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No. 2 Stanford Outhits Buffs To Win

Sep 17, 2011

 

STANFORD, Calif. -Despite 13 kills and three aces from Kerra Schroeder, the University of Colorado volleyball team fell to the No. 2 ranked Stanford Cardinal in three sets (25-14, 25-15, 25-15) on Saturday night at Maples Pavilion.

"Following our match last night against the number one team in the country we knew that playing an equally talented opponent tonight would be a huge challenge," coach Liz Kritza said. "In spite of this tough loss, there are positives that we will take away from this match, the most important being a hardened resolve as a team to not accept poor performance, regardless of who the opponent is or what their level is.

"We will regroup collectively and then get back in the gym and work even harder to make sure our team keeps progressing because this is the top conference in the country. Every match in this conference play is a tough one, and with each quality opponent we face, we have an opportunity for marked improvement.  Our team is committed to make sure that we are ready to be competitive." 

Kelsey English added five kills for the Buffs and hit .333 with just one error on 12 attacks. Emily Alexis hit a team-high .375 with three kills on eight errorless attacks.

Rachel Williams led the Cardinal with 16 kills. As a team Stanford hit .387 and held the Buffs to a .141 hitting percentage. CU had 27 kills and 13 errors on 99 attacks.

Defensively Megan Beckwith had 11 digs for the Buffs. CU recorded 42 digs overall. Alyssa Valentine and Schroeder each recorded seven digs and Michelle Miller added another six. Stanford had 55 digs on the night and was led by Hannah Benjamin's 12. The Cardinal also put up 6.0 team blocks.  

"While every player is pushing themselves for individual improvement, our team serve receive and defense will be an important focus for improvement before we compete next weekend," Kritza said.

For the first time this season the Buffs fall below .500 as they are 5-6 overall, 0-3 in the Pac-12, while the Cardinal improved to 8-1 overall, 2-1 in the Pac-12.

The Buffs got out to a slow start in the first set, allowing Stanford to take a 6-0 lead. After a timeout by Kritza, the Buffs took the next two points and went on to take 10 of the next 18 points to trail by just two points at 14-12. The Cardinal used a 4-1 run to go back up by five points at 18-13. The Buffs took the next point on a kill from English, but then Stanford closed the frame 25-14 on a 7-0 run.

The Cardinal took an 8-1 lead in the second set, forcing Kritza to use a quick timeout. The timeout worked as the Buffs took the next three points to get within four points (8-4). Stanford then went on a 7-2 run to take a 15-6 advantage, but Colorado went on a 4-0 run of its own to get back within five points at 15-10, this time forcing Stanford to use a timeout. After that timeout the Cardinal put together a 4-1 run to go back up 19-11. The Buffs answered back with a 3-1 run to make the score 20-14. CU kept fighting, but wasn't able to keep the comeback going as the Cardinal finished the set 25-15.

CU started the third set with a 4-1 lead, but the Cardinal put together a 6-0 run to take the lead back from the Buffs (7-4). Colorado fought hard, taking three of the next five points to get within two at 9-7. Stanford got on a roll though and went on an 11-2 run to take a 20-9 advantage in the third set. There was still fight left in the Buffs as they took three of the next four to bring the score to 21-12. Stanford took the next two points (23-12) and CU answered back with a 3-0 run (23-15) before the Cardinal finished the frame with the final two points (25-15).

The Buffs now return home to host No. 16 Oregon and Oregon State at the Coors Events Center. They will play Oregon on Friday, Sept. 23 and OSU on Saturday, Sept. 24. Both contests are slated for a 7 p.m. MT start.

"We will be pleased to get off the road after the second consecutive weekend and we are ready to prepare to defend our home court against another pair of quality opponents in this league," Kritza said.

And don't forget to check out the latest news and highlights with coach Kritza on This Week in Colorado Volleyball, exclusively on BuffsTV at CUBuffs.com/volleyball. New shows air every Tuesday.