Utah Volleyball Tradition of Success
• Head coach Beth Launiere and junior right-side hitter Shelby Dalton were selected to the Pac-12 All-Star squad that toured China last summer. • The team visited Shanghai (below) and the Great Wall of China (far left) among other sites, while playing against top Chinese professional teams. • Dalton was impressive throughout the trip as she led the team in aces (9), finished second on the squad in points (66.0) and kills (57) and was third on the roster in blocks (4.5). The Moab, Utah native also chipped in 19 digs.
• Entering the 39th season of University of Utah volleyball, take a look back and see which Utes have worn your favorite jersey number in Crimson Court.
• Click here to see who has worn which numbers throughout the stories past of Ute volleyball.
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• Utah has led the NCAA in blocking twice through 39 seasons of play. The Utes averaged 3.63 blocks per set in 1993 and 3.71 in 2006, while placing second in the Pac-12 Conference and sixth in the NCAA with 3.00 blocks per set. Also in 2012, the Utes took fifth in the nation and third among Pac-12 schools with 3.00 blocks per set.
• As a member of the Intermountain Athletic Conference (1975-81), High Country Athletic Conference (1982-89), Western Athletic Conference (1990-98), Mountain West Conference (1999-2010) and Pac-12 (2011-Present), Utah has compiled a 284-233 (.549) all-time record in conference play.
• Utah’s Crimson Court is one of the finest volleyball-only practice facilities in the nation.
• Used as one of the most intimidating competition venues in the country from 2000 through 2012, Utah racked up a 130-35 (.788) home record and has tallied a 75-19 (.798) mark in conference home matches during that span. Overall from 1994 through 2012, the Utes went 189-64 (.747) at Crimson Court with a 113-36 (.758) mark against league foes
• The court was built prior to the 1994 season and officially dedicated on Sept. 9, 1994. It was christened with a win over Montana State and a marathon five-set victory over San Jose State in the Utah Classic. A new playing surface was installed during the summer of 2011.
• The largest crowd ever recorded at Crimson Court assembled on Sept. 25, 2009, as 1,747 fans watched Utah rally from down two sets to defeat BYU. The near-capacity crowd also was treated to a 35th Anniversary celebration and Alumni Reunion. Utah set the single-season attendance record in 2001. The Utes hosted 12,020 fans over the course of 15 matches, averaging 801 fans per contest. Crimson Court was a launching pad for the Utes’ 10 NCAA Tournament appearances and also played host to the NCAA Tournament, entertaining opening-round action in 2001 and 2005.
• Regarded as one of the top college arenas in the nation since opening its doors in 1969, the Jon M. Huntsman Center has provided an imposing home venue advantage for Utah’s basketball and gymnastics teams. And starting this fall, it becomes home for the Ute volleyball team.
• The Utah volleyball team opened its Pac-12 home schedule against No. 6 Stanford in the Huntsman Center last season on Sept. 20, 2012. The Utes held the statistical advantage over the Cardinal in hitting, team blocks and service aces, but fell in a four-set decision in front of 2,218 fans in the first volleyball match in the Huntsman Center since hosting BYU on Oct. 1, 1993.
• For a structure that in its 43rd year of existence, a feeling of newness still pervades underneath the silver dome. But don’t let the pristine picture fool you. As serene as the Huntsman Center may look empty, when the Utes are on the floor and fans are in the stands, the place transforms into a madhouse.
• A landmark on the U. campus, the Jon M. Huntsman Center is the perfect place to watch a sporting event. With 15,000 chair seats assuring a great view from anywhere in the arena, the Huntsman Center is the largest venue in the Pac-12 Conference.
• From its perch at the southeast end of campus, the Huntsman Center stands sentinel over the University of Utah. Inside the facility are athletic coaches’ and administrative offices and locker rooms.
• The enormous reflective silver dome is the largest of its kind in the world. Underground tunnels stretching 2,220 feet connect the arena with the four-building physical education complex.
• The famous “steel cloud,” a huge mass of steel and concrete, hangs from the dome’s interior and holds the scoreboard, and the public address and lighting systems. The building was engineered in such a way that the cloud actually holds the dome in place.
• Prior to the 2011-12 season, the entire Huntsman Center playing floor was replaced. A new, $1.3 million scoreboard was installed in the fall of 2007. The new scoreboard features an LED ring by Optotech around the bottom and four LCD video screens, which provide brighter, clearer pictures than ever before seen in the Huntsman Center. The scoreboard also features a player stat board and is 1.5 times bigger than its predecessor.
Mountain West Conference Championships
• In 11 years as a member of the Mountain West Conference from 1999-2010, Utah won six titles (regular season and tournament combined).
NCAA Tournament Success
• Since 1998, Utah has become a fixture in the tournament and has developed a rich history of postseason success in that short span. The Utes have qualified for the NCAA Tournament 10 of the last 12 seasons (1998-2006, 2008) and advanced to the second round eight times.
• The Utes qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 1998 and advanced to the second round in each of their first three appearances.
• The 2001 and 2008 teams reached the Sweet 16. In 2001, the Utes topped Texas Tech, 3-0, and Utah State, 3-1, in the first and second rounds at Crimson Court. In 2008, Utah swept both Furman and Clemson during the first and second rounds in Clemson, S.C.
Players of the Year
• Kim Turner (2002-03), Airial Salvo (2006) and Lori Baird (2008) were each named MWC Player of the Year.
• Utah earned its first national ranking in 2000 after defeating No. 1 Stanford, 3-2, on Sept. 5, 2000. The next week, the Utes appeared in the Sept. 18th AVCA Top 25 poll, coming in at No. 18.
• Utah earned its highest ranking in school history on Sept. 2, 2002, when it was ranked eighth.
• Ranked in the top 10 nine times in school history, which ranks 38th among all programs.
• Utah has been ranked 77 times in school history.
Highest Ranking Each Season
• Morgan Odale (below) talks with Paul Sunderland of the Pac-12 Networks before a match at Oregon last season. The Utah volleyball team will compete in 14 matches that will be televised live by the network during the fall of 2013. Check out the schedule page for telecast information and the Pac-12 Networks Channel Finder to find coverage in your area.
Utes Go International
USA Volleyball Participants from Utah