Chelsey Schofield and the Utes take on No. 3 Washington and Washington in road matches this week.
Oct. 28, 2013
In the midst of a 4-1 stretch in Pac-12 Conference play, the University of Utah volleyball team heads to No. 3 Washington on Friday and Washington State on Saturday for a pair of road matches. Both contests are slated for a 7 p.m. PT first serve.
The Utes have won four of their last five matches to improve to 17-5 overall and are 6-4 in league play. Utah's victories over Arizona State and No. 25 Arizona gave the program its first weekend sweep in Pac-12 play since joining the league in 2011.
Arizona Recap: Sunday's 3-1 win over No. 25 Arizona was the first victory for Utah over a nationally-ranked opponent this season. The Utes set a new season high for a four-set match with 20.0 blocks, compared to just 8.0 for Arizona. Utah earned a .210-.110 advantage in hitting over U of A as well.
Arizona State Recap: Utah defeated Arizona State in a five-set thriller (25-23, 22-25, 24-26, 25-22, 15-9) on Thursday thanks to a dominant performance in the fifth set. Five players were in double-digit kills and Utah outhit ASU .267-.184 in the match for the win, and held a 17.5-9.0 advantage in blocks on the night.
Seeing Redd (Brandon): Senior middle blocker Erin Redd-Brandon (Spanish Fork, Utah) was named the Pac-12's Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after leading an impressive Utah block last weekend. Redd-Brandon claimed team-high honors with 2.00 blocks per set to go with a .327 hitting percentage, while posting 2.67 kills and 0.56 service aces per set against Arizona State and No. 25 Arizona.
Redd-Brandon leads the Pac-12 in blocking with 1.45 blocks per set in the overall stats and is third with 1.38 blocks per set in league play. She is 10th in the Pac-12 with a .344 hitting percentage against league opponents and also owns a team-high .344 hitting percentage on the attack overall, while averaging 2.33 kills per set.
Solid Shelby: Junior right-side hitter Shelby Dalton (Moab, Utah) paced the Utah attack with 3.44 kills per set to lead the Utes last weekend. Dalton compiled a .315 hitting percentage to go with 1.33 blocks per set, which ranked third on the squad. Dalton posted a career-high-tying 19 kills with a .486 hitting percentage during Thursday's five-set victory over Arizona State. She also added five blocks and a pair of digs against the Sun Devils.
Odale Digs It: Senior outside hitter Morgan Odale (Star, Idaho) had nine kills with a .318 hitting percentage to go along with 11 digs on Sunday versus No. 25 Arizona, She had a career-high 26 digs and pounded 11 kills on Thursday against ASU.
Balling Bailey: Junior middle blocker Bailey Bateman (Hooper, Utah) has posted back-to-back double-digit-kill efforts. She 10 kills and was credited with seven blocks on Thursday against the Sun Devils before going for 11 kills and nine blocks on Sunday against Arizona. Bateman is fourth in the Pac-12 with 1.27 blocks per set. She also ranks fourth in the conference with a mark of 1.36 blocks per set in league matches.
Suddenly Sutton: Freshman libero Tess Sutton (Bonsall, Calif.) popped up a team-high 3.44 digs per set last weekend against Arizona State and No. 25 Arizona last weekend. Sutton also handed out eight assists and served an ace against the Sun Devils and the Wildcats. Sutton established a new career-high with 16 digs on Thursday against ASU to go with another career-high mark of six assists. She then came up with 15 digs, handed out two assists and served an ace on Sunday against No. 25 Arizona.