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UVU Closes Home Slate with Two Key Conference Matches
Oct. 24, 2012
Orem, Utah - The Utah Valley University volleyball team puts its six-match winning streak and its 16-match home winning streak on the line this weekend as it hosts Houston Baptist and Texas-Pan American. The Wolverines take to the PE Building to face HBU Thursday night at 7 p.m., then welcome UTPA Saturday at 1 p.m.
Thursday night is UVU's annual Pink For a Purpose match with proceeds being raised for the Lori Richards Memorial Scholarship Fund. Richards was the former UVU women's volleyball coach for 18 years and passed away earlier this year from cancer. Saturday's contest will be Senior Day as lone senior middle blocker Erica Nish will be honored prior to the match against the Broncs.
The two Great West Conference contests will be crucial ones for the Wolverines (13-7, 4-0 GWC) as UVU will have the opportunity to clinch the conference title and the No. 1 seed for the upcoming conference tournament by winning both matches week. The Wolverines are currently in first place in the Great West standing with the unblemished 4-0 record while HBU is in second (4-1) and UTPA is third (2-2).
The Wolverines defeated both the Huskies and Broncs in Texas a couple weeks ago as UVU managed to come from behind in both matches to win each in five sets.
Last week the Wolverines continued their winning ways by defeating both GWC opponent Chicago State and in three sets and future WAC foe CSU Bakersfield in four. Sophomore outside hitter Kalani Norris led UVU offensively in the two matches as she recorded 24 kills, a 3.43 kill per set average and a .367 hitting percentage last week. Junior outside hitter/middle blocker Katie Fritzler too had a big week for the Wolverines as she put up 11 blocks, a 1.83 block per set average and 11 kills versus the Cougars and Roadrunners.
For the season Nish and freshman middle blocker Lauren Stringham lead UVU in kills as they each have 147. Stringham is also tops on the team in blocks with 112 (11 solos and 101 block assists) and is ranked first in the conference and 26th nationally with a 1.40 block per set average. Junior setter Brookelyn Hall leads the Wolverines in assists and aces with 740 and 28 respectively and is second in the conference in assists per set (9.25).
About Houston Baptist
Leaverton leads the Huskies and the conference in kills with 282 and a 3.17 kill per set average. Maddeline Gaffney leads HBU in blocks with 72 (12 solos and 60 block assists) and a 0.81 block per set average.
The Wolverines lead the all-time series 8-1 over HBU and Thursday will mark the 10th all-time meeting between the two clubs and UVU is a perfect 4-0 in Orem.
About Texas-Pan American
Michelle McNamee and Diara Reynolds lead Texas-Pan American in kills with 191 and 174 respectively. Reynolds is also tops on the team in kill per set average with a 2.38 clip. At the net the Broncs are led by Haley Durham and her 51 blocks (12 solos and 39 block assists).
All-time the Wolverines command the series 19-1. UVU is also a perfect 10-0 against the Broncs in Orem.
Up Next for the Wolverines
Saturday vs. UTPA will be "Volleyball Apparel Day". Wear your volleyball jersey or volleyball t-shirt, from your club team, high school team, or UVU and receive FREE admission to the match.