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No. 2 Texas Sweeps Buffs

Sep 23, 2009

BOULDER The University of Colorado volleyball team fell in three sets to No. 2 Texas (14-25, 18-25, 8-25) on Wednesday night at the Coors Events Center.

 

With the loss, CU falls to 5-7 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12. Texas improves to 8-0, 3-0 in the Big 12.

 

Becah Fogle led the Buffs with 14 kills, eight of those coming in the second set. She also hit a match-high for the Buffs at .267.

 

“Fogle’s offensive performance tonight shows that she is capable of a high level of play, and that is a good thing as she will continue to be called upon to score for this team,” head coach Liz Kritza said. “We need to have other players taking more of the offensive load to balance our offense, which we will need to do as we progress through conference play.”

 

Rosie Steinhaus added seven kills for the Buffs and also picked up seven digs, a team-best.  Kaitlyn Burkett dished out 28 assists in the effort.

 

                Destinee Hooker led the Longhorns with 10 kills and added 10 digs for a double-double. She also put up four blocks on the Buffs.

 

Colorado started the first set very close with Texas and was even one point within the Longhorns at 9-8. CU kept it close at 13-11, but UT took the following seven straight points to take control of the set at 20-11 and eventually take the set 25-14. CU hit -.031 in the set while Texas hit .208. Both teams recorded nine kills but the difference was the errors column. The Buffs recorded 10 and UT hit just four.

 

CU once again did a good job of sticking with the Longhorns in the early part of the set and was even within a point at 14-15. Colorado tied it up at 17 apiece but then Texas took the next six straight. Fogle recorded a kill for the Buffs to end the streak, but UT came back with the final two points they needed to finish the set.  CU hit much better in the set with 15 kills (.231) but Texas hit .517 with 16 kills and just one error.

 

“There is a reason why this team is ranked second in the nation and there were segments of both the first and second set that prove that this relatively inexperienced team is making progress,” Kritza said. “We were able to stay with them for parts of both sets but we could not stave off the mid set run that put them out of our reach. We had some good plays tonight, but the continuity was not there to be able to compete with a team of this caliber.

 

“We just are not at the same level yet, but we will be, it is just a question of how soon. We will learn a great deal from this match, as we do from all our contests early in the conference season, but how we respond to this loss is crucial in setting the tone for the next set of Big 12 opponents we face.”

 

Texas got off to a hot start in the third set by taking the first seven points before CU got on the board. After getting the score to 3-9, the Longhorns went on a 6-0 run to take a 15-3 lead and forcing CU to use a timeout. The Buffs just weren’t able to get much going and UT won 25-8. Once again the Buffs hit below .000 at -.097 with six kills. UT hit .650 with 14 kills.

 

                The Buffs will wrap up their three-match home stand on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. against Oklahoma.

 

“We face a tough Oklahoma team in our house Saturday night, and we will take this tough start in conference play and use it to springboard to an improved performance when we take the court again,” Kritza said.

 

                The University of Colorado Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is teaming up with “Coats For Colorado,” a program to help distribute gently used and new coats to individuals and families in need in Colorado.  CU will host drop off points for the program including at that volleyball match. For more information, click on this link: 

http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=600&ATCLID=204799378

 

Don’t forget to check out the latest news and highlights with head coach Liz Kritza on the Buffalo Stampede: Volleyball Edition, exclusively on BuffsTV at www.cubuffs.com/volleyball. New shows air every Tuesday. 

 

               

 

 

 

 

COLORADO BUFFALOES

 

Quotes:

 

HEAD COACH LIZ KRITZA

 

Fogle’s offensive performance tonight shows that she is capable of a high level of play, and that is a good thing as she will continue to be called upon to score for this team. We need to have other players taking more of the offensive load to balance our offense, which we will need to do as we progress through conference play.

 

There is a reason why this team is ranked second in the nation and there were segments of both the first and second set that prove that this relatively inexperienced team is making progress. We were able to stay with them for parts of both sets but we could not stave off the mid set run that put them out of our reach. We had some good plays tonight, but the continuity was not there to be able to compete with a team of this caliber.

 

We just are not at the same level yet, but we will be, it is just a question of how soon. We will learn a great deal from this match, as we do from all our contests early in the conference season, but how we respond to this loss is crucial in setting the tone for the next set of Big 12 opponents we face.

 

We face a tough Oklahoma team in our house Saturday night, and we will take this tough start in conference play and use it to springboard to an improved performance when we take the court again.

 

 

Rosie Steinhaus, So., OH

Every team has their ups and downs. There are certain areas where we feel we can execute, and there are certain things they do well too. 

 

I think that we come out each night fighting.  And no matter who you are playing, you should play the same, and that’s what we are really working for.  We need to work on improving that and being consistent and learning what we can from this game and moving on.

 

We are going to come out fighting every game.  We are looking forward to Saturday, so it should be a great match.

 

We have been working on defense all week, so I think that really showed.  I think it is just working on that faster offense and setting that quick ball so we can catch them off guard too. 

 

 

Kaitlyn Burkett, Sr., S

 

I think it’s stepping up and making a big play, like the hitter going up, and being aggressive instead of second guessing ourselves.  I think all of us need to make big plays and not be afraid of failure.

 

A win would definitely boost our confidence, especially because we are a younger team and we lack experience.  Playing in the Big 12 night in and night out is hard, a win in any situation feels good to get. 

 

There is nothing we can do about it now, we just have to learn and build off of it.  We are definitely looking to Oklahoma and showing them we are not just some team who will roll over for them. 

 

I think because they are a lot taller and more physical than us, we were trying to run a quick offense and kind of get their block off.  We were doing that in the first and second games.  In the third game, our first contact fell apart.  When that happens, the second contact gets a little higher because we’re trying to make up.  Everyone was getting flustered out there and we went away from our game plan. 

 

I would say that they are probably the most athletic team we have played, but I don’t know if they are necessarily the best all-around team.   We played a tough Florida team on the road and Iowa State on their home court.  I think they are definitely up there.