Tjasa Kotnik and the Utah volleyball program hosts No. 2 Washington and Washington State this weekend at Crimson Court.
Oct. 1, 2012
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The Utah volleyball team returns to Crimson Court for a pair of Pac-12 Conference matches this week against No. 2 Washington on Friday at 8:30 p.m. MT and Washington State on Saturday at 7 p.m. MT.
The Washington match will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network (National) with Paul Sunderland (PBP) and Amy Gant (analyst) covering the matchup.
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 lost both of its matches last weekend at No. 2 Oregon and Oregon State and the Utes currently stand 9-8 overall with an 0-4 mark in league play.
Keep up with the Utes: Along with television coverage of Friday's match, Live audio of Saturday night's match against Washington will also be available at utahutes.com with Dan Clayton providing the play-by-play call of the action from Crimson Court.
Live stats for both matches this weekend will also be available at utahutes.com.
Set-by-set summaries for both matches will also be available if you `Like' Utah Volleyball at facebook.com/UtahVolleyball. Fans can also `Follow' Utah Volleyball on Twitter, @UtahVolleyball.
Celebrating Crimson Court: The home of Utah volleyball since 1994, Crimson Court has been one of the most intimidating competition venues in the country.
Keep your eyes peeled for a video about how the home of Utah volleyball has helped the program evolve into what it is today at utahutes.com.
Thanks to a 3-0 start at this season (The team's lone Pac-12 home match against Stanford was held in the Huntsman Center.), Utah has racked up a 185-58 (.761) record at Crimson Court and has tallied a 108-30 (.783) mark in conference matches during that span.
Utes Move Up NCAA Blocking Rankings: Utah improved from fourth to second in the NCAA's latest statistical rankings and regained its post atop the Pac-12's latest statistics with a 3.17 block-per-set average as a team. Utah also tops the league statistics with 3.36 blocks per set during Pac-12 matches. The Utes have outblocked their foes in 12 matches this season and currently hold an 8-4 mark in those contests.
Morgan to the Max: Junior outside hitter Morgan Odale (Star, Idaho) paced the Ute attack at No. 2 Oregon and Oregon State last weekend with a team-high 3.71 kills per set on a .250 hitting efficiency with 52 kills on 136 swings and 18 errors. She was also second on the squad with five service aces for a 0.36 clip. Odale is tied for sixth in the Pac-12 with 0.33 service aces per set this season and ranks second on the squad with 2.98 kills and 2.37 digs per set. Odale has also pitched in 0.57 blocks per set.
Bailey at the Net: Leading Utah's impressive performance on the blocks this season has been sophomore middle blocker Bailey Bateman (Hooper, Utah). Bateman is second in the Pac-12 and 10th in the NCAA in the latest statistical rankings with 1.50 blocks per set this season.
Double the Fun: Sophomore outside hitter Chelsey Schofield (Provo, Utah) recorded her fifth double-double of the season on Sunday against Oregon State with 14 kills and 11 digs against the Beavers for the 13th double-double of her career.
Dalton Digs In During Conference Play: Sophomore right-side hitter Shelby Dalton (Moab, Utah) has elevated her game for Pac-12 competition as she ranks second in the conference with 1.69 blocks per set during league play. She is also adding 1.69 kills per set against conference foes.