UVU volleyball: Wolverines welcome No. 25 BYU to Orem on Tuesday
Shane Truskolaski, UVU Athletics
OREM — The Utah Valley University women's volleyball team will welcome its second straight nationally ranked opponent to the PE Building on Tuesday when it faces off against No. 25 BYU. The contest will be televised locally on UVU TV and begin at 7 p.m.
Live video of the rivalry match will also be streamed for free on UVU's website.
UVU (1-2) will face a nationally ranked BYU (1-2) club for the second straight season. This meeting, however, will mark the first time that the Cougars have made the five-mile trek to the PE Building since the 2010 season.
"It's going to be a brawl," head coach Sam Atoa said. "BYU has done very well and they had a very, very successful season last year. It's an in-state rivalry and one that won't be easy for us. Our hands are going to be full, for sure. But at the same time it's the type of match that we're going to have to learn to be competitive in if we want to make it to the tournament. It will be a great challenge for us and we're looking forward to it."
Tuesday's contest will be the Wolverines' fourth straight home match as they kicked off the season by hosting the La Quinta Inn and Suites Invitational last weekend. UVU went 1-2 at the tournament with a sweep of North Dakota State, but it fell to No. 24 Wichita State and Arizona State in straight sets.
Freshman outside hitter Macky Treanor led the Wolverines all weekend as she tallied 46 total kills, a 5.11 kill/set average, a .447 hitting percentage and 27 digs in her first collegiate volleyball action. Treanor was she named to the La Quinta Inn and Suites Invitational Team and also became UVU's first-ever student-athlete to be named WAC Player of the Week on Monday.
Treanor also picked up her first career double-double in her first collegiate match on Friday against ASU and set a three-set single-match record for the Wolverines on Saturday with 20 kills against the Bison.
Behind Treanor, junior outside hitter Kalani Norris also had a good tournament as she posted 29 kills and 26 digs, which included a double-double against the Shockers. Senior setter Brookelyn Hall and sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stringham too played well as Hall posted 93 assists, 11 kills seven blocks and three service aces, and Stringham tallied 16 kills and eighth blocks in the three matches.
The Cougars went an impressive 28-4 and made it to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012 but currently have a 1-2 record in 2013. BYU opened its season at Bowling Green's Hampton Inn Invitational this past weekend and fell to No. 19 Creighton as well as the host Falcons before picking up a five-set win over Marquette. The Cougars entered the season ranked 13th in the national polls but fell 12 spots after the two losses at the opening season tournament.
Sophomore middle blocker Alexa Gray leads BYU on the young season with 49 kills. Junior outside hitter Tambre Haddock is right behind her with 40 kills while freshman middle blocker Amy Boswell leads the Cougars with 16 blocks. Reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Year and two-time All-American opposite hitter Jennifer Hamson is planning on redshirting the season for BYU so she can concentrate on basketball.
Utah Valley will be looking for its first win in program history against the Cougars on Tuesday as BYU leads the all-time series 8-0. The then 16th-ranked Cougars swept the Wolverines in Provo last season in UVU's season finale.
Up next for the Wolverines
UVU will hit the road for the first time in 2013 to take part in the Arizona Desert Classic in Tucson, Ariz., this weekend. While there, the Wolverines will take on Eastern Kentucky on Friday and Butler and host Arizona on Saturday.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.
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