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Washington State Holds Off Utah Volleyball

Sophomore outside hitter Chelsey Schofield had 15 kills and 13 digs on Friday at Washington State.

Sophomore outside hitter Chelsey Schofield had 15 kills and 13 digs on Friday at Washington State.

Nov. 2, 2012

Box Score

PULLMAN, Wash. - Six players had at least eight kills and the Utes outhit the Cougars, .276 to .157, but the University of Utah volleyball team lost in five sets at Washington State (25-10, 20-25, 25-21, 23-25, 14-16) in a Pac-12 Conference match on Friday in Bohler Gym.

Utah (12-14, 3-10 Pac-12) featured a balanced offense throughout the match that finished just .001 off its season-high hitting percentage for a five-set match, .277 against Bowling Green on Sept. 7.

The Utes fell to 2-3 in five-set matches this season.

Chelsey Schofield put together her seventh double-double of the season and the 15th of her career with 15 kills on a .270 efficiency to go with 13 digs. Schofield posted her 17th double-figure-kill match of the year and the 38th of her career. She has been over 10 digs nine times in 2012 and 24 times over her career.

Morgan Odale also had a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs for her fourth double-double this season and the 19th of her career. This was her 51st double-digit-kill performance and her 13th such performance this season and she has seven matches with 10 or more digs this year and 34 such outings over her career.

Sophomore middle blocker Erin Redd had 13 kills with a .346 hitting percentage to go with a match-high-tying seven blocks.

Sophomore middle blocker Bailey Bateman tied Redd with seven blocks and also turned in 10 kills on a team-high .429 hitting percentage.

Alli Spurrier tied her career high with eight kills and she also had four blocks, while Shelby Dalton chipped in eight kills as well.

 

 

Freshman Kendall Cygan set up the Ute attack with 32 assists and also had six digs. This was her fourth match with 30 or more assists this season. Senior McKenzie Odale distributed 22 assists and had eight digs. Defensively in the back row, Lea Adolph came up with a team-high 16 digs. She surpassed the 10-dig mark for the seventh time in 2012 and the 11th time during her career. Adolph also served a pair of aces.

The Cougars took the first two points of the first set, but the Utes reeled off six straight points on the way to an easy 25-10 first-set victory. Utah now dropped to 11-4 this season when coming away with a first-set win.

Utah got out to a 4-2 lead early in the second set, but WSU came back with a 6-1 spurt to a grab a 9-5 edge. The Utes came back to tie the set at eight points apiece, but a 5-0 run by the Cougars gave the home team a 14-9 lead. WSU would lead by as many as six (19-13) before Utah stormed back with a 6-2 stretch to pull within two 21-19. Unfortunately, the Utes could not avoid a 25-20 loss in the second frame.

The Utes claimed three of the first four points of the third set, but WSU fought back to force four more ties (6-6). Utah then scored six of the next eight points to assume a 12-8 lead and built its lead to as many as six (22-16) in what turned out to be a 25-21 win.

WSU jumped out to a 3-1 advantage in the fourth frame, but Utah quickly countered with back-to-back scores to tie the set for the second time at three points apiece. The Cougars put together another 3-1 stretch to take a 6-4 edge and would lead by as many as five (12-7). Utah responded by reeling off a 6-1 run to force the fourth tie of the frame at 13-13. Unfortunately, WSU scored five unanswered to seize an 18-13 lead and that margin would grow to as many as seven (23-16) before taking a 25-23 win to even the match at 2-2.

The finale was tied eight times before three straight points gave the Cougars an 11-8 lead. The Utes came back with a 6-2 run to grab a slight 14-13 edge, but WSU tied the set for the 10th time at 14 all and would go on to clinch the match by at 16-14 margin in the fifth.

Washington State (12-14, 2-12 Pac-12) was led by a 17-kill, nine-dig performance from Jaicee Harris.

The Utes take on eighth-ranked Washington on Sunday in Seattle. First serve from Alaskan Airlines Arena will be at 11 a.m. PT with the match being televised live on Pac-12 Network (Regional). Kevin Barnett (PBP) and Kelli Tennant (Analyst) will call the action.

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