Erin Redd registered 12 kills and eight blocks on Monday at Cal.
Nov. 19, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - Junior middle blocker Erin Redd registered 12 kills with a .550 hitting percentage and eight blocks, but the University of Utah volleyball team could not pull out a five-set decision at California (25-19, 25-17, 16-25, 15-25, 13-15) on Monday in a Pac-12 Conference match at Haas Pavilion.
Utah (13-19, 4-15 Pac-12) outblocked the Golden Bears 13.0 to 1.0 in the first two sets and earned an 18.0 to 8.0 advantage for the match.
The Utes were in pursuit of their first-ever win at California and first victory over the Golden Bears since 1999. The all-time series is now at 6-4 in favor or Cal.
Redd reached double-digits in kills for the 13th time of this season and turned in the 40th of her career. She also tied two of her teammates for match-high honors with eight blocks.
Sophomore outside hitter Chelsey Schofield turned in her sixth double-double of the year with a team-high 14 kills and 16 digs, which tied for team-high honors. She has hit 10 or more kills in eight straight matches as well as 22 times this season and 40 times during her career. The Provo, Utah native has had 10 or more digs in 28 times in her career and 13 times in 2012. She has 12 double-doubles this year and 20 during her career as a Ute.
Sophomore middle blocker Bailey Bateman tied Redd and Dalton for match-high honors with eight blocks along with six kills.
There were seven ties early in the first frame (8-8) before Utah put together a 3-0 run to gain an 11-8 advantage, but Cal answered to even the set at 12 points apiece. The set would be tied two more times before Utah went on a 7-1 run to grab a 21-15 advantage. The Utes hit .394 in the opening set, compared to a .163 mark for the Golden Bears and also earned a 6.0 to 1.0 edge in blocking. Four Utah players - Bateman, Schofield, Redd and Alli Spurrier - chipped in three kills apiece.
The Golden Bears took four of the first five points of the second set, but the Utes managed to tie the set for the first time at eight points apiece. Action would be even two more times before Utah seized a 21-13 lead via a 10-2 run on the way to a 25-17 victory. Utah hit .357 in the frame as Schofield turned in four kills on the way to a 2-0 edge in the match. The Utes are 9-2 this season when winning the first two sets of a match.
Cal took two of the first three points in the third frame and never trailed the rest of the way during a 25-16 victory to extend the match.
The fourth set was tied four times before five straight Golden Bear points gave the home team a 9-4 edge. Cal went on to even the match at two wins apiece with a 25-15 victory and the Utes are now 2-6 in five-set decisions in 2012, including an 0-5 mark in Pac-12 matches.
The Utes grabbed four of the first five points of the finale, but Golden Bears tied the set at four points apiece. There would be seven more ties before Cal inched out to a 13-11 lead. A Schofield kill made it 14-13, but the Utes could not avoid a 15-13 defeat in the fifth and final frame.
California (15-14, 9-10 Pac-12) was led by Correy Johnson, who had 16 kills on a .364 hitting percentage, while Joan Caloiro turned in 20 digs.
Utah concludes its season against Colorado on Friday in the second Rumble in the Rockies match of the year. The match will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network (Regional) with Rich Cellini (PBP) and Amy Gant (Analyst) calling the action. First serve is set for 6 p.m. MT and be sure to get there early to celebrate setter McKenzie Odale's career on Senior Night.