Right-side hitter Alli Spurrier turned in a .400 hitting percentage in Friday's exhibition match at BYU.
April 9, 2013
PROVO, Utah - Three different University of Utah volleyball players hit .300 or better, including right-side hitter Alli Spurrier's .400 performance, and the Utes registered a .240 clip as a team in last Friday's exhibition match against BYU in Smith Fieldhouse.
In addition to a .240 hitting percentage in the match, Utah also turned in 11.0 team blocks. BYU ended up taking the match, 4-1 (22-25, 25-20, 23-25, 21-25, 10-15) and the Cougars posted a .257 hitting percentage to go with 12.0 team blocks.
"It was a good, hard-fought and competitive match with BYU last Friday," Utah Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "We've played them twice and split the two matches. It is good for our team to be in these pressure situations in the spring in preparation for the tough schedule we play in the fall."
While Spurrier led the Ute attack with a .400 efficiency from the right side, Shelby Dalton added a .320 clip from Utah's right side, while Bailey Bateman went for a team-high .421 mark from her middle-blocker post.
The homestanding Cougars took the opening set, 25-22. BYU outhit Utah .237 to .167 and carried a slight 3.0-2.0 edge in team blocks. Dalton hit .500 in the opener, while Spurrier and Bateman had .400 hitting percentages.
Utah took the second set 25-20 after hitting .300 as a team and limiting BYU to a .000 mark on the attack in addition to a 4-3 advantage in team blocking. Chelsey Schofield went for a team-high .750 from her outside hitter position, while Spurrier converted for a .500 clip and Bateman hit .429.
The third set saw both sets running efficient attacks with BYU converting at a .387 rate, compared to .343 for Utah. Team blocks were equal at 3.0 for each side, but the Cougars were able to grab a 25-23 victory. Middle blocker Eden Frazier hit for a team-high .667 clip in the set, while outside hitter Makenzie Moea'i and Spurrier posted .333 conversion rates. Middle blocker Erin Redd went for a .400 mark in the set.
The offensive pace slowed down a bit in the fourth set as BYU hit .281 and Utah turned in a .265 mark during a 25-21 win. Spurrier hit .500 once again, while Schofield registered a .308 performance in addition to Bateman's .250 output.
Utah was held to a .050 efficiency on the attack during the match finale, which was eventually won by BYU, 15-10. The Cougars hit .438, while blocks were even at 1.0 apiece. Bateman turned in her match-high hitting efficiency, .667, in the set and Schofield and Spurrier each hit .250.
The Utes' spring exhibition season concludes Saturday with the Utah Valley Invitational in Orem.