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Sooners Top Buffs In Three

Sep 26, 2009

BOULDER— The University of Colorado volleyball team fell in three sets (17-25, 16-25, 14-25) to the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday night at the Coors Events Center.

 

The loss moves the Buffs to a 5-8 overall record and 0-4 in the Big 12 while Oklahoma improves to 10-3 overall (3-1 Big 12).

 

“Tonight was not a good night for the Buffs, and our choice is to regroup and learn from this loss, or to focus on the wrong things,” head coach Liz Kritza said. “I know this team will take the positive route and will move forward.”

 

Rosie Steinhaus led the Buffs with nine kills and hit .118. Schylur Edelman made her first start of the year and recorded four kills. Edelman had been sidelined for the first part of the season due to injury. Kerra Schroeder and Becah Fogle each recorded four kills. Edelman hit a team-best .400 with one error on her 10 swings. 

 

Colorado tried several line-ups in the match to get the momentum going in its favor. Megan Cyr and Kaitlyn Burkett shared the setting duties in the first set and Sofia Lindroth, who has mostly been used as a defensive specialist, saw action in the third set on the outside.

 

“With the size of our roster, the one thing that is missing is depth and playing in different lineups is a response to individual performances and to working to develop a more experienced squad quickly,” Kritza said.

 

The changes in the line-up weren’t new to the Buffs who experimented in the beginning of the season.

 

“We were just trying a lot of new things on offense,” Burkett said. “We had a ton of new hitters and setters that were playing middles and Sofia was playing outside. I think we did well with what we had, but we can still obviously push harder. We just go Schylur back in the offense so we are trying to get used to that.”

 

The Sooners got out to a 12-5 lead in the first set. The Buffs tried to chip away at the lead but allowed OU to put together a 4-0 run in the middle of the set to extend its lead to 20-13. CU fought off a pair of set points but was unable to get back in the set and fell 25-17.

 

Despite allowing OU to a 6-2 lead to start the second set, the Buffs rallied back and got within one at 8-9. At that point, the Sooners took nine of the next 10 points, increasing their lead to 18-9. The Buffs took six of the next nine points, but it was too late and OU finished the frame 25-16. CU hit .147 in the set, up from .029 in the first.

 

The Buffs took their first lead of the match at 2-1 in the third set. The set was tied at 6-6 when the Sooners put together a 7-0 run. CU tried to match it with its own run, but only took the next three points to get the score to 9-13. At that time, the Sooners took the next four points for a 17-10 lead and didn’t look back. The Buff did fight off a pair of set points but lost the set 14-25.

 

“I have full confidence in my players and staff that we can get this together and start playing some very team oriented high level volleyball,” Kritza said. “It is the path we chose and will continue working diligently until we get it.

 

“We have to keep trusting what we are doing, which gets difficult when the results are not what we want them to be, and look for individual accountability to help our team’s improvement.”

 

Colorado now hits the road after playing the last three matches at the Coors Events Center. The Buffs will face the Kansas Jayhawks on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. in Lawrence.

 

“We’ve had a tough start in the conference considering that we’ve played the top three conference teams who are all top ten in the country,” Lindroth said. “It was a tough way to start out.”

 

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

With the size of our roster, the one thing that is missing is depth and playing in different lineups is a response to individual performances and to working to develop a more experienced squad quickly.

 

Tonight was not a good night for the Buffs, and our choice is to regroup and learn from this loss, or to focus on the wrong things. I know this team will take the positive route and will move forward.

 

We have to keep trusting what we are doing, which gets difficult when the results are not what we want them to be, and look for individual accountability to help our team’s improvement.

 

I have full confidence in my players and staff that we can get this together and start playing some very team oriented high level volleyball. It is the path we chose and will continue working diligently until we get it.

 

 

Senior Kaitlyn Burkett

We were just trying a lot of new things on offense. We had a ton of new hitters and setters that were playing middles and Sofia was playing outside. I think we did well with what we had, but we can still obviously push harder. We just go Schylur back in the offense so we are trying to get used to that.

 

I think coming out in the beginning, I don’t know exactly what happened at the start, but it seemed like once we started to get our energy it was too late. Next time we need to come out immediately with a fire, even if it’s not there you have to fake it until it happens.

 

Junior Sofia Lindroth

We’ve had a tough start in the conference considering that we’ve played the top three conference teams who are all top ten in the country. It was a tough way to start out so we’re just going to see and try all the combinations we have to see what works out against the rest of the conference.

 

We have such a new team and everyone’s trying to merge together. One thing we can try to do is stay positive and know it will all work out eventually once it comes together. Volleyball is definitely a game of momentum so you almost have to fake your enthusiasm, because such changes in momentum can really change the game. We’ve been really practicing at trying to control the momentum. That comes with cheering and even comes with going back fast at serves.