Utah Volleyball # 15 starts Pac-12 game in Washington # 6 and Colorado # 24


Game 10: # 15 Utah (7-2) to # 7 Washington (7-1)

Wednesday September 22 | 9:00 p.m. MT
Seattle, Washington | Alaska Airlines Arena
Television: ESPNU
Live statistics: statistics broadcast

Game 11: # 15 Utah (7-2) to # 24 Colorado (9-0)
Friday September 24 | 7:00 p.m. MT
Boulder, Colorado | CU Events Center
Television: Pac-12 networks
Live Statistics: CU Statistics

Utah’s No.15 volleyball continues its road game streak this Wednesday, Sept. 22 against No.6 Washington in Seattle to open the conference. The Utes and Huskies meet at 9:00 p.m. MT at Alaska Airlines Arena and the game will be televised on ESPNU. Mike Monaco and Salima Rockwell will be on the call for the nationally televised game.

Utah will then close the road trip with a game against the No. 24 Colorado Buffaloes on Friday, September 24. The first service is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT at the CU Events Center. The match will be televised on the Pac-12 networks and will have Thad Anderson as a talent.

• Utah is ranked No. 15 in the country this week and has been ranked in the AVCA Coaches poll for 33 straight weeks, dating back to September 2, 2019.
• Utah is 7-3 overall in the opening games of Pac-12. The Utes had opened the conference game against Colorado every season until last spring when Utah started the Pac-12 slate against Arizona.
• Utah is 94-105 (0.472) in the all-time Pac-12 game. The Utes come off third place last season in conference action (13-4) and were tied for third in 2019 (14-6).
• This week’s pair of road games for Utah will end a five-game road stretch. The Utes will return to Salt Lake City for a two-game home game, but then return to the road for four more games.
• Vanessa ramirez has hit double-digit digs in every game this season and led the Utes in seven of nine games.

• Dani Drew leads the Pac-12 and is tied for eighth in the country with 4.79 kills per set.
• Utah is No. 12 nationally in blocks per set (2.85).
• Utah is 33rd nationally in kills per set (13.73) and 43rd in assists per set (12.45).
• Allie Olsen ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with 1.29 blocks per set and Kennedi evans is sixth (1.28).
• Three Utes are ranked among the top nine in the conference in ace per set. draw, Madelyn Robinson, and Megan Yett are tied for seventh with 0.36 aces per set this season.

Washington is heading into the conference game as the top-ranked team in the conference. The Huskies are 7-1 this season, with the only loss coming in four sets to Ohio State on the road. Washington is sacking all but one of its Final Four appearance in the spring and was picked as a conference favorite in the preseason, looking to defend its 2020-21 conference championship. Claire Hoffman leads Washington’s offense with 4.00 kills per set, while Marin Grote is ranked 23rd nationally with a 0.421 kill percentage. The Huskies as a unit are ranked 11th in the country with a 0.296 hit and 35th in aces per set.

Colorado is undefeated at the start of the season and is 9-0 thanks to non-conference games. The Buffs have picked up victories over Illinois, Iowa, Texas Tech and Xavier to mark the season so far. Colorado returns all but two of the spring season and is led by sixth-year Leah Clayton, who is No. 33 nationally with 4.24 kills per set. Colorado is No. 18 nationally in blocks per set and No. 21 in kills per set. The Buffaloes are also ranked 26th nationally with a 0.270 hitting percentage. Brynna DeLuzio keeps the defense going with 4.65 digs per set, while Jenna Ewert distributes 10.38 assists per set to control the offense.

Utah ranks third in the Pac-12 and No. 12 nationally with 2.85 blocks per set. Utah is led by its middle blockers Allie Olsen and Kennedi evans, who rank fifth and sixth respectively in the Pac-12, in blocks per set. Evans collected 41 blocks in total and Olsen has 36 over the year. Utah have registered 10 or more blocks in seven of nine games this season after registering just four double-digit blocking efforts in the spring.

Dani Drew, who is a three-time All-American, has already set numerous program records during his career at Ute and could have the chance to become Utah’s all-time kill leader. Drews had 1,845 kills and is the second all-time career behind former Utah teammate Adora Anae. Anae holds the program record with 1,920 kills.

Drews holds the program record for a season in eliminations (643, 2019) and the record for a game in eliminations in the rally era in three sets (22, 2018), four sets (30, 2x) and five sets (33, 2019). Drews also became the program’s first Pac-12 Player of the Year, the program’s only AVCA Pacific South Region Player of the Year, as well as the only player to win two AVCA First Team All-American awards.

The Utes traveled south for a game against BYU and struggled to get the offense going in defeat. Utah hit .163 in the game and couldn’t start soon enough after falling through a big hole in every set. BYU took the lead and managed to sideline Utah each time despite the late trades. Madelyn Robinson led the way in Utah with 10 kills, while Dani Drew added seven wins. Vanessa ramirez totaled 15 searches as well.

Utah volleyball will return to the Jon M. Huntsman Center after three weeks of road play, hosting Oregon State and Oregon in Salt Lake City. Utah and Oregon State will play on Friday, October 1 at 7 p.m. MT, while Oregon will visit Utah on Sunday, October 3 at 12 p.m. MT. Both matches will be broadcast on the Pac-12 networks.

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