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No. 9 Volleyball Back Home to Host Stanford

Mar 3, 2021

Game Notes

Match 11-12: No. 9 Utah (8-2) vs. Stanford (1-3)
Friday, Mar. 5 and Sunday, Mar. 7 | 6 p.m. MT and 12 p.m. MT
Salt Lake City, Utah | Huntsman Center
TV: Sunday on Pac-12 Network
 
HOME SWEET HOME
Going back to last season, Utah is 15-3 in the Huntsman Center.
 
This season, they have started 4-0 after sweeping Arizona and then USC.
 
Last year, the Utes were 11-3 on their home court.
 
Utah has won six in a row at home with the last loss in the Huntsman Center coming against Stanford.
 
BATTLES WITH STANFORD
Last season, Utah pushed the eventual national champions to their limit twice. Against Stanford, two of the three matches they played went to the fifth set. Unfortunately, Stanford prevailed in both of those matches on their home floor.
 
In the first match, Utah had a couple of match points that Stanford saved before coming out on top. In the final match in the NCAA Tournament, Utah pushed them to a fifth set again.
 
The Utes were the only team in the 2019 NCAA Tournament to win a set off of Stanford.
 
DANI DOMINATION
A big reason why Utah is 8-2 is because Dani Drews has been playing at a very high level.
 
The two-time All-American has 177 kills hitting .273.
 
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 to start the season.
 
She is currently sitting at 1,520 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.
 
That career kills mark is also the third most among active career leaders in all of the NCAA.
 
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.
 
Ka'aha'aina-Torres is not only getting it done running the offense, but is also leading the team in digs with 104.
 
BETH CLOSING IN ON 600 WINS
Head coach Beth Launiere came into the season with 588 career wins. With the 8-2 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.
 
UP NEXT
Utah will be back on the road and head to UCLA to faceoff with the Bruins. The first match is Friday, March 12 at 3 p.m. followed by another match on Sunday, March 14 at 1 p.m.