Utah Set to Open NCAA Tournament Against Denver - University of Utah Athletics
Utah Set to Open NCAA Tournament Against Denver

Utah Set to Open NCAA Tournament Against Denver

15th Appearance in Program History in NCAA Tournament

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NCAA Tournament First Round: Utah (18-13) vs. Denver (27-2)
Friday, Nov. 30 | 4 p.m. MT
Provo, Utah | Smith Field House
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FIRST SERVE
The Utes will begin their NCAA Tournament against Denver in the Provo Regional on Friday, November 30 at 4 p.m.
 
The Pioneers finished their season 27-2 with the two losses coming to Utah in the opening weekend and to South Dakota in their conference championship match at the end of the season.
 
The other two teams in the Provo Regional are BYU and Stony Brook.
 
The winners of the two matches will play on Saturday, December 1 at 7 p.m. MT.
 
TICKETS

Fans can purchase tickets for all matches for the weekend or individual day tickets will go on sale on November 30th at 9:00 am MST. 

Prices will range from $13 to $28 for reserved seating for the 2 session pass. (Age 2 and up) General Admission will be $4 to $11 depending on age. (Age 2 and up)

To sit in the Utah fan section, make sure to enter the promo code: UTAHWVB. Select Section 1 on the map of Smith Field House. 

Click HERE to purchase tickets. 
 

SERIES HISTORY
Utah and Denver have played two times before with the Utes leading the series 2-0.
 
Ironically, one of those times came earlier this season. Utah hosted Denver in the Utah Volleyball Classic to start the season. The match was a great match that ended with Utah winning 16-14 in the fifth set.
 
The Utes trailed 13-11 in the fifth and used a 5-1 run to take the match.
 
NCAA TOURNAMENT
This is Utah's 15th appearance in the NCAA tournament and all of them have come under Beth Launiere.
 
Overall, the Utes are 14-14 in the NCAA Tournament. They've advanced through the first weekend to the Sweet 16 three times including once last season.
 
This is the second time that Utah has been to Provo for a regional. Overall, the Utes are 8-4 on a neutral court in the NCAA Tournament.
 
ALL-PAC-12 TEAM
Sophomore Dani Drews, sophomore Kenzie Koerber and junior Brianna Doehrmann all were named to the All-Pac-12 Team, the conference office announced.
 
Drews made the first team after leading the team with 491 kills and being in the top five in the conference in kills and points per set.
 
Koerber was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 Team. She started at right side for the Utes all season and finished third on the team in kills and second on the team in blocks.
 
Doehrmann also was Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 Team. The libero has 463 digs this season and is ninth in the Pac-12 averaging 3.87 digs per set.
 
It was the first time all three have been honored on the All-Pac-12 Team.
 
PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dani Drews earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after breaking two program records and leading Utah to wins over No. 15 USC and Colorado.
 
Against the Trojans, Drews had 22 kills in three sets and set a new career high hitting .429. She then followed that up with 30 kills against Colorado in four sets.
 
Both of those kills numbers were program records for three set and four-set matches.
 
She also had her 17th double-double of the season against Colorado. That is the second most double-doubles in the Pac-12.
 
This is her first Pac-12 weekly award.
 
DREWS CLOSES IN ON MILESTONE
After having 52 kills in two matches last week, Drews has 491 this 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 315.
 
SERVING UP ACES
Utah finished the season second in the conference in aces per set averaging 1.48.
 
Choy leads the team with 47 and led the Pac-12 averaging .39 aces per set.
 
In the Utes match against USC, they had nine against the Trojans. Choy led the way with six of those nine aces.
 
In Utah's 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.
 
Sitting with 47 aces, Choy is only three away from tying the single-season record set by Kelsie Kartchner in 2002.
 
 
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