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Utah Volleyball Takes Down No. 25 Arizona, 3-1

Junior middle blocker Bailey Bateman had 11 kills and a match-high nine blocks on Sunday.

Junior middle blocker Bailey Bateman had 11 kills and a match-high nine blocks on Sunday.

Oct. 27, 2013

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SALT LAKE CITY - Junior middle blocker Bailey Bateman registered 11 kills and a season-high nine blocks to help the University of Utah volleyball team to a 3-1 win (27-29, 28-26, 25-20, 25-17) over No. 25 Arizona on Sunday in a Pac-12 Conference match in the Huntsman Center. This marks the first time Utah has won back-to-back matches in a weekend of Pac-12 play.

This was also the first victory for Utah (17-5, 6-4 Pac-12) over a nationally-ranked opponent this season and the Utes have won four of their last five matches. The Utes set a new season high for a four-set match with 20.0 blocks, compared to just 8.0 for Arizona. Utah earned a .210-.110 advantage in hitting over U of A as well.

"This was just a huge accomplishment," Utah Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "We worked really hard and to get the result of back-to-back wins this weekend feels great. This is the first time in the Pac-12 that we have won back-to-back matches. We faced two good teams and our hard work paid off."

This was Utah's first victory over Arizona since Nov. 30, 2002 and the fifth all-time, while three Utes hit 10 or more kills, four had double-digits in digs and two had double-doubles.

Bateman recorded 11 kills on 25 swings with two errors for a .360 hitting percentage to go with a season-high nine blocks. This was Bateman's fifth match with 10 or more kills this year.

Junior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield turned in her fifth straight double-double, ninth of this season and the 30th of her career as she came up with a match-high 19 digs in addition to hitting 10 kills and tying her season high with seven blocks.

Junior right-side hitter Shelby Dalton registered a team-high 12 kills for her 13th double-digit-kill effort this season and the 21st of her career. Her total of seven blocks tied her season high and came up just one shy of tying a new career-high mark.

Morgan Odale had nine kills with a .318 hitting percentage to go along with11 digs, while junior outside hitter Alli Spurrier set a new season-high with four blocks.

Senior middle blocker Erin Redd-Brandon served a career-high four aces and hit .333 on the attack with nine kills and eight blocks.

Sophomore setter Kendall Cygan dished out 24 assists and had 11 digs for her second straight double-double, her seventh this season and the 10th of her career. Junior setter Kalee Kirby handed out 22 assists along with eight digs.

The Utes took the first four points of the opening set, but the Wildcats countered with a 4-0 run of their own to force the first tie of the match. The set would be tied two more times (5-5) and Utes jumped out to an 8-5 lead after three consecutive scores. Utah's lead would grow to as many as three (11-8), but Arizona put together a 3-0 spurt to tie the set for the third time at 11 all. There would be 10 more ties, the last coming at 27-27, before Arizona seized the match with a 29-27 first-set victory. Utah outhit Arizona in the opener, .204 to .092, while Dalton had seven kills with a .545 hitting percentage.

"We came out looking flat," Launiere said. "We need to figure out how to improve on that. We were able to dig out of it and responded. We showed maturity and stayed calm, focused and composed."

The Utes grabbed three of the first four points in the second frame, but the Wildcats came back with three straight scores to tie the set two more times and would eventually work to a 13-10 advantage. Utah came back with three straight scores of its own for the fourth tie of the set at 16 all. The U of A would inch out to a 19-17 edge, but Utah took seven of the next eight to grab a 24-21 lead. Arizona then took three consecutive to even the match (24-24) and the action would be even two more times before edging out a 28-26 victory. There were a total of nine ties in the set, while Utah held an advantage in hitting (.204-.153) and blocking (6.5-2.0). Schofield had four kills and four digs, while Bateman had three blocks.

The Utes started the third frame with a 7-1 spurt, but the Wildcats would pull within one after a 12-6 spurt (13-13). Utah eventually was able to build a five-point lead at 22-17, thanks to back-to-back Redd-Brandon aces, and would go on to a 25-20 victory. The Utes limited the Wildcats to a .143 efficiency on the attack and earned a 4.0-2.0 advantage in team blocks. Bateman had four kills and three blocks, while Dalton had four blocks.

The fourth frame would be knotted five times (5-5) before Utah put together a 13-6 tear to earn an 18-11 advantage before clinching the match with a 25-17 win. Redd-Brandon and Odale contributed four kills apiece the Utes outhit the Wildcats in the finale, .300-.027.

No. 25 Arizona (15-7, 5-5 Pac-12) was led by a match-high 15 kills from Madi Kingdon, who also posted a team-high seven blocks.

The Utes head to No. 3 Washington next Friday with first serve from Alaska Airlines Arena set for 7 p.m. PT. Saturday's contest at Washington State will begin at 7 p.m. PT.


 

 

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