Buffs Host Texas A&M In Final Home Match
BOULDER The University of Colorado volleyball team will host Texas A&M in its final home match of the season on Wednesday, November 25, at the Coors Events Center. The match, which will honor lone senior Kaitlyn Burkett, is set for a 7 p.m. start.
The Buffs are currently 7-20 overall and own a 2-16 record in the Big 12. The Aggies, who are receiving votes in the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, are 16-10 overall and are tied for sixth in the league with a 9-9 record. A&M is 19-9 all-time against the Buffs and have taken the last two meetings from CU.
Becah Fogle ranks eighth in the league with 3.27 kills per set to lead CU offensively, while Rosie Steinhaus and Kerra Schroeder rank second and third on the team with 2.80 and 2.56 kills per set, respectively. Fogle and Steinhaus were both side-lined during the match last Saturday against Kansas State. Burkett is averaging 7.76 assists per set this year and is directing CU to a .162 attack percentage.
Fogle leads the Buffs defensively with 2.54 digs per set. She has a team-best eight double-doubles this season. Sofia Lindroth has served as the Buffs' libero and is second with 2.29 digs per set. Nikki Kinzer has 64 blocks this season to lead the Buffs with .74 blocks per set and Schylur Edelman puts up .63 blocks per set to rank second for Colorado.
The Aggies come into the contest on a two-match win streak after dropping four straight. TAMU has a 6-6 record on the road this season and are just 4-5 in league contests away from Reed Arena.
Sarah Ammerman is the top attacker for the Aggies with 4.31 kills per set and Alisia Kastmo has the best hitting percentage at .327 (123 kills and 40 errors on 254 attacks). Texas A&M is hitting .247 and is averaging 14.90 kills per set this season.
Mary Batis is the top defensive threat for A&M. She averages 3.43 digs per set. Lindsey Miller has posted 75 blocks this season (.84 per set). She has 72 block assists and three block solos.
As the 2009 season draws to a close for the Buffs, they will use Wednesday night's match to say good-bye to Burkett. Burkett, a Colorado Springs, Colo., native, has started for the last three years at CU. She ranked sixth on the career assists chart and has 2,976 assists in her time as a Buff. Burkett also has 237 kills, 535 digs and 149 blocks in the black and gold. She has been named to the All-State Sugar Bowl Volleyball Classic, Colorado Invitational, Mississippi State Classic and Campus USA Credit Union All-Tournament Teams.
Burkett, a communications major, is a three-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 second team. She was named to the Big 12 Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions this past fall.
"We all celebrate Kaitlyn in tomorrow's final home match and congratulate her on her career here at CU as an excellent student-athlete," coach Liz Kritza said. "She has been a great representative of this program and university and we are proud to call her a Buff! We want to wish her all the best as she completes her degree this year and continues on to many future successes."
The match will be streamed live on the web (subscription required) and live stats are free at CUBuffs.com. Tickets are $5 and can be online, by calling 303-49-BUFFS or at the door.
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.