Morgan Odale and the Utes host Colorado on Wednesday in the inaugural Rumble in the Rockies event.
Nov. 21, 2011
The University of Utah volleyball team finishes its season Wednesday in the inaugural Rumble in the Rockies event with Colorado. First serve between the Utes and Buffaloes at Crimson Court is set for 7 p.m. MT.
Utah is 10-20 overall this season and 5-16 against Pac-12 Conference opponents after splitting a pair of home matches last weekend at Washington and Washington State.
Keep Up with the Utes: A free webcast of Wednesday's Rumble in the Rockies match against Colorado can be viewed at utahutes.com. Gametracker will provide live stats of both matches at utahutes.com as well.
Blistering on the Block: Utah gained a 13.0 to 7.5 advantage in team blocks Friday over Washington, who entered the match as the nation's top blocking team. Team blocks in the match against Washington State were even at 11 apiece, only the eighth match of the year that Utah had not outblocked its opponents. The Utes are fifth in the nation and third in the Pac-12 with 3.03 blocks per set overall and 2.92 per set in league competition.
Morgan's Monster Performance: Morgan Odale (Star, Idaho) put together an impressive performance to lead the Utes to a 3-1 win over Washington State Saturday at Crimson Court. She pounded down a career-high-tying 23 kills on 37 swings without an error for a career-high .622 hitting percentage against the Cougars.
Killpack Closes on the Block: Danielle Killpack (Idaho Falls, Idaho) registered 10 blocks for her second consecutive double-figure-block match for the Utes against No. 10 Washington Friday at Crimson Court. Her 10 blocks against the Cougars is the highest three-set match total in the Pac-12 Conference this season. Killpack now has four career matches of 10 blocks or more. Killpack is third in the Pac-12's league-only statistics with 1.38 blocks per set against league foes. She is listed 26th in the nation and fourth in the Pac-12's overall statistics with 1.34 blocks per set this season. The senior middle blocker is seventh in school history with 378 block assists and needs just two more to pass Karolina Bartkowiak (2007-10) and move into sixth place. She is the ninth member of Utah's 400-block club and is ninth in school history with 406 total blocks over her career.
Schofield Sets New Career High: Chelsey Schofield (Provo, Utah) turned in a career-high 22 kills to help Utah to a 3-1 win over Washington State. It was her 14th double-digit-kill match of the year, and the second time this season she has registered 20 or more kills in a match.
Sets from Simmons: Junior setter Abby Simmons (Phoenix, Ariz.) obliterated her previous career high with 59 assists to go with nine digs Saturday against Washington State. She also finished just one dig shy of her second double-double this year and the ninth of her career against the Cougars. Her previous career high was 45 assists at Arizona State on Nov. 12.
Seeing Redd on the Block: Sophomore middle blocker Erin Redd (Spanish Fork, Utah) is 16th in the NCAA and third in the Pac-12 with 1.40 blocks per set.