Monday, May 17, 2010

Graduation from UTAH!

Congratulations to Chelsey Sandberg and Stephanie Hodgman for graduating from the University of Utah. We are proud of you!

Chelsey and her parents

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Former Ute EMILLIE TOONE becomes National Champ in Slovenia!

Congratulations to former University of Utah volleyball player Emillie Toone for helping her team (Calcit) become the National Champions in Slovenia. They beat the defending Champions, Maribor, in the best of 5 matches (3-1).

Emillie is #10. Great job Emillie, we are so proud of you!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Congrats to Brenda Barton-Wicker

Congratulations to Brenda Barton-Whicker, inducted into the Crimson Club Hall of Fame on April 19, 2010. You can read the press release here...
Crimson Club Hall of Fame

Jamie Young, Beth Launiere, Brenda Barton-Whicker, Linda Byington

Monday, April 12, 2010


We welcome spring with a smile.... :)

The University of Utah volleyball team hosted a spring tournament on April 3, 2010. The teams present were:
Utah, Utah Valley, BYU, Alumni team, Weber State, Utah State, Montana State, and College of Southern Utah. Utah was able to win the tournament in 3 sets over CSI. Overall, it was a great day with lots of good volleyball and good people there.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Utes first spring competition @ Utah Valley on March 16, 2010. Thanks to Sam and UVU for hosting the Utes. Enjoy!

Next spring competition:
April 3, 2010 @ Crimson Court!

See you there. Go UTES!

Click the link below for details:
Utah Spring Tournament

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Utes first day of spring practice 2010

Here's a look into the University of Utah volleyball team and their first team practice of 2010. They will practice for the next 7 weeks and play in 4 spring competitions. Go UTES!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Utes go skiing at Brighton

Sarah Hibbert (Anchorage, AK) Miranda Bradshaw (Payson, UT) and coach Olmstead went night skiing at Brighton last week. The weather was a chilly 15 degrees but they loved every second of it. The University of Utah is located within 30 miles of 6 major ski resorts. Utah has the best snow on earth so they say. It's true.

Heather, Miranda, Sarah, Anne (Utah soccer player)

Miranda, Sarah, Anne

Miranda, Sarah

Monday, February 1, 2010

Utah Volleyball Awards Banquet 2009

On January 25th, the 2009 University of Utah Volleyball team held their annual awards banquet. Good food, friends and laughs were the highlight of the night. Click here to read the press release

Thanks to all the Spiker Club members who came and a big THANK YOU for those who sponsored players. 2009 was a fun ride, we look forward to 2010!

Natalie Nichols, Chelsey Sandberg, Sarah Hibbert, Jen Lanting

Karolina Bartkowiak, Cinthia Silva, Corinne Crump, Keisha Fisher

Seniors Chelsey Sandberg and Cinthia Silva

Group shot

Friday, January 29, 2010

Team Lincoln!!!

Every Tuesday and Thursday student-athletes from the University of Utah head down to Lincoln Elementary and spend some time with the students. Here are a few pictures from this week and the volleyball players that went: Sarah Hibbert, Abby Simmons, Stephanie Neeley, and Karolina Bartkowiak.

Group shots:

Sarah with her "I'm really serious/learning face"

Karolina doing some one on one teaching

Monday, December 14, 2009

Happy Holidays!

The University of Utah Volleyball team would like to wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season.

Also, CONGRATS to Karolina Bartkowiak for being named to the AVCA All-West Region Honarable Mention. You can read about that by clicking here

AND, Click here to read about Yiting Cao being named Two Year Colleges National Player of the Year 2009 .

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sandbery and Bartkowiak make MWC All-Conference

Congratulations to Chelsey Sandberg and Karolina Bartkowiak for making All-Conference! Not only are they very deserving, but the team as well.
Read the press release here:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Introducing the newest UTES....

Charlee Dyroff (L, 5-6, Boulder, Colo., Boulder HS)

Launiere on Dyroff: "Charlee is a tremendous athlete who comes from a club program that trains well. She will bring tremendous defensive skills into the gym and will add to our team’s ability to stop opponents."

Served as team captain at Boulder High School … set high school record with 401 digs during senior season … posted career-high with 41 digs in five-set match against Horizon H.S. … three-year letterwinner … played club for Juggernaut Volleyball … served as team captain for four years … was named MVP during 15’s year … honor roll student during all four years of high school … carries a 4.2 GPA … started club for environment and community called ClassAction that spread to three other high schools ... mother, Wendi Hill, was an NCAA Women’s Skiing champion at Colorado University … father, Matt Dyroff, played semi-pro hockey for the Dayton Bombers.

Erin Redd (MB, 6-2, Spanish Fork, Utah, Spanish Fork HS)

Launiere on Redd: "Erin is one of the best athletes coming out of high school we have had join our program. She is a physical player and that will allow her to play at the Division I level and have success high above the net. She joins a long list of great players from the state of Utah who have helped our program become a perennial top-25 team."

4A State All-Tournament, Academic All-State, and First-Team All-Region team in 2009 … 2008 second-team all-region … hit .388 during her career at Spanish Fork … hit .410 with 54 service aces and 1.5 digs per set during senior season … Four-time Academic All-Region selection … voted Varsity Rookie of the Year during freshman season … Female Athlete of the Year during sophomore and junior years … three-time volleyball MVP … four-year letterwinner … played club volleyball for the Utah Thunder … four-year honor roll student … member of Lettermen’s Club and Spirit Club … also was a two-time honorable mention all-state and 2008 all-region first-team selection as a four-year letterwinner in basketball … finished fourth in the state in 2008 in the javelin and was a 2008 regional champion as a two-year letterwinner in track & field.

Yiting Cao (OH/OPP, 6-0, Shanghai, China, Shanghai Institute, Illinois Central College)

Launiere on Cao: "Yiting joins us from one of the top junior college programs in the country (Illinois Central College) and plays for highly respected coach Sue Sinclair. [Yiting] is a polished player and her experience with the Chinese Junior National team and ICC will allow her to be ready to play at the Division I level immediately."

Member of the Chinese Junior National team … team won the 2007 World Junior Championship … helped Chinese Junior National team to a third-place at the 2007 Asia Junior Championship … 2008 NJCAA First-Team All-American and National All-Tournament Team selection … was an AVCA Second Team All-American in 2008 … two-time First-Team All-Region … hitting .370 with 3.7 kills and 2.7 digs per set at Illinois Central College … has 12 double-doubles, 23-double-figure-kill matches, and 14 double-digit-dig performances this season at ICC … member of third-place team at the 2007-2008 Chinese National Championship … recognized on the Dean’s List at Illinois Central College and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Morgan Odale (OH, 6-1, Eagle, Idaho, Eagle HS)

Launiere on Odale: "Morgan comes to Utah after a decorated high school career, which included winning four Idaho state championships. She is a tremendous athlete and highly skilled and as a daughter of a volleyball coach, she grew up in the gym. Her experience with the USA Junior A2 team prepared her well for the Division I level. Morgan will join her sister, current Ute McKenzie Odale, on the team. They will be the third set of sisters to play for Utah during my time here (the others are Amie and Emillie Toone and Brenda and Brooke Barton)."

Helped Eagle High School win four state championships … two-time Idaho State Gatorade Player of the Year … three-time first-team all-conference selection … second-team all-conference selection during freshman season … hit .431 with a .518 kill percentage during senior year … member of the USA Junior A2 Team as a junior … member of the Idaho Stars Club Team … team qualified for junior nationals five times … recognized as an honor student for three years … intends to major in dentistry … sister Morgan is currently a freshman on the Utah volleyball team.

Welcome to the UTAH FAMILY!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fun Fun Fun

Despite a rough weekend for the UTES, some fun was to be had in New Mexico...
Thanks Corinne for providing the entertainment.

Utah volleyball has their last 2 home matches this week(end). Thursday the Utes take on 1st place Colorado State at 7:30 pm. The match will be televised live on The Mtn. Saturday the Utes will play Wyoming at 1 pm, which is also senior night. Come say goodbye to Cinthia Silva and Chelsey Sandberg. See you at Crimson Court!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween!! Hope you have a fun and safe halloween and that we see you at our match vs. UNLV on October 31st at 1 pm on Crimson Court. See you there!

Monday, October 26, 2009

UTES win BIG over Byu 3-2


Utah picked up 3 more points for the Deseret First Duel on Friday by beating BYU after being down 0-2. Utah is now 7-2 in the Mountain West Conference w/ a home match on Saturday 1 pm vs. UNLV.

Here are a few pictures of the celebration after the match. We received the Deseret First Duel trophy in our locker room. Thanks to all the fans who traveled down south for the match. It was great to see so much RED!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

This team is great. Come watch them in action tomorrow @ BYU 7 pm. The match is also televised live on BYU Television.

We got some great news yesterday that we can't share with you just yet....but it's coming so look out for it. You will know it when you see it!!!


Monday, October 19, 2009

This past weekend we were able to go 1-1. We beat a good Wyoming team in 5 and lost to a very good CSU team. The girls were still able to find some time to have fun at the hotel. These girls are always cracking us up.

Here are a few pictures we thought were pretty good.