Danielle Killpack turned in her second consecutive double-digit-block match Friday against 10th-ranked Washington.
Nov. 18, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Senior middle blocker Danielle Killpack registered 10 blocks for her second consecutive double-figure-block match but the University of Utah volleyball team fell to No. 10 Washington, 3-0 (25-18, 27-25, 28-26), Friday at Crimson Court.
"We can be pleased with the way we played, but we have to start winning sets at the end of matches," Utah head coach Beth Launiere said. "In the last 11 or 12 sets, we've lost a bunch of them by two points and we're not going to keep doing that. I'd rather be in that position than not having set-points at all, but we have to figure out how to get it done."
Utah (9-20, 4-16 Pac-12) gained a 13.0 to 7.5 advantage in team blocks over Washington, who entered the match as the nation's top blocking team. The Utes managed a .234 clip in hitting percentage, but yielded a .280 mark to the Huskies.
"[Washington] passed very well tonight," Launiere said. "They won the passing battle, but we both served well and we won the blocking battle. UW is the top blocking team in the country and we hit well over .100 higher our conference average."
Killpack now has four career matches of 10 blocks or more. All 10 of her blocks tonight against the Huskies were block assists. She also helped out offensively with four kills.
"[Killpack] is just playing unbelievably at the end of her senior year," Launiere said. "Her presence is amazing. She's blocking and getting kills. She is playing the best of her career right now."
Freshman outside hitter Chelsey Schofield anchored the Ute attack with 11 kills for her 14th double-digit-kill match of the year. She also turned in nine digs to help Utah on defense and finished just one dig short of her eighth career double-double.
Classmate Shelby Dalton contributed eight kills on 16 swings with only three errors for a .312 hitting percentage.
Junior setter Abby Simmons distributed 33 assists to go with eight digs.
The Utes took three of the first four points of the match, but the match was tied for the first time at 4-4. The set would be tied once (5-5) before Washington took its first lead of the set and led by as many as four points at 13-9. Utah cut its deficit to a point with a 4-1 spurt (14-13) and managed to re-tie the set for the third time at 17 points apiece. UW took the next five points (22-17) en route to a 25-18 win. Schofield turned in five kills on 10 swings to pace the Ute attack. Killpack and Dalton both turned in two blocks to help the Utes claim a 4-3 advantage in team blocks.
There were eight tied in the set second set as Utah claimed a 3-0 lead, but Washington quickly tied it at three points apiece. The set would be tied once more (4-4) before the Utes took three of the next four scores for an 8-5 lead. The Huskies scored five of the next seven to re-tie the set at 10-10 before back-to-back Ute points gave them a 12-10 lead. Utah led by as many as three (16-13), but UW forced the fourth tie of the frame (16-16). The Utes would work their lead back to three at 19-16, but the back-and forth would continue as the Huskies retied the set at 19-19. There would be three more ties (20-20, 24-24, 25-25), but UW got two straight kills and would take a 27-25 victory. Dalton had four more kills on six attempts, while Killpack had three blocks to help Utah outblock UW, 4-2.5 in the set. The Utes hit .263 in the frame, but the Huskies were hitting at a .348 clip.
The third frame followed in similar fashion was tied six times (8-5) before the Utes spurted to an 8-5 edge. Utah would lead by as many as six (21-15) before an 8-1 Washington spurt gave the Huskies a 23-22 lead. The set was tied four more times (at 23, 24, 25, 26) before the Huskies claimed a 28-26 match-clinching victory. Utah outhit Washington in the finale, .220 to .216, to go along with its 5-2 advantage in team blocking.
Utah was held to a .081 hitting percentage in its last match with Washington. The Utes improved by .153 in their second contest with the Huskies. "We worked on getting more kills this week in practice and it paid off," Launiere said. "We were really aggressive offensively and we need to do the same thing tomorrow night. Our mantra this week was `more kills, less errors.' We needed more kills and we got more kills tonight and I was pleased with that."
No. 10 Washington (20-7, 12-7 Pac-12) was led by a match-high 13 kills from Summer Ross. Jenna Orlandini turned in 19 digs. Bianca Rowland, the NCAA's seventh-ranked blocker heading into the match, had four blocks in the contest.
"We can be pleased with how we played, but we cannot be pleased with the fact that we had leads again in these sets and we didn't get it done," Launiere said. "We have to get it done."
The Utes host Washington State tomorrow at Crimson Court. First serve is set for 7 p.m. MT. Fans can watch the match live.