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No. 23 Utah Begins Pac-12 Play

No. 23 Utah Begins Pac-12 Play

Takes on Colorado On Wednesday and Hosts UCLA on Friday

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Match 12: #23 Utah (8-3) at Colorado (8-3)
Wednesday, Sept. 19 | 7 p.m. MT
Boulder, Colorado | CU Events Center
Stream: Pac-12 Network
Live Stats
 
Match 13: #23 Utah (8-3) vs. #17 UCLA (5-2)
Friday, Sept. 21 | 7 p.m. MT
Salt Lake City | Huntsman Center
Stream: Pac-12 Network
Live Stats
 
FIRST SERVE
No. 23 Utah kicks off Pac-12 play this week with two matches.
 
The first match is at Colorado on Wednesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. MT. The Buffs currently have the same record as the Utes at 8-3. Their three losses have come against No. 8 Illinois, Georgia and Wyoming.
 
After facing Colorado on the road, the Utes will head back home and host No. 17 UCLA in the Huntsman Center at 7 p.m. MT.
 
Both matches will be on the Pac-12 Network. If Utah fans wear red to the match, they will get in for free.
 
SERIES HISTORY
Overall, Utah is 12-8 against Colorado. Most of that success has come at home going 7-2, but are 4-6 on the road in Boulder. The Utes are 5-2 overall in their Pac-12 openers against the Buffs. Utah won both matches last season against Colorado in four sets.
 
Against UCLA, the Utes are 4-20, but for the first time in program history swept the Bruins last season. This is the fourth match in a row between the two teams that both are nationally ranked in the AVCA Coaches Poll.
 
REDOUT FRIDAY
For Friday's match against UCLA, if Utah fans wear red to the match they will get into the match for free.
 
UTES START STRONG IN PAC-12 PLAY
Overall, Utah is 5-2 in Pac-12 openers against Colorado. They have started conference play each season against the Buffs.
 
The Utes have won three Pac-12 openers in a row.

DREWS DOES IT ALL
Sophomore Dani Drews leads the team in kills with 160 and is second on the team in digs with 113.
 
She is fourth in the Pac-12 averaging 4.7 points per set and 21st in the conference averaging 2.76 digs per set. Heading into last weekend, Drews was one of two players in the Pac-12 averaging over four points per set and three digs per set. 

Rarely leaving the floor, Drews also leads the team with 21 aces on the season.
 
UTES HIT AT A HIGH PERCENTAGE
Utah is third in the Pac-12 hitting .276 through 11 matches. They have hit over .300 in three matches this season.
 
A big part of the good hitting percentage is junior setter Bailey Choy. This season, she is averaging 9.88 assists per set and has averaged over 10 assists per set in five matches this season. Against Temple, she matched her career high with 57 assists.
 
After hitting its lowest percentage of the season against BYU, the Utes bounced back and hit .291 against Utah Valley in the four-set victory.
 
SENIOR LEADER OUT FOR SEASON
Middle blocker Berkeley Oblad is out for the season after having surgery on her elbow.
 
The senior had played in six matches this season.
 
Last season, Oblad was named an AVCA honorable mention All-American after finishing with 300 kills and 142 blocks.
 
She was named to the Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference team for her highly successful 2017 season.
 
FILLING IN FOR BERK
The Utes have been using sophomore Lauren Sproule and freshman Kennedi Evans to fill in for Oblad.
 
Against Utah Valley, Sproule was playing on the outside, but had her best match as a Ute, finishing with eight kills on eight swings hitting 1.000.
 
UTES START STRONG IN PAC-12 PLAY
Overall, Utah is 5-2 in Pac-12 openers against Colorado. They have started conference play each season against the Buffs.
 
The Utes have won three Pac-12 openers in a row.
 
A LOOK AHEAD
Utah will travel to No. 22 Washington State on Friday, September 21 before heading to Seattle to take on the No. 13 Washington Huskies on Sunday, September 30 at 1 p.m.
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