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Oklahoma Tops Buffs In Three

Oct 28, 2009

NORMAN, Okla. ? The University of Colorado volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-16) to Oklahoma on Wednesday at McCasland Field House.

 

With the loss, Colorado is now 6-15 overall record and 1-11 in the Big 12. Oklahoma improves to 14-7 overall and 7-5 in the league.

 

“I really felt like we missed a big opportunity to show the progress we have made so far this season, especially against a strong defensive team like Oklahoma,” head coach Liz Kritza said. “We have been up and down throughout the season, as can be expected from a young and inexperienced team, but we are making progress in many areas, unfortunately they don’t directly show in the final result or even point totals sometimes.”

 

Rosie Steinhaus led the Buffs with nine kills and Kerra Schroeder recorded eight kills. Nikki Kinzer hit a team-best .429 with three kills on seven errorless attacks and Schylur Edelman hit .333 (six kills, one error, 15 attacks). CU hit .090 as a team in the effort with 30 kills and 20 errors on 111 attacks.

 

“Rosie had our best offensive effort tonight, and our middles contributed more, but we needed to have a more balanced and productive offense to come away with the win tonight,” Kritza said.

 

                Schroeder led CU with nine digs. Edelman, Steinhaus and Kaitlyn Burkett each recorded eight digs as well.

 

Oklahoma’s Suzy Boulavsky recorded a match-high 10 kills and also hit .320. Brianne Barker directed the Sooners to a .343 attack percentage and also recorded a match-best 11 digs.

 

CU started the first set by taking the first three points. The Sooners tied the set up at 7-7 and took the lead on the next point. The Buffs stayed closed until OU had a five-point lead at 20-15, which proved to be too large of a margin to overcome and CU fell 25-20. The Buffs hit just .103 with 11 kills and seven errors on 39 attacks. Oklahoma hit .257; recording 12 kills and three errors on 35 swings.

 

“The first set was our most competitive because we were able to more closely match their defensive effort,” Kritza explained. “This team is in the top ten in the nation in digs, so our offensive had a big challenge today to put the ball to the floor.”

 

The Sooners started out the second set by taking a 10-2 lead and extended it to 17-5. Despite the deficit, CU tried to get back in it and continued to battle, but OU won the set 25-12. OU held the Buffs to a .030 hitting percentage with only six kills and five errors on 33 attacks. OU hit a match-high .433 with 15 kills and a pair of errors on 30 attacks.

 

OU took an 11-5 lead to start the third set and extended it to 17-8. The Buffs battled and took six of the next seven points to get back within four (18-14) and forced OU to use a timeout. CU took the next point out of the timeout to get within three, but the Sooners took the following three points; and this time it was the Buffs that called a timeout (21-15). OU took four of the next five points to close the set and the match (25-16). The Buffs hit a match-high .128 with 13 kills and eight errors on 39 swings while OU hit .351 with 15 kills and two errors on 37 attacks.  

 

Colorado returns home to host No. 9/8 Iowa State on Saturday, October 31, at the Coors Events Center. The first serve is slated for 4 p.m.

 

“We remain focused on getting better with every opportunity, and we need to bounce back well from this performance to prepare for one of the toughest opponents in the league, as we take on Iowa State at home on Saturday,” Kritza said. “The most important thing is that we expect a much higher level of performance from ourselves and are willing to put in the work to make that a reality.”

 

Join in Ralphie’s Halloween Party on Saturday by wearing your Halloween costume or bring your football ticket from the Missouri game earlier in the day for free admission. For more information on the day’s events, call Mike Hadley in the marketing and promotions office at 303-492-1976.

 

And 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 CUBuffs.com/volleyball. New shows air every Tuesday.

   

 

 

 

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Head Coach Liz Kritza Quotes

 

“I really felt like we missed a big opportunity to show the progress we have made so far this season, especially against a strong defensive team like Oklahoma. We have been up and down throughout the season, as can be expected from a young and inexperienced team, but we are making progress in many areas, unfortunately they don’t directly show in the final result or even point totals sometimes.”

 

“The first set was our most competitive because we were able to more closely match their defensive effort. This team is in the top ten in the nation in digs, so our offensive had a big challenge today to put the ball to the floor.”

 

“Rosie had our best offensive effort tonight, and our middles contributed more, but we needed to have a more balanced and productive offense to come away with the win tonight.”

 

“We remain focused on getting better with every opportunity, and we need to bounce back well from this performance to prepare for one of the toughest opponents in the league, as we take on Iowa State at home on Saturday The most important thing is that we expect a much higher level of performance from ourselves and are willing to put in the work to make that a reality.”