Lea Adolph and the Utes host Arizona and Arizona State this weekend at Crimson Court.
Oct. 8, 2012
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The Utah volleyball team concludes a four-match homestand at Crimson Court with a pair of Pac-12 Conference matches as the Utes face Arizona on Friday at 7 p.m. MT and Arizona State on Sunday at 3 p.m. MT.
Both matches will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network (National) with Chris Marlowe (PBP) and Al Scates (analyst) covering the Arizona matchup. Sunday's match against Arizona State will have will have Kevin Barnett (PBP) and Scates (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.
Keep up with the Utes: Along with television coverage of both matches this week, live stats for both contests will also be available on Gametracker 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.
Looking for Conference Win 200: Utah head coach Beth Launiere can secure her 200th conference victory on Friday against Arizona. In her 23rd season at the helm for the Utes, Launiere is 199-131 (.604) in conference matches over her career.
Utes in the NCAA Blocking Rankings: Utah is fourth in the NCAA and second in the Pac-12's latest statistical rankings with a 3.15 block-per-set average as a team. Utah is also tied for third in the league statistics with 3.25 blocks per set during Pac-12 matches. The Utes have outblocked their foes in 13 matches this season and currently hold a 9-4 mark in those contests.
Magnificent Morgan: Junior outside hitter Morgan Odale (Star, Idaho) paced the Utah attack against No. 2 Washington and Washington State with 3.25 kills per set. She recorded 26 kills on 68 attempts with just nine miscues for a .250 hitting percentage versus the Huskies and Cougars. She also served a team-high 0.38 aces per set. Defensively, Odale posted a team-high 2.50 digs per set and also had 0.62 blocks per set.
Blocks from Bailey: Sophomore middle blocker Bailey Bateman (Hooper, Utah) is second in the Pac-12 with 1.53 blocks per set this season. She is tied for fifth in the league with 1.50 blocks per set in conference matches.
Tjasa Time: After arriving on campus a few days after preseason camp started, freshman outside hitter Tjasa Kotnik (Ljubljana, Slovenia) appears more comfortable in the Utah offense over the last three matches. Kotnik has averaged 1.75 kills and 1.00 blocks per set against Oregon State, Washington and Washington State. Kotnik set new career highs in kills and blocks for the second straight match as she posted seven kills and five blocks Friday against No. 2 Washington.