Senior middle blocker Erin Redd-Brandon became the fourth member of Utah's 500-career block club.
Oct. 18, 2013
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior middle blocker Erin Redd-Brandon turned in a match-high 10 blocks to go with 10 kills for her third double-double this season to help the University of Utah volleyball team earn a 3-1 win over Oregon State (25-22, 23-25, 25-16, 25-14) in a Pac-12 Conference match on Friday at Gill Coliseum.
After last Sunday's win at Cal, this was the first time the Utes have won back-to-back Pac-12 road matches.
Utah (15-4, 4-3 Pac-12) earned an impressive 15.0-4.0 edge in team blocks and a .250-.123 advantage in team hitting over Oregon State. The Utes are now 15-0 this season when posting a higher hitting percentage than their opponents.
Redd-Brandon recorded her third double-digit-block effort of 2013 and the sixth of her career with 10 kills and 10 blocks. She is now one of only four players in school history to join Utah's 500-career block club. The Spanish Fork, Utah native moved her past McKelle Stilson for fourth place in school history in total blocks with her highest single-match output for a conference match this season.
Senior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield was the second Ute to record a double-double for her second straight double-double, sixth this season and 27th of her career, which included a team-high 11 kills and team-high 12 digs. She also contributed two blocks and an ace.
Senior outside hitter Morgan Odale posted a nine-dig, seven-kill performance with a .316 hitting percentage.
The first set was tied six times, with the final occurrence coming at 13-13, before the Utes inched out to a 19-13 edge via a 6-0 run. The Beavers responded with a 6-2 spurt to cut their deficit to two (21-19), but the Utes held on for a 25-22 first-set victory. The Utes held the Beavers to a .114 hitting percentage and earned a 2.0-0.0 advantage in team blocks. Spurrier registered three kills without an error on seven swings in the opener, while Redd-Brandon had three kills as well and Bateman had a pair of blocks.
The Utes are now 13-0 when winning the first set of a match in 2013.
The back-and-forth play continued as the second set was knotted 10 times, the final time at 15-15, but Utah took four straight scores to grab a 19-15 lead. The Beavers promptly launched a 6-1 run to force the 11th tie of the set (20-20) and grab its first lead of the set, 21-10. The contest would be tied three more times, the final instance coming at 23-23, before OSU came away with a 25-23 win. Schofield paced the Ute attack with four kills in the frame and the Utes earned a 3.0-2.0 advantage in team blocking.
In the third set, Utah grabbed six of the first seven points and OSU fought back to within two (11-9). The Utes came back with a 4-1 spurt (15-10) and extended to a nine-point lead (23-14) on the way to a win by the same margin, 25-16.
The fourth set saw Utah take three of the first four points and would build a 12-point edge (23-11) on the way to clinching the match with a 25-14 win.
Oregon State (9-9, 0-7 Pac-12) was led by 14 kills from Amanda Brown, while Becky Defoe turned in 15 digs.
The Utes head to Eugene to take on No. 21 Oregon on Sunday at 12 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks (Regional) and a link to live stats can be found at goducks.com.