No. 7 Volleyball Back in Action at No. 9 Washington
Match 9-10: No. 7 Utah (8-0) vs. No. 9 Washington (8-2)
Thursday, February 25 and Saturday, February 27 | 7 p.m. MT and 12 p.m. MT
Seattle, Wash. | Alaska Airlines Arena
The Utah volleyball team will be back in action in Seattle, Wash. against Washington beginning on Thursday, Feb. 25. and the second match being played Saturday, Feb. 27.
Utah's matches last weekend were canceled against Oregon due to Covid-19 protocols within the Utah program.
In their last match, they defeated USC in five sets in the Huntsman Center.
The 8-0 start for Utah is the best start to Pac-12 play the team has had since joining the conference in 2011. The Utes have been dominant so far in sweeping five of the eight matches against Arizona, Cal, Arizona State and USC.
In 2017, Utah was 8-1 in Pac-12 play, but dropped their third match of the conference season in that stretch.
UTES REACH HIGHEST RANKING EVER
Utah is ranked seventh in the latest AVCA poll for the third week in a row matching the highest ranking in program history.
They previously had been ranked eighth for two weeks in a row matching 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.
A big reason why Utah is 8-0 is because Dani Drews has been playing at a very high level.
The two-time All-American has 143 kills hitting .288.
Against Arizona State, she posted 51 kills for the weekend hitting .358 overall. In Friday night's match, Drews had the fourth 30-kill match of her career.
With that effort, she was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks.
She is currently sitting at 1,486 career kills giving her the fourth most kills in program history. Since starting regularly her sophomore year, Drews only has three matches she hasn't reached double-figure kills.
2,000 ASSISTS CLUB
Saige Ka'aha'aina-Torres has become the ninth member of the 2,000 assists club at Utah.
The junior earned her 2,000th career assist in the final point against Cal.
In her first season starting in 2019, Ka'aha'aina-Torres set the program record with 1,518 assists.
BETH CLOSING IN ON 600 WINS
Head coach Beth Launiere came into the season with 588 career wins. With the 8-0 start, she is now sitting at 596 wins and just four away from 600.
In her 31 seasons, she has built Utah's program to what it is now. The reigning Pac-12 Coach of the Year has also been named AVCA Region Coach of the Year four times and has led Utah to 18 20-win seasons.