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Utah Volleyball Defeated at Washington State

Junior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield registered her 10th double-double on Saturday at Washington State.

Junior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield registered her 10th double-double on Saturday at Washington State.

Nov. 2, 2013

Box Score

PULLMAN, Wash. - Junior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield turned in a double-double with a team-high 12 digs and 11 kills, but the University of Utah volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision (27-25, 26-24, 25-20) at Washington State on Saturday in a Pac-12 Conference match at Bohler Gymnasium.

Utah (17-7, 6-6 Pac-12) featured three players with double-digit efforts in digs and two with 10 or more kills.

Schofield registered her 31st career double-double and the 10th in 2013 against the Cougars. She recorded a team-high 12 digs by turning in her 48th career double-digit-dig match and her 18th of the year. The Provo, Utah native had 11 kills on 36 attempts with three errors to go with two blocks and a service ace. She now has 53 career double-digit-kill efforts with 11 coming this season.

Senior middle blocker Erin Redd-Brandon paced the Ute attack throughout the match with a team-high 13 kills and just two errors on 21 attack attempts for a .524 hitting percentage. She also turned in a team-high three blocks and a pair of digs. This was her 10th match this season with 10 or more kills and the 49th of her career.

Junior setter Kalee Kirby was the second Ute with a double-double, her sixth of the season, with 17 assists and 11 digs. She now has six double-digit-dig efforts in 2013. Sophomore Kendall Cygan distributed 17 assists.

Freshman libero Tess Sutton had her fourth straight double-figure-dig outing with 11 digs in the Ute back row.

The first set was a tightly-contested affair as there were a total of 10 ties. There were five early ties and neither team led by more than two (17-15) until WSU launched a 3-0 run to grab an 18-15 edge. The Utes fought back to regain the lead in the set at 21-20 thanks to a 4-1 spurt, but the contest would be even five more times, the last coming at 25-25, and the Cougars came away a 27-25 first-set victory. Redd-Brandon had six kills on eight swings without an error for a .750 efficiency, while Sutton had six digs in the back row.

 

 

The home-standing Cougars grabbed seven of the first 10 points of the second frame and extended to a five-point lead (14-9), but the Utes quickly took the lead for the first time (17-16) with an 8-2 run. There would be three more ties, the last coming at 19-19, but the Cougars edged out to a 23-20 lead via a 4-1 spurt. Trailing 24-21, Utah fought off three straight set points to force the sixth tie of the frame, but WSU managed to come away with a 26-24 win in the second set. Schofield came up with seven kills and five digs in the second frame alone, while Cygan handed out nine assists.

The close play continued as there were five ties in the third frame. Utah jumped out to a 4-2 edge early in the set, but WSU responded with three straight scores to take a 5-4 lead. The set would be even three more times, the last coming at 8-8, before the Cougars wedged out to an 11-9 lead after putting together a 3-1 run. WSU would build its advantage to as many as seven points (21-14). The Utes countered with a 5-1 burst to cut their deficit to three (22-19), but could not avoid a 25-20 match-clinching victory. Redd-Brandon hit five kills for the Utes in the finale, while Kirby was credited with five assists and five digs in the third set.

Washington State (16-9, 3-9 Pac-12) was led by a match-high 20 kills with eight digs and four blocks by Kyra Holt.

The Utes return to the Huntsman Center to host California on Thursday at 8 p.m. MT before facing No. 6 Stanford on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT. Both matches will be regionally televised on the Pac-12 Networks and live stats will be available at utahutes.com.

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