Junior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield registered her 10th double-double on Saturday at Washington State.
Nov. 2, 2013
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 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.