Sophomore middle blocker Erin Redd turned in a career-high 12 blocks in Friday's win over No. 16 Oregon.
Oct. 28, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. - Sophomore middle blocker Erin Redd turned in a career-high 12 blocks to lead the University of Utah volleyball team to a 3-2 Friday win at No. 16 Oregon (13-25, 25-22, 28-26, 17-25, 15-8) in a Pac-12 Conference match at Matthew Knight Arena.
Utah (9-14, 4-10 Pac-12) outblocked Oregon, 18.0 to 6.0, which was a season-high for blocks for the Utes this season. The Utes have outblocked their opponents in 17 of 22 matches this season.
"All season long I felt like we were ready to upset someone and we finally got it done," Utah hed coach Beth Launiere said. "After that first set, we started playing better defense and were blocking well. We got into a pretty good side-out rhythm. No one was going on runs and then our blocking started taking over. It was a hard-fought battle. Our side-out game held us in the sets and then our blocking. We also served well tonight.
"It was a great team effort," Launiere said. "We did not have a lot of kills tonight. We won this match because we had a low amount of errors and because of our serving and blocking."
The Utes saved their best for last as they held Oregon to a -.100 clip on the attack in the fifth set with the match hanging in the balance. Utah outblocked UO 5.0 to 0.0 and had only three kills, but freshman Lea Adolph provided some instant offense for the Utes and she served three consecutive aces in the fifth set. Her trio of aces not only tied her career high, but also gave Utah a 9-6 edge in the set.
Redd set a new career high with 12 blocks on three solo blocks and nine block assists. She also reached double-digits in kills for the fourth consecutive time, and the ninth time this year, with 10 kills, while only committing four errors. Redd now has two career double-double performances.
Junior setter Abby Simmons coordinated the Ute offense with a career-high 38 assists. She also helped out defensively with eight digs and a pair of blocks at the net.
In the back row of the Utah defense, sophomore libero Nikki Sim reached the 20-dig mark for the fourth time this season with a team-high 21. Morgan Odale had 17 digs to go with eight kills and two blocks.
The Ducks grabbed an early 7-3 lead in the first set and Utah could not get to within four of Oregon the rest of the way in a 25-13 first-set loss.
Utah took three of the opening four points in the next set and would lead by two points as late as the 14-12 mark. Oregon regained the advantage at 15-14, but Utah would tie the set three more times before claiming a three point lead at 23-20 and taking the set by the same margin, 25-22.
The Utes stormed out of the gates in the third frame by taking the first five points. The Ducks quickly countered with a 5-1 stretch, but Utah maintained a two-point spread until the 12-10 mark. Oregon tied the set for the first time at 13 points apiece. The second tie came at 14 all before Utah strung together three straight scores to assume a 17-14 lead. The Ducks claimed four of the next five to tie the set for third time at 18-18 and would go on to a 22-20 edge before Utah continued the back-and-forth action by tying the frame for the fourth time at 22-22. The set would be tied four more times, the last time at 26-26, before a Dalton and Schofield kills gave Utah a 28-26 win and a 2-1 lead in the match.
Utah led the fourth set by a 7-3 score, but Oregon managed to tie the set for the first time at 11 points apiece and would never look back. The Ducks used an 11-2 spurt to assume an 18-12 lead and they went on to win, 25-17, and even the match at 2-2.
No. 16 Oregon (14-7, 7-6 Pac-12) was led by a match-high 18 kills by Katherine Fischer and 17 kills from Alaina Bergsma. Bergsma also had 10 digs to complete the double-double.
The Utes travel to Corvallis to take on Oregon State tomorrow at 7 p.m. PT.