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College volleyball: No. 2 Stanford sweeps Utes

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Published: Saturday, Sept. 17 2011 12:59 a.m. MDT

STANFORD, Calif. — Freshman outside hitter Chelsey Schofield turned in her second double-double of the season but the University of Utah volleyball fell to No. 2 Stanford in three sets (25-19, 25-18, 25-17) in a Pac-12 match Friday night at Maples Pavilion.

Utah (6-5, 1-1 Pac-12) was outhit .333 to .126, its second-lowest hitting percentage of the season. The Utes were also outblocked by the Cardinal, 8.0 to 2.0

Schofield pounded 10 kills and had 10 digs for her second double-double this year. She has hit double digits in kills five times and have had 10 or more digs in four matches this season.

Morgan Odale posted a team-high 11 kills to go with eight digs and a block, while Erin Redd had eight kills on 16 attempts with only two errors for a team-high .375 hitting percentage. Danielle Killpack added six kills and two blocks.

Setter McKenzie Odale dished out 31 assists and also contributed 11 digs and also served three aces.

Defensively, sophomore libero Nikki Sim had a match-high 15 digs, the 10th time she has hit double-digits this season.

CAL STATE FULLERTON 3, BYU 1: At Fullerton, Calif., five matches on the road caught up to the BYU women's volleyball team, who fell in a 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 24-26, 25-23) heartbreaker to Cal State Fullerton Friday, breaking a nine-match winning streak. The Cougars play their sixth-straight road match Saturday at 2 p.m. MT against Cal State Northridge.

"It's a setback," BYU head coach Shawn Olmstead said. "We just didn't play our best. I didn't think our effort was up to par. The scores of each set were close, but we lacked a little in effort category. It's hard to change something like that by tomorrow, but we need to because I think tomorrow's match will be similar to tonight's."

The match was first time BYU (10-3) has lost in four sets this season. Prior to the match against Fullerton (5-5), the Cougars were 3-0 when the match went to four sets.

Despite the loss, opposite hitter Jennifer Hamson had a good night with 18 kills and 13 digs for a double-double to lead the Cougars. Hamson also contributed six blocks, five block assists and one solo. Outside hitter Christie Carpenter also had a double-figure evening with 13 kills. Libero Kendalyn Hartsock led the Cougars with 17 digs while freshman defensive specialist Tia Withers broke a career record with 15 digs. Setter Heather Hannemann tied her career record of 48 digs, which she set against Georgia Southern during the Varney's Invitational. Kathryn LeCheminant had a season-high eight kills and career-high four digs.

KANSAS STATE 3, UTAH VALLEY 0: At Moraga, Calif., UVU kept the score close in the second and third sets against Big 12 Conference member Kansas State Friday evening, but in the end the Wildcats (10-3) were too much as they pulled away with the 3-0 win (25-14, 25-20, 25-16).

"Kansas State executed and played very, very well," Wolverine head coach Sam Atoa said. "I felt like the girls worked hard and gave themselves some opportunities but we just weren't the better team."

Mistakes plagued the Wolverines (8-5) early in the opening set as the Wildcats jumped out to a quick 14-2 lead. UVU later cut the deficit to single digits at 16-7 after consecutive Wildcat attack errors. From there Kansas State maintained its lead though and took the set by 11 points. Chelsey Heaps led the Wolverines with three kills in the set.

UC IRVINE 3, UTAH STATE 1: At Irvine, Calif., senior All-American outside hitter Liz McArthur had 17 kills and eight digs in USU's loss (25-23, 20-25, 10-25, 17-25) to UC Irvine here Friday night. USU falls to 4-8 on the season with the setback and UCI improves to 5-4 with the win.

Junior outside hitter Josselyn White added 12 kills and six digs for Utah State, while freshman libero Ashlan Rogers had a team-best 18 digs.

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