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Utah Volleyball Falls to No. 21 BYU

Shelby Dalton had eight kills on Friday at No. 21 BYU.

Shelby Dalton had eight kills on Friday at No. 21 BYU.

Sept. 7, 2012

Box Score

SALT LAKE CITY - The sophomore duo of Chelsey Schofield and Shelby Dalton combined for 16 kills, but the University of Utah volleyball team fell to No. 21 BYU, 3-0 (14-25, 15-25, 24-26) on Friday in its first match of the BYU Invitational at Smith Fieldhouse.

Utah (6-3) held a 6.0 to 5.0 advantage in team blocks over BYU, the sixth match the Utes have had more blocks than their opponents this season. Unfortunately, the Utes could not overcome the Cougars' .327-.158 advantage in hitting percentage.

Schofield and Dalton paced the Ute attack with eight kills apiece, while Schofield added three blocks.

Junior Morgan Odale turned in an all-around performance with a team-high eight digs to go with six kills.

Sophomore middle blocker Bailey Bateman posted a team-high four blocks to along with four kills.

Senior setter McKenzie Odale distributed 15 assists, while freshman Kendall Cygan tied her career high with 11 assists and notched her first career kill in the third set.

Sophomore Lea Adolph made her first start of the season, and the 14th of her career, and served a match-high three aces.

The Cougars took five of the first seven points before the Utes responded with a 4-1 stretch to tie the set for the second time at six points apiece. BYU scored six of the next seven points to assume a 12-7 edge. Utah took three of the next four to bring itself within two (13-11), but BYU scored four straight to build its largest lead to that point, 17-11. Three Schofield kills, compared to one score by BYU, brought the Utes back to within four (18-14). Unfortunately, the Cougars reeled off seven straight scores to claim a 25-14 first-set victory. Dalton led the way with four kills on the Ute attack, while registering only one error on seven swings for a .429 hitting percentage. With the loss, the Utes fell to 1-2 when dropping the first set of match this season.

 

 

BYU carried a slight two-point throughout most of the early part of the match before inched out to a four-point lead at 11-7. Utah stayed within four points until the 16-12 point when BYU launched an 8-2 spurt to earn a 24-14 edge, its largest lead of the set.

The third set was a back-and-forth affair that was tied five times, the final coming at 10-10, before Utah inched out to a three-point lead at 16-13 for its largest lead of the match to that point. Unfortunately, the Cougars were able to string to tie the set for the sixth time, 16-16. The Utes took the next point, but scored four straight to claim a 20-17 edge. Utah trailed 24-20 late in the finale, but came back to tie the set at 24-24 and forced a pair of BYU timeouts, before conceding back-to-back points to the Cougars, who claimed the match with a 26-24 third-set victory. Schofield posted a team-high four kills in the set, while Bateman added a pair of blocks.

No. 21 BYU (7-0) was led by a match-high 16 kills from Jennifer Hamson and 17 digs by Ciara Parker.

The Utes continue action at the BYU Invitational with a doubleheader tomorrow at Smith Fieldhouse, starting against Portland State at 10 a.m., followed by a match with Bowling Green at 5 p.m.

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