Colorado Concludes Season Against Southern Cal
BOULDER – Colorado women's volleyball team will have a short week of preparation as they head to take on Southern California this Thursday at 7 p.m. MT and Saturday at 2 p.m. to conclude the 2021 spring regular season.
The Buffs (8-10 Pac-12) are fighting for the chance to finish .500 this season while the Trojans (5-8 Pac-12) are coming off their seventh canceled game this season due to COVID concerns. Prior to Sunday's canceled game at Arizona, USC won a five-setter in Tucson and a five-setter against cross-town rivals UCLA.
Colorado is coming off of a sweep of ASU behind strong diverse play in the 6-2 with six or more athletes taking 15 swings every night. Leah Clayton has a team-high 3.3 kills per set while Sterling Parker, Elissa Alcantara, Meegan hart and Rachael Fara are all averaging between 2.3 and 2.5 points per set. Jenna Ewert is coming off a career-best five ace performance and has a team-best 24 this season ahead of fellow setter Brynna DeLuzio. The two are also first and third in digs per set at 2.87 for DeLuzio and 2.55 for Ewert. Clayton is second with 2.74.
Up front, Hart has 59 blocks this season, averaging just under one per set. The Buffs are averaging 2.1 blocks per set this season.
SCOUTING THE TROJANS
USC has yet to sweep anyone this season. They lost to Oregon State in the first match of the season and only have four-set wins against the Beavers and Cal. They recently beat UCLA and Arizona in five, both on the road. They also have a plethora of five set losses against ranked opponents, including two against Oregon and one against Utah and Washington.
Brooke Botkin is the Trojan's main weapon at 4.15 points per set and 3.67 kills per set. She is hitting .235 this season and is tied for the team lead with a dozen aces. She is also just three digs off the team lead with 114 and has 17 blocks. USC has three individuals with 30 or more blocks this season.