Colorado Looking To Rebound At Oregon
BOULDER — The University of Colorado women's volleyball team looks to rebound after a four-match skid this Friday and Sunday in Eugene against No.22 Oregon at 3 p.m. MT Friday and 11:30 a.m. MT Sunday.
The Buffs (4-4 Pac-12) started the season winning four-straight against Oregon State and Cal but went 0-4 against the Washington schools. Oregon (6-2 Pac-12) didn't compete last week after its two matchups against No.7 Utah were canceled due to COVID concerns with the Utes.
CU will lean heavily on outside hitter Leah Clayton after her coming out party last Friday where she became just the 12th Buff to hit for 29 or more kills in a match. Outside of that match, Clayton is averaging 10 kills per match. She leads the team at 3.93 kills per set and is hitting .204. She also recorded her first double-double.
Also for the Buffs offensively, Elissa Alcantara leads the way with 78 kills at 2.79 per set. Sterling Parker has 68 total kills and Rachael Fara has 61 with a team-best .421 hitting percentage. Setter Jenna Ewert continues to distribute the ball well to all hitters and is averaging 9.63 assists per set.
Colorado is running on the upper half of the middle of the Pac in hitting percentage at .233 while holding opponents to a .200 hitting percentage. CU's service game is also exceptional, putting down 1.6 aces per set compared to allowing just one per set.
On the defensive side of the ball, Brynna DeLuzio leads the team with 112 digs (3.73 per set). She is joined by Jill Schneggenburger with 77 and Ewert with 73. Upfront, the trio of blockers leading the way include Meegan Hart, Fara and Ewert. Hart is averaging 1.09 blocks per set with 24 total and two games missed, while Fara has a team-best 27 blocks, just one better than Ewert.
SCOUTING THE DUCKS
The Ducks have a five-set win over Washington State in Pullman, and sweep of No.19 UCLA in Eugene, then went
five twice with USC and a pair of sweets against Arizona to win their past four. They missed out on the opportunity to take on No.7 Utah on the road, but it is unsure whether that will end up being a blessing or a curse. The Ducks are led by Pac-12 Freshman on the Year Brooke Nuneviller who was an All-American at libero her freshman season before transitioning to outside. Nuneviller was named the Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts against Arizona, the first time since the conference expanded that someone has earned both in the same week. She is averaging 2.88 kills per set with a .193 hitting percentage. She also leads the team with 116 digs or 3.663 digs per set. Against Arizona, she had 25 kills for a .380 hitting percentage and 28 digs.
The Ducks look to be running a 6-2 offense with Elise Ferreira and Kylie Robinson splitting duties at setter. Outside of Nuneviller, Gloria Mutiri has 79 kills and a .292 hitting percentage. On the defensive end, Abby Hansen is the biggest concern with 39 total blocks. Oregon has kept its opponents at a .169 hitting percentage this season and is averaging 14.59 digs per set, good for third in the conference.