Junior right-side hitter Shelby Dalton and Utes host No. 22 California on Thursday night at 8 p.m. MT.
Nov. 4, 2013
University of Utah volleyball returns to the Huntsman Center this week to host No. 22 California on Thursday at 8 p.m. MT before facing No. 6 Stanford on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT.
The Utes are 18th in the NCAA's latest RPI rankings with a 17-7 overall record and a 6-6 mark in league play, which has them in a sixth-place tie with Oregon and one match behind fourth-place California and Colorado.
Match Coverage: Both matches will be regionally televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Kevin Barnett on the play-by-play call and Al Scates providing the analysis during Thursday's match against Cal.
Krista Blunk will have the play-by-play call of the Stanford match with Scates as the analyst.
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Upcoming Promotions: The first 500 fans through the gates for Thursday's match against Cal will receive a Utah volleyball tank top.
Efficiency Is the Key: Utah outhit No. 3 Washington on Friday in Seattle by a .270 to .246 margin, but the Huskies came away with the win to hand the Utes their first loss of this season when posting a higher hitting percentage than their opponents. Utah is now 17-1 this season in this scenario in 2013.
Chasing Win 700: The Utes boast an all-time record of 699-564 in school history for a .553 hitting percentage since the program became a varsity sport in 1975.
Ute Blockade: Utah is second in the conference with 2.91 blocks per set and the Utes were ranked ninth in the latest NCAA statistics. Utah has outblocked its opponents 19 times through 24 matches this season. The Utes are 16-3 when outblocking their opponents in 2013 with the Nov. 1 loss at No. 3 Washington, the Oct. 20 contest at No. 21 Oregon and the Sept. 29 match against USC as the team's only losses in that scenario in 2013.
Seeing Redd (Brandon): Senior middle blocker Erin Redd-Brandon (Spanish Fork, Utah) leads the Pac-12 and is 16th in the NCAA in blocking with 1.41 blocks per set and ranks 10th with a .355 hitting percentage in the overall stats. She is second on the team with 2.39 kills per set this season. In the league-only stats, Redd-Brandon is tied for fifth with 1.30 kills per set in league play and is sixth in the Pac-12 with a .365 hitting percentage against league opponents. Redd-Brandon is fourth in school history with 525 career total blocks and her 497 career block assists also ranks fourth in school history. Her 1,047 career kills makes her the 14th member of Utah's 1,000-kill club.