Nov. 19, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Morgan Odale's 23 kills and no errors for a .622 hitting percentage led the Utah volleyball team to a 25-18, 25-17, 23-25, 25-15 win over Washington State Saturday night at the Crimson Court on the University of Utah campus. Utah improved to 10-20 overall, 5-16 in Pac-12 play and moved ahead of the Cougars, 12-18, 4-16, in the conference standings.
Odale also had 10 digs and a pair of blocks on the night. The Utes' Chelsey Schofield added 22 kills while Erin Redd had 10 kills and led the match with nine blocks. Nikki Sim had a match-high 19 digs. Utah hit .336 for the match and held WSU to a .145 hitting percentage but the Cougars stayed with the Utes in the blocking category, each posting 11 blocks.
Meagan Ganzer was the lone Cougar in double figures with 15 kills and added three blocks. Marcelina Glab led the team with seven blocks. Camryn Irwin set up 29 assists and Shawna Lum had 12 digs and two aces.
"I am proud of the way we fought back but Morgan Odale, that is probably one of the best performances from an outside hitter I've seen," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "When Megan McManus came into the match in the third set, she was able to change the flow of the game a little bit and do some things Utah wasn't expecting. We were able to finish that set off. And Maile Scarpino came in and did a great job of digging some balls so that was good to see."
After an eight-all tie early in the opening first set, Utah burst ahead and never looked back, taking a 25-18 win. WSU hit .000 with six kills and six errors in 29 attacks while Utah hit .303 with 16 kills.
Utah dominated the second set as well, hitting .438 and holding the Cougars to .161 to take a 25-17 win.
The Cougars came out of the break playing much more aggressively, tying the set at 12 when forced to take back-to-back timeouts and remove Irwin from action to take care of a bloody nose. With backup setter Megan McManus taking the floor, WSU took a 20-17 lead. The Utes' big block tied the set at 22 when Irwin subbed back into the action. The teams traded points to knot the set at 23 when Ganzer laid down an attack to place the Cougars serving for set. Glab's tip ended the set with a WSU 25-23 win. Cougars hit .303 for the set.
Utah took a 6-5 early lead in the fourth set and advanced it to a 25-15 win.
The Washington State volleyball team travels to Seattle for a Tues., Nov. 22 match at No. 10 Washington and then closes the season hosting the Dawgs at Bohler Gym Fri., Nov. 25.