Eden Frazier and the Utes take on Oregon State tomorrow at 11:30 p.m. PT.
Sept. 29, 2012
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The Utah volleyball team continues its Pac-12 Conference schedule at Oregon State on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. PT.
The match will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network with Rich Cellini (PBP) and Al Scates (analyst). 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 was swept Friday at No. 2 Oregon and opened Pac-12 play last week with a three-set loss at Colorado before dropping a four-set decision to No. 6 Stanford last Friday in Salt Lake City. The Utes currently stand 9-7 overall with an 0-3 mark in league play.
Keep up with the Utes: Live stats for the Oregon State match can be viewed at osubeavers.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.
Utah Remains Bold on the Block: Utah is fourth in the NCAA's latest statistical rankings and second in the Pac-12 with a 3.14 block-per-set average as a team. The Utes are 8-3 this season when outblocking their opponents.
Efficiency Still Key: Before the Sept. 21 match against No. 6 Stanford, the Utes won all nine previous contests this season in which they post a higher hitting percentage than their opponents.
Conversely, Utah is 0-6 in 2012 when getting outhit by its opponents.
Defense Wins Matches: The Utes are 6-1 this season when holding their opponents under a .200 hitting percentage on the attack.
Utah also carries an unblemished 7-0 record this season when turning in more digs than its opposition.
Ravishing Redd: Junior middle blocker Erin Redd (Spanish Fork, Utah) has been Utah's most efficient attacker this season, posting a team-high .329 hitting percentage along with 2.30 kills and stands 10th in the Pac-12 with 0.32 aces per set. Redd turned in a match-high six blocks at Oregon, the fifth time this season she has led or tied for the team lead in blocking. She also led the Ute defense at the net on Sept. 21 against Stanford with a match-high nine blocks.
Morgan on the Attack: Junior outside hitter Morgan Odale (Star, Idaho) was second on the squad with seven kills at Oregon on Friday and had a match-high 17 kills and just missed her 18th career double-double as she posted nine digs against Stanford. This was her third straight double-figure-kill match and her eighth double-figure-kill performance and the 46th of her career.
For the season, Odale is eighth in the Pac-12 with 0.34 service aces per set this season and ranks second on the squad with 2.93 kills and 2.41 digs per set. Over Utah's final 17 remaining regular-season matches, Odale needs to average 8.88 kills per match to become the 13th member of Utah's 1,000-kill club.
Dalton Does It All: Sophomore right-side hitter Shelby Dalton (Moab, Utah) turned in a team-high eight kills with a .286 hitting percentage on Friday at Oregon. On 21 attempts against the Ducks, Dalton committed just two errors.
Dalton ranks third on the squad this season with 1.06 blocks per set, while she is contributing 1.84 kills per set for a .242 hitting percentage on the attack.