Marcela Olsen, UVU Athletics
The Utah Valley volleyball team celebrates during Friday’s win over Montana. The Wolverines will now take on Idaho State in Pocatello on Monday and Utah State in Logan on Tuesday.
Fresh off a 2-1 outing at the Wolverine Invitational this weekend, the Utah Valley University volleyball team now hits the road for a pair of matches at Idaho State and Utah State. The Wolverines first face ISU in Pocatello on Monday at 6 p.m., before closing the quick two-match trip with an in-state contest against USU in Logan on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Live video and live stats will be available for both matches by visiting UVU’s athletic website.
“This will be a great challenge for us. We play both of these teams every single year, and we’re looking forward to seeing how we’ll perform against them on the road this season,” said head UVU coach Sam Atoa. “It’s tough to play our game on someone else’s home court. But if we can get ourselves to be poised and composed in tough situations, then I think we’ll have a good chance.”
UVU (3-4) enters the contests with a second-place finish at the home Wolverine Invitational this past weekend. Following a 3-0 setback in three tightly contested sets to No. 9 Kansas in the tournament opener on Thursday (20-25, 19-25, 23-25), the Wolverines responded with a 3-0 sweep over Montana on Friday (25-15, 26-24, 25-16) and followed that up with a 3-1 victory over Long Beach State in the tournament finale on Saturday (25-21, 12-25, 27-25, 25-18).
Seniors Madison Dennison and Sierra Starley were named to the Wolverine Invitational All-Tournament Team after helping lead UVU to the pair of victories. Dennison, who tied a career high with 17 kills on Saturday against LBSU, put up 36 kills on the weekend, a 3.60 kills per set average, a .410 hitting percentage and 13 blocks for an average of 1.30 blocks per set, while Starley dished out 103 assists, a 10.30 assists per set average, 14 digs, nine blocks, eight kills and a pair of service aces.
Freshman Kristen Allred too had a big weekend for Utah Valley by tallying 31 kills (3.10 kills per set average), 22 digs (2.20 digs per set average), seven blocks and four block assists, as did fellow freshman Seren…