Go Utes!
Go Utes!
Utah Volleyball Closes Regular Season with Win over UCLA

Dalton recorded 12 kills in the Utes win over the Bruins.

Dalton recorded 12 kills in the Utes win over the Bruins.

Nov. 29, 2013

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - University of Utah volleyball maintained a .359- .230 hitting advantage and 11.5-4.0 blocking edge over UCLA as the Utes rallied back from a first-set loss to top the Bruins in four (19-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-23) Friday at Pauley Pavilion.

"It was a great offensive match by everyone," Utah head coach Beth Launiere said. "It was reflective of our team and how well-balance we've had all season. Kalee [Kirby] and Tess [Sutton] were great on defense. Bailey [Bateman] was big on the block. It was just an overall great effort by the whole team and it was a big win for us."

Utah (20-12, 9-11 Pac-12) collected 10-plus kill efforts from four players, led by Shelby Dalton and Chelsey Schofield, with 12 apiece in its victory over the Bruins.

Schofield added nine digs and three blocks to her .345 hitting effort, as Dalton recorded a .455 hitting percentage.

Erin Redd-Brandon contributed 10 kills and recorded only two errors on 17 attempts for a .471 hitting percentage, while also chipping in four blocks.

"To have four players with those kinds of numbers is huge," said Launiere. "We hit .359 as a team. That is also a huge tribute to our setters running a great offense."

Kirby recorded a career-high three kills to go along with 27 assists and nine digs, while Kendall Cygan added 21 assists, six digs and one kill to the effort.

Bateman turned six kills on 10 attempts and only two errors for a .400 hitting percentage, while also grabbing five blocks.

On 22 swings, senior Morgan Odale put down 10 kills with two errors for a .364 hitting percentage, while collecting seven digs and two blocks. 



Sutton recorded 10 digs on the night with four assists.

After the Utes took the first point of the match, the Bruins responded with a 6-0 run to take the lead (1-6). The Utes rallied a few side outs, but struggled to pressure the Bruins as they continued to a 15-7 lead. The Utes scored four in a row (11-15) before a UCLA came out strong after a time out to end the rally. The Utes continued to fight back, but couldn't overcome the early deficit as the Bruins took the match 25-19.

Utah once again took the first point of the set, but this time was able to build on the early lead (6-3). The Bruins remained within three until the Utes hit a 6-0 run to widen the gap (16-7). Utah would lead by as many as 10 in the set and despite a late UCLA rally, the Utes grabbed the win 25-16.

The Utes would once against jump out to a 1-0 lead in the third set, but the Bruins quickly shot back with a point of their own (1-1). The teams knotted the set once more (2-2) before the Utes hit a mini-run to lead the Bruins 5-2. Both teams added a few points until the set was once again at a gridlock (7-7).  The set would be tied six more times (17-17) until the Utes inched out to a 19-17 lead. The Bruins would come within a point three times, but the Utes remained ahead for a final score of 25-22.

The Utes took the first point for the fourth-straight set and although UCLA collected several points, the Utes took the lead early 7-3. The Utes would keep the lead throughout the set, with the Bruins coming within two points on six different occasions and crept within a point late in the match, (23-22). UCLA was unable close the gap as the Utes won the set 25-23 and the match 3-1. 

"This win solidifies us at tied-for-seventh in the Pac-12 and definitely helps our cause for the NCAA tournament," said Launiere. "This was a big win."

The Utes improve to a 6-11 record when dropping the first set and 13-2 in four-set contests.

UCLA (15-15, 6-14 Pac-12) was led by a 19-kill outing by Karsta Lowe.

ESPNU will air the NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament Selection Show on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. MT.

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