Chelsey Schofield hit a season-high 18 kills during Sunday's 3-1 win at Arizona State.
Nov. 17, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - Three Utes hit double-digits in kills to help the University of Utah volleyball team overcome a first-set loss on the way to a 3-1 win at Arizona State (22-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-19) on Sunday in a Pac-12 Conference match in Wells Fargo Arena.
Utah (18-10, 7-9 Pac-12) hit .344, which tied their season-best mark for a four-set match. The Utes also hit .344 in a four-set win over Idaho State on Sept. 14. Utah also earned an 11.0-4.0 advantage in team blocks over the Sun Devils and held a slight 72-67 edge in digs.
Junior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield set a new season high with 18 kills on 39 attempts with just three errors for a .385 efficiency. The Provo, Utah native completed her 11th double-double of 2013 and her 32nd double-double of her career with 11 digs. She now has 12 double-digit kill efforts this year and 54 over her career. She also has had 10 or more digs in four straight matches and in 20 of 28 matches this season and now has 52 such performances over her career.
Junior right-side hitter Shelby Dalton contributed 16 kills with just a pair of errors on 27 swings for a .519 hitting percentage in her 16th double-figure-kill effort of the year and her second straight. Defensively, the Moab, Utah native also came up just one block away from tying her career best as she ended the match with a team-high-tying seven blocks.
Senior outside hitter Morgan Odale was the third Ute with 10 or more kills as she registered 13 kills on 34 chances with just one error for a .364 hitting percentage. The Star, Idaho native also came up with 16 digs for her eighth double-double of the year and the 29th of her career. She has 11 outings with 10 or more kills this year with 63 over her career and 16 matches with double-digit-digs in 2013 and 51 over her career.
Freshman libero Tess Sutton set a new career high with 23 digs, which was her seventh double-digit-dig performance in the last eight matches.
Junior setter Kalee Kirby handed out a season-best-tying 35 assists for the third time to go with nine digs, which finished just one dig shy of her eighth double-double of the season. Sophomore setter Kendall Cygan distributed 22 assists and had nine digs, just missing her ninth double-double in 2013 and the 12 of her career.
The Utes grabbed four of the first five points of the match before a 3-1 run brought the home team within a point (5-4) before the set would be tied at seven points apiece and the Sun Devils would go on to take a 13-7 lead. Utah managed to pull back within two (24-22) via a 7-3 run, but could not avoid a 25-22 first-set loss. The Utes outhit the Sun Devils in the opener, .381 to .333, and Schofield had seven kills with a .538 efficiency, while Sutton came up with nine digs in the back row. The Utes improved to 4-10 this season when dropping the first set of a match in 2013.
The second set was even three times, the last coming at 4-4, before Utah strung together three consecutive scores for a 7-4 edge. ASU responded with a 7-1 spurt go assume an 11-8 edge and the Utes came back with a 5-2 spurt to knot the set at 13 all. The Sun Devils scored the next three points to take a 16-13 lead, but the Utes would then take nine of the next 15 points to re-tie the set at 22 all. There would be two more ties (at 23 and 24) before back-to-back blocks gave the Utes a 26-24 win to tie the match at one set apiece. Bateman, Odale and Dalton each had four kills apiece in the second frame alone as Redd-Brandon registered five blocks.
There would be four ties at the beginning of the third set, the last coming at 5-5, before a 3-0 Utah spurt gave the visitors an 8-5 edge. The Utes would sprint to a six-point lead (18-12) and go on to a 25-21 victory for their second straight set win. Utah held the Sun Devils to a .179 hitting percentage, while going for a .324 clip on the attack. Schofield came up with five kills, while Kirby distributed seven assists as the Utes outblocked the Sun Devils, 4.0 to 0.0.
The close play continued into the fourth frame as there were seven early ties (7-7) before the Sun Devils inched out to a 9-7 edge. The Utes then promptly answered with a 3-0 stretch to re-gain the lead at 10-9 and remained in control of the set as they would go on to a 25-19 win to clinch the match. Utah hit .421 in the finale as Dalton added five more kills.
Arizona State (17-11, 6-10 Pac-12) was led by 24 kills from BreElle Bailey.
The Utes return to Crimson Court to host Oregon on Friday. First serve is set for 6 p.m. MT with Gavin McCallister providing the play-by-play call with live video stream at pac-12.com.