Senior Danielle Killpack turned in eight kills on Senior Night.
Nov. 23, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Danielle Killpack and Jennifer Lanting had eight kills apiece on Senior Night as the University of Utah volleyball team swept Colorado, 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 27-25) in the inaugural Rumble in the Rockies match Wednesday at Crimson Court.
Utah (11-20, 6-16 Pac-12) completed its second season sweep of a Pac-12 opponent by outhitting the Buffaloes in the match, .250-.171. CU did manage to outblock Utah, 5-4. This was Utah's first victory in a match where it was outblocked this season. The Utes are 8-0 when winning the first two sets of a match this year.
"A lot of times when you face an opponent, it's about matchups and tonight was a completely different matchup than our last match against Washington State," Utah head coach Beth Launiere said. "Our plan was to set the middles. That was more open and for the beginning and middle part of the match that really helped us get the lead and side-out consistently an we started passing the ball really well. The key to the match was our passing. Our ball control people did a great job so we could get it to our bigs. It was a great team effort. We served very well and I was just proud of our team for taking care of business. We won a two-point set and it's been a while. We've been losing a lot of those close ones. We just came out and took care of business and played really well. I am just really proud of this group.
"We went to the middles for the first two sets and then started closing off a little bit and so we opened it up and that's when [Schofield] and [Odale] started getting their clean kills."
Killpack had her eight kills on 15 attempts with only a pair of errors for a team-high .400 hitting percentage. Lanting made her first start of the season and only committed two miscues on 17 swings for a .353 hitting efficiency. The duo tied for team-high honors with two blocks apiece.
Freshman outside hitter Chelsey Schofield turned in a team-high 11 kills and also had 11 digs for her eighth career double-double. She ended her first Utah campaign with 16 double-figure-kill matches.
Sophomore middle blocker Erin Redd was the second Ute with double-digit-kills. She posted 10 kills on 22 attempts and only four errors.
Sophomore Morgan Odale tied for team-high honors with 12 digs and also turned in nine kills.
Junior setter Abby Simmons handed out 34 assists and also registered seven digs.
Three of the first four points of the opening set belonged to Utah before Colorado took three straight to grab its first lead of the match, 4-3. The set would be tied once more (4-4) before the Buffaloes took three straight for a 7-4 advantage. CU maintained its three-point edge until the 9-6 mark and three consecutive Ute tallies re-tied the set six more times before consecutive scores gave Utah a 19-17 lead. CU struck back with five unanswered to assume a 22-19 edge, but Utah claimed the next three to force the 11th tie of the set at 22 points apiece. A CU attack error and kills by Lanting and Redd gave the Utes a 25-23 first-set victory.
The second set would be tied three more times (4-4) before the Utes took three of the next four for a 7-5 lead. The Buffaloes tied up the set for the fourth time at seven points apiece, before the Utes took four straight for an 11-7 lead and led by as many as six (16-10). CU took seven of the next 10 to close within a pair (19-17), but Utah was able stave off the comeback and earn a 25-21 victory in the second frame. Schofield and Redd tied for team-high honors with four kills in the frame to help Utah outhit Colorado, .242 to .182.
The fourth set was tightly-contested as there were 10 ties in the third (12-12) before Utah converted five straight scores to jump out to a 17-12 edge. The Buffaloes responded by taking five of the next six to cut their deficit to a point, 18-17, and would tie the frame for the 11th time at 22-22. The set would be even again three more times (25-25) then a Morgan Odale kill and a CU attack error gave the Utes the 27-25 match-clinching victory.
Colorado (6-24, 1-21 Pac-12) was led by 15 kills from Kerra Schroder, who took 42 swings for a .190 hitting percentage.