UVU volleyball: Utah Valley hosts Wolverine Classic this weekend
Utah Valley and UC Irvine have no previous meetings prior to Saturday's match. The Anteaters face BYU in Provo on Thursday prior to the start of the Wolverine Classic.
A perfect 7-0, Utah is just one win shy of matching the best start in program history - an 8-0 mark that belongs to the 2000 team. Most recently, the Utes swept its four matches at the North Texas tournament, taking care of Texas State, host North Texas, Prairie View A&M and Northwestern State.
With a 2.76 blocks per set average, Utah leads the Pac-12 in blocking in the early season. Powering that defensive effort is junior middle blocker Bailey Bateman whose 1.52 blocks per set also tops the conference. Junior Shelby Dalton leads the team in kills at 3.08 per set followed by junior Chelsey Schofield's 2.48.
Utah Valley has met Utah nine times before and is just 1-8 against the Utes. That lone win came in the 2009 season - the last time the two schools met in Orem - when the Wolverines topped a 17th ranked Utah squad, 3-1. The Utes swept last season's meeting in Salt Lake City, 3-0.
UVU embarks on its longest road trip of the season following the Wolverine Classic - a seven-match that sees the Wolverines to five different states. A stop in Ogden to face Weber State next Tuesday precedes an appearance at the Air Force Invitational. That three-match tournament will see UVU face UC Riverside, Wyoming and host Air Force. From there, Utah Valley begins its first season of WAC play with three straight road contests at Idaho, Seattle University and Texas-Pan American.
Kellen Hiser is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.