Junior Chelsey Schofield turned her fourth double-double of the season to help Utah to its eighth consecutive victory.
Sept. 13, 2013
OREM, Utah - Junior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield turned in her third double-double on the year and the 24th of her career as the University of Utah volleyball team picked up its eighth consecutive victory over UC Irvine (25-22, 25-19, 12-25, 25-15) in four sets on Friday afternoon during the first match of the Wolverine Classic at the UVU Activities Center.
Utah's 8-0 start is now tied with the 2000 team for the best start to a season in school history. Utah gained a 13.0-8.0 advantage in team blocks over UC Irvine in the match and earned a .264 -.228 edge in team hitting percentage.
"We played well in sets 1, 2 and 4," Utah Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "UC Irvine put pressure on us in set 3 with its block. We adjusted and then we blocked very well in set 4. We have a very balanced attack and are able to go to different players at any time offensively."
Schofield's third double-double of 2013 came with a team-high 12 kills on a season-high .417 hitting percentage to with 11 digs, which tied for team-high honors. The Provo, Utah native has four double-digit-kill efforts this season and five matches of 10 or more digs. She also added four blocks.
Senior outside hitter Morgan Odale joined Schofield in double-digit-kills with 10, along six digs and two aces. The Star, Idaho native has been in double digits in kills four times this season. Already a member of the Utah 1,000-kill and 100-ace club, Odale's six digs pushed her career total to 907 and is now 93 shy of becoming the eighth member of Utah's 1,000-dig club. If she reaches that milestone, Odale will join exclusive company as only two other players in school history have joined three of Utah's milestone clubs (Jenni Eyre (1984-87) and Lori Baird (2005-08)).
Senior middle blocker Erin Redd-Brandon came up with a match-high nine blocks to go with eight kills on 16 attempts with three miscues for a .312 hitting percentage. The Spanish Fork, Utah native now has 431 career blocks, which is eight away from tying Teresa McCabe (1991-94) for eighth place in school history.
Junior right-side hitter Shelby Dalton had nine kills on 16 swings with just two errors for a team-high .438 hitting percentage. The Moab, Utah native was second on the squad with six blocks against the Anteaters.
Junior middle blocker Bailey Bateman added seven kills on a .353 efficiency.
Utah's setting duo of junior Kalee Kirby and sophomore Kendall Cygan combined for 39 assists. Cygan handed out 20 assists with four digs, while Kirby dished out 19 assists to go with a season-high 11 digs.
From her libero position in the back row of the Ute alignment, junior Lea Adolph also had 11 digs and tied for the team-high mark with two aces.
In the early going of set one, the Utes took a 9-5 edge after a 6-0 run. The Utes built their lead to as many as seven (20-13), but a 5-0 UCI run brought the designated home team cut the deficit to two (20-18). The Anteaters managed to pull within one (21-20), but the Utes withstood the charge and came away with a 25-22 first-set victory. The Utes hit .278 in the opener, compared to a .269 mark for the Anteaters. Odale had a team-high five kills with a .400 efficiency, while Adolph turned in three digs in the back row.
There were nine ties to begin the second frame, the last coming at 11-11, before Utah put together a 10-2 run to climb to its largest lead of the set (21-13) on the way to claiming a 2-0 advantage in the match with a 25-19 second-set win. Schofield connected on her five kills in the set on eight swings for a .625 efficiency as the Utes hit .367 as a team, compared to .250 for UCI. Redd-Brandon came up with three of her eight blocks in the second set alone.
The Utes grabbed three of the opening four points of the third set, but UCI forced three ties in the set before enjoying a 5-1 stretch to give them a 10-6 lead and maintained that four-point margin at 14-10 before closing the set on an 11-2 run to come away with a 25-12 win to extend the match.
The fourth set was tied three times before three consecutive Utah points gave the Utes a 6-3 lead. UCI came back to force the fourth tie of the frame (8-8). Utah then answered with a 13-3 spurt to grab a 21-11 lead on the way to a 25-15 match-clinching win in the fourth. The Ute defense stymied UCI to a -.029 efficiency on the attack and outblocked the Anteaters 6.0 to 10. Utah went for a .308 percentage on the offensive as Schofield added four more kills on seven attempts for a .571 clip.
UC Irvine (5-3) was led by a match-high 16 kills by Aly Squires, while Marissa Bubica added 15.
The Utes continue their Wolverine Classic slate with a doubleheader tomorrow, starting at 10 a.m. MT against Idaho State before facing host Utah Valley at 7 p.m. MT. Tune into a live video stream of both matches by going to http://www.uvu.edu/uvutv/ and clicking on 'UVU Athletics', while live stats for the Idaho State match and the Utah Valley match will be available at the links provided.