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Buffaloes Fall To Oregon In Tough Five-Set Match

Oct 31, 2021

EUGENE – Colorado women's volleyball suffered a heartbreaking loss to Oregon in an incredibly tight 3-2 match (20-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-16, 19-17) here Sunday afternoon to close out its two-game road trip.
 
The Buffs (13-8, 4-8 Pac-12) lost in five sets to the 17th-ranked Ducks (16-6, 7-5 Pac-12) despite committing 12 fewer errors in the match.
 
Maya Tabron had another double-double as she led Colorado with a career-high 23 kills while also racking up 11 digs. This is the third straight match that Tabron has put up a career-high in kills. She had a .288 hitting percentage, her best percentage in conference play with 50 or more swings.
 
Meegan Hart had a solid performance with four blocks and seven kills while hitting .538. The Buffs also got a lot of help from Jenna Ewert who had a total of 48 assists and 13 digs in the match, pulling herself within one double-double of tying Alexa Smith for 10th in CU history in career double-doubles.
 
Jahara Campbell, Alexia Kuehl and Jill Schneggenburger each had eight kills which attributed to the bulk of the Buffs' offense. Brynna DeLuzio had an off day as she only picked up 15 digs through five sets, which still led CU. She and Emma Torstenson each put down three aces as CU totaled seven in the match.
 
Oregon was led by Brooke Nuneviller who had 25 total kills, 12 digs and a single block. Morgan Lewis and Karson Bacon had great offensive performances as they combined for 25 kills. Kiari Robey was a key role player in the comeback this afternoon as she had nine kills and a .571 hitting percentage. She also had four digs and three blocks for the Ducks.
 
Both teams were almost even in digs and blocks on the day. Oregon had 30 errors compared to Colorado's 18 but had 21 more kills and 20 more assists to make the difference in the contest.
 
CU will travel back to Boulder to face off against USC on Friday, Nov. 5th, at 7:00 p.m. MT. 
 
HOW IT HAPPENED:
SET ONE: After going down 1-0, DeLuzio had two key service aces which contributed to Colorado's six-point scoring run to start the set. Oregon responded with three unanswered points to make it 6-4. The Buffs gained some traction after back-to-back kills from Kuehl to give CU a 14-10 advantage. Mutiri picked up her second kill as the Ducks went on a four-point scoring run to tie it up at 14 all and force a Colorado timeout. After the break, the tie continued to 17 before the Buffs took a three-point lead at 21-18 which resulted in an Oregon timeout. Kuehl picked up her third kill of the set while hitting .750 to give CU a 23-19 lead and force the Ducks to take their second and final timeout. Campbell gave the Buffs set point before Schneggenburger got her third kill as Colorado won the set 25-20.
 
SET TWO: Oregon went up 10-8 in a close set after Nuneviller's ninth total kill. The Ducks won a challenge to take a three-point lead at 13-10 as Nuneviller reached double-digit kills on the day. Shortly after, the Buffs won a challenge of their own to cut the deficit to just one at 14-13. After the review, Bacon and Mutiri combined for a block to give Oregon an 18-15 lead and force a CU timeout. Tabron continued her offensive success and got her eighth kill of the match to cut the Oregon led to two at 22-20. The Ducks reached set point after Williams picked up her third kill of the match. Bacon's sixth total kill led to Oregon taking the set at 25-22.
 
SET THREE: Both teams kept trading kills to start the set as Colorado led 4-3 before the Ducks went on a three-point scoring run to take a 6-4 lead. CU quickly tied it back up at seven all after DeLuzio picked up her third service ace of the match. The tie continued to 12 before the Buffs put together a three-point scoring run to go up 15-12. After Oregon's sixth and seventh errors in the set, Colorado led by four at 17-13. The Ducks called their first timeout of the set after Tabron's back-to-back kills which gave her a total of 12. Out of the break, Tabron got another kill which was followed by Hart's fourth block of the match to force another Oregon timeout. Lewis' seventh kill put an end to Colorado's five-point scoring run as the Buffs led 22-15. A Ducks service error resulted in a CU set point before Tabron's 14th kill gave them an eight-point win in the set at 25-17. DeLuzio and Tabron led the Buffs with 10 digs each through three sets.
 
SET FOUR: In an early defensive battle it was all tied up at five-all before Oregon went on a three-point scoring run to take an 8-5 lead. The Ducks lead continued as Nuneviller picked up her 15th and 16th total kills in the match. Colorado called its first timeout of the set after Oregon went on another three-point scoring run to go up by six. Right out of the timeout, Tabron got her eighteenth kill as CU trailed 15-10. The Ducks had a comfortable seven-point lead at 18-11 after Robey's eighth kill while hitting an impressive .538. Oregon's third three-point scoring run of the set forced the Buffs to take a timeout while down 21-12. Colorado answered with a three-point scoring run of their own which came to an end after Bacon's 10th kill of the match. Back-to-back service aces from Morse led to a Ducks set point. Oregon won the set 25-16 after another kill from Bacon as the Ducks handily outhit CU .429 to .156 in the set.
 
SET FIVE:  The Buffs contributed to Oregon's early 6-3 lead after they had three quick errors before taking their first timeout. Nuneviller racked up her 21st total kill to go up 9-6 and force CU to take its second and final timeout of the set. Tabron's 20th and 21st kills brought the Buffs within one before a Ducks attack error tied everything up at 10 all which led to an Oregon timeout. The tie continued to 12 before Colorado gained some momentum after Hart's seventh kill while hitting .538. Ewert's second block gave CU match point which led to an Oregon timeout. The Ducks tied everything up at 14 all in a close winner takes all set. The tie continued to 17 all before Lewis picked up her 13th kill to set up match point for the Ducks. Nuneviller's 25th kill capped off her amazing performance and gave Oregon a 19-17 win.
 
QUOTES
Head Coach Jesse Mahoney
Tough loss but proud of our team today. We fought every play in this match and even though it wasn't rewarded with a win we can use it as a positive as we continue in the second half. We played at a high level this weekend and are still improving.