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