SALT LAKE CITY –
Utah closes out the regular season against Colorado in the Huntsman Center at noon on Friday, November 23.
Both teams are coming in hot as the Buffs are 7-3 in their last 10 matches and Utah is 4-1 in their last five.
The teams played an intense five-set match to start Pac-12 play and Colorado came out victorious on their home floor in that one.
: The match will be streamed by Pac-12 Network and live stats will be provided by UtahUtes.com
Last Time Out:
Utah earned a big road victory over No. 15 USC in straight sets in the Galen Center. It was the fifth win for the Utes over a ranked opponent this season.
With the road win, there were some great performances on Utah. Dani Drews
set a program record during the rally-scoring era with 22 kills in a three-set match. She did it while hitting .429.
was also huge for the Utes as she had six to the team's nine aces in the match.
This Friday against Colorado will be Senior Day. The Utes will celebrate Lauga Gauta
and Berkeley Oblad
before the match.
Gauta has been with Utah for two seasons and been a main contributor this season. She was named MVP of the Utah Volleyball Classic and has had three 20-kill matches this year.
Oblad unfortunately had her senior season cut short, but has had a tremendous career with Utah. Last season, she was a key part of the Sweet 16 team and was named AVCA All-American honorable mention. Oblad also was named honorable mention for the AVCA Pacific South Region and All-Pac-12 Team.
She didn't only get the job done on the court though, as she was a two-time honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic Team member.
Against USC, Drews continued her hot streak by setting a program record during the rally-scoring era with 22 kills in a three-set match. The sophomore outside hitter hit .429 with only four errors and 42 attempts.
Utah is 4-1 in it's past five matches and Drews level of play has continued to rise. Over that five-match stretch, she has 87 kills hitting .335 on 212 attempts and only 16 errors.
DREWS CLOSES IN ON MILESTONE
After her huge performance against USC, Drews has 461 kills this season and only 39 away from kill 500 on the season. Only one player in program history has had 500 kills in a season and that was Adora Anae
She also has been key to Utah's defense having the second most digs on the team with 304.
SERVING UP ACES
Utah is second in the conference in aces per set averaging 1.46.
Choy leads the team with 45 aces and Drews is second with 36.
In the Utes final match of the regular season, they had nine against the Trojans. Choy led the way with six of those aces giving her 45 for the season.
In Utah's last match against Oregon State, Choy had three aces in the beginning of the fifth set to give the Utes the momentum and that propelled them to the five-set victory.
The six aces in three sets moves Choy to second in the Pac-12 in aces per set averaging .38. In Pac-12 play, she leads the conference averaging .48 aces per set. Of the 45 aces she has had this season, Choy has had 36 of those in conference play.
The single-season record for aces is 50 set by Kelsie Kartchner in 2002.