Junior right-side hitter Shelby Dalton tied her career high with eight blocks Thursday night against No. 22 California.
Nov. 7, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Junior right-side hitter Shelby Dalton tied her career high with eight blocks as the University of Utah volleyball team set its season high for blocks in a three-set match, but fell to No. 22 California, 3-0 (31-29, 25-19, 28-26), on Thursday in a Pac-12 Conference match in the Huntsman Center.
Utah (17-8, 6-7 Pac-12) held a 12.5-8.0 advantage in blocks over Cal and had three players with double-digits in digs.
"It was a big match and we didn't play our best," Utah Head Coach Beth Launiere said. "We have to figure out how to play our best in these big matches. All the teams we play are good and there's a small margin of error. This is the best of the best. We just have to play better and finish games. It's pretty obvious what we have to do. We had nine set points in set one. You're not going to win in this league if you can't close things out and take advantage of opportunities when they arise."
Dalton tied her career high with eight total blocks, which was set four previous times, and the last occurrence came against Cal on Oct. 13, 2012. She also chipped in five kills to go with four digs.
Junior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield turned in a team-high nine kills along with 12 digs and two blocks. Senior middle blocker Erin Redd-Brandon had eight kills to go with six blocks in addition to three digs. This was her 19th double-digit-dig effort of the year and the 48th of her career.
Cal took the first two points of the second frame, but Utah stormed back with a 4-0 run and the set would be tied for the first time at five points apiece. Play would be tied once more (6-6) before the Golden Bears jumped out to a 10-6 edge. Cal would push its lead to five (18-13) before Utah took three straight scores (18-16). Unfortunately, the Bears were able to continue to increase their lead and take a 25-19 victory.
The Utes grabbed the first two points of the third frame, but Cal put together a 3-0 spurt to grab its first lead of the set, 3-2. Play would be even five more times at three, four, six, eight and nine before Utah put together three straight scores and a 12-9 lead. The Bears responded with a 4-1 run to tie the set for the seventh time at 13 all. The contest would be tied once more (14-14), but the Utes jumped to a 17-14 lead via a 3-0 run. Utah extended its lead to a four-point margin three times, the last coming at 23-19, but Cal managed to tie the set with a 5-1 spurt. A furious back-and-forth ensued with two more ties before Cal clinched the match with a 28-26.
No. 22 California (15-7, 8-5 Pac-12) was led by 17 kills and 14 digs from Adrienne Gehan.
The Utes host No. 6 Stanford on Sunday at 12 p.m. PT and tickets can be purchased at utahtickets.com. The match will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks with Krista Blunk on the play-by-play call and Al Scates providing the color analysis.