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Utah Volleyball Edged at Oregon State

Chelsey Schofield turned in her fifth double-double of the year on Sunday at Oregon State.

Chelsey Schofield turned in her fifth double-double of the year on Sunday at Oregon State.

Sept. 30, 2012

CORVALLIS - Sophomore outside hitter Chelsey Schofield recorded her fifth double-double of the season, but the University of Utah volleyball team was defeated in a four-set decision at Oregon State (24-26, 23-25, 25-19, 22-25) on Sunday in a Pac-12 Conference match at Gill Coliseum.

Utah (9-8, 0-4 Pac-12) outblocked Oregon State, 14.0 to 8.0, and earned a 7-6 advantage in service aces. OSU took a 2.63 to .220 advantage in team hitting and a 59-51 edge in digs.

Three Utes notched double-digits in kills, led by Schofield, who turned in 14 kills and 11 digs for her fifth double-double of the year and the 13th of her career. This was Schofield's 11th match with 10 or more kills and 28th of her career. Schofield's last double-double came with 16 kills and 15 digs against Bowling Green on Sept. 8.

Junior outside hitter Morgan Odale posted a team-high 15 kills on 35 swings with just three errors for a .343 hitting efficiency, while also registering seven digs. Today was Odale's ninth double-digit-kill match of the year and 47th of her career.

Erin Redd had 11 kills in the match with just four miscues on 24 attempts on a .292 efficiency to go with four blocks.

Defensively, Bailey Bateman posted a match-high eight blocks and she also pounded down eight kills. Sophomore Shelby Dalton pitched in six blocks to aid the Ute defense.

Tjasa Kotnik set a new career high with four kills and three blocks.

 

 

Alli Spurrier had a pair of kills and now has at least one kill in all 10 matches in which she has appeared this season.

Kendall Cygan distributed 31 assists, her second match this season with more than 30 assists. This was her new conference season high, which previously was 22 against Stanford on Sept. 21 to go with a pair of service aces.

McKenzie Odale set a new season-high with two service aces, who also distributed 18 assists. Redd was the third Ute to serve a pair of aces.

In the back row of the Ute defense, Lea Adolph registered 20 digs for her third consecutive match with 10 or more digs, which was her fifth such performance of this season and the ninth of her career. Adolph's career-high was 20 against Bowling Green on Sept. 8.

The Beavers took nine of the first 11 points in the first frame before the Utes responded with six unanswered scores to pull within a point (9-8) and back-to-back Bateman kills tied the set for the first time at 12 points apiece. OSU came back with a 5-1 streak to climb to a 17-13 edge, but Utah responded furiously with a 6-1 spurt to grab its first lead of the set, 19-18. Action would be tied five more times, the last time coming at 24 all, before a pair of Beaver service aces gave the home team at 26-24 first-set win. Schofield had three kills and three digs, while Morgan Odale turned in three kills and turned in a pair of digs. OSU hit .286 in the opener, compared to a .158 mark for Utah. The Utes are 1-4 this season when suffering a defeat in the set

In the second frame, OSU scored the first two points before four consecutive Ute points gave them a 4-2 edge. The Beavers came back to force the third tie of the set at 6-6, while a 5-1 Utah run gave the Utes an 11-7 edge. Utah's lead grew to as many as six, 15-9, before Oregon State closed the gap to a point at 19-18. A pair of key blocks by Bateman and Dalton helped the Utes inch back out to a 23-20 lead, but OSU managed to even the set for the first time since the 6-6 point at 23 points apiece. Unfortunately, the Beavers grabbed the final two points to claim a 25-23 second-set victory. The Utes claimed a 4-2 edge in team blocks in the frame, but were outhit .367 to .243 by the Beavers in the frame.

Utah earned a 7-3 edge after the first 10 points of the third set and the Utes maintained their four-point lead until 9-5 when OSU launched a 3-0 stretch to pull within a point at 9-8 and the Beavers would eventually force the third tie of the set at 12 all. Utah reeled off seven straight points to claim a 20-13 advantage en route to a 25-19 win in the third. The Utes hit .400 in the frame, compared to a .146 mark for the Beavers, and Utah earned a 3.0-0.0 edge in team blocking during the third frame.

There were eight ties in the fourth, the last coming at 11-11, but OSU separated itself with four straight points and the Beavers would lead by as many as seven (21-14). The Utes battled back with a 7-1 spurt to cut their deficit to a point, 23-22. Unfortunately, OSU was able to hold on for the 25-22 win to clinch the match.

Oregon State (12-4, 2-2 Pac-12) was led by a match-high 19 kills by Camille Saxton while Alyssa O'Neill posted a match-high 20 digs.

The Utes host No. 5 Washington on Friday at 8:30 p.m. MT. All of the action from Crimson Court will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network.

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