Alli Spurrier tied her career high with nine kills for the second staight match on Saturday at Arizona.
Nov. 17, 2012
TUCSON - Sophomore right-side hitter Alli Spurrier tied her career-high mark with nine kills for the second straight match, but the University of Utah volleyball team was defeated by Arizona, 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 17-25, 18-25) in a Pac-12 Conference match on Saturday in the McKale Memorial Center.
Spurrier posted a .400 hitting percentage with nine kills on 20 attempts with just one error to go with two digs and a block.
Utah (13-18, 4-18 Pac-12) had four players with at least nine kills in the match, led by 10 from junior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield, who totaled 10 kills and six digs. She has had double-digits in kills in five straight matches and has 22 for this season and 39 over her career.
Along with Spurrier, sophomore right-side hitter Shelby Dalton and sophomore middle blocker Bailey Bateman each recorded nine kills apiece. Bateman's nine kills came on 15 swings with four errors for a .333 hitting percentage.
Junior outside hitter Morgan Odale posted eight kills and eight digs. Her eight kills now gives her 1,001 for her career. She is now the 13th member of Utah's 1,000-kill club.
Senior McKenzie Odale turned in her second double-double of the season and the 10th of her career with 20 assists and 10 digs. Freshman setter Kendall Cygan distributed 24 assists and came up with four digs.
Sophomore libero Lea Adolph came up with team-high marks of 13 digs and two service aces. This was her sixth consecutive match with 10 or more digs and 16th of her career.
There were six ties before Arizona reeled off a 6-1 run to go ahead 20-15 and would eventually take a 25-20 first-set victory. Spurrier turned in four kills on six swings for a .667 hitting in the opener.
Utah led the entire way in the second set and first set separated itself from Arizona with a 6-2 stretch to grab a 10-6 edge. The Utes would build their lead to as many as eight (17-9) on the way to a 25-21 second-set win to even the match. Morgan Odale pounded five kills in the frame, while the Utes hit .293, compared to a .241 mark for Arizona.
Arizona jumped out to a 6-1 lead to start the third frame and the Wildcats would work their lead to as many as nine (24-15) before taking a 2-1 edge in the match with a 24-15 win. Schofield turned in three kills, while Morgan Odale registered four digs in the set.
The Utes took three of the first four before the Wildcats evened the set three times (4, 7, 8, 9) before U of A took three straight scores to grab a 12-9 edge. Arizona led by as many as five (19-14) and would hold on to a 25-18 win. Three different Utes had two kills in the finale, while Adolph came up with five digs.
Arizona (16-13, 8-10 Pac-12) was led by Taylor Arizobal, who posted a match-high 16 kills and Madi Kingdon, who turned in a match-high 14 digs.
Utah travels to Berkeley to face California on Monday at 8 p.m. PT. Live stats of the action from Haas Pavilion can be viewed at calbears.com.