Junior middle blocker Erin Redd registered five blocks on Friday at No. 2 Oregon.
Sept. 28, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - Junior middle blocker Erin Redd turned in a match-high six blocks, but the University of Utah volleyball team lost a three-set decision (15-25, 21-25, 22-25) to No. 2 Oregon on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena.
Utah (9-7, 0-3 Pac-12) outblocked Oregon, 12.0 to 4.0, but the Ducks earned a .279 to .163 advantage in team hitting over the Utes during the match.
Redd posted six block assists, while both junior outside hitter Morgan Odale (two block solos and two block assists) and sophomore right-side hitter Shelby Dalton (four block assists) registered four blocks apiece.
Sophomore Lea Adolph earned her fourth start of the season and the 17th of her career at libero for Utah and rounded up a team-high 12 digs,
Dalton turned in a team-high eight kills with a .286 hitting percentage. On 21 attempts, Dalton committed just a pair of errors.
Freshman Kendall Cygan served up a career-high three aces, which led all players in the match.
Cygan and senior McKenzie Odale split the setting duties with 12 assists apiece.
Odale added seven kills on 22 swings with two errors for a .227 hitting percentage to go along with seven digs.
The Ducks scored the first three points of the opening set and built their lead to five, at 17-12, but Utah took three of the next four points to cut its deficit to four points (18-14). Unfortunately, the Utes could get no closer and fell 25-14. The Utes hit .333 in the opener, but the Ducks claimed a .385 mark.
Utah fell behind 4-2, but roared back with a 4-0 to grab the lead for the first time in the match at 6-4. The set would be tied four more times, the last time coming at 11 points apiece, before the Utes took three straight points to grab a 14-11 advantage. Utah led by as many as five (17-12) after taking five consecutive scores to tie the frame two more times (20-20), but Oregon reeled off five of the last six points of the set to grab a 25-21 second-set victory.
No. 2 Oregon (12-0, 3-0 Pac-12) was led by 16 kills from Alaina Bergsma, who also compiled a .343 hitting percentage. Lauren Plum set up the Duck attack with 37 assists, while Haley Jacob turned up 13 digs.
The Utes continue their road trip through the northwest on Sunday against Oregon State. First serve from Corvallis set for 11:30 a.m. PT.