Buffs Fall To No. 15 Colorado State
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The University of Colorado volleyball team fell to No. 15 Colorado State 25-19, 25-22, 25-16 at Moby Arena on Tuesday night.
With the loss, the Buffs fall to 1-2 on the season and CSU improves to 3-0.
"I think tonight was a good example of a young team having moments of brilliance and then really some inconsistent moments," coach Liz Kritza explained. "We were up and down and you really can't sustain that level of play against a team of this quality.
"This is a learning lesson. You hate to lose to learn these lessons, but there are some positives to come out of this. Anicia Santos hit .455. And this early in the season, for a team that is relatively new in our configuration, it's helpful to play a high level team and this will help us prepare for our conference season."
For the third time this year, CU was led by sophomore Kerra Schroeder, who recorded eight kills and added three aces while picking up four digs. Junior Anicia Santos hit a team-best .455 with six kills and one error on 11 swings. Freshman Nikki Lindow and junior Richi Bigelow also each recorded six kills in the effort.
The Rams were led by Danielle Minch. She put down eight kills and hit .462. Katelyn Steffan hit .500 with seven kills and Jacque Davisson added an additional seven for the Rams. Davisson also recorded a match-high nine digs.
CSU took control of the first set with a 5-2 run to start the frame, but the Buffs got back within one at 13-12. Once again CSU put together a 5-2 run and took an 18-14 lead. The Buffs worked hard and tried to get back in the set, but the Rams were siding out just about every time CU got the ball back. CSU finished the frame 25-19. The Buffs hit .188 with 11 kills and five errors on 32 swings in the first set, while holding the Rams to 10 kills and a .160 attack percentage. The biggest statistical difference came with the Buffs recording eight service errors, while CSU did not have any.
Colorado took its first lead of the match at 3-2 in the second set. It didn't last long as CSU took the next two points and used a 7-3 run to take a 9-6 lead. The two teams continued to battle and the Buffs got the score to 21-20 after a 4-0 run, forcing the Rams to use a timeout. CSU took the next three points and this time CU had to take a break. The Buffs fought off a pair of set points but the Rams closed the frame at 25-22.
The third set was tied 6-6 before CSU put together a 6-0 run to lead the set 12-6. The Rams increased their lead to 19-12. The Buffs took the next three points to get back within three points at 19-15 before allowing CSU to go on a 6-1 run to finish the cont
Next up, the Buffs will head west to play in the Holiday Inn Buena Park Titan Classic on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 3-4, in Fullerton, Calif. They will face Georgia State, Montana and Cal State Fullerton.
"There is no rest for the weary," Kritza said. "I think this young team is going to understand that if you play consistently at a high level, good things will happen for you. They believe they can and are willing to put in the reps to get there. This is just the beginning for this young group."
And don't forget to check out the latest news and highlights with coach Liz Kritza on the Buffalo Stampede Volleyball Show, exclusively on BuffsTV at CUBuffs.com/volleyball. New shows air every Tuesday.