OREM Utah begins the week in Orem against Utah Valley State College today before returning home for Mountain West Conference action against Wyoming Friday and Air Force Saturday.
In-state rival Utah Valley, a Division I independent, is 16-6 on the year and 11-1 in its last 12 matches, falling only to BYU, 3-0 on Oct. 9, in that span.
Camie Manwill leads the Wolverines with 3.99 kills per game. She is also averaging 4.0 digs per game. Jessica Endres is the team's top blocker with 1.2 blocks per game. She also has 3.9 kills per game.
Kristin Lindley serves as the setter with 12.7 assists per game. Allyce Wilson records 5.8 digs per game and has 24 aces on the year. Kathleen Stevens also has 24 aces this season.
Sam Atoa is in his ninth season at UVSC. He is 210-89 in his career.
Utah and Utah Valley have met four times, and the Utes have won all four meetings, including wins in 2005 and 2006.
Utah is second in the MWC in opponent hitting percentage. The Utes are holding opponents to just a .169 hitting percentage. Utah has twice held opponents below .100, holding Dayton (8/31) to .080 and Air Force (9/28) to .008.
Senior Whitney Webb has led Utah in its last five games with 3.8 kills per game and a .244 hitting percentage. She has also tallied 17 blocks. Webb recorded a team-best 19 kills vs. TCU and had a career-high 22 kills vs. BYU.
Senior Lori Baird has led the Utes since beginning conference play, averaging 1.4 blocks per game, which ranks second in the MWC.