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Colorado Completes Reverse Sweep Against CSU

Sep 16, 2022

BOULDER — Colorado women's volleyball completed a wild comeback against Colorado State in a full five-set match (21-25, 10-25, 25-20, 25-19, 15-8) here Friday night to win the Golden Spike Trophy before conference play begins.
 
In the third-best attendance in CU volleyball history at 3,695, the Buffaloes (8-2) won three straight sets against the Rams (7-4) after dropping the first two. Colorado's first reverse sweep against CSU since 2017 gave Head Coach Jesse Mahoney his 100th career win with the program. The last reverse sweep came in Fort Collins, the last to occur in Moby Arena and the first win for an in-state coach in Fort Collins against Mahoney's former mentor Tom Hilbert.
 
Maya Tabron had a terrific performance as she led all players with 19 total kills while hitting .375. She also had eight digs and four blocks in the match. Meegan Hart was a force to reckon with on both the offensive and defensive end with 17 kills while hitting an amazing .654 to go along with her nine blocks.
 
Taylor Simpson did a great job of running the offense tonight as she had 41 assists while averaging 8.2 per set. She had 10 digs to record a double-double in the comeback win. Katie Lougeay led the Buffaloes in digs with 14 and Brynna DeLuzio matched Simpson's dig total with 10 as well.
 
Colorado recorded 14 blocks compared to Colorado State's seven and ended up committing one less error than the Rams in the match. Despite CSU having four players with double-digit kills, CU was able to secure the win with improved defense in the final three sets, limiting CSU to .157 in the final three sets.
 
The Buffaloes will open up conference play on the road against the Utah Utes on Thursday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m. MT.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED:
SET ONE
Colorado State jumped out to an early 8-3 lead over the Buffs to force a Colorado timeout. CSU was outhitting CU .500 to .111 at the break. Shortly after the timeout, the Buffs responded with five unanswered points highlighted by back-to-back kills from Tabron to make it 9-8. Colorado State came back with a four-point scoring run to extend its lead to five at 13-8. A service ace from Tabron followed by a combined block between Hart and Schneggenburger cut Colorado's deficit to just two at 16-14 which resulted in a CSU timeout. Out of the break, the Rams scored back-to-back points forcing CU to take its second and final timeout of the set while trailing 19-15. Jones picked up her fifth kill of the match to give Colorado State set point. CSU took the first set 25-21 after another kill from Jones. Jones finished the set with six kills with a .667 hitting percentage.
 
SET TWO
Colorado called a timeout very early on in the set after going down 3-0. Colorado State took an eight-point lead at 11-3 after a CU attack error was reviewed and confirmed. Schneggenburger put an end to the Rams 6-0 scoring run with her fourth kill. The Buffs took their last timeout of the set while trailing by 10 at 15-5. A kill from Stanford set up Colorado State set point as Colorado faced its biggest deficit of the night. CSU finished the set on a five-point scoring run and took the set 25-10 after an attack error from Schneggenburger. The Rams outhit the Buffs .423 to -.118 and committed eight less errors in the set.
 
SET THREE
Both teams fought back-and-forth to a seven all tie to kick off the set. Colorado State took a two-point lead, but the Buffs responded quickly and tied things up once again at 10 all. The tie continued to 12-12 before CSU scored three unanswered points forcing a Colorado timeout and taking a 15-12 lead. After the timeout, Hart's seventh and eighth kills helped CU to put together a five-point scoring run. The Buffs held a 17-15 advantage after the scoring run forcing the Rams to take their first timeout of the set. Stanford committed an attack error which led to Colorado State taking another timeout while trailing by three at 22-19. Another attack error from Stanford gave the Buffs set point. Tabron racked up her 11th kill as Colorado won the set 25-20.
 
SET FOUR
After a 3-3 tie, the Buffs went on a three-point scoring run to go up 6-3. CU was leading 8-4 before surrendering five straight points to the Rams making it 9-8. Hart's 12th kill of the match evened things up at 11 all. While trailing 15-12, Colorado took its first timeout of the set. The Buffs cut their deficit to just one at 17-16 following a kill from Tabron assisted by DeLuzio. CU took the lead after a three-point scoring run after Hart's 13th kill of the match. Colorado State took a timeout while trailing 19-18. Shortly after, the Buffs extended their scoring run to five and forced another Rams timeout. CSU put an end to Colorado's 7-0 scoring run, but Hart picked up another kill to give CU set point. The Buffs took the set 25-19 following a block between Kuehl and Parker.
 
SET FIVE
Colorado quickly jumped out to a 2-0 advantage leading to a Colorado State timeout. The Rams responded with a three-point scoring run to tie things up at 4-4. The Buffs scored four unanswered points taking an 8-4 lead forcing another CSU timeout as both teams switched sides. CU extended its scoring run to five following Tabron's 17th kill of the match making it 9-4. The Rams cut their deficit to just two at 10-8, but the Buffs answered with back-to-back kills from Tabron. A solo block from Tabron gave Colorado set point. Simpson and Kuehl combined for a block to complete the comeback and give CU the win at 15-8. The Buffs outhit the Rams .368 to .043 in the set.
 
QUOTES
Head Coach Jesse Mahoney
On The Match
"I don't think I have seen us play that poorly. We've often had streaks here and there, but the first two sets were rough. Obviously, CSU is very good. It was hard to watch and manage. Kudos to the players, they could have packed it in and they didn't. They turned around and played three good sets, hitting over .350 in all three of them. It was gratifying to watch. It was also a lot of fun to have all the students here, it was a great atmosphere. The band's energy was fantastic. I think our players fed off that. Meegan had 17 kills with no errors for a fantastic performance, and as a middle, that is pretty impressive. Then Maya just kept getting better and better. I think she finished with 19 kills and hit for a great percentage. Kudos to them. It was a lot of fun. I was just watching."
 
On 100th Win
"Winning is fun, right? That was a lot of fun. You know, 100 wins mean I've been here a little while. But no, I'm happy for the milestone, but mostly just for our players for rebounding. As I mentioned, a fantastic atmosphere. Can't wait to do it again."
 
Middle Blocker Meegan Hart
On Turnaround From Being Down Two Sets
"It just kind of came together and we all know how to play volleyball. We just needed to keep it simple. The energy after last night was a lot of frustration and trying to manage things, but we really just dialed in on focusing on what we know how to do like passing serving, hitting just trying to keep it simple. I think every year it is CSU's most exciting game and that fires us up too. We just try to focus on what we can do. We always know they're going play well against us. We try to match that energy."
 
On Crowd
"I mean, just seeing how well our school supported us and how many fans we got. That student section was bigger than some I've seen for some basketball games. That's always a big feat. I think that they really helped us a lot and especially in a rivalry like this when we went there and they packed their stadium and coming home having that support was a major comeback. It means a lot, I've been here for a while and I've never seen it like that before. Just knowing we have the support from this student body means a lot, so we want to play harder for them and for the school and just represent CU."
 
On 17 Kills With No Errors
"I think I just try to manage myself and just do what I know how to do. Shout out to Taylor for putting me in a great position but I am just trying to do my job."
 
Outside Hitter Maya Tabron
On Crowd
"It was more of the emotional side, we really just wanted to fight for our fans and fight for everybody who came there and even fight for each other and ourselves. I think that once we really realized that and kind of fed off the energy that was in the gym that really helped us turn it around. I mean, we all feed off each other. When one person's down, you've got to go up and pep them up a little bit. Then the next ball you can be the one who's down so you just really have to gather with your team and work together the whole entire match. I would just say that I'm really looking forward to the season now. I really am looking forward to those big Pac-12 games and I hope we can get a crowd like this again. I think that since we had such an exciting game like the reverse sweep, I hope that that kind of draws more people in as well. We just need to keep using it to our advantage and help to have that like fire was going to make us play well even in the Pac 12 and win those games. "