Shelby Dalton is one of six seniors returning to the court for the Utes.
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah volleyball team officially reported to fall camp this past weekend to begin preparation for the upcoming 2014 season. The players have already participated in three practices heading into Monday afternoon and will continue two-a-day practices for the remainder of the week.
The coaching staff is happy with how things have progressed so far after just a few days in the gym and are expecting great things from all of the student-athletes during the fall camp dates.
"The team is looking really good right now," said assistant coach JJ Riley. "We are working hard. We have a great group of experienced players to go along with a great group of newcomers. The leadership has been excellent to see so far and it has been really neat to see them helping get the young kids to figure everything out."
The Utes return nine letterwinners from last year's squad that went 21-13 overall and 9-11 in the Pac-12. The 20-plus wins were the most since Utah went 26-6 and the team also earned a trip to the NCAA National Tournament for the first time since 2008 as well.
Six seniors return to the team this season including Bailey Bateman (MB, Hooper, Utah), Makenzie Moea'i (OH, American Fork, Utah), All-American honoree Shelby Dalton (RS, Moab, Utah), Chelsey Schofield - Olsen (OH, Provo, Utah), Kalee Kirby (S, South Weber, Utah) and Lea Adolph (DS/L, Waltrop, Germany).
The coaching staff welcomes one junior transfer, Brenna DeYoung (MB, Tooele, Utah), a redshirt-freshman, Carly Trueman (MB, Tucson, Ariz.) and six incoming freshmen, Caroline Sipiora (DS, Folsom, Calif.), Emma Kirst (Las Vegas, Nev.), Eliza Katoa (Layton, Utah), Adora Anae (Laie, Hawaii), Jesse Jorgensen (S, Provo, Utah) and McCall Phillips (DS/L, Las Vegas, Nev.).
Utah will continue two-a-day practices throughout the week and will then take part in the first inter-squad scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 3 p.m.
"We challenged the team from day one to give us the highest level that they can play at and they have actually raised that level, so we are just trying to keep that going and help them out as much as we can," said Riley. "We are very happy with where they are at right now and we look for better things to come this week."
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