Volleyball continues WAC play in the Midwest Saturday, Monday

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Junior middle blocker Jaramey Barney
Junior middle blocker Jaramey Barney

Nov. 1, 2013

UVU Match Notes | Saturday's Live Stats | Saturday's Live Video

Monday's Live Stats | Monday's Live Video

The Last Meeting
Kansas City2
Utah Valley3
October 3, 2013
Orem, Utah
UVU comes from behind to defeat Kansas City in WAC home opener
Utah Valley overcame a 2-1 deficit in its first-ever home Western Athletic Conference match to down first-place Kansas City 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 15-7) on Thursday night in the PE Building. With the victory, the Wolverines have now won seven of their last eight matches and are 3-1 in WAC play.

The Last Meeting
Chicago State0
Utah Valley3
October 5, 2013
Orem, Utah
UVU tops Chicago State in straight sets
Utah Valley University earned its third WAC win of the week on Saturday, sweeping Chicago State 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 26-24) at the PE Building.

OREM, Utah - After spending the last two weeks at home, the Utah Valley University volleyball team will head to the Midwest this weekend to continue WAC play against Kansas City on Saturday and Chicago State on Monday.

Both matches are slated to begin at 6 p.m. MT and live video as well as live stats can be accessed for each of them by visiting the volleyball schedule page on WolverineGreen.com.

The Wolverines enter the weekend in second place in the league standings with an 8-3 conference clip. UVU (15-12 overall) is coming off a five-match homestand in which it went 4-1. The Wolverines began the home stretch with WAC wins over Texas-Pan American and New Mexico State on Oct. 17 and 19, respectively. After a tough five-set loss to Idaho on Oct. 24, UVU bounced back nicely by sweeping Seattle U last Saturday as well as in-state foe Southern Utah in a non-conference contest on Monday.

Utah Valley sits just one match back of first-place NM State (9-3) and a half a game ahead of third-place Seattle U (8-4). In all, the conference is very tightly contested with just three weeks remaining as six different teams find themselves in the hunt as they are each within three games of first place.

Senior setter Brookelyn Hall helped lead UVU to sweeps over both Seattle U and SUU last Saturday and Monday, respectively, as she tallied 64 assists (10.67 per set average), 12 digs, 11 blocks and eight kills in the two contests. Hall also became just the second Wolverine in program history to surpass 4,000 career assists in Saturday's win over the Redhawks. Two nights later, she than narrowly missed breaking the school record in assists as she finished just two shy of the all-time mark of 4,057 that is held by assistant coach Lacee Jones. Hall will now look to break the record against UMKC on Saturday, as she needs just three assists to do so.

In last Saturday's sweep over SU (25-19, 25-23, 25-9), the Wolverines won the contest at the net as they recorded seven more team blocks than the Redhawks. Three players finished with six of more blocks apiece for UVU, as sophomore Lauren Stringham led the way with eight, Hall added seven and senior and senior Katie Fritzler chipped in six. Two nights later, UVU used a record-breaking team attack percentage of .543 to beat SUU in straight sets (25-16, 25-14, 25-17).

On the season, junior Kalani Norris leads Utah Valley in kills with 265, while Stringham is tops in blocks with 122 (1.26 per set average). Stringham's blocks not only lead UVU but also rank her second in the WAC, while junior libero McKenna Tait is tops in the conference in aces with 40 and is tied for 37th nationally in the same category with her 0.41 per set average. Hall ranks third in the league in assists with a 9.44 per set average.

About Kansas City
The Kangaroos are one of the six teams that are within three matches of first place, as they will enter Saturday with a 7-4 WAC clip. UMKC, who is 13-10 overall, is coming off of a hard fought five-set win over Bakersfield at home on Thursday night. The `Roos are currently tied for fourth place in the league and were picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll.

Sydney Crimmins leads UMKC offensively with a 2.76 kill per set average and a .251 attack percentage. Preseason All-WAC selection Emma Hagedorn not only paces the `Roos in blocks but she too leads the entire conference with an average of 1.37 blocks per set. Her block per set average is also good enough to rank her 22nd nationally. In Thursday's five-set win over Bakersfield, Jessica Hendin led Kansas City with a career-high 22 kills, while Crimmins added 13 kills of her own as well as a career-best 20 digs and six blocks.

Saturday's match will mark the second meeting of the season between the Wolverines and Kangaroos. In UVU's first-ever home WAC match on Oct. 3, it came back from a 2-1 set deficit to defeat the `Roos in five (20-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-19, 15-7). Norris led Utah Valley in the match with a career-high 22 kills and 18 digs. Saturday's contest will also be just the second match in history between UVU and UMKC.

About Chicago State
The Cougars will enter the weekend with a 2-23 overall record and are winless in conference play with an 0-10 mark. CSU has dropped its last 15 matches and hasn't won since Sept. 13, when it defeated both Delaware State and St. Peter's. Chicago State most recently fell to Grand Canyon in Phoenix on Thursday night and will host Bakersfield on Saturday before welcoming UVU to the Windy City on Monday.

Paula Sioto paces CSU in kills and points with respective averages of 3.59 and 4.02 per set. Sioto's averages in both kills and points are also good enough to rank her second in the WAC in each category. Chinwendu Ngwadom is tops on the club in blocks with a 0.64 per set average.

Monday's match between UVU and CSU will be the 14th all-time meeting between to two schools. The Wolverines will enter the match with an unblemished 13-0 record against the Cougars. Utah Valley previously defeated Chicago State, 3-0, in Orem in early October.

Up Next for the Wolverines
UVU will return home to host Grand Canyon on Thursday, Nov. 7 before concluding its home slate the following week against Bakersfield on Nov. 16. The Wolverines will then conclude their regular season at first-place NM State on Nov. 21.