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2010 Utah Volleyball Preview: Utes Will Face Challenging Slate

Utah opens its 2010 season by hosting UC Davis Friday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.

Utah opens its 2010 season by hosting UC Davis Friday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.

Aug. 20, 2010

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With the first serve of the 2010 Utah volleyball campaign one week away, utahutes.com preps fans for the beginning of the season with a breakdown of the Ute roster as well as a look at the upcoming schedule. This is the fifth in a five-part series about the student-athletes Utah has at each position heading into the season as well as the competition they will face.

Monday, Aug. 16: Opposite/Right Side Hitters
Tuesday, Aug. 17: Outside Hitters
Wednesday, Aug. 18: Middle Blockers
Thursday, Aug. 19: Setters/Liberos
Friday, Aug. 20: Schedule

Utes Will Face Challenging Slate in 2010

The Utes will be confronted with a schedule full of opponents from premier conferences across the nation, including Big Ten Conference foes Michigan and Northwestern, Ole Miss of the SEC, Oklahoma of the Big XII, Saint Louis of the Atlantic 10 as well as Pac-10 member Arizona State.

"The three on the road early-season tournaments are going to be a difficult part of our schedule," Utah head coach Launiere said. "We've never gone on the road three times in a row. Certainly, teams have done it, I'm not worried about that. I just want to be prepared.

"How we handle that stretch is going to go a long way in determining if we get into the NCAA Tournament. We're playing a lot of good teams. We're going to have to get a few significant wins in those three weeks on the road. We can make a strong postseason push because most of the teams we're playing will help us."



The MWC schedule will offer its typical challenges for the Utes. Utah begins its conference slate with a pair of home matches against Wyoming and reigning champion Colorado State Sept. 23-26.

"Colorado State returns almost everyone," Launiere said. "TCU has established itself and found its niche and what it takes to be successful so they're going to be consistently good. New Mexico only lost one player. It's going to be tough."

Launiere realizes that key parts to the formula are in the grasp of the Utes. Now it's time to see if success follows.

"We're looking for some of the new players to come in and have an impact, but it's really up to this returning group to see how much better they've gotten from a year ago to tell us how we'll do this year."

The Utes begin their 2010 season Friday, Aug. 27 against UC Davis in the first match at the Utah Classic. First serve from Crimson Court is set for 7 p.m.

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