Utes will face winner of Nebraska/Hofstra match Saturday evening.
Utah will face Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Saturday.
Dalton and Anae collect 12 kills each and Schofield-Olsen has a team-high 15 digs.
Utes earn win after trailing 2-0 for first time since 2006.
Utes will host Cal and No. 1 Stanford.
AVCA West Region Coach of the Year: 2001, 2006, 2008
Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year: 2004, 2006, 2008
Don Reddish Award: 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
500th: 3-1 vs. Oregon State | Nov. 1, 2005
400th: 3-2 vs. BYU | Sept. 25, 2009
300th: 3-0 vs. Idaho State | Aug. 26, 2005
200th: 3-1 vs. UNLV | Nov. 16, 2000
100th: 3-0 vs. Utah State | Sept. 20, 1996
12 NCAA Tournament appearances: 1998-2006, 2008, 2013-14
NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal appearances: 2001, 2008
MWC Tournament Championships: 2001, 2002, 2005
MWC Regular-Season Titles: 2004, 2006, 2008
AVCA All-Americans: Kim Turner (Third Team, 2003) Lyndsey Henderson (Honorable Mention, 2004) Shelly Sommerfeldt (Honorable Mention, 2005) Arial Salvo (Second Team, 2006) Whitney Webb (Third Team, 2006) Emillie Toone (Honorable Mention, 2006, 2008) Lori Baird (Third Team, 2008) Shelby Dalton (Honorable Mention, 2013)
Under Launiere, Utah has ...
- Become the first school in the MWC to win 16 matches in conference play, and just the second to go undefeated (16-0, 2006).
- Won a school-record 28 matches in a season in 2006, including a school-record 25 straight.
- Led the nation in blocks twice (1993 and 2006).
- Recorded 15, 20-win seasons.
- Gone undefeated on Crimson Court twice (2001, 2006).
- Received its first national ranking in the AVCA poll, coming in at No. 18 in September, 2000. Its highest national ranking was eighth in September, 2002.
- Defeated the No. 1 team in the nation for the first time, downing Stanford, 3-2, on Sept. 5, 2000.
- Made its first postseason appearance in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC), finishing in third place (1993).
Launiere (501-324, .607) completed her 26th year at the helm of the Utah volleyball program in 2015 after taking over in 1990, when she looked to straighten out a team that won only one match in 1989. In 26 years, Launiere has sculpted Utah into a top-25 power. The Utes have qualified for the NCAA Tournament 12 times, won six Mountain West Conference titles (regular season and tournament combined) and have recorded 15, 20-win seasons.
Utah went 10-21 in 2015, but the season was highlighted by Launiere's 500th win of her career, which she recorded on Nov. 1 when her Utes downed Oregon State in four sets. In addition to her milestone victory, Launiere had a front row seat glimpse to the future of Utah Volleyball, coaching sophomore Adora Anae as she rewrote the school records books.
Anae had one of the more impressive statistical seasons in program history as she went onto set a new rally-scoring single-match school record in just her third match of the season, posting 26 kills against Lipscomb. She would go on to break her own record two more times after collecting 27 (vs. California) and then re-breaking that mark with 28 kills (vs. Oregon State.
Anae, who recorded 20 or more kills in a school-record 12 matches, finished the season with 21 kills against Colorado, giving the second-year player 501 kills for the season and becoming just the second player in school history to eclipse the 500-kill mark in a single-season. She surpassed Sheila Cottrell-Sorensen’s mark of 500 kills for the single-season school record and was the first Utah player to record more than 400 kills in a season since Kathryn Haynie tallied 423 kills back in 2007.
The Utes went 20-13 in 2014, which included a school-record six victories over top-25 ranked teams. After opening Pac-12 play with just two wins in the first 12 matches, Launiere’s squad turned its entire season around, winning seven of its last eight regular-season matches. Utah went on to advance to the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season and defeated Kansas State in the first round before falling to regional host Nebraska in five sets.
The 2013 squad made its first postseason appearance since 2008 after going 20-12 in the regular season and posting nine victories in the always-tough Pac-12 conference. Utah downed Yale in four sets in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champions, Penn State, in the second round.
Launiere has earned plenty of recognition as the leader of the Utes, she was named the AVCA West Region Coach of the Year three times (2001, `06, `08) and the MWC Coach of the Year (2004, `06, `08) on three occasions, as well.
Launiere’s ability to attract top-notch talent has helped take Utah to the forefront of the national scene. She has guided seven Utes to All-America honors while 11 have garnered all-region accolades. The 2011 freshman class was ranked 20th in the nation by prepvolleyball.com, while the 2005 freshman class was ranked the eighth-best by Volleyball Magazine.
Launiere’s accomplishments earned her the opportunity to serve as an assistant coach for the Pac-12 All-Stars in June of 2013, where she toured China with 13 of the Pac-12 best volleyball players, including current Ute right-side hitter Shelby Dalton.
Launiere also coached for USA Volleyball during each summer from 2009 through 2011. She coached the USA/BIP Team at the 2011 European Global Challenge in Belgrade, Serbia and Pula, Croatia last July and was head coach of the USA National A2 Program in May of 2010 at the Open Division of the USA Open National Championships in Phoenix, Ariz. Launiere was also on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Li Miao, Chinese Taipei and Bangkok, Thailand.
Launiere’s impact on the sport goes well beyond the court. She has guided volleyball on the national stage as the AVCA President during the 2009 calendar year and as the President-Elect in 2008. She has also been a member of the AVCA Board of Directors since 2004 and served a three-year term as the Division I Volleyball Coaches Representative from 2005 to 2007 after being a part of the AVCA’s All-America Committee for five years.
On the court, Launiere has helped Utah volleyball reached new heights on both the conference and national levels. In 11 years of MWC play, Utah won three tournament championships (2001, `02, `05) and three regular-season titles (2004, `06, `08), while qualifying for the NCAA Tournament 12 times.
The Utes have reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament 10 times with regional semifinal appearances in 2001 and 2008. In 2001, Utah fell to eventual national champion Stanford, 3-1. Utah was the only team to win a set against the Cardinal during the tournament. In 2008, the Utes swept Furman and host Clemson in the first two rounds before being defeated by Washington in Seattle.
The 2008 team went 26-6 overall and won their sixth overall MWC title in school history after starting the MWC season 0-2. Utah went on to take 14 consecutive conference victories against conference foes. Lori Baird was the MWC Player of the Year, while Launiere earned the third MWC Coach of the Year honor of her career.
In 2006, Utah set the school record for wins in a season (28), set the school and conference record for league wins (16) and became only the second MWC school ever to go undefeated in conference play. The team won a school-record 25 straight during the season and was ranked as high as ninth in the AVCA poll. Led by Emillie Toone, who finished second in the country in blocking, Utah led the nation in blocks (3.71). Launiere was voted both the MWC and AVCA West Region Coach of the Year for the second time in her career.
Launiere led Utah to its first national ranking in 2000 after defeating No. 1 Stanford, 3-2, on Sept. 5, 2000. The next week, the Utes appeared in the Sept. 18th AVCA Top 25 poll, coming in at No. 18. Utah earned its highest ranking in school history on Sept. 2, 2002, when it was ranked eighth.
Launiere arrived at Utah in 1990 and took over a team that had compiled a 1-32 record the previous year. Inspiring a turnaround in the program, she recorded Utah’s first winning season in seven years (18-15) in 1992, just her third year.
Utah earned its first postseason berth in 1993, placing third in the NIVC. The Utes led the nation in blocks that year, while Mikki Kane-Barton was the top individual blocker in the country. It was the first time any Western Athletic Conference team earned the nation’s top rank in blocking.
In addition to seven AVCA All-Americans, most recently Shelby Dalton was selected to the AVCA All-American Honorable Mention and All-Pacific North Region First team in 2013, while Erin Redd-Brandon received AVCA Pacific North Region honorable mention. Redd-Brandon was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2013 and 2012, while Chelsey Schofield-Olsen earned Pac-12 All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention recognition in 2011 and Tess Sutton was honored in 2013.
Seventeen of Launiere’s players earned 21 different All-MWC honors and 13 have been named all-region. Kim Turner (2002-03), Airial Salvo (2006) and Lori Baird (2008) were each named MWC Player of the Year. Launiere’s recruits have also rewritten the record book, holding career records in kills, attempts, assists, aces, digs, total blocks and hitting efficiency.
Before Shelby Dalton played with the Pac-12 All-Stars in China a few summers back, many of her players have represented Utah internationally in various US Olympic Development programs. Several players have gone on to compete in the USA Volleyball system, including former players Dalton, Schofield-Olsen, Morgan Odale, along with Turner, Salvo, Toone, Baird, Sydney Anderson, Lyndsey Henderson, Danielle Killpack, Abby Simmons and Kelsie Kartchner. Danielle Leichliter trained overseas with Vanajan RC.
Prior to coming to Utah, the Grand Rapids, Mich., native was as an assistant coach at Illinois (1988-89). The Illini went 57-12 during Launiere’s stay and made it to two NCAA Tournaments, including a 1988 Final Four showing.
An assistant at Ferris State (Mich.) from 1985-87, Launiere helped the Bulldogs win three postseason bids, including an appearance in the 1987 NCAA Division II Final Four.
Launiere graduated in 1985 from Aquinas College (Mich.). She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics and has a master’s in sports administration from Illinois.
|Year||Overall Record||Conference Record|
|Year-by-Year Home Record
|Year-by-Year Road Record
|Year-by-Year Neutral-Site Record
|Record vs. All Opponents|
|Cal State Northridge||2-1|
|East Tennessee State||1-0|
|Florida Gulf Coast||1-0|
|Long Beach State||0-4|
|New Mexico State||5-1|
|North Carolina State||2-0|
|North Dakota State||0-1|
|Prairie View A&M||1-0|
|San Diego State||23-17|
|San Jose State||4-0|
|Southwest Texas State||1-0|
|Stephen F. Austin||1-0|