Colorado Plays Home-And-Home Series With No.11 Utah
BOULDER – The University of Colorado women's volleyball team competes in the only home-and-home series this weekend as No.11-ranked Utah comes to town Friday at 7 p.m. before the Buffs head to Salt Lake City for the rematch Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Buffaloes (5-9 Pac-12) have hit dire times and have to win out if the team hopes to finish above .500 this season. Utah (11-3 Pac-12) is led by All-American Dani Drews and needs to win out and get some help if their Pac-12 Championship hopes are to stay alive.
Colorado has struggled offensively, failing to hit greater than .240 in its last seven matches and has only done so in three matches this season. Much of this is due to the fact that opponents have blocked CU attacks 10 times or more in six matches, including four of the last five matches.
Leah Clayton has assumed the kills leader position for Colorado despite missing the first four matches. She is averaging 3.37 kills per set while hitting .192. She is also second on the team with 2.79 digs per set, while setter Brynna DeLuzio leads the team with 3.13 digs per set. Both setters, DeLuzio and Jenna Ewert, lead CU with 15 aces.
On the defensive end, Meegan Hart has 47 blocks, good for 1.04 per set. She is also second on the team with a .301 hitting percentage, trailing Rachael Fara who is second in the Pac-12 in hitting percentage at .407.
Colorado has six matches remaining, three at home and three away. This weekend will be the last against ranked opponents for the Buffs after playing in ranked matches eight consecutive times earlier in the season.
SCOUTING THE UTES
Utah has three losses this season, two to Washington and one to UCLA. The team is led by Pac-12 Player of the Year front-runner Dani Drews who is averaging more than five kills per set (first in the conference, sixth in the nation) and leads the conference in kills despite playing two less matches than UCLA's Mac May. She is also third in the nation in points per set.
Utah leads the conference in aces per set (1.73) and opponent hitting percentage (.159) and are second in assists, digs, hitting percentage and kills. Kenzie Koerber leads the conference in aces per set (.50).