Volleyball Sweeps Arizona in Season Opener
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah volleyball team opened the season in style beating Arizona in a quick three sets in the Huntsman Center on Friday, January 22.
Dani Drews led the team on offense with 15 kills hitting .313. She also chipped in with 12 digs. Kenzie Koerber had eight kills and six digs.
The Utes held Arizona to just a .029 hitting percentage on the night.
"It's been fun with the excitement and anticipation of this week to get back on the court and play," head coach Beth Launiere said. "It's been a different feeling than we've had for 13 months. I had a little nervous energy, and you just don't have those when you're hanging at home all the time. It was nice to get on the court and play."
Utah wasted no time building a small lead in the first at 10-7. They built their lead up to as many as six points, but Arizona had a late rally in them. They tied the score up at 21 and then saved a couple set points, but the Utes stayed composed and took the opening set.
The Utes kept the momentum going in the second set and never looked back. Their biggest lead was seven which came on a Koerber kill to win the set and put Utah up 2-0.
Utah kept things rolling in the third set. At one point they won six of seven points to go up 20-11. Arizona didn't give up, but the Utes ran off four straight points to close out the match.
Number 17 is still the libero for Utah, but this year freshman Vanessa Ramirez is wearing it and she earned her first start and led the team with 13 digs.
Saige Ka'aha'aina-Torres finished the match with 29 assists.
Redshirt freshman Naya Dong saw her first action in a Utah uniform and had one dig.
Utah and Arizona will play one more time this weekend on Sunday, January 24. First serve will be at noon in the Huntsman Center.