Buffs Fall To Kansas In Four Sets
LAWRENCE, Kan. ? Rosie Steinhaus and Kerra Schroeder each recorded 13 kills but it was not enough as the University of Colorado volleyball team fell in four sets to the University of Kansas in front of 1,026 at the Horejsi Center on Wednesday night (23-25, 25-22, 19-25, 19-25).
With the loss, Colorado is now 5-9 overall, 0-5 in the Big 12, while Kansas improves to 9-4 overall, 2-2 in the Big 12. The Buffs did win their first set in conference play and fought well with the Jayhawks to keep the match close throughout.
“This Kansas team was relentless at times tonight and really pushed our offense to be more efficient,” head coach Liz Kritza said. “When we were able to have our offense firing, we were able to control the momentum, which is progress for this young group.
“Continual improvement is the mark for this season and we will remain focused on getting the best possible performance we can so we can meet that goal, and we will begin experiencing the rewards of a lot of hard work.”
Schroeder’s 13 kills surpassed her previous career-high of 12 which she amassed on two occasions this year. Steinhaus was one kill shy of her career high (14).
The Buffs hit .182 on the night with 48 kills while Kansas hit .236 with 58 kills. Becah Fogle was one kill from double-digits at nine, while Schylur Edelman, who started her second straight match, hit seven. Nikki Kinzer had the team’s best attack percentage at .417 with five kills on 12 errorless swings.
CU also stood out on the night with 9.5 team blocks. Edelman put with five block assists, while Kinzer added four. Schroeder, Steinhaus and Kaitlyn Burkett each posted three. Fogle added the remaining block for the Buffs.
Fogle also led the Buffs with 15 digs for a great all-around performance on the night.
“Becah Fogle stepped up for some very strong points tonight offensively and added in a quality defensive performance, which was important to putting us in the match,” Kritza said.
The Buffs took a 6-2 lead in the first set after putting together a 5-0 run. The Jayhawks tied the score at 8-8 and took a 17-11 lead. Colorado stayed strong and used a 6-2 run to remain in the set (17-19) and then closed the gap to just one at 20-21, forcing the Jayhawks to call a time out. Schroeder came out of the KU time out and hammered the ball down to tie it at 21-21. Unfortunately KU was able to get four of the next six points to win the set 25-23. The Buffs had 16 kills in the set compared to KU’s 14 but the difference came in the errors column with CU recording seven to KU’s four.
Colorado took its first lead in the second set at 11-10 and extended it to 15-10 thanks to six straight points. The Jayhawks stuck around and got within one point at 19-18 and again at 20-21. At that point, CU took three of the next four points to go up 24-21. Kansas fought off the first set point, but Schroeder finished off the set with her 10th kill of the match and the Buffs won their first set of Big 12 Conference play this season at 25-22. Both teams recorded 14 kills in the set but CU had only four errors to KU’s five.
The third set started off very close with neither team taking more than a two-point lead until KU went up 15-12. The Jayhawks took three of the next four points and Kritza used her second time out of the set. The Buffs got back within three points at 18-21 with a 3-0 run, but KU turned around and put together its own 3-0 run to go back up 24-18. CU fought off the first set point with a kill from Kinzer but the Jayhawks finished the set with a kill from Karina Garlington (25-19). The Buffs hit .156 in the set with 10 kills and five errors on 32 swings while KU hit .275 with 17 kills and six errors on 40 attacks.
The Jayhawks took a 6-2 lead to start the fourth set but the Buffs got right back in it and tied the set at 7-7. KU used a 12-3 run to take a 19-10 lead over the Buffs. At that point, CU was able to get an 8-2 run together and get within three points at 18-21 but KU finished the set 25-19. The Buffs hit .059 in the frame with just eight kills. KU hit .086 with 13 kills.
“There were points tonight where I could see a lot of transfer from our training and a good deal of progress in the execution of our systems and strategy- all much needed and very positives for this team as we are working our way to consistency and playing with more experience,” Kritza explained.
“The box score cannot reflect the plays that were significant for our progress, but it does represent the times when we let down and allowed a very aggressive Kansas team to gain momentum on their home floor in front of a very spirited crowd. They are very tough at home and we had to really push for a better performance tonight.”
The Buffs will return home to the Coors Events Center to host No. 19 Baylor on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. The Bears are 15-1 overall and 4-1 in the Big 12 after defeating Missouri on Wednesday night.
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