Former local standout nearly breaks school record at Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KMVT/KSVT) A former Twin Falls standout athlete is taking advantage of her opportunities at the University of Utah.

Freshman Kennedi Evans quickly emerged as a rising star for Utah Volleyball, even while battling injuries.

Earlier this season she fought tendonitis and was competing for the open middle blocker position, with redshirt freshman Phoebe Grace.

But then senior All-American Berkeley Oblad went down with a season-ending injury and in comes Evans and Grace. Now the former Bruin is cleared of tendonitis, but plays with a dislocated finger.

On Sunday against Cal, Evans produced the second-most blocks in program history with 15. The middle blocker was one away from the school record of 16, set by Lori Baird in 2008.

Evans said, "that's one of the reasons why I came to Utah because I wanted to compete in the Pac-12 and play good teams every single night." "So it's been kind of fun, I look forward to the matches because I know that every game we're going to have to play our best."

She has played in 35 sets, accumulating a total of 40 blocks over the season thus far.

The Utes host Oregon State on Thursday and 20th ranked Oregon on Sunday.

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