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Utah Volleyball Falls to BYU In Five-Set Heartbreaker

Chelsey Schofield turned in her fourth double-double of the season on Tuesday against BYU.

Chelsey Schofield turned in her fourth double-double of the season on Tuesday against BYU.

Sept. 17, 2013

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SALT LAKE CITY - Junior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield turned in 17digs and16 kills for her 25th career double-double, but the University of Utah volleyball team fell in a five-set decision to BYU (23-25, 25-17, 14-25, 25-20, 12-15) in the Deseret First Duel on Tuesday in the Huntsman Center.

Utah (10-1) had its 10-match win streak snapped, but three Utes hit double-digits in kills and five Utes registered at least 10 or more digs. The Utes fell to 1-1 in five-set matches this season after defeating Utah State, 3-2, in the season opener on Aug. 30.

"It was just a battle all night," Utah Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "It was a match of runs. Interestingly, it started off as an offensive battle. Hitting percentages were high early on and then it just turned into a big-time defensive battle. BYU didn't its normal hitting percentage and we didn't hit ours. We were holding each other. We were just a couple plays short."

Schofield registered a season-high 17 digs and 16 kills for her fourth double-double effort of 2013. She now has six matches with 10 or more kills this season and 47 for her career. Her fourth double-double of the year, and the 25th of her career, also came with a season-high mark in digs.

Junior right-side hitter Shelby Dalton posted a match-high18 kills to go with a team-high-tying six blocks. She fell just one kills shy of tying her season high of 19 against Utah State on Aug. 30. This was her fifth double-digit-kill effort of the season and the 47th of her career.

Senior middle blocker Erin Redd-Brandon turned in 10 kills and tied Dalton for team-high honors with six blocks. The Spanish Fork, Utah native has five double-digit-kill performances this season.

Senior outside hitter Morgan Odale posted a match-high 21 digs to go with seven kills. Junior middle blocker Bailey Bateman recorded five blocks and five kills.

Junior libero Lea Adolph had 11 digs for her eighth double-figure-dig match of the year.

Sophomore setter Kendall Cygan handed out 32 assists to go with a season-high 13 digs, while and junior Kalee Kirby handed out 23 assists and tied her season high with 11 digs.

The tightly-contested first set was tied 18 times, the last one coming at 23-23, before a BYU block gave the Cougars a 24-23 edge and they would take the next set to win the opener, 25-23. Redd-Brandon hit four kills on seven swings for a .429 hitting percentage, while Odale and Schofield had five digs apiece. Utah fell to 1-1 this season when dropping the first set of match.

The Utes grabbed four of the first five points in the second frame and Utah extended its lead to as many as six (8-2). BYU responded with four consecutive scores to cut its deficit to two (8-6), but Utah was able to work its lead up to eight points (20-12) after putting together a 5-1 run by Redd-Brandon and Dalton. Utah outhit BYU, .342 to .154, and held a 4.0-1.0 advantage in team blocks. Dalton hit .700 in the frame with seven kills on 10 swings without an error.

"This game is about momentum more than any sport I've ever watched," Launiere said. "We were serving really well and we made three service errors late in set four and let them off the hook a little bit. We did have some momentum going into set four."

BYU took the first two points of the third frame, but the Utes came back to tie the set three more times (4-4). The Cougars edged out to an 8-5 lead before back-to-back and built their advantage all the way to a 25-14 third-set win. Dalton and Redd-Brandon paced the Ute attack with three kills each, while Odale contributed four digs.

Utah climbed out to a 5-1 advantage to start the next set and would lead by as many as 11 (13-2) in the fourth set after taking eight consecutive points. The Utes would maintain a comfortable margin for the remainder of the set and come away with a 25-20 fourth-set victory. Utah limited BYU to a .022 clip, while collecting a 4.0-2.0 edge in team blocks. Schofield tallied four kills on 13 attempts with just one error for a .462 efficiency.

In the fifth and deciding set, BYU jumped out to a 3-1 edge before took its first lead of the set at 6-5 after going on a 5-2 run. The set would be tied three more times, the last instance coming at eight all, before a 5-1 BYU run gave the visitors a 13-9 lead. A Schofield kill and block by Dalton and Redd-Brandon, BYU attack error brought Utah within a point (13-12). BYU then converted match point to claim the match, 15-12. Dalton hit for a team-high three kills on six swings and Kirby came up with three digs in the finale.

BYU (7-3) was led by a 15-kill, five-dig, four-block performance by Alexa Gray.

"We've had a great season so far," Launiere said. "It's tough. We've put together a great run of 10 wins. We just have to put this behind us. We have a match Thursday night against New Mexico State so we talked about having to just let this go. We have to give credit to BYU and move on. We've got a lot of wins under our belt so we have to just keep winning."

The Utes conclude the non-conference portion of their 2013 schedule Thursday at New Mexico State. First serve from the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M., is set for 7 p.m. MT. A live video feed of the match will be available (for a fee) at aggievision.com.

 

 

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