior Morgan Odale posted a double-double with 18 kills and 10 digs Saturday against the Utah Alumni.

Junior Morgan Odale posted a double-double with 18 kills and 10 digs Saturday against the Utah Alumni.

Aug. 18, 2012

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SALT LAKE CITY - Junior Morgan Odale and sophomores Shelby Dalton and Erin Redd each reached double-digits in kills to lead the University of Utah volleyball team to a 3-1 victory (22-25, 25-17, 25-13, 25-18) over the Utah Alumni in an exhibition match on Saturday at Crimson Court.

The current Utes hit .290 as a team, compared to a .149 mark for the former Utes and also held an 8.0-4.5 advantage in team blocks.

Morgan Odale paced the Ute attack with 18 kills on 46 attempts with just four errors for a .304 hitting percentage. The Star, Idaho native collected a double-double after adding 10 digs.

Dalton contributed 14 on 30 attempts with only three miscues for a .367 hitting percentage to along with three service aces. Redd added 10 kills with three attack errors to go along with three blocks.

Senior setter McKenzie Odale coordinated the Utah offense with 34 assists in addition to five digs and a block.

In her first-ever performance on Crimson Court, freshman Amanda Wasko served a match-high four aces.

Defensively, sophomore Alli Spurrier tied for match-high honors with four blocks to go with six kills, while junior libero Nikki Sim turned in a match-high 22 digs.

"I was quite pleased with a lot of the things we did," Utah head coach Beth Launiere said. "We have been working on our offense and we had some good offensive numbers. The things we worked on showed up this afternoon, which is always a good thing. It was a perfect match. We got a little stressed early on, which was good, but we knew once our physicality took over that we'd be okay. It was great to see our alumni and they did a nice job. It was funny because I know all of their shots and I was telling our team exactly what they were going to do. Actually, our team knows most of them so they knew how to play them, too. It was a good, fun match."

The Alumni took four of the first five points, but the Utes came back to tie the set at 10 points apiece and a kill by Bailey Bateman gave Utah its first lead at 11-10 before the Utes stretched it to a 15-10 advantage. The Alumni re-tied the match at 16-16 before a Dalton kill gave them a 17-16 edge. The match would be tied two more times (18-18) and the Alumni would roar back to take a 22-18 lead. Kate Robison (Holdeman) and Karolina Bartkowiak registered three kills apiece for the Alumni, while Dalton tallied a match-high six kills for the Utes in the opener.

Utah inched out to a 6-2 edge and maintained its four-point lead until the 12-8 mark and the Utes led by as many as six (18-12). Two straight aces by Wasko stretched Utah's lead to nine at 22-13 before going on to take a 25-17 second-set victory.

The Utes took seven of the first eight points of the third frame before the Alumni Team stormed back with a 5-1 run to cut their deficit to two points, 8-6. Utah extended to a 12-point lead at 23-11 lead on the way to a 25-13 win.

In the fourth set, the Alumni team gained four of the opening five points before the Utes battled back to cut their deficit to one point (5-4). The set was tied for the first time at six points apiece before the Utes sprinted out with a 6-1 run to assume a 12-7 lead and maintained that margin until the 17-12 point. After the Alumni cut their deficit to two points (18-16), a pair of aces by Wasko and a kill by Redd highlighted a 5-0 run that gave Utah a 22-16 advantage en route to a 25-18 victory to clinch the match.

Utah's Alumni team was led by 14 kills and seven digs from Bartkowiak. Robison (Holdeman) turned in a double-double with 16 digs and 10 kills. Keisha Fisher distributed 34 assists to go with six digs. Lori Baird contributed eight kills and six digs, while Danielle Killpack posted a team-high four blocks. Robison (Holdeman) and Cinthia Silva (Angus) each served two aces apiece.

The Utes begin their regular season this weekend at the Utah State Invitational in Logan, Utah. Their first match is Friday at 12 p.m. against Southern Utah.



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