TUCSON — Freshman outside hitter Chelsey Schofield posted a team-high 13 kills to go with a match-high-tying four blocks, but the University of Utah volleyball team lost in three sets to Arizona (23-25, 23-25, 23-25) in a Pac-12 match Friday in the McKale Center.
Utah (9-18, 4-14 Pac-12) outblocked Arizona 7.0 to 6.0, but the Wildcats held a slight .242 to .212 edge in hitting percentage. This was the 20th match this season that the Utes have outblocked their opponents.
Schofield took 34 swings and committed five errors on the attack for a .235 hitting percentage for her 13 kills. At the net, she came up with two solo blocks and two block assists, in addition to five blocks.
Senior middle blocker Danielle Killpack tied Schofield for match-high honors with four blocks against the Wildcats.
Sophomore middle blocker Erin Redd posted nine kills on 25 attempts with four errors for a .200 efficiency. Freshman outside hitter Shelby Dalton registered eight kills with only one error on 18 swings for a team-high .412 hitting efficiency (minimum five attack attempts).
Sophomore outside hitter Morgan Odale turned in her 10th double-digit-dig match of the season with a team-high 10 digs against Arizona. The Star, Idaho native now has had 10 or more digs in 20 matches over her career. She also pitched in five kills to help the Utes on the attack.
Junior setter Abby Simmons dished out 29 assists, her sixth 20-plus-assist match of the season.
The opening set was tied four times, the last instance coming at 4-4, before Arizona surged to an 8-5 lead after putting together a 4-1 run. The Utes came within a point of the Wildcats seven times, but could not prevent a 25-23 first-set loss. Utah hit for a .225 mark on the attack, while Arizona went for a .250 clip.
The second frame was close throughout as the action was tied 18 times. At the 22-22 mark, Arizona then closed strong by taking three of the final four points of the set for another 25-23 victory. Utah went for a match-high .314 mark on the attack, committing only three errors as a team on 35 total swings. Unfortunately, Arizona was just as efficient on the attack with a .316 hitting percentage.
The third set was even tighter as neither team led by more than two points the entire way. There were 19 ties with the final one coming at 23 points apiece, but unfortunately a Wildcat block and Utah attack error gave the Wildcats a third consecutive 25-23 victory to clinch the match. The offenses slowed down in the finale, as Arizona hit .167 while yielding a .105 mark to Utah on the attack.
Arizona (16-10, 8-9 Pac-12) had three players in double-figures in kills, led by a match-high 16 from freshman Courtney Karst. Karst turned in a .500 hitting percentage with only one error on 30 attack attempts.
The Utes take on Arizona State Saturday at 7 p.m.
WEBER STATE 3, NORTHERN ARIZONA 2: At Ogden, the season might be winding down, but these Wildcats are playing for more than pride.
Junior outside hitter Bethany Wray had her 10th career double-double, leading the way as the Weber State University women's volleyball team won a nail-biting five-set marathon against Northern Arizona on Friday night at Swenson Gym.
Wray had a match high-tying 16 kills and a career-high 26 digs as the Wildcats won 25-16, 22-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-13, earning a season-series sweep of the Lumberjacks.
"It was just a tremendous all-around effort from our players tonight,"? Weber State coach Tom Peterson said. "That's a very good team we beat, and they played well tonight. Our players really competed hard. It was a fun match."
Junior middle blocker Dama Cox added a career-high 16 kills, five blocks and a trio of service aces, while sophomore outside hitter Briana Wilms added 14 kills and eight blocks, giving the Wildcats a 1-2-3 punch.
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