Abby Simmons and the Utes take on UCLA and USC this weekend at Crimson Court.
Sept. 26, 2011
Utah Remains Positive in Face of Pac-12 Competition (by Marty Renzhofer of The Salt Lake Tribune)
Excited for the Road Ahead - Pac12.org Feature Story on Utah junior setter Abby Simmons (by Elizabeth Teitzel)
The University of Utah volleyball team continues its four-match Pac-12 Conference homestand this weekend at Crimson Court. The Utes entertain No. 2 UCLA on Friday at 7 p.m., and then face No. 5 USC Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Utes are 6-8 overall and 1-4 in Pac-12 play this season. Utah swept Colorado in Boulder on Sept. 13, but has since suffered four consecutive conference losses during the first two full weekends of Pac-12 play.
Keep Up With the Utes: A live stream of Friday's UCLA match can be found at utahutes.com. Sunday's USC match will be live streamed at utahutes.com as well. Live stats of both matches will be available at utahutes.com.
Building Blocks: Utah leads the Pac-12 and is second in the nation with an average of 3.07 blocks per set. The Utes have outblocked their opponents in 11 of their first 14 outings this season. The Utes have limited their opponents to a 1.79 average in team blocks. Utah also maintains a .205 to .170 edge in hitting percentage through 14 matches in 2011.
Redd Rises Up: Utah sophomore middle blocker Erin Redd (Spanish Fork, Utah) is second in the Pac-12 Conference and is ninth in the country with 1.49 blocks per set. Redd led Utah with 4.42 points and 3.83 kills per set last weekend against Oregon State and No. 15 Oregon. She led the way with 23 kills and only committed seven errors on 49 swings for a .327 hitting efficiency against the Beavers and Ducks. This season, she has led or tied for the team lead in blocks nine times.
Scorching Schofield: Freshman outside hitter Chelsey Schofield (Provo, Utah) was second on the roster with 4.00 digs and 3.33 kills per set in a pair of Pac-12 Conference home matches against Oregon State and Oregon this weekend at Crimson Court. She also added three blocks and two service aces in both matches against the Beavers and Ducks.
Sim Patrols Utah Back Row: Sophomore libero Nikki Sim (Salt Lake City, Utah) is averaging 4.32 digs per set in 2011, which ranks fifth in the latest Pac-12 statistical rankings.
Quick Work: Ten of Utah's 14 matches this season have been of the three-set variety, including its last five. The Utes are 4-6 in those matches.
Fast Start is the Best Start: The Utes are 5-1 this year when winning the first set of a match. In contrast, Utah is 1-7 when it doesn't come up with a first-set victory.