No. 11 Volleyball Falls to Colorado in Five
BOULDER – The No. 11 Utah volleyball program dropped its first match of the weekend against Colorado in five sets (25-19, 23-25, 25-15, 22-25, 13-15) at the CU Events Center.
Madelyn Robinson matched a career high with 18 kills while hitting .354. Dani Drews led the team in kills with 24. She also had her third double-double in a row with 11 digs.
Coming into the match, Drews needed ten kills to move into second place all time in career kills for Utah. After having seven kills in the first set, she got her 10th kill in the second set to pass Kim Turner on the all-time kills list.
Utah got off to a good start racing out to an 8-3 lead. They used a 6-0 run to push their lead out to ten at 16-6. They held that 10-point lead until late in the set when Colorado made a late run. The Utes closed the opening set out and took the 1-0 lead 25-19.
In the second set, Colorado jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Utah had a quick response to even things up. After their second 4-0 run they went up 10-7. The Utes had control of the set until Colorado went on a 4-0 run to go up 19-18. From there, it was even up to 22 all and Colorado ran off a 3-1 run to take the set 25-23 and even the match.
The Utes responded well to dropping the set getting out to an 11-4 lead. Once they had the lead, they didn't let Colorado back in it. They built a lead as big as 12 and ended up taking the set 25-15.
In the fourth set trailing 2-1, Colorado was the team that grabbed control early. The Utes saved three set points, but Colorado ended up pushing the match to a fifth set after a 25-22 win.
The fifth set was really tight, but the only difference was Colorado went on a 5-1 run to go up 11-6. The Utes fought back and got within one on a Kenzie Koerber kill. It was initially called out, but after a challenge, the call was reversed making the score 13-12. Utah saved one match point, but couldn't save a second match point as Colorado got the kill and the win.
For the second straight match, Utah had a player with double-digit blocks. This time it was Phoebe Grace, who finished with 11.0 blocks on the night.
Saige Ka'aha'aina-Torres finished the match with 48 assists and a season high 23 digs.
Kenzie Koerber had 11 kills, nine digs and 5.0 blocks.
Utah will play Colorado one more time this weekend, but the next match will be in Salt Lake City. They'll play in the Huntsman Center at 1 p.m.