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Buffs Lose Heartbreaker to Mizzou

Nov 14, 2009

BOULDER — The University of Colorado volleyball team played one of its best matches of the season against Missouri on Saturday night, but lost a heartbreaker in four sets (29-27, 25-23, 19-25, 25-19).  

 

“There were moments of brilliance tonight, but it was not enough for us to overcome some untimely errors and lapses in our serve reception,” Colorado head coach Liz Kritza said. “We are continuing to work to correct those and learn to play a more efficient game, we have to recognize that we make it harder on ourselves at times. “

 

With the loss, the Buffs fall to 7-19 overall record and 2-15 in the Big 12. Missouri is now 17-11 and 8-8 in the Big 12.

 

Kerra Schroeder recorded a career-high 16 kills to lead the Buffs. She surpassed her previous high of 15 kills that she had set against Texas Tech on October 14. Becah Fogle hammered 13 kills and Rosie Steinhaus chipped in 12 kills as well. The Buffs recorded 61 total kills in the effort.

 

Kaitlyn Burkett directed CU to a .225 hitting percentage and recorded a .667 percentage herself, tying her career-high with eight kills on 12 errorless attacks. She also had five digs.


“The balance we were seeking in our offense was apparent in the number of attempts posted by our outsides and right-sides, but we fell short in the goal to involve our middles in the offense and have them score at the appropriate efficiency for their respective positions,” Kritza explained.

 

Sofia Lindroth had a great night on defense for the Buffs. She recorded a season-best 19 digs (a team-high) in the match. Fogle added 12 digs for Colorado.

 

 “Sofia made some good changes after she struggled early on in the match and adjusted well to lead our team in digs, a sign of progress and a good performance for her, we will look for that to continue and even improve,” Kritza said.

 

Colorado was down 24-20 in the first set and rallied back to tie it up at 24 with 4-0 run. MU took the following point but Schroeder followed that up with a kill to even it at 25. The Buffs tried to take the momentum from that 4-0 run to win the set, but MU finished it off (29-27) with back-to-back blocks. CU hit .283 and MU hit slightly better at .289. CU recorded 19 kills, compared to 18 by the Tigers.

 

The second set was close until MU pulled out to a 17-14 lead. The Buffs seemed to have a lot of energy from their performance in the first set and once again came back to tie the frame at 23. CU couldn’t hang on and dropped the next two points to fall 25-23. MU out-hit the Buffs .333-.227 in the set. CU recorded 18 kills, but also recorded eight errors on 44 swings, while MU only had 12 kills with two errors on 30 attacks.

 

The Tigers got out to an 8-2 lead in the third set and CU rallied back with a 6-0 run to even the score. The Buffs took the lead at 13-12 and extended it to 20-15. The Tigers tried to chip away at the CU lead, but the Buffaloes held strong to finish the set 25-19. Colorado hit .209 and held MU to .079.

 

Missouri took a 15-11 lead in the fourth set and would not let go. Despite being down, the Buffs were not going to give up and kept fighting before the Tigers finished the set 25-19. MU hit a match-high .406 in the frame and held the Buffs to .175.

 

“As we are winding down with this conference season, our resolve and commitment to improving our level of play is only strengthening,” Kritza said. “We are being consistent and purposeful in our efforts to prepare to compete, the only way we know how to work and build this program. The support of our Buff fans is just as strong and they are an important piece to the building of this program. We appreciate their constant support and know they will continue to be there as we find many future successes.”

 

 

The Buffs will be back in action on Saturday, November 21, in Manhattan, Kan. to face the Kansas State Wildcats. That match is slated for a 6 p.m. start.

 

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 www.cubuffs.com/volleyball. New shows air every Tuesday. 

 

 

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COLORADO HEAD COACH LIZ KRITZA

“There were moments of brilliance tonight, but it was not enough for us to overcome some untimely errors and lapses in our serve reception. We are continuing to work to correct those and learn to play a more efficient game, we have to recognize that we make it harder on ourselves at times. “

 

“The balance we were seeking in our offense was apparent in the number of attempts posted by our outsides and right-sides, but we fell short in the goal to involve our middles in the offense and have them score at the appropriate efficiency for their respective positions. “

 

“Sofia made some good changes after she struggled early on in the match and adjusted well to lead our team in digs, a sign of progress and a good performance for her, we will look for that to continue and even improve.”

 

“As we are winding down with this conference season, our resolve and commitment to improving our level of play is only strengthening. We are being consistent and purposeful in our efforts to prepare to compete, the only way we know how to work and build this program. The support of our Buff fans is just as strong and they are an important piece to the building of this program. We appreciate their constant support and know they will continue to be there as we find many future successes.”

 

 

Rosie Steinhaus

“We’ve been working on defense all week in practice. It’s kind of a mentality; it’s more of an effort thing. We tried keeping the ball off the floor. You just have to know in your head that there’s nothing that is going to let the ball drop. I think we did very well with that tonight. That’s the main thing we focused on the whole night. I think we’re just going to get back in the gym next week. We’re going to have tomorrow off but we’ll be ready for next Saturday.”

 

“We have had those moments of great plays but tonight we kind have put it all together with longer strings of points.”

 

Kerra Schroeder

“We were focusing on unforced errors so I think that helped a lot. We did get strings of points where we could have done better at putting the ball away.”