Sophomore right-side hitter Shelby Dalton and the Utes travel to Oregon and Oregon State for a pair of Pac-12 matches this weekend.
Sept. 24, 2012
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The Utah volleyball team continues its Pac-12 Conference schedule with a pair of road matches this week at No. 2 Oregon on Friday at 8 p.m. PT and Oregon State on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. PT.
Both matches will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network with Paul Sunderland (PBP) and Kevin Wong (analyst) covering the Oregon match, while Rich Cellini (PBP) and Al Scates (analyst) will call the Oregon State match.
In Salt Lake City, Pac-12 Networks is carried on Comcast. Pac-12 Mountain is channel 37, the national Pac-12 Network is channel 410 and Pac-12 Mountain HD is channel 757.
Utah opened Pac-12 play last week with a three-set loss at Colorado before dropping a four-set decision to No. 6 Stanford last Friday in the Jon M. Huntsman Center.
The Utes currently stand 9-6 overall with an 0-2 mark in league play.
Keep up with the Utes: Live stats and audio for the Oregon match will be available at goducks.com and the Oregon State match live stats can be viewed at osubeavers.com.
Utah Remains Bold on the Block: Utah is fourth in the NCAA's latest statistical rankings and second in the Pac-12 with a 3.09 block-per-set average as a team. The Utes are 8-2 this season when outblocking their opponents.
More from Morgan: Junior outside hitter Morgan Odale (Star, Idaho) posted a team-high 4.29 kills and 0.43 service aces per set to pace the Utah attack at Colorado and against No. 6 Stanford during the opening week of Pac-12 play.
Odale turned in her seventh double-digit-kill performance of the year in Utah's Pac-12 opener at Colorado. Odale registered a team-high 13 kills on 31 swings with six errors for a .226 hitting percentage, while also turning in six digs and serving a pair of aces against the Buffaloes.
Odale had a match-high 17 kills and just missed her 18th career double-double as she posted nine digs against Stanford. This was her third straight double-figure-kill match and her eighth double-figure-kill performance and the 46th of her career.
For the season, Odale is eighth in the Pac-12 with 0.34 service aces per set this season and ranks second on the squad with 2.96 kills and 2.42 digs per set. Over Utah's final 18 remaining regular-season matches, Odale needs to average 8.78 kills per match to become the 13th member of Utah's 1,000-kill club.
Dalton Does It All: Sophomore right-side hitter Shelby Dalton (Moab, Utah) bolstered Utah's defense with 2.00 blocks per set over the opening week of Pac-12 competition. Dalton saved her best performance of the week for last against No. 6 Stanford as she registered a team-high .391 hitting percentage (minimum five attack attempts) while going for 11 kills on 23 swings with just a pair of errors against the Cardinal in the Huntsman Center. Dalton also tied her career high with eight blocks. She previously recorded eight blocks at then-No. 15 Oregon on Sept. 24, 2011.