Shelby Dalton had nine kills on Friday against No. 2 Washington.
Oct. 5, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Sophomore right-side hitter Shelby Dalton led the way with nine kills, but the University of Utah volleyball team fell to No. 2 Washington, 3-1 (14-25, 16-25, 25-23, 20-25) in a Pac-12 Conference match Friday at Crimson Court.
Utah (9-9, 0-5 Pac-12) suffered its fifth consecutive loss, but Dalton turned in her nine kills on 15 swings with just a pair of errors for a team-high .467 hitting percentage. The Moab, Utah native also had two blocks and two digs.
Sophomore middle blocker Bailey Bateman turned in eight kills on 16 attempts and three errors for a .312 hitting clip to go with a team-high seven blocks.
This was the first match in Crimson Court since Sept. 14 because the team hosted Stanford in the Huntsman Center in its Pac-12 home opener on Sept. 21.
"It felt great," Bateman said. "It felt like being back home, back in Crimson Court. It was great even though the Huntsman [Center] was an amazing place to play in." "Bailey has shown in the last few matches that she is really starting to come up strong," Utah head coach Beth Launiere said. "The setters are gaining confidence in her and setting her the ball and she is doing a great job."
Junior outside hitter Morgan Odale posted eight kills to go with 10 digs, her fifth double-digit-dig effort of the season and the 32nd of her career. She also served a match-high three aces, two of which closed Utah's third-set victory.
Freshman Tjasa Kotnik set new career highs in kills and blocks for the second straight match as she posted seven kills and five blocks.
There were three ties to start the first frame before Washington strung together three straight points to grab a 5-2 edge. Unfortunately, the Utes could not cut their deficit to and fewer than three (8-5) during a 25-14 Washington win in the first set. Utah is 1-5 this season when suffering a loss in the first set.
The second frame was tied three times before three consecutive scores gave UW a 6-3 edge. The Huskies led by as many as four (8-4) before the Utes cut the deficit down to two (8-6), but a 3-0 stretch by Washington gave UW a 12-6 advantage. Utah couldn't get any closer than three the rest of the way during a 25-16 loss.
Utah scored four of the first five points to start the third set and would go on to lead by as many as five (14-9) for its largest lead of the match. Unfortunately, UW strung together five of six points to close within a point (15-14). The Huskies then forced the second tie of the set at 16 points apiece. A kill by Redd tied the set for the third time (17-17) before Washington claimed a 19-16 lead. Utah then formed a 5-2 spurt and the set would be even the set four more times (23-23) and back-to-back aces by Morgan Odale gave Utah a 25-23 win.
"I talked about that sequence in the locker room after the match because that is what it takes," Launiere said. "That was just a couple of gutsy serves by Morgan and she was going for it. It was impressive." Dalton and Morgan Odale registered three kills apiece and the Utes outblocked the Huskies, 4.0 to 3.0.
"We were playing pretty good volleyball during the first two sets even though the score wasn't showing it," Launiere said. "We weren't making stops, but we felt like we were doing some okay things. We just needed to play more aggressively. And that is what we did. We came out in set three and went for it. I didn't think it was that we played a ton better in set three, it was just that we made some plays because we were being aggressive and confident."
There were four ties to start the fourth set as four straight Husky scores gave the Utes an 8-4 advantage. Utah fought back to within one score (16-15) thanks to a 3-0 run, but the Huskies responded with three unanswered scores of their own (19-15) and were able to push their lead to five points (21-16). Utah countered with two straight scores, but the teams split the final eight points with Washington coming away with a 25-20 victory.
No. 2 Washington (14-0, 5-0 Pac-12) was led by 17 kills and 12 digs by Krista Vansant.
The Utes host Washington State tomorrow night at Crimson Court. First serve for the annual Power of Pink match is set for 7 p.m. MT.