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UVU volleyball takes on #17 Utah in first round of NCAA Tourney in Provo

By Staff | Dec 2, 2021

The Utah Valley volleyball team celebrates a point at the 2021 WAC Tournament in Las Cruses, N.M. (UVU Courtesy Photo)

Back-to-back WAC Tournament Champions Utah Valley University will face the University of Utah in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. MT. The game will take place at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo, Utah on the campus of Brigham Young University. The other side of the bracket has No. 11 seed BYU hosting Boise State at 7 p.m. MT.

Utah is from Salt Lake City, Utah, and calls the PAC 12 Conference home. Utah is 21-8 this season, including an 14-6 record in PAC 12 play. This marks the 17th matchup between the Utes and the Wolverines on the volleyball court, with UVU holding a 1-15 record. Utah Valley dropped both matchups between Utah and UVU this season. The Wolverines squared off with the Utes in back-to-back matches to open the season, falling 3-1 at home before dropping a 3-0 decision on the road.

UVU punched its ticket to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament with a sweep of Grand Canyon, 3-0 (25-18, 25- 22, 25-16). With the win, UVU repeats as the WAC Volleyball Tournament champions, giving the Wolverines back-to-back appearances in the Big Dance. UVU enters the NCAA tournament on a five-match win streak, winning its last eight sets. Kazna Tanuvasa was named tournament MVP and Tanuvasa and Kendra Nock were named to the All-Tournament team. This marks the fourth-consecutive year that Tanuvasa has been named to the WAC All-Tournament team. Tanuvasa finished with 10 klls, Abbie Miller had a career-high five aces and 19 assists, Nock finished with six blocks and Bishop had 14 digs.

Utah Valley senior outside hitter Kazna Tanuvasa has been named to the the All-WAC First Team, league of- ficials announced. Tanuvasa becomes the first Wolverine to be named a first team all-conference performer in four-consecutive seasons. The All-Conference honors are voted on by the WAC’s head coaches. Freshman outside hitter Jules Fink was nominated to the WAC All-Freshman team.

UVU currently ranks #11 in the nation in blocks/set assists with 2.72 blocks per set. UVUalso ranks in the top 15 in the country in both total blocks (299.0) and blocks assists (492). UVU leads the WAC in each of those categories. Kendra Nock and Sadie Hamson lead the Wolverines while ranking first and second in the WAC in blocks/set, ranking 40th and 50th in the country, respectively. Nock also leads the WAC in total blocks.

Senior outside hitter Kazna Tanuvasa is currently second in UVU history in career kills (1586), needing 15 to pass Kayli Doxey for the most all-time. Tanuvasa also ranks second in career points (1778.0), third in career attacks (4133), and 10th in solo blocks (20). Senior outside hitter Kristen Bell currently ranks fifth in kills (1033), seventh in career points (1233.0), fourth in career attacks (3257), sixth in solo blocks (26), and eighth in aces (81). Abbie Miller now currently ranks eighth in career assists with 908 assists.

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