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Volleyball Hits the Road to Cal

Jan 26, 2021

Game Notes

Match 3-4: No. 8 Utah (2-0) at Cal (0-2)
Friday, January 29 and Sunday, January 31 | 7 p.m. MT and 1 p.m. MT
Berkeley, Calif. | Haas Pavilion
 
2-0 START
Utah got off to a great start this past weekend sweeping Arizona in its two matches to start the season 2-0.
 
The Utes didn't waste much time in either match gaining control for the victories. After the sweep on Friday, Arizona's highest point total in the match on Sunday was 16 in the third set.
 
Utah is heading to Cal this weekend to take on the 0-2 Golden Bears in Berkeley. Cal played UCLA in the first weekend.
 
PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dani Drews was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after leading Utah in kills over the weekend.
 
The senior outside hitter finished the weekend with 28 kills hitting .317. She averaged 4.67 kills per set.
 
Drews also was strong on defense finishing with a double-double Friday with 12 digs as well as having nine more digs on Sunday.
 
UTES MATCH HIGHEST RANKING EVER
Utah came in ranked 8th in the latest AVCA rankings, which matches a program high. The Utes have been ranked eighth twice before with the last time coming in 2002.
 
They were initially ranked 10th in the preseason rankings.
 
17 STILL THE LIBERO
Brianna Doehrmann might have graduated, but Utah's number 17 is still the libero. Freshman Vanessa Ramirez earned the start at libero for the first weekend and was all over the court.
 
She totaled 18 digs averaging 3.0 digs per set in her first action.
 
Doehrmann, the career digs leader at Utah, started in 13 matches her freshman season in 2016.
 
PRESEASON FAVORITES
The Pac-12 Conference announced their preseason coaches poll and with nine first place votes, Utah volleyball has been picked to win the league this season.
 
Utah totaled 119 points for their highest preseason polling since joining the Conference in 2011 (previous high was fourth in 2017).
 
The Utes are coming off a season in 2019 where they finished 24-10 overall and 14-6 in the Pac-12 sitting in a tie for third. They advanced to the Sweet 16 where they pushed eventual National Champion Stanford to a fifth set before the Cardinal prevailed.
 
UP NEXT
Utah will stay on the road and travel to Tempe, Arizona to take on Arizona State. The first match will be on Friday, February 5 at 3 p.m.
 
Utah swept the Sun Devils last season.