College volleyball: No. 2 Stanford sweeps Utes

Deseret News

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.

Marisa Bubica and Aly Squires both had 13 kills for UC Irvine, while Shannon Fleming added 12 kills and eight blocks.

EASTERN WASHINGTON 3, WEBER STATE 0: At Cheney, Wash., junior outside hitter Bethany Wray had 13 kills to lead the Wildcats on Friday night, but the Wildcats up short in their Big Sky Conference opener.

Behind a balanced and efficient attack, the Eagles beat the Wildcats in straight sets, claiming a 25-16, 25-18, 25-22 victory at Reese Court.

Wray, who reached double-figures kills for the ninth time in 11 matches this season, also added seven digs and a pair of blocks.

Freshman outside hitter Mackenzie Clark had eight kills, while freshman libero Shelby Earl had eight digs.

The Wildcats did block well, with sophomore Briana Wilms tallying a career-high five blocks, while junior setter Caitlin Penrod had four blocks.

SLCC PICKS UP TWIN TOURNEY WINS: At Twin Falls, Idaho, good serving led Salt Lake in two wins over North Idaho (25-14 25-27 25-20 25-18) and Yavapai College (25-23 25-18 25-16).

The Bruins served 14 aces over two matches to coast past conference rival North Idaho and Yavapai College. The 7th ranked Bruins are 11-3 overall.

Kellie Turner and Leyla Redondo combined for seven service aces against North Idaho. Turner finished with a double-double knocking down 14 kills with 11 digs. Redondo added 10 kills and 11 digs along with three aces. Betty Van Lith finished the game with 39 set assists.

Salt Lake eased past Yavapai in three sets 25-23, 25-18 and 25-16. Turner completed her strong performance with six service aces. Maddie Bushman collected six kills, Turner had 6 kills and Van Lith put down 5 kills.

WESTMINSTER 3, MONTANA TECH 0: At Butte, Mont., the Griffins snapped a four-match losing skid with a 3-0 sweep of Montana Tech on Friday night. Westminster picks up its first Frontier Conference win of the year with the 25-19, 25-17, 28-26 victory.

The Griffins are now 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the Frontier. Montana Tech falls to 7-8 and 0-3.

Westminster posted a balanced attack with six players recording at least four kills. The team held a 36-24 advantage in total kills with a .177 hitting efficiency. The Griffins also recorded six service aces and four blocks while popping up 38 digs.

Kenzie Mitchell and Stephanie Jones Morin finished with seven kills apiece to lead the team. Mitchell hit .313 with one block and Jones Morin added six digs. Katie Vance added six kills with Ashley Marchant and Alexis Aalona posting five kills each. Emily Atkinson recorded a double-double behind 24 assists and 11 digs.

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