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UVU Closes Conference Season at NJIT and Chicago State
Nov. 7, 2012
OREM, Utah -- After taking last week off, the Utah Valley University volleyball team will conclude conference play this weekend when it travels across the country to take on NJIT on Thursday and Chicago State on Saturday. The matches will be crucial for the Wolverines as they are currently tied atop the conference standings with Houston Baptist.
Live stats and live video will be available for Thursday's match by visiting NJITHighlanders.com. Live stats can also be followed during Saturday's matinee at GoCSUCougars.com.
The Wolverines enter the week with a 14-8 overall record and a 5-1 clip in conference play. UVU has won seven of its last eight matches and its lone setback during the stretch was to Houston Baptist on Oct. 25 in Orem.
UVU has already defeated both NJIT and Chicago State this season as it held on to top the Highlanders 3-2 in Orem on Oct. 13 and swept the Cougars at home on Oct. 19.
Sophomore outside hitter Kalani Norris netted a career high in kills in the five-set victory against NJIT on Oct. 13 with 21. Freshman middle blocker Lauren Stringham too had a solid match that night as she finished one block shy of a double-double with 12 kills and nine block assists. Junior setter Brookelyn Hall also notched one of her 10 double-doubles on the season with 44 assists and 14 digs.
UVU used more of a balanced attack to sweep past CSU on Oct. 19 as 12 Wolverines saw action that night. Senior middle blocker Erica Nish led the way with nine kills and Stringham led at the net with five blocks.
For the season Nish leads UVU in kills with 173 and her teammate Norris leads the way in kill per set average at 2.41. Stringham is tops on the team in blocks with 122 (12 solos and 110 block assists) and is ranked first in the conference and 21st nationally with a 1.40 block per set average.
Janet Snell leads NJIT in kills with 276 and a 2.76 kill per set average. Valerie Carroll is tops on the Highlanders' roster in blocks with 74 (15 solos and 59 block assists) and a 0.73 block per set average.
The Wolverines lead the all-time series 9-1 over NJIT and Thursday will mark the 11th all-time meeting between the two clubs. UVU's lone loss however happened in Newark on Oct. 10, 2009.
About Chicago State
Alyssa Podwell and Sydne Van Munster lead CSU in kills with 186 and 171 respectively. Van Munster is also tops on the squad in kill per set average with a 2.06 clip and in blocks with 60 (9 solos and 51 block assists).
Saturday will be the 12th all-time meeting between the Wolverines and Cougars with UVU holding a perfect 11-0 advantage.
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