Chelsey Schofield posted her fourth straight double-double Saturday against No. 6 UCLA.
Nov. 10, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Three players hit double-figures in kills and the Utes held a 14.5 to 12.0 advantage in team blocking, but the University of Utah volleyball team lost a hard-fought, five-set contest to No. 6 UCLA (19-25, 25-21, 13-25, 25-19, 13-15) in a Pac-12 Conference match on Saturday at Crimson Court.
Utah (12-17, 3-13 Pac-12) earned a 14.5 to 12.0 advantage in team blocks over sixth-ranked UCLA, led by sophomore Bailey Bateman, who posted a match-high nine blocks to go with five kills.
"It was a great volleyball match," Utah head coach Beth Launiere said. "It could have gone either way. I honestly could not be more proud of this team. They have amazed me in the last three matches with how hard they've been battling and how well they've been playing. These four and five-set losses against the top teams in the country are not flukes. We're playing good volleyball. We just keep responding and getting better. It's amazing."
The Utes were seeking their win over UCLA since Sept. 17, 2004, which also came in a five-set affair at Crimson Court. Unfortunately, Utah is 2-5 in five-set matches this season, including an 0-4 mark against Pac-12 foes
Sophomore outside hitter Chelsey Schofield turned in a team-high 18 kills and 15 digs for her fourth straight double-double, 10th of this season and the 18th of her career. The Provo, Utah native hit double-digits in kills for the 20th time in 29 matches this season and also has 12 matches in 2012 with 10 or more digs and 27 over her career.
Morgan Odale finished just one dig shy of her fifth double-double of the season as she had 13 kills and nine digs in addition to serving three aces.
Shelby Dalton chipped in five blocks to help the Ute defense at the net.
In the back row of the Ute defense, sophomore libero Lea Adolph posted 11 digs for her fourth straight game with 10 or more digs.
The Bruins took the first three points of the match before the Utes put together a 5-2 spurt to tie the set for the first time at five points apiece. From there, UCLA went on a 4-1 run to push its lead back to three points, 9-6, and went on to lead by five (13-8). Utah fought back with three straight scores to pull within a 13-11 margin. Unfortunately, UCLA was able to work its way to an eight-point edge (24-16). The Utes pieced together a late 3-0 run, but the Bruins were able to come away with a 25-19 first-set victory. Alli Spurrier and Schofield had three kills apiece, while Bateman had three blocks in the opener for the Utes.
There were five ties to start the second set before back-to-back Bruin scores gave the visitors an 8-6 edge. UCLA's lead would grow to as many as four (16-12) as Utah launched a 12-5 spurt, that included a 6-0 run to end the set, en route to a 25-21 second-set victory. Utah hit .267 in the frame, compared to .156 for UCLA. The Utes also outblocked the Bruins, 6.5 to 3.0. Schofield had four kills, while both Bateman and Redd turned in three blocks apiece.
The Utes took three of the first four points of the third frame, but the Bruins came back to tie the set five more times (7-7). UCLA scored three straight points to assume a 10-7 lead and would extend its advantage to as many as 12 (24-12) and took the set by the same margin, 25-13. Schofield turned in four more kills, but UCLA hit .440, compared to a .074 mark for the Utes.
UCLA took the first two points of the fourth set before Utah turned in three straight scores to grab an early 3-2 edge. The set would be tied three more times (6-6), but the Utes would pull together a 5-0 stretch to grab an 11-6 lead. Utah would maintain the lead until UCLA mounted a 6-1 spurt to bring the set to a 16-14 score. The Utes brought their advantage back to four points, at 19-15, before the Bruins countered with a 3-0 run to come within a point at 19-18. That's as close as UCLA would come as Utah earned a 25-19 victory in the fourth set. Utah held UCLA to a .105 hitting percentage in the fourth as Morgan Odale had five kills to lead the Ute attack that hit for a .278 clip in the fourth frame alone.
The Bruins claimed the first two points of the finale, but the Utes quickly knotted the set at two points apiece. The back-and-forth action continued as the match would be even seven more times, the last coming at 9-9. UCLA climbed out to an 11-9 lead from there and would escape with a 15-13 victory to clinch the match.
No. 6 UCLA (20-5, 12-4 Pac-12) was led by 19 kills from Rachael Kidder, while Zoe Nightingale posted a team-high eight blocks.
The Utes head to the desert next weekend to take on Arizona State on Friday at 7 p.m. MT and Arizona on Saturday at 7 p.m. MT.