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Colorado Returns Home Against L.A. Schools

Nov 3, 2021

BOULDER – Colorado women's volleyball team returns home this weekend for matchups against Southern California Friday at 7 p.m. MDT followed by hosting No.13-ranked UCLA Sunday at 1 p.m. MST.
The Buffaloes (13-8, 4-8 Pac-12) are returning home after taking down Oregon State on the road and taking No.17 Oregon to five sets in Eugene. The team had numerous career-best performances including both Brynna DeLuzio and Jenna Ewert eclipsing 20 digs against Oregon State and Maya Tabron hitting for her first 20-kill performance.
Last Friday's match was one of the best dig performances in recent memory. DeLuzio became just the second player in the 25-point rally scoring era to record 30 digs in a match, doing so in only four sets. She was joined by Ewert who had 23 digs, cracking the 20-dig mark for the first time in her career.
Tabron has been steadily improving and it showed last Sunday when she put down 23 kills against Oregon hitting .288. She has marked a career-best in kills in three-straight matches, hitting for 60 kills in 13 sets (4.6 kills per set) at a .242 hitting percentage. She also has recorded four-straight double-doubles with 12 or more digs in every match. She is the only Buff with multiple double-digit kill performances in the past three matches.
Up front, Alexia Kuehl and Meegan Hart continue to lead the Buffs in blocks. Hart has a team-best 85 blocks and is top-10 in the conference in blocks per set. Kuehl has 67 blocks, and close behind is Jill Schneggenburger with 46 and Ewert with 48.
CU has also been serving much better, putting down 16 aces this weekend. That mark is the best since the opening weekend when the team had 12 against Xavier and Charlotte. Five different Buffs have recorded three aces in a match, including DeLuzio and Emma Torstenson both achieving the mark against Oregon.
USC (10-11, 6-6 Pac-12) started a four-match winning streak after defeating the Buffs, but since have lost three-straight against Oregon in five sets, Washington in four and Washington State in a sweep. All three losses were at home.
Brooke Botkin leads the team with 3.64 kills per set while hitting .215. Three other Trojans are averaging two or more kills per set. On the defensive side, no one on the team is averaging more than 3.5 digs per set.
The Bruins (17-3, 10-2 Pac-12) sit alone at the top of the conference standings with 10 wins. Their only loss since playing defeating Colorado at home came to Arizona State on the road in five sets. They have four-ranked wins including three sweeps against Utah, Oregon and Washington at home. They also defeated Washington State at home in five.
UCLA is led by All-American Mac May, libero Zoe Fleck and freshman Charitie Luper. The Bruins have eight total Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this year, including four freshman of the week honors for Luper. May is hitting 4.72 kills per set at a .269 clip. Luper is second on the team with 3.75 kills per set. Fleck is averaging 4.19 digs per set.