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Utah Volleyball Drops Three-set Decision to No. 6 UCLA

Schofield had 12 kills and seven digs on Wednesday at No. 6 UCLA.

Schofield had 12 kills and seven digs on Wednesday at No. 6 UCLA.

Oct. 17, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - Junior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield turned in 12 kills and seven digs, but the University of Utah volleyball lost a three-set decision at No. 6 UCLA (22-25, 21-25, 18-25) in a Pac-12 Conference match on Wednesday at the John Wooden Center.

Utah (11-11, 2-7 Pac-12) outblocked UCLA, 7.0 to 4.0, but the Bruins were able to gain a .330 to .258 advantage in hitting percentage, held an 8-2 edge in service aces and a 39-33 lead in digs.

Schofield posted a team-high 12 kills to go with seven digs and a pair of blocks. She has hit double-digits in kills for the 15th time in 22 matches this season and for the 32nd time in her career. The Provo, Utah native was just three digs short of her seventh double-double performance of the season and the 15th of her career.

Junior middle blocker Erin Redd posted eight kills on 17 swings with a pair of errors for a team-high .353 hitting percentage. Redd also posted a match-high-tying four blocks.

Morgan Odale had eight kills with just one miscue on 21 attempts for a .333 efficiency. She also had six digs in the back row of the Ute defense.

Sophomore middle blocker Bailey Bateman added six kills and three blocks, while Shelby Dalton tied Redd for match-high honors with four blocks to go along with three kills.

McKenzie Odale distributed 17 assists along with three digs and a service ace. Kendall Cygan had 15 assists in addition to six digs.

 

 

Patrolling the back row of the Ute defense was junior libero Nikki Sim, who turned up a team-high nine digs.

The Bruins took four of the first five points in the opener, but Utah countered with three straight scores to force the first tie of the match at four points apiece. There would be one more tie (5-5) before UCLA went on a 5-2 tear to grab a 10-7 edge. The Utes would pull to within one (12-11), but UCLA would quickly build its lead up to six, 18-12, with a 6-1 run before going on to a 25-22 win in the opening frame. Schofield had five kills on 10 swings for a .500 efficiency as the Utes hit .233 on the attack, compared to a .293 mark for the Bruins. Utah did earn a 3.0-1.0 advantage in blocking over UCLA in the first set. The Utes are now 1-8 this season when dropping the opening set of a match.

There were a trio of ties in the following frame before a 5-1 run sprung the Utes to their first lead of the match at 6-4, who would go on to lead by as many as three (8-5). Utah maintained its three-point edge until the 13-10 mark, before five straight Bruin scores gave the lead back to the home team at 15-13. The Utes battled back with a 4-1 spurt to regain the lead at 17-16 and the action would be tied two more times (at 17 and 18) before three straight Bruin points gave UCLA a 21-18 lead en route to a 25-21 second-set victory.

Nine ties occurred at the start of the third frame, the last one coming at 10-10, before the Bruins took six of the next seven points to assume a 16-11 lead. UCLA led by as many as eight (21-13) on the way to a 25-18 win to clinch the match.

No. 6 UCLA (14-4, 6-3 Pac-12) was led by 18 kills from Tabi Love and Becca Strehlow, who put up 41 assists and 11 assists.

The Utes are back in action Friday at 6 p.m. PT against No. 7 USC. Action from the Galen Center will be televised live regionally on the Pac-12 Network and live audio can be heard at www.usctrojans.com/allaccess.

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