Morgan Odale had 11 digs and eight kills on Sunday against No. 6 Stanford.
Nov. 10, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 6 Stanford (25-17, 25-15, 25-17) in a Pac-12 Conference match Sunday at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Utah (17-9, 6-8 Pac-12) received a pair of eight-kill performances from senior outside Morgan Odale and junior outside hitter Shelby Dalton. Odale also turned in her third consecutive double-digit-dig effort with 11 digs for her 15th of the year and the 50th of her career. Dalton added three digs and two blocks.
"We did some good things," Utah Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "Stanford is a good team. We just had our hands full with their speed. They played differently than most teams that we faced and that made it difficult. But we handled a lot of things. They put you on your heals because of their speed, but we battled.
"We did some good things," Launiere said. "We made our serves. We played really nice defense, but they played great defense. They are as good of a defense we see all year. Our passing wasn't the best that it's been so that got us in a little bit of trouble. We couldn't get the ball to our middles as much as we wanted, too."
Junior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield tied for match-high honors with 12 digs for her 21st double-digit-dig effort this year and the 54th of her career.
Senior middle blocker Erin Redd-Brandon hit for a team-high percentage of .308 with six kills along with a team-high-tying three blocks. Junior middle blocker Bailey Bateman equaled Redd-Brandon for team-high honors with three blocks.
The Cardinal grabbed seven of the first eight points to start the match and would lead by as many as seven (14-7) before a 5-1 Ute run brought the home team within three (15-12). Unfortunately, Utah could not get closer as Stanford came away with a 25-17 first-set victory. Dalton had five kills on 10 swings with only one error for a .400 hitting percentage in the opener.
Stanford jumped out to an 8-2 edge to start the second frame and its advantage would increase to as many as nine (18-9) before the Utes put together a 4-0 run. The Cardinal was able to push its lead back to nine (23-14) and would take the second frame by 10, 25-15. Odale turned in four kills on nine attempts with just one attack error for a .333 efficiency in the set, while Schofield had six digs in the second frame.
The Utes grabbed their first lead of the match in the third set, but the Cardinal came back to tie the set twice (2-2). Stanford then went on a 4-0 spurt to jump out to a 6-2 lead and would build its lead to as many as five (9-4). Utah then responded with a 4-1 run to pull within two (14-12), but could not avoid a 25-17 defeat.
No. 6 Stanford (18-5, 11-3 Pac-12) was led by a nine-kill, three-block performance by Inky Ajanaku.
Up next, the Utes will face Arizona on Thursday in Tucson. The contest will be televised regionally on the Pac-12 Networks with first serve from the McKale Memorial Center slated for 7 p.m. MT.