Colorado Concludes Home Action Against ASU
BOULDER – The University of Colorado women's volleyball finishes out the home portion of the 2021 spring schedule this Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at noon against Arizona State.
The Buffaloes (6-10 Pac-12) will celebrate one departing senior Sunday, graduate transfer Rachael Fara. The middle is currently second in the Pac-12 in hitting percentage at .407 and has an opportunity to make CU history and better Kelly Campbell's 1998 single season hitting percentage school record.
Colorado has shown it is a formidable opponent for anyone to face in Boulder with wins against No.12 UCLA, No.11 Utah and a 3-2 loss to No.10 Washington this season. CU is hitting .250 as a team at home in nine matches, averaging 13.3 kills per set, 1.52 aces per set and 2.42 blocks per set. Conversely, on the road the Buffs are hitting .129 in seven matches, averaging just 11.36 kills per set, 1.2 aces per set and 1.72 blocks per set.
Leah Clayton has taken the kills leader title after her second 20-kill performance of the season in the upset last Friday against Utah. She now has 157 kills and is averaging 3.41 kills per set. She also has six double-doubles, good for second on the team behind Jenna Ewert's eight. Sterling Parker and Elissa Alcantara both have over 130 kills with 136 and 132, respectfully.
Defensively, Zoe Neverdowski made her first start at libero in the win against the Utes, posting a season-best 24 digs. Meegan Hart leads the front row with 54 blocks, averaging 1.02 per set which is good for 10th in the conference. Setters Brynna DeLuzio and Ewert lead the team with 192 and 161 digs, respectfully, but Clayton, Jill Schneggenburger and Katie Lougeay all have over 100 this season.
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
Arizona State (5-11 Pac-12) started out the season with the upset of the year, sweeping No.8 Washington in Seattle. After that they dropped five-straight to ranked teams, which strung together 10-straight losses that was finally ended in a five-set victory over Arizona at home. ASU has won four of its last five matches, only dropping a sweep at Stanford before taking down the Cardinal in five in the rematch. The Buffs are Sun Devils are 9-9 in the series standings.
Like CU, Arizona State has bounced around between the 5-1 and 6-2 with Ella Snyder leading the team with 408 assists while Shannon Shields has 144. Iman Isanovic is averaging 3.5 kills per set while teammate Marta Levinska has 3.06. Annika Larson leads the team with 247 digs (3.92 per set) while Kennedi Boyd is a force up front with 1.15 blocks per set.