Utes Headed to West Coast for Matches Against Cal and No. 2 Stanford


By Leilani Gastelum


The University of Utah Volleyball team is back on the road this weekend, heading to California to take on UC Berkeley Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. and No. 2 Stanford University on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m.

The Utes come into the weekend off of a sweep against the Washington Huskies last Friday, Oct. 26. The Utes are currently tied for seventh in the Pac-12 and hold a record of 5-7 in Pac-12 play, with an overall record of 13-10. Earlier this season, the Utes dropped both matches against Stanford and Cal in the Huntsman Center.

The Cal Bears are coming from a loss against the University of Southern California this past Sunday. They currently hold a record of 4-8 in Pac-12 play and an overall score of 12-11, with an outstanding season so far. They currently hold an 18-game win streak. They are currently undefeated in Pac-12 play, at 12-0 and 20-1 overall. Their only loss of the season was a five-set match against Brigham Young University, who is currently undefeated this season. The Utes are 2-14 all-time against the Cardinal.

The Utes have had some players taking charge on the court so far this season. Libero Brianna Doehrmann became the 11th player in history on the Utah Volleyball team to reach 1,000 digs during the Washington State game this past weekend. Doehrmann has had six matches with 20 or more digs, with her season-high being 28 digs against No. 25 Arizona.

Outside hitter Kenzie Koerber has had an outstanding performance with kills and blocks on the court and led the team against Washington State last weekend. Koerber currently holds the second highest number of blocks so far this on the team with 79.0.

Middle blocker Kennedi Evans has also been leading the Utes with blocks. Evans had 15.0 blocks against Cal, tallying the second most blocks in program history, the most blocks ever in a five-set match. The Utes currently have the third-best blocks per set in the conference at 2.32.

After these two upcoming matches, the Utes will be back home on Nov. 9 to face off Arizona and at Arizona State on Sunday, Nov. 11.

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