Colorado Travels To Arizona
BOULDER – The University of Colorado women's volleyball team heads to Tucson this Friday and Sunday to take on Arizona Friday at 6 p.m. MST and Sunday at 1 p.m. MDT.
The Buffaloes (5-7 Pac-12) are coming off of their biggest win against then No.12 UCLA and it shows as the team has the 27th-most votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll. Wins against Arizona (5-9 Pac-12) would put the Buffs back at .500 and be huge heading into the final quarter of the season.
Colorado's switch to the 6-2 offense has helped the team out in both the assists per set category and the kills per set. The switch helped spark Sterling Parker to a 15 kill and .464 hitting percentage in the upset win last Sunday, as well as Meegan Hart who was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week yesterday after she hit 13 kills for a .545 hitting percentage to go along with eight blocks in the win.
The Buffs offense is very spread out as Elissa Alcantara leads the team with 105 kills, Parker is in second with 102 and Leah Clayton is in third with 101. Clayton, who didn't play the first four matches of the season, is averaging 3.67 kills per set.
On the defensive end, Hart leads the team with 42 blocks while Rachael Fara has 29 and Jenna Ewert has 28. Brynna DeLuzio still leads CU with 154 digs, but Katie Lougeay starting at libero has helped her catch up with 83. Ewert is second on the team with 114 digs while Jill Schneggenburger has 106. Clayton has 82 and is second with 2.73 digs per set on the team.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
The Wildcats head into the weekend with the same number of wins and Colorado, but none against teams above .500. Arizona defeated Stanford during its opening weekend when the Cardinal were ranked 7th in the nation, but Stanford has since gone 1-5 and those ranked wins seem a bit skewed. The Wildcats have a pair of wins against Oregon State and a sweep of Arizona State at home but were recently defeated in a five set match in Tempe by the Sun Devils. Against Utah, Washington and UCLA, Arizona has picked up just one set win, a close 26-24 opening set against the Bruins in their first matchup.
The Wildcats are hitting just .198 as a team while opponents are hitting .231 against just 1.6 blocks per set. Arizona is one of the youngest teams in the conference with freshman Sofia Maldonado Diaz leading the team with 188 kills, 3.84 per set. Another freshman, Jaelyn Hodge, is second on the team with 106 kills while freshman Emery Herman has 430 assists this season. Defensively, sophomore Kamaile Hiapo leads the team with 165 kills, second is Herman with 115. Zyonna Fellows has a team-best 31 blocks.