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Colorado Shuts Down UCLA

Oct 2, 2022

LOS ANGELES — The University of Colorado women's volleyball team put up 20 blocks here Sunday afternoon to defeat UCLA in four sets (25-19, 26-24, 23-25, 25-23).
 
The Buffaloes (11-3, 3-1 Pac-12) dominated the net to keep UCLA (6-7, 0-4 Pac-12) winless in conference play and at home this season.
 
The defense was shared with six Buffaloes recording three or more blocks. Alexia Kuehl led the team with her second 10-block performance of the season, followed by Meegan Hart with seven blocks, Maya Tabron and Jill Schneggenburger with five and Lexi Hadrych and Taylor Simpson with three.
 
Tabron provided a huge spark on the offensive side for CU with 17 kills on a .357 hitting percentage. She recorded a double-double with 11 digs and added a pair of aces. Hadrych had 13 kills with a .220 hitting percentage in her return to Pauley Pavilion.
 
Simpson led the offense with 27 assists while Brynna DeLuzio recorded a double-double with 13 assists and 11 digs. Schneggenburger led the backrow with a dozen digs while Katie Lougeay added 10 from the libero position.
 
UCLA had the upper hand on the offensive end and the backrow, posting 67 kills and 80 digs to CU's 50 and 62. The block was too much to overcome though as UCLA committed 34 attack errors, including 14 that did not come from the block. CU had only 15 attack errors, 12 of which came from UCLA blocks.
 
The Buffaloes return home next weekend to host No.9 Stanford Friday at 7 p.m., followed by a Sunday noon matchup with Cal.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET ONE
The Bruins took an early 6-4 lead but the Buffs put down three blocks to an 11-9 lead with Hart on all three blocks. Her fourth block set up a three-point run as Colorado hit the 15 mark with a four-point lead to the media timeout, holding UCLA to a .038 hitting percentage. Colorado picked up its sixth block of the set at 18-14, then a three-point run to 22-17 forced a UCLA timeout. Set point came at 24-19, finishing a play later with a seventh block for the set, five of which came from Hart.
 
SET TWO
Colorado opened with a 5-3 lead on a four-point run. The Bruins flipped with their own four-point run with three-straight kills from elan McCall. Hadrych came in and had four quick kills to give CU an 11-10 lead hitting .467 in the set. CU led at the media timeout by two with Tabron with eight kills hitting .500 alongside Hadrych with six hitting .455 and Hart with four hitting .571. UCLA tied things up at 16 and took the lead at 19-18. An important challenge at 23-22 went Colorado's way, then a block gave CU set point at 24-22. UCLA tied things up at 24 all with a pair of McCall kills. A second UCLA challenge came after a Hadrych kill at 25-24, burning their final challenge in the match. A 10th block of the match finished off the set for a two-set lead for the Buffaloes.
 
SET THREE
Colorado earned a 5-3 lead on the 12th block of the match and seventh from Hart. Colorado lost its first challenge as UCLA pushed out to a 14-12 lead. CU's 15th block gave CU a 15-14 lead at the media timeout, holding UCLA to .168 hitting in the set. The teams battled it out before UCLA put together a three-point run to 19-17 and force a CU timeout. An ace pushed the lead to three, the largest for UCLA thus far. Simpson ended the run with a kill that set CU on a three-point run to tie it up at 20. UCLA put down the next two points to force a final timeout from Colorado at 22-20. Mahoney used his final challenge on a Kuehl attack error, but that kept the score at 23-20. Set point for the Bruins came at 24-21, then Sterling Parker and Tabron put down a pair of kills to bring it to 24-23. UCLA finished it off with a kill, Ndiaye's 16th of the match.
 
SET FOUR
UCLA had an early 6-3 lead on six kills to start the fourth. The Bruins picked up a three-point run hitting .500 to a 12-7 lead to force a CU timeout. The Buffaloes responded with their own three-point run to 14-13 to force a UCLA timeout after a block and a pair of kills. Out of the break, CU put down another block to give Kuehl her 10th of the match. Tabron put down the 20th Colorado block of the match on a three-point run to force another CU timeout at 18-15 with the Buffs on a 10-2 run. UCLA pulled within one at 21-20, then tied it up with their 12th block of the match to force a CU timeout. The teams traded points back-and-forth to a CU match point at 24-23 off a Hadrych kill. The match was claimed a play later on UCLA's 34th attack error.
 
QUOTES
Head Coach Jesse Mahoney
On The Match
"Really competitive match today. I'm proud of our team's grit rebounding from our match on Friday. This was a total team win."