Spikers Suffer Tough Loss Against Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The University of Colorado volleyball team dropped a tough match (19-25, 22-25, 23-25) to Kansas on Saturday night at the Horejsi Family Athletic Center.
"The tough thing about the results from tonight's match is that we matched up well against this Kansas team," coach Liz Kritza said. "We were prepared for the changes they have made since our last meeting, but our errors were just much too costly tonight."
"The frustration of losing is a tough one to shake, but this young team is determined to get this right, to have the improvements we have made show in our results. "
With the loss, the Buffs fall to 6-15 overall, 3-12 in Big 12 play. Kansas improved to 15-11 overall, 6-9 in league action.
Colorado recorded 43 kills in the match, three more than KU's 40. Kerra Schroeder recorded 12 of CU's kills, while Richi Bigelow and Anicia Santos each added 11. The Buffs hit .183 as a team. Santos led the team with a .556 attack percentage, recording just one error on 18 swings.
"Anicia stepped up her play and leadership on the court tonight," Kritza said. "She is a captain and we need that kind of performance from her."
Megan Beckwith led CU in the backrow, picking up 13 digs. Rosie Steinhaus added nine and Schroeder recorded eight. CU had 38 total digs in the effort.
Colorado's play at the net was led by Schroeder and Nikki Lindow who each posted four block assists.
Kansas took a 12-8 lead in the first set, causing CU to use its first timeout of the match. The Jayhawks added to their lead, going up 17-9, forcing the Buffs to use their final timeout of the set. CU did its best to stay in the set and got back within four points at 23-19, but a CU service error gave the Jayhawks set point and a CU attack error finished it 25-19. Schroeder hit a set-high six kills and the Buffs totaled 14 kills overall.
The second set got off to a better start for the Buffs, taking an 11-10 lead. The two teams stayed close, but Kansas got a three-point lead at 20-17. The Buffs used a timeout to try to get their offense going again and after putting together a 3-1 run, they were right back in it at 21-20. After a KU timeout, CU tied the score at 21 before the Jayhawks took a pair of points (23-21). Schroeder struck back with a kill, but then Kansas finished the set with the following two points (25-22).
The Buffs took control of the third set in the beginning, taking a 9-5 lead before KU used a timeout. CU used a 4-2 run to increase its lead to 13-7, causing the Jayhawks to use their final timeout of the set. The Buffs were up 17-11 when KU pulled together three straight points (17-14), so Kritza took her first timeout of the set. She called her second six points later when KU was within one point (19-18). The Jayhawks tied the set at 20 and then went ahead 22-20. CU would tie it up again at 23, but dropped the final two points to fall 25-23.
"We must not accept defeat any longer, and despite the fact that we only have a few remaining matches, we will harden our resolve, work even harder, and demand excellence, and we will succeed," Kritza said.
Colorado will head to Norman, Okla. to face the Oklahoma Sooners on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. (MT). The Sooners are 17-8 overall, 9-5 in the Big 12.
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.