Chelsey Schofield had 11 kills on Sunday against No. 3 Oregon.
Oct. 28, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Chelsey Schofield turned in 11 kills, but the University of Utah volleyball team dropped a three-set decision to No. 3 Oregon (18-25, 17-25, 23-25) on Sunday at Crimson Court.
Utah (12-13, 3-9 Pac-12) outblocked Oregon, 9.0 to 7.0, but was at a .310 to .144 hitting percentage in the match.
Schofield's 11 kills gave her the 16th double-figure-kill effort of the season as well as the 33rd time of her career.
"After the first two sets, we started settling into a rhythm and getting the ball to the middles," Utah head coach Beth Launiere said. "Oregon is good. They run an extremely fast offense and their setter is very good. It is difficult for our block to deal with, which is a huge part of our game."
Alli Spurrier, Erin Redd and Morgan Odale each registered five kills apiece. Spurrier's five kills came on only nine attempts with just one miscue for a team-high .444 hitting percentage, while Redd posted a match-high six blocks. Also defensively, Bailey Bateman and Shelby Dalton came up with three blocks apiece to help the Ute defense at the net.
Junior libero Nikki Sim registered her third straight match with 10 digs for the 11th time this season and the 38th time of her career.
The Ducks took four of the first five points of the second set, but the Utes battled back with consecutive scores to pull within a point (4-3). Unfortunately, Oregon reeled off four straight scores to build its lead up to nine (21-12). The Utes were able to trim their deficit down to six (22-16), but could not avoid a 25-17 second-set defeat. Redd led the way with three kills in the frame as Utah's efficiency improved to .222, but the Ducks were able to register a .424 mark.
The Utes grabbed a 3-1 edge early in the third set, their first lead of the match, but the Ducks quickly countered with 5-1 stretch to assume a 6-4 edge. Oregon then worked its edge to as many as five (12-7), but Utah was able to tie the set for the third time at 21 points after three straight Schofield kills capped a 14-9 Ute run. The action would be tied two more times, but the Ducks managed to take the final two points for a 25-23 win in the finale.
"We had great effort in set three," Launiere said. "I wish we would have come out a little stronger in sets one and two, but I liked our response in set three. [Schofield] did a great job of keeping us in there."
No. 3 Oregon (20-1, 11-1 Pac-12) has won six straight matches and was led by a 13-kill, nine-dig and four-block performance from Alaina Bergsma.
The Utes continue their Pac-12 slate next weekend at Washington State (Friday at 7 p.m. PT) and No. 5 Washington (Sunday at 11 a.m. PT). The match against the Huskies in Seattle will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network (Regional) with Kevin Barnett (PBP) and Kelli Tennant (Analyst) calling the action from Alaska Airlines Arena.