FORT COLLINS, Colo. — No. 18-ranked Utah has won 10 volleyball matches in a row, one shy of tying the school record, and is 5-0 in the Mountain West Conference.
Standing very much in the 13-2 Utes' way tonight is No. 7 Colorado State, which has a 13-match win streak and is also 5-0 in conference play. The Rams host the Utes at 7 p.m. and hope to continue their 39-17 all-time domination of the Utes. Utah hasn't beaten them since a 3-2 victory in the 2001 MWC tourney. The Rams have a five-match win streak over the Utes.
Utah moves on Saturday night at 7 to Wyoming (8-8, 2-3).
"We have been looking forward to playing CSU (13-1) all season long," said Ute coach Beth Launiere. "It's a big match. We've been talking about it for a long time. But, it's still early in the conference, and there's a lot of the season left to play."
"Wyoming is going to be just as tough as Colorado State. Laramie is a difficult place to play, and Wyoming has a lot of talent."
The Rams are tops in the conference in hitting (.303), kills per game (17.38) and assists per game (16.06). Katie Shirley-Cahoon leads the Ram attack with a team-best 3.06 kills per game and a .394 hitting percentage.
For the Utes, Lyndsey Henderson has tallied double-digit kills in 13 straight matches and recently ranked 19th nationally in blocks per match (1.62). She has led the team in kills on eight occasions this year, and in six of the last seven matches. She is coming off a 13-block match, a career high.