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Buffs Battle But Fall To Utah

Nov 23, 2011

 

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Junior Kerra Schroeder recorded her 14th double-double of the season as the University of Colorado volleyball team fell to Utah, 25-23, 25-21, 27-25, at Crimson Court to end the 2011 season.

"This is not the ending that anyone wants, especially to what has been a difficult season for us, but we choose to take the positives from it and move forward," Kritza said. "The progress that we made in certain areas will serve as our impetus to work even harder to help our players develop to be successful at this level of volleyball." 

Schroeder recorded 15 kills and 10 digs in the match to lead the Buffs. Nikki Lindow had seven kills in the effort and Kelsey English added five for CU. The Buffs recorded 42 kills and hit .171 in the match. Alyssa Valentine led Colorado with 12 digs and Megan Beckwith picked up nine. The Buffs out-dug the Utes 46-41.

Chelsey Schofield was Utah's top hitter with 11 kills and Erin Redd added 10. Morgan Odale picked up a team-best 12 digs for the Utes.

CU took a 9-6 lead to start the match. The Utes came back to tie the set at 13-13 and eventually went ahead at 15-14. The Buffs fought to keep the set close and called a timeout when Utah had a two-point lead at 19-17. CU took the next five points to take a 22-19 advantage in the set, but the Utes came back to retake the lead with five points (24-22). The Buffs fought off the first set point but the Utes finished the set on the next point (25-23).  

Utah put together an 11-7 lead to start the second set and extended it to 15-9. The Buffs chipped away at the Utah lead and got within two points at 20-18. The Utes put together a 4-2 run to bring the score to 24-20. CU answered with a kill, but fell on the following point (25-21).

The third set was very close and had 10 ties before the Utes took a five-point lead at 17-12. The Buffs fought back with a 5-1 run to get within a point at 18-17 and then added another run of 5-1 to tie the set at 22-22. The score would be tied again at 23-23, 24-24 and 25-25 before Utah finished the set 27-25. 

The two teams played a close match with 29 ties and eight lead changes in the three sets. The first set had 11 ties and the third had 14.

This was the final match for CU's three seniors, Lydia Blaha, Anicia Santos and Valentine.

"We would have liked to send our three seniors out with a win to end their collegiate careers, but we thank them for their years of work and for their contributions to this program as we are building," Kritza said.

The Buffs finish the season 6-24 overall, 1-21 in the Pac-12. Utah ends its season 11-20 overall, 6-16 in the league.