Chelsey Schofield turned in 15 kills Friday against Weber State during her Ute debut.
Aug. 26, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Freshman outside hitter Chelsey Schofield hit for 15 kills in her Ute debut as the University of Utah volleyball team won a 3-0 decision over Weber State (25-23, 25-18, 25-21), in its season opener Friday night at Crimson Court as part of the annual Utah Classic.
Utah (1-0) outhit Weber State .190 to .068 and outblocked the Wildcats, 6.0 to 5.0
"Tonight's match was what I expected," Utah head coach Beth Launiere said. "It showed that we are pretty athletic, we can play pretty good defense and we can move around well. When we got consistency, which wasn't often enough, we were pretty good.
"We weren't a well oiled machine by any stretch, but there were so many good signs that really made me proud and that I think that we can work with. [Schofield] had a really nice match, her first match at Crimson court, with 15 kills. McKenzie [Odale] had a really nice match during the first start of her career. We made a lot of good athletic plays that were made and as we start getting those things fine tuned, we'll be pretty good."
Schofield also added six digs and three blocks to her 15 kills, while Morgan Odale totaled eight kills to go along with six digs. Erin Redd registered seven kills and three blocks, while Lanting also added three blocks.
Junior setter McKenzie Odale tied her career high with 29 assists and popped up five WSU attack attempts during her first career start.
"... McKenzie brings a level of athleticism that really is unmatched by anybody in our program and I think that's very apparent," Launiere said. "She makes sets out of bad passes all the time. I think she gets four or five points for us every game because of her athleticism. So she just makes plays she's so athletic she moves around the court so well."
Sophomore libero Nikki Sim registered a career-high 14 digs in her first career start, which was the first double-figure-dig performance of her career.
In her first career start, freshman defensive specialist Lea Adolph turned in seven digs.
"We have a really good freshman class and I am committed to playing and developing them," Launiere said. "You know you only have as much depth as you play so I am going to get some of the other freshmen in whenever I can because they need to get playing time. They're good, athletic players and they've played volleyball at a high level."
Weber State jumped out to a 3-1 lead and extended its lead to three points (8-5) before Utah put together a 6-3 stretch to force the first tie of the set at 11 points apiece and then tied at 12 before a Morgan Odale Utah its first lead at 13-12. The Utes built their lead to three points (16-13) but the Wildcats came back to tie the set two more times before seizing a 23-20 edge. WSU fought back once again with three straight points to tie the set for the 10th time but a kill by Morgan Odale and a block by Killpack and Lanting gave the Utes the 25-23 first-set win. Utah led by no more than three points en route to the win as Morgan Odale led Utah with four kills, McKenzie Odale dished out 11 assists, while Redd and Schofield each added three kills. Utah limited Weber State to a .100 hitting percentage.
There were 12 ties in the second set before Utah reeled off three straight points to take a 19-16 edge and force a Weber State timeout. The Utes extended their lead to five (22-17) via a 6-1 spurt on the way to a 25-18 win. Schofield came through with six kills, two digs and two blocks in the second set alone.
Utah used a fast start in the third set as it jumped out to a 3-0 lead and led by as many as 10 points, 15-5. Weber State countered with a 6-2 run to trim its deficit to six points at 17-11 and eventually pulled within four (22-18) and went on to win the set by the same margin, 25-21. Schofield pounded down six more kills in the final frame to go with a pair of digs as Utah outhit Weber State, .156 to .000.
Weber State (0-1) was led by 12 kills and eight digs from Bethany Wray while Briana Wilms totaled nine kills and six digs.
The Utes have won nine matches in a row against the Wildcats and 15 of the last 16. Utah improved to 32-8 at Crimson Court since 2008.
The Utes conclude their annual Utah Classic with a pair of matches tomorrow, starting against Cal State Northridge at 10 a.m., then against Northwestern at 7 p.m.