The Utes face No. 6 Stanford TONIGHT at 7 p.m. in the Huntsman Center.
Sept. 20, 2012
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The Utah volleyball team opens its Pac-12 Conference home schedule against No. 6 Stanford TONIGHT at 7 p.m., in its first match in the Jon M. Huntsman Center since Oct. 1, 1993.
The match will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network with Chris Marlowe (PBP) and Amy Gant (analyst) calling the action. 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 is 9-5 overall after dropping a three-set decision to Colorado on Wednesday in Boulder. The Utes concluded its non-conference slate on a three-match win streak after capturing the 2012 Utah Classic title last weekend and were 9-4 in non-conference play.
Keep up with the Utes: Live stats for the Stanford match will be provided by Gametracker and available at utahutes.com. Set-by-set summaries for both matches will also be available if you `Like' Utah Volleyball on Facebook. Fans can also `Follow' Utah Volleyball on Twitter @UtahVolleyball.
Colorado Recap: Utah lost a 3-0 decision in its Pac-12 opener at Colorado (21-25, 20-25, 21-25) on Wednesday night at the Coors Events Center. Utah held a 3-1 advantage in service aces over Colorado, but could not overcome the Buffaloes' .299-.149 advantage in team hitting as well as a 14.0-6.0 edge in team blocks.
Blocks and Blocks and Blocks: Utah is third in the NCAA's latest statistical rankings and third in the Pac-12 with a 3.04 block-per-set average as a team. The Utes are 8-1 this season when outblocking their opponents.
Home Sweet Home: The Utes have gone 185-58 (.761) in home games since moving into Crimson Court in 1994. Since the 2000 season, Utah is 132-35 (.790) in home matches.
Utah is 285-175 (.620) all-time in home matches, while 23rd-year head coach Beth Launiere carries a 213-84 (.717) career record at home at the helm for the Utes.
Home in the Huntsman: Utah began practicing on the Huntsman Center floor last week to prepare for its Pac-12 home opener against No. 6 Stanford. The Utes have not played in the Huntsman Center since Oct. 1, 1993 against BYU.
More From Morgan: Morgan Odale (Star, Idaho), a junior outside hitter, turned in her seventh double-digit-kill performance of the year Wednesday at Colorado. Odale ranks second on the Ute squad with 2.86 kills, 2.43 digs and her 0.35 aces per set this season is tied for seventh in the Pac-12.
Blocking by Bateman: Sophomore middle blocker Bailey Bateman (Hooper, Utah) had seven kills against Colorado with just three errors on 14 attempts with a .286 efficiency. She also turned in three blocks, which was second on the squad. Bateman is fourth in the Pac-12's latest statistical rankings with an average of 1.51 blocks per set.
Hit it to Win It: The Utes have won all nine contests this season in which they post a higher hitting percentage than their opponents. Conversely, Utah is 0-5 in 2012 when getting outhit by its opponents.
Seeing Redd: Sophomore middle blocker Erin Redd (Spanish Fork, Utah) was second on the team with nine kills on 17 attack attempts and just two errors for a team-high .412 hitting percentage at Colorado. Redd is tied for seventh in the Pac-12 with 0.35 aces per set this season.