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Utah Volleyball Defeats Weber State in Three Sets

Sophomore outside hitter collected her ninth career double-double Saturday against Weber State.

Sophomore outside hitter collected her ninth career double-double Saturday against Weber State.

Aug. 25, 2012

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LOGAN, Utah - Sophomore outside hitter Chelsey Schofield turned in her ninth career double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs as the University of Utah volleyball team swept past Weber State (25-17, 25-13, 25-23) on Saturday in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as part of the Utah State Invitational presented by Gossner Foods.

Utah (3-0) held Weber State to a .000 hitting percentage on the attack, while going for a .206 mark. The Utes earned a 43-35 advantage in digs as well as a 4-2 edge in service aces.

Schofield's solid all-around performance was her first this season. The Provo, Utah native had hit for 10 or more kills in all three matches this season and she now has 19 over her career. Her 10 digs gave her the 15th double-figure-dig match of her career.

Junior Morgan Odale supported Schofield in the attack with eight kills on 17 swings with just two errors for a .353 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Shelby Dalton connected on four kills on four attempts for a 1.000 percentage on the attack.

In her debut performance with the Utes, freshman middle blocker Eden Frazier pounded three kills on five swings and no errors for a .600 attack percentage and she also came up with three blocks.

Senior setter McKenzie Odale had 20 assists for the Utes, while freshman Kendall Cygan supplied 11.

"Our subs did a nice job of coming into the game and playing well," Launiere said. "It was a total team effort and it was good that we were able to play a lot of people and as a team we handled it well. Playing four matches in two days is tough so I wanted to get other people into the game. That absolutely was the plan and they held on."

 

 

To start the match, there were three ties in the first set before Utah was able to string together three straight scores to seize a 6-3 edge. The Wildcats came back to tie the set three more times (at 7, 8 and 11) before the Utes were able to climb out to a 17-12 advantage via a 4-0 run, which proved to be the critical stretch of the set as Utah grabbed a 25-17 opening-set victory to go up 1-0. The Utes held a .267 to .000 edge in hitting percentage in the opener, while Schofield had five kills and Odale dished out 11 assists.

In the second set, the Utes took the first five points, including the first kill and block of Eden Frazier's career, on the way to leading by as many as 13 (20-7) en route to a 25-13 win. The Utes hit .391 in the set, while holding the Wildcats to -.061. Frazier made her Ute debut and had a team-high three kills and three blocks.

"[Frazier] had two kills and a block right off the bat," Launiere said. "She did a really great job for her first career match. She was really calm and cool about it."

The Wildcats fought back by taking seven of the first nine points in the third frame and Weber State maintained its five-point margin until the 15-10 point. The Utes finally roared back and managed to take their second lead of the set at 18-16 after going on an 8-1 streak. The teams then traded the lead twice and the Utes trailed 23-22 before wrestling away three straight points to clinch the match with a 25-23 third-set win.

"We've responded well to pressure a few times already in this tournament and that's a good sign," Launiere said. "In a four-match tournament, you're going to be in some tough situations and we're responding well. Set three is always difficult even if you're up 2-0, no matter who is in the game. We responded well."

The last time Utah won its first three matches was in 2009.

Weber State (1-1) was led by seven kills by Audrey Biggs, while Laurel Bodily turned in a team-high 11 digs.

The Utes close out the Utah State Invitational presented by Gossner Foods this evening against Portland at 5 p.m.

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