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Six Utes to Participate in USA Volleyball Open National Championships

Morgan Odale and five other Utes will represent the Utes at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships this week at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

Morgan Odale and five other Utes will represent the Utes at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships this week at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

May 29, 2012

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SALT LAKE CITY - Six current members of the University of Utah volleyball team will compete at the 2012 USA Volleyball Open Championships May 30 through June 2 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Shelby Dalton, Makenzie Moea'i, McKenzie Odale, Morgan Odale, Chelsey Schofield and Nikki Sim are set to represent the Utes.

"We are excited that USA Volleyball is hosting the Open Championships in Salt Lake City this year," Utah head coach Beth Launiere said. "This is a great opportunity for these six players to play high-level volleyball in the summer. Players are always looking for summer opportunities to play and having USA Open Nationals in our city gives them a chance to play with other great players in their backyard." Dalton, a Moab, Utah native, was effective on both the attack and block during her freshman campaign as a Ute outside hitter in 2011. Dalton averaged 1.07 blocks per set in 22 league matches last season. In the overall stats, she finished third on the squad with a .213 hitting percentage on the attack with 1.77 kills per set as well as 0.91 blocks. She posted four career double-digit-kill games during first season with Utes.



Moea'i, an American Fork, Utah native, played the first two seasons of her collegiate career at UNLV. She led all Rebel attackers with 330 kills in 2011 for a team-best 2.92 kills per set. Moea'i owned a .214 hitting efficiency and contributed 96 digs, 44 blocks (nine solo), nine assists and one ace. She threw down five or more kills in 26 matches this season and reached double digits 17 times. She connected on 20 or more kills twice with a season- and career-high 21 kills coming in a road contest at Boise State. For her career, she has notched five or more kills in a match 44 times and hit double figures on 23 occasions.

Setter McKenzie Odale dished out 6.84 assists per set last season and 5.41 assists per set in league play. She set a career high 51 assists at Yale and had a career-high five blocks against Eastern Michigan and had a career-high five kills and hitting percentage (.714) at Colorado. She now owns eight career double-doubles with six coming this season. Her most recent double-double was a 17-assist, 11-dig performance against Arizona State. She also collected a career-high 16 digs at Washington State. The Star, Idaho native served career-high three aces against No. 2 Stanford.

Morgan Odale was second on the team with 2.85 kills and 2.80 digs per set from her outside hitter position last season and owns 15 career double-doubles, including six in 2011. The Star, Idaho native ranked 10th in the Pac-12 Conference with 0.23 aces per set and was in the conference-only stats (0.24/set). She was the 2011 Yale Invitational Co-Most Valuable Player after hitting a career-high 23 kills (the fifth-most in the Pac-12 last season for a four-set match) and tying a her career high with 18 digs against the Bulldogs, her first double-double of 211. She was also a 2011 Utah Classic All-Tournament team selection, including 12 kills and a career-high 22 digs against Eastern Michigan and also had a career-high seven blocks against the Eagles. She tied her career high with 23 kills on only 37 swings without an error for a career-high .622% against Washington State. She only committed one error on 65 attempts in home matches against the Huskies and Cougars. Odale hit 22 kills at Arizona State and set career high with three service aces at Washington State.

Schofield earned Pac-12 All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention recognition after leading the team with 2.95 kills per set during her first season as a Ute. She was also third on the squad with 2.63 digs per set. She led or tied for the team lead in kills 10 times and led or tied for team-high honors in digs six times and also led in blocks twice. She posted 16 double-figure-kill performances and 14 double-digit-dig outings in 2011. She registered eight double-doubles last year, including match-high 15 kills and career-high 19 digs against Oregon State. The outside hitter from Provo, Utah turned in five 12-dig matches, the last one coming at No. 16 Oregon. Schofield was selected to the 2011 Yale Invitational after hitting 17 kills at Yale and registering a .353 hitting percentage versus Colgate. She was also selected to the Utah Invitational All-Tournament Teams. In the home win over Washington State, she turned in a career-high 22 kills on 48 swings with six errors for a .333 hitting percentage. Also in Pac-12 play, Schofield posted 21 kills at Arizona State then established a new career high with 19 digs against Oregon State.

Sim had 405 digs last season from her libero position in the Ute back row, good for the seventh-highest single-season total in school history. The Salt Lake City native was listed 10 in the Pac-12's statistics with 3.89 digs per set last season and 3.65 digs per set in league matches. Sim posted 20 or more digs five times in 2011 and reached double-digits in digs in 23 of Utah's 31 matches last year, including a stretch of 10 straight. She popped up a career-high 27 digs against Eastern Michigan as well as a new career-high mark for a three-set match with 19 digs against Arizona State. Sim also served a career-high two aces in three separate matches.

For more information on the 2012 USA Volleyball Open Championships, please visit USAVolleyball.org.

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