Volleyball Falls to Texas in Straight Sets
BOULDER -The University of Colorado women's volleyball team fell to No. 10 University of Texas in three sets (25-22, 25-19, 25-5) Saturday afternoon at the Coors Events Center,
The Buffaloes (6-13) dropped to 3-10 in Big 12 Conference competition, and the Longhorns (16-5) improved to 11-3 in league play.
"Continual improvement is a tenet of this program as we build to a higher level, and while understanding that we are young and relatively inexperienced, there are high expectations of everyone in this program, and we hold those above all else," said head coach Liz Kritza. "When we have setbacks along the way to building this program, we have to respond accordingly with poise, determination, and an unwavering commitment to getting it right, and I am certain we will."
Anicia Santos led the team with nine kills while teammate Nichole Lindow followed with seven. The Buffaloes managed 35 digs to Texas' 48.
"Playing a team like Texas, with their size and scoring power, is a tough matchup along the net for us," said Kritza. "They are playing really well, and it was a chance for our young squad to work to improve against a very high-level team. We competed hard for the majority of the first two sets, but only playing aggressively and executing our game plan for only parts of matches is not going to get us the results we want in the future."
The first set was close from the start with no team holding a lead of more than four points. At the beginning of the set, the Buffs trailed by one (4-3) before winning the next four points to put them in the lead, 6-4. A few points later, the Buffaloes found themselves in a similar situation being down by one point (9-8), but Lindow laid down two kills in three points to give CU another lead, 10-9. The Longhorns fought back and kept the lead for the remainder of the set and won 25-22.
Colorado's setter Alyssa Valentine dished out 25 of CU's 26 assists.
"Our setter tonight was challenged to really push our offensive system and Alyssa [Valentine] ran the system we wanted for much of the match, and that was a big step in the right direction for her."
Colorado got on the board quickly, earning the first point of the second set off an attach error by UT's Amber Roberson. It was a back-and-forth battle from there. With Texas up 8-6, the Buffs went on a six point run to take their biggest lead, 12-8. The Longhorns took control of the game as the Buffaloes attempted to battle back, but Texas secured a 25-19 win over the Buffs.
Despite Colorado's determination in the first two sets, the Buffaloes ran out of gas in the last set. Texas dominated the entire set, which ended 25-5.
"As a program, we would love to just forget about that tough third set tonight, but we cannot and will not. We must learn to take the high-level plays from the beginning two sets and use those to propel use to pick up our game instead of the alternative."
The Buffaloes will return to action on their home court at the Coors Events Center on Wednesday, Nov. 3 against Missouri. The match will be televised regionally on FSN-Rocky Mountain starting at 6:30 p.m.
And don't forget to check out the latest news and highlights with coach Liz Kritza on This Week in Colorado Volleyball, exclusively on BuffsTV at CUBuffs.com/volleyball. New shows air every Tuesday.