Sophomore right-side hitter Shelby Dalton and the Utes close out their 2012 season this week.
Nov. 19, 2012
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The Utah volleyball team closes out its second Pac-12 Conference season this week, starting Monday at California at 8 p.m. PT and ending with the Rumble in the Rockies versus Colorado on Friday at 7 p.m. MT.
Friday's regular-season finale against Colorado from Crimson Court will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network with Rich Cellini (PBP) and Amy Gant (Analyst) calling the action.
The Utes defeated Arizona State in four sets in Tempe on Friday before falling in a four-set decision at Arizona on Saturday. Utah is now 13-18 overall with a 4-14 mark in Pac-12 play.
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Arizona State Recap: Utah beat Arizona State, 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-17, 24-26) on Friday in Wells Fargo Arena. Utah posted 19.0 team blocks, a season-high mark for a four-set match, while ASU had seven blocks. The Utes also outhit the Sun Devils, .278 to .178 and had three players in double-digits in kills.
Senior Day Sendoff: Friday's match will mark the final appearance in Crimson Court for senior setter McKenzie Odale (Star, Idaho). Odale has handed out 1,406 assists over her career to go along with 370 digs. This season, Odale carries a team-high 6.26 assist-per-set average.
Utes in the NCAA Blocking Ranks: Utah is eighth in the NCAA and remains second in the Pac-12's latest statistical rankings with a 3.00 block-per-set average as a team.
Shelby Does It All: Utah's sophomore right-side hitter Shelby Dalton (Moab, Utah) posted a team-high .429 hitting percentage last weekend at Arizona State and Arizona.
Dalton pounded down 21 kills on 42 swings with just three miscues in eight sets of action and was also second on the squad with 2.69 kills and 1.25 blocks per set against the Sun Devils and Wildcats. Dalton registered 12 kills on 22 swings with just one error for a .500 hitting percentage during Friday's four-set victory over Arizona State for her fourth match with 10 or more kills this season and the seventh of her career. She also tied her career-high mark for the third time with eight blocks.
Bailey Balling: With 173 block assists this season, sophomore middle blocker Bailey Bateman (Hooper, Utah) already owns the third-highest single-season total in school history. She needs 15 more to tie Emillie Toone (188 in 2006) for No. 2 on the list.
Bateman is also eighth on Utah's single-season total blocks chart with 179 and needs just three more to tie Toone (182 in 2005) and just five more to move into a fifth-place tie with Teresa McCabe (184 in 1993) and Lyndsey Henderson (184 in 2004).
Miss 1,000: Junior outside hitter Morgan Odale (Star, Idaho) became the 13th member of Utah's 1,000-kill club Saturday at Arizona.
Odale is second on the squad with 2.72 kills per set this season and ranks fourth on the team with 2.21 digs per set. She leads the team and is second in the Pac-12 with 0.33 aces per set and is fifth in the league with 0.33 service aces per set during conference matches.