Utes Hope to Continue Winning Streak in Arizona


Kiffer Creveling

The University of Utah celebrates after their victory in an NCAA Volleyball match vs. UVU at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 (Photo by Kiffer Creveling | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Leilani Gastelum


The Utah Utes are headed to Arizona this coming weekend to face off Arizona State Friday, October 19 at 8 p.m MT and No.25 Arizona Sunday, October 21 at 1 p.m MT.

With a current streak of 2 wins from this past weekend matches against Oregon and Oregon State the Utes are hoping to continue the winning streak in Arizona.

“Our team goal going into Arizona is getting another road sweep, we haven’t gotten a road sweep yet this year so that would be cool,” said outside hitter Kenzie Koerber.

Arizona State is currently going on a record of 13-7 overall and 4-4 in Pac-12 play. This past weekend Arizona State lost both matches up against UCLA and USC.

No. 25 Arizona has 14-6 record and currently hold 3-5 in Pac-12 play. Arizona is currently on a 4 game losing streak with the last four lost to Washington, Washington State, UCLA and USC.

The Utes are currently 11-8 overall and 3-5 in Pac-12 play. Head coach Beth Launiere said that the team will be targeting very specific areas that they feel should be improved.

“We just made a list of little things,” Launiere said. “At this point, it’s not about the big things, it’s the little things. Continuing to get better at pieces of the game that make the whole better.”

Koerber made her list of areas where she feels she could improve on for this weekend specifically. On Sunday’s match against No. 14 of Oregon State, she had double-digit kills at 13, hitting .476.

“My personal goals going into Arizona is to do my job off the ball movement,” Koerber said. “Like off blocker tips and setting up a good block, and anytime I get the opportunity to get a good kill to take advantage of that.”

The Utes have top players going in hot for this weekend, including outside hitter Dani Drews and setter Bailey Choy.

Drews has been doing well all around the court. She is currently leading the team with 289 kills and holds second on the team with 203 digs. Drews is seventh in the Pac-12, she is averaging 4.36 points per set with 3.75 kills per set.

Bailey Choy is second in the Pac-12 and is currently leading the Utes with 11 double-doubles. Out of the eight Pac-12 matches played so far Choy has had a double-double in six.

Both matches this weekend against Arizona State and Arizona will be available on the Pac-12 Network.

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