Razorbacks Snap CU Win Streak
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Colorado women's volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season here Sunday in a 3-0 sweep (25-20, 25-16, 25-14) to Arkansas in the Arkansas Invitational.
The Buffaloes (7-1) snap a record 19-match non-conference win streak and remain winless against SEC schools since 2008. Arkansas (7-1) extends its 18-set win streak with a sixth-straight sweep since losing to Washington.
Colorado struggled to break through the Razorback blocks, hitting 12 of its 20 attack errors into the block resulting in a .059 hitting percentage. Paired with six service errors, seven reception errors and four block errors, the Buffs never found a rhythm in the match and only held a lead for two rallies in the first set.
Maya Tabron was CU's main offensive contributor with 11 kills hitting .121. She also was a staple to the defense with a double-double that included 11 digs and two blocks. She was joined by Meegan Hart who had seven errorless kills and a .412 hitting percentage.
Alexia Kuehl continued her dominance at the net with six blocks, raising her average for the season closer to two per set. Brynna DeLuzio led the team in the backrow with 13 digs and mixed in at setter where she had six assists. Taylor Simpson had 18 assists in the set.
Arkansas dominated attacking with a .246 hitting percentage led by Taylor Head's 13 kills hitting .344. Four Razorbacks recorded double-digit digs including setter Hannah Hogue with 24 assists and 14 digs. Three Arkansas players recorded five or more blocks.
The Buffaloes will look to recover quickly before heading into the first match of the Battle for the Golden Spike when CU takes on CSU Thursday at 7 p.m. in Moby Arena. Coach Jesse Mahoney will have his second chance at win No.100 as CU's head coach Thursday against his former mentor Tom Hilbert.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Arkansas burst out of the gate with a 4-1 advantage. A pair of Tabron kills gave CU the lead at 6-5 with the Buffs out of their early slump. The Razorbacks went on a four-point run while holding Colorado to .056 hitting with three blocks to force a 13-10 lead. Colorado trailed by four at the media timeout, then found themselves in a hole at 18-13 hitting .000 with four attack errors coming from Arkansas blocks. Colorado called timeout trailing 19-13 after Arkansas picked up its 12th kill of the set. Out of the break, Hart put down a pair of kills, and CU's run extended to five to force an Arkansas timeout at 19-18. Arkansas recovered to a 23-20 lead, then blocked another CU attack to set up set point and force a timeout. Abigail Archibong had five blocks already to this point, in on all but one of Arkansas' blocks. The Razorbacks picked up the next point to end the set on a four-point run to hold CU to .025 hitting.
The Razorbacks pushed a four-point run to 7-2 behind a pair of aces. The Buffs called timeout when they trailed 9-3 with Arkansas hitting .385 compared to .059 in the set. CU trailed by as much as nine points, and slowly worked back before a pair of service errors forced a timeout from Colorado at 16-8. The lead grew to 21-12, before set point came at 24-15. The set ended at 25-16 with CU hitting .059 in the match. Tabron led with eight kills thus far.
The Buffs switched to a 6-2 and trailed 8-6 early. Colorado called timeout at 12-7 as the Razorbacks were hitting .400 in the set. Arkansas pushed to 21-11 for a double-digit lead picking up a 12th block in the match as CU was haunted by errors with four blocks errors, six service errors, five reception errors and 19 attack errors. Match point came at 24-14, then was finished with a seventh ace for the Razorbacks at 25-14.
Head Coach Jesse Mahoney
On The Match
"Arkansas is a very good team and they put pressure on us in all phases of the game. Unfortunately, we didn't respond as well as we could have. Our serve-pass game never got on track and we became very predictable offensively. This makes our two upcoming matches against CSU all that more important."