The No. 16-ranked Utah Utes (9-2, 0-0) open Pac-12 Conference play this week, hosting No. 25-ranked Colorado (10-1, 0-0) this Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. and then taking on California (9-2, 0-0) this Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. Both matches will be played inside the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.
Led by career-high efforts from senior Tawnee Luafalemana and freshman Shannon Scully, the No. 16-ranked Utah Utes closed out non-conference play with a 3-1 (19-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-22) victory over the Utah Valley Wolverines.
Utah's Dani Barton tallied a team-high 15 kills and seven total blocks, but it wasn't enough as the No. 14-ranked Utes dropped a five-set thriller to the No. 16-ranked BYU Cougars (25-16, 13-25, 17-25, 25-20, 16-18) before a record crowd of 4,736 fans at the Huntsman Center Thursday evening.
Double digit kill efforts from senior Adora Anae and junior Berkeley Oblad would help lead the No. 18-ranked Utah Utes to a sweep over the Missouri Tigers (25-20, 27-25, 25-19). Utah finished the weekend 3-0 to win the title of the Utah Classic.