UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Four Utes reached double-figures in kills and the University of Utah volleyball team defeated Yale (27-29, 25-15, 26-24, 25-16) on Friday in an NCAA Tournament First Round match in Rec Hall.
Utah (21-12) outhit Yale for the match, .342-.226, and outblocked the Bulldogs (20-5), 12.0-8.0, to go with a 70-64 edge in digs. The first NCAA Tournament win for the program since 2008 gives the Utes an 11-10 all-time record in the tournament during their 11 appearances.
“It was a typical Utah match for us,” Utah Head Coach Beth Launiere said. “We just had to grind it out tonight. We started out pretty tight in the match, but once we settled down, we played some pretty good volleyball. We ended up hitting .342, which is a nice offensive match. We struggled at times to slow Yale down. I thought they hit very aggressively and we didn’t really have an answer for No. 11 (Yale’s Kelly Johnson). It was a pretty typical match for us, and I was pleased with it. “
Junior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield tallied a team-high 15 kills and 12 digs for her 14th double-double in 2013 and the 35th of her career. She entered the match with 995 career kills and became the 15th member of Utah’s 1,000-kill club. She now has 16 double-figure-kill efforts this season and 58 over her career and she has had 10 or more digs in 25 matches this season and 56 during her career. The Provo, Utah native also served a pair of aces.
Junior outside hitter Makenzie Moea’i registered a season-high .625 hitting percentage with 11 kills on 16 attempts with just one error for her sixth double-digit-kill effort of the year. She also contributed four blocks.
Senior outside hitter Morgan Odale turned in her 10th double-double on the year (31st of her career) as she had 12 digs and 11 kills.
BYU 3, ARIZONA STATE 2: At Honolulu, Alexa Gray had 27 kills to lead the Cougars to a dramatic five-game victory over the Sun Devils in the first round of the women’s volleyball NCAA Tournament.
BYU will play the winner of the Hawaii-Idaho State match, which ended early this morning, on Saturday at 10 p.m. MT.
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