No. 16 Utah Volleyball Set For Final Road Matches of Regular Season
Match 25: Utah (16-7, 9-5 Pac-12) at Arizona State (13-12, 6-8 Pac-12)
Sunday, Nov. 14 | 1 p.m. MT
Tempe, Ariz. | Desert Financial Arena
Stream: Arizona State Live Stream
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
No. 16 Utah volleyball is set for the final road matches of the regular season this weekend, traveling to Arizona and Arizona State to continue Pac-12 play. Utah will open action against Arizona on Friday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. MT at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. The Utes will then look to the contest in Tempe, Ariz., against Arizona State on Sunday, Nov. 14. Utah and Arizona State will play at 1 p.m. MT. Both road matches will be live streamed.
• Utah is ranked No. 16 in the AVCA Coaches Poll for the second-straight wekk. It is the 40th-straight week Utah has been ranked, dating back to Sept. 2, 2019. The Utes are one of six Pac-12 teams in the top-25.
• Utah is No. 21 in the nation this week in the RPI rankings.
• Utah is 9-2 in the Huntsman Center this season after going 8-0 at home last year. Including this season's home record, Utah has posted a 49-14 (.778) record at the Huntsman Center since 2017.
• Utah has recorded five top-25 wins this season, which includes the two highest ranked wins on the road all-time (No. 3 Nebraska, No. 6 Washington).
BY THE NUMBERS
• Utah is 12-1 this season when hitting above .250 as a team, while the Utes are 11-0 when holding their opponent to .200 or below.
• Utah is 15-1 this season when leading in attack percentage. Utah is also 13-1 when leading in blocks, 12-2 when leading in kills, and 11-3 when leading in digs.
• Dani Drews has hit double-digit kills in 21 of 23 matches, while Robinson has posted 15 matches of 10 or more kills.
• Vanessa Ramirez has hit double-digit digs in 18 matches this season and has posted two matches of 20 digs or more.
• Stef Jankiewicz and Drews have each posted eight double-doubles, Madelyn Robinson has six and Ramirez has two on the season.
IN THE RANKINGS
• Utah leads the Pac-12 in kills per set (14.05) and is No. 19 in the nation.
• Utah is second in the Pac-12 in assists per set (12.56) and is No. 45 in the nation. Utah is also in the top-50 nationally in blocks per set (2.49) at No. 44 and hitting percentage (.252) at No. 47.
• Utah is third in the Pac-12 in aces per set (1.43) and fourth in digs per set (14.06) and blocks per set.
• Dani Drews leads the Pac-12 and is No. 4 in the nation in kills per set (5.07). She is also No. 1 in the Pac-12 and No. 4 in the nation in points per set (5.60).
• Stef Jankiewicz is fifth in the Pac-12 in assists per set (10.10) and Allie Olsen is sixth in blocks per set (1.07).
Arizona enters the weekend with consecutive losses on its slate from Washington State and Washington after sweeping Stanford and California the weekend before. The Wildcats are 14-11 overall this year and are 6-8 in Pac-12 play. Arizona is led by Jaelyn Hodge (3.16 kills per set) and Sofia Maldonado Diaz (3.15) offensively, while Emery Herman runs the offense and ranks seventh in the conference in assists per set (9.42). Arizona as a whole is fourth in the Pac-12 in aces per set (1.37) and opponent hitting percentage (0.207). The Utes took the first meeting of the season in sweeping fashion after every hitter in the lineup for Utah recorded at least six kills and posted the team's second-best hitting percentage of the season (.371).
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE
Arizona State dropped matches to the Washington schools last weekend to snap its five-game winning streak. The Sun Devils posted notable wins over then No. 15 Stanford in four sets and then No. 14 UCLA in five sets during their win streak, which also includes a victory over the Utes in Salt Lake City during that time frame. Arizona State downed Utah with its highest block total since 2016 and earned its first victory over the Utes since 2015. The Sun Devils are led by Iman Isanovic, who ranks sixth in the Pac-12 with 3.88 kills per set. The team is third in the conference in digs per set (14.22) and fifth in aces per set (1.35).
LAST TIME OUT
Utah earned a weekend split after dropping a heartbreaker to UCLA in extra points in the fifth set before getting back on track with a four-set win over USC. Dani Drews tied a season-high 29 kills, while Madelyn Robinson posted a career-high 20 kills in the loss to the Bruins that saw seven lead changes and 11 tie scores in the fifth set. Both pin hitters and Stef Jankiewicz, who posted a season-high 52 assists, all recorded double-doubles to lead the team. Against USC, Utah found itself tied 1-1 despite the hot start, but turned things around to walk away with a four-set victory and get back in the win column. Drews totaled 22 kills and 14 digs for another double-double effort, while Zoe Weatherington added 13 kills and Robinson posted 12. Vanessa Ramirez held down the defense with 18 digs as well.
Utah will begin a four-match home stand to end the regular season, first welcoming the Bay Area schools in California and Stanford. The Utes and California Golden Bears will play on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. MT at the Huntsman Center to open the week's play. Utah and Stanford will go head-to-head on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 12 p.m. MT. Thursday's match will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, while fans can catch the second match of the weekend on Pac-12 Insider.