U of U volleyball: Utah volleyball takes five-set win wver Bowling Green
PROVO, Utah – Four Utes registered double-double performances to lead the University of Utah volleyball team to a five-set victory (29-27, 26-28, 21-25, 25-22, 15-11) over Bowling Green Saturday in its final match of the BYU Invitational in Smith Fieldhouse.
“I am so proud of our team’s perseverance tonight,” Utah head coach Beth Launiere said. “We were tired and things weren’t working, but we just kept talking about ‘the harder you work, the luckier you get.’ And finally, we started getting some breaks and our hard work paid off. We definitely stuck with it and I was really proud of my team for that.”
Utah (7-4) compiled an 18.5 to 4.0 advantage in team blocks over Bowling Green.
“We just started blocking tonight,” Launiere said. “We have been on our team non-stop about getting over [the net] and blocking balls. Once we did that, we were able to play defense behind [our block] and things started rolling for us.”
The Utes also earned a .277 to .226 edge in hitting percentage over BGSU. The Ute defense corralled 95 digs in the match, compared to just 77 for the Falcons.
The match was competitive throughout as there were a total of 33 ties in the first four sets before Utah assumed control of the match in the fifth frame that helped the Utes improve to 2-1 this season in five-set matches in 2012.
Sophomore middle blocker Bailey Bateman came up with her first career double-double as she established a new career-high marks with 14 kills on just 22 swings for a .636 hitting percentage to go along with a career-high 12 blocks. Bateman finished just one shy of tying the school-record mark for block assists in a five-set match of 13, which was set by her teammate Erin Redd earlier this season in Utah’s win at Utah State on Aug. 24.
“[Bailey] played well offensively, but we were even more happy about her blocking,” Launiere said.
Junior outside hitter Morgan Odale turned in her second straight double-double, and the 10th of her career, with a team-high 18 kills on a .364 hitting percentage to go along with 13 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Chelsey Schofield came up with 16 kills and 15 digs for her fourth double-double in 2012 and the 12th of her career. The Provo, Utah native has hit 10 or more kills in 10 of 11 matches to start this season and has recorded 10 or more digs for the fifth time in 2012.
In her first career start, freshman setter Kendall Cygan became the fourth Ute to reach double-double status as she distributed a season-high 48 assists and turned up a career-high 11 digs for her first career double-double.
“Kendall set a nice match for us,” Launiere said. “It was her first start and she got our offense going.”
Redd was the fourth Ute to hit double-digits in kills as she had 10 to go with six blocks and four digs.
In the back row of the Ute defense, sophomore Lea Adolph, in her second straight start at libero, established a new career-high with 20 digs.
“We have been trying so hard and working in practice,” Adolph said. “It just finally worked out and we got a win and we’re proud of that. No matter what happens in a match, we have to focus on the next ball. We just knew that we could win after losing the first two sets and everyone believed in it.”
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