Erin Redd-Brandon (left) and Morgan Odale will be honored on Senior Day before the Oregon State match.
Nov. 18, 2013
A big week is in store for the University of Utah volleyball team as it enters its final home weekend of the 2013 regular season. Utah returns to its former competition venue, Crimson Court, on Friday to face Oregon at 6 p.m. MT.
Senior Day festivities will be held before Utah's regular-season home finale on Sunday against Oregon State, which will include the Odale sisters (Morgan and McKenzie) singing the national anthem. First serve against the Beavers is set for 12 p.m. MT.
The Utes were 25th in the NCAA's latest RPI rankings with an 18-10 overall record and a 7-9 mark in Pac-12 play, which finds them tied with Colorado for seventh in the standings. Eighteen wins for Utah is the most for the program since 2008.
700: The Utes picked up their 700th win in school history on Sunday in Tempe and now boast a 700-567 all-time record for a .552 winning percentage since the program became a varsity sport in 1975.
Blocking for U: Utah is second in the conference with 2.88 blocks per set and the Utes were ranked ninth in the latest NCAA statistics. Utah has outblocked its opponents 21 times through 28 matches this season. The Utes are 18-3 when outblocking their opponents in 2013.
Senior Sendoff: This weekend's final home regular-season matches will be highlighted by a Senior Day ceremony honoring former libero Nikki Sim, outside hitter Morgan Odale (Star, Idaho) and middle blocker Erin Redd-Brandon (Spanish Fork, Utah) before Sunday's match against Oregon State.
Morgan Makes An Impact: Odale came up with 16 digs during Utah's 3-1 win at Arizona State on Sunday for her 16th match with double-digit-digs in 2013 and 51 over her career. Over the weekend at Arizona and Arizona State, Odale came up with 3.43 digs per set.
On the attack, Odale had 13 kills for her 11th outing with 10 or more kills this year with 63 over her career for her eighth double-double of the year and the 29th of her career against the Sun Devils. She was the third Ute with 10 or more kills as she registered her 13 kills on 34 chances with just one error for a .364 hitting percentage.
All Redd (Brandon): Redd-Brandon tied for team-high honors with seven blocks in Sunday's win at Arizona State along with eight kills and a pair of digs. This season, Redd-Brandon is second in the Pac-12 and 17th in the NCAA in blocking with 1.42 blocks per set, and .06 behind Stanford's Carly Wopat for the league lead. Redd-Brandon also leads the team with a .329 hitting percentage and is second on the squad with 2.32 kills per set this season.
Steady Shelby: Junior right-side hitter Shelby Dalton (Moab, Utah) hit .500 on the attack last weekend to pace the Ute offense at Arizona and Arizona State last week. Dalton converted 26 kills on 46 attempts with just three errors and wrapped up the weekend with 3.71 kills and 4.64 points per set against the Wildcats and Sun Devils. Dalton added 1.43 digs and 1.43 blocks per set to go with an assist and service ace.
Dalton contributed 16 kills with just a pair of errors on 27 swings for a .519 hitting percentage in her 16th double-figure-kill effort of the year and her second straight during Sunday's 3-1 road win at Arizona State. She now has 24 double-digit-kill performances in her career.
She also came up just one block away from tying her career best as she ended the match width a team-high-tying seven blocks against the Sun Devils. Dalton came up with 10 kills on 19 attempts with just one error for a .474 hitting percentage Thursday at Arizona. Dalton also set a new career high with nine digs, just missing her first career double-double.
Scalding Schofield: Junior outside hitter Chelsey Schofield (Provo, Utah) set a new season high with 18 kills on 39 attempts with just three errors for a .385 efficiency Sunday at ASU.
Surging Sutton: Freshman libero Tess Sutton (Bonsall, Calif.) set a new career high with 23 digs Sunday at ASU, which was her seventh double-digit-dig performance in the last eight matches.
UTES WIN! UTES WIN! Three Utah players hit double-digits in kills and Tess turned up a career-high 23 digs and... http://t.co/cpPfatHM2D-- Utah Volleyball (@UtahVolleyball) November 17, 2013