Utah’s Adora Anae Records 30th Straight Double-Digit Kill Match In Win

  0 Carly DeMarque | September 01st, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News, Pac 12

Match Results

  • #19 Utah def. South Dakota 3-0, (25-22, 25-10, 25-15)
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic
  • Match Stats

Utah picked up a quick three-set win over South Dakota at the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic with the Utes hitting for .371 in the match.

The Utes started off the match with a back and forth first set with Utah taking a larger lead late that the Coyotes caught up to within two points to drop the first 25-23. The remaining two sets of the match were all Utah as they flew straight through South Dakota to take the three set sweep.

Utah was led by Adora Anae with 12 points on a .360 hitting percentage. In addition, she picked up a team-best seven digs and two blocks. Anae has now recorded double-digit kills in 30 straight matches dating back to last season, with her posting double-digit kills in 75 matches throughout her career. Dani Barton also helped the Utes to victory with seven kills on a .462 hitting clip.

Leading South Dakota was Rachel Schmidt with eight kills while Hayley Dotseth added another six kills and eight digs.

Press Release

Courtesy of Utah Athletics

The No. 22 Utah Utes opened play at the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic with a three-set victory over South Dakota (25-22, 25-10, 25-15) Thursday evening at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

The Utes (3-1) and Coyotes (1-3) played a back-and-forth first match, but it was all Utah after that and the Utes would go onto earn its third straight-set victory of the season.

South Dakota opened the first set with a service ace and would match the Utes point-for-point throughout the majority of the frame until a 6-2 Utah run gave the Utes the momentum late. The Coyotes would get within two points of the Utes before a kill from Berkeley Oblad gave Utah the set, 25-22.

It was all Utah in the second frame as the Utes allowed the opposition to just 10 points in the frame. Back-to-back service aces from Kristen Ables pushed Utah’s lead to 6-1 and then a Coyote attack error forced USD to call timeout. Utah won the next point and then just closed the frame winning 18 of final 27 points.

USD would take an early 3-2 lead in the third set, but Utah countered with a 10-3 run to put the match out of reach. The Coyotes called a timeout and won the ensuing point, but a kill from Dani Barton prompted another rally and Utah would go onto close out the match with a 6-2 run.

Utah outhit the Coyotes .371 to .148, totaling 42 kills to USD’s total of 30 kills on the evening. The Utes have yet to let an opponent hit over .275 through its first four matches of the season.

Utah will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, taking on Western Carolina in the second of three matches in Honolulu. First serve is set for 4:45 p.m. HT/8:45 p.m. MT.

• Utah picked up a win over South Dakota in the two team’s first-ever meeting.
• With the victory, Utah moved to 4-1 all-time against teams in the Summit League.
• Dating back to last season, Utah has registered won seven straight matches over a non-conference team on a neutral court in regular-season play.
• Utah had three players record a hitting percentage of .400 or better, with at least five kils, for the second time this season (Berkeley Oblad, 7 killls and .462; Dani Barton, 7 kills and .462; Tawnee Luafalemana, 5 kills and .444).
• The Utes, who finished the match hitting .371, tallied a hitting percentage of .300 or better for the third time in four matches this season. Utah has posted a hitting percentage of .350 or better in two matches on the year.
• Adora Anae led the team with 12 kills in the match. She has registered at least 10 kills in a match for the 30th straight match dating back to last season. She has posted 10+ kills in 75 matches throughout her career.
• Anae also led the team with seven digs on the evening. Lauga Gauta and Shannon Scully followed with six digs each.
• Bailey Choy notched a team-high 27 assists. She was followed by Camryn Machado‘s eight assists.
• Scully led the theam with three service aces. Kristen Abels added two aces on the evening and has now posted two aces in a match for three straight matches.
• Anae, Oblad and Luafalemana each tallied two total blocks.

Press Release

Courtesy of South Dakota Athletics

Utah recorded a match-high 12 kills from Adora Anae and got seven more from Dani Barton in sweeping South Dakota 3-0 Thursday in the opening match of the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic. Scores went 25-22, 25-10, and 25-15. It was the first of three days for South Dakota. The Coyotes face Hawai’i at 11:55 p.m. (CT) Friday and Western Carolina at 5 p.m. (CT) Saturday.

Coyote junior Rachel Schmidt recorded a team-high eight kills with junior Hayley Dotseth adding six kills and eight digs. Senior Meagan Kern had four kills on 10 attempts with one error giving her a .300 hitting percentage.

After edging South Dakota in the first set, the Utes had leads of 14-5 in set two and 12-6 in set three. Utah hit .571 in the second set (13-1-21) and hit .371 for the match. The Coyotes finished at a .148 clip (30-17-88).

South Dakota senior setter Brittany Jessen finished with 24 assists, seven digs, three kills and one of two USD aces. In addition to her 12 kills, Anae led the Utes with seven digs and two block assists.

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Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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