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Buffs Complete Sweep Against Cal

Oct 9, 2022

BOULDER — The Colorado women's volleyball team took down Cal in three sets (25-17, 25-23, 25-22) here Sunday afternoon to earn its fourth-straight sweep against the Golden Bears.
 
The Buffaloes (12-4, 4-2 Pac12) swept the Bears (7-9, 0-6 Pac12) after only trailing four times in three sets while committing just nine errors compared to Cal's 20.
 
Meegan Hart had a very impressive performance, recording 11 kills while hitting .526 and leading the team in blocks with five. Maya Tabron also had a great showing this afternoon as she had a team-high 12 kills, adding to her six digs on the defensive side.
 
Alexia Kuehl helped Colorado to secure the win, putting together a .545 hitting percentage on seven kills. Kuehl and Jil Scheggenburger combined for six total blocks.
 
The Buffs outhit Cal .342 to .206 and had four more blocks in the win, earning their sixth-straight victory against the Golden Bears.
 
CU will stay in Boulder this week to prepare for Washington State on Friday, Oct. 14th and Washington on Sunday, Oct. 16.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
 
SET ONE: Colorado jumped out to a quick 6-3 lead before Cal decided to take its first timeout. CU's second 4-0 scoring run of the set gave the Buffs a 14-6 lead. Colorado forced another Bears timeout while outhitting Cal .438 to -.118. Schmidt picked up her fourth and fifth kills to cut the Bears deficit to five at 20-15. A combined block between Schneggenburger and Hart gave CU set point. A Cal service error resulted in a 25-17 set win for the Buffs. Colorado committed seven less errors than the Bears in the set.
 
SET TWO: Both teams traded kills to a 4-4 tie early in the set before CU went on a three-point scoring run to go up 7-4. The Colorado retained the lead at 12-11 following back-to-back kills from Hart. Four unanswered points from the Buffs gave them a 14-11 advantage and forced a Cal timeout. Out of the break, the Bears tied it at 14-14. The tie lasted to 18 all before CU went up two at 20-18. Cal called its second and final timeout of the set while trailing 23-21 following Hart's seventh kill. Hart picked up another kill to set up Colorado set point. CU won the set 25-23 after Hadrych's sixth kill of the match.
 
SET THREE: The Buffs and the Bears made their way to a 6-6 tie to start the set. A four-point scoring run gave Colorado a 10-6 lead and forced Cal to take a timeout. After the timeout, Tabron reached double-digit kills as CU led by five at 12-7. The Buffs gave up a 4-0 scoring run to the Bears and called a timeout while up 16-13. Cal extended its scoring run to six to come within one of Colorado. The Bears took their first lead of the set 22-21 following back-to-back service aces from Maeder. CU fought back to take the lead at 23-22 as Cal took its second and final timeout of the set. Hart's 11th kill of the match set up Buffs match point. Colorado finished on a 4-0 scoring run and took the set 25-22 after a Bears attack error.

QUOTES
Head Coach Jesse Mahoney
On The Match
"I'm obviously happy to get a win. We poured a lot of ourselves into that Friday night match. Recovering from that and getting ready to play today was something that we needed to focus on. Really happy with our offensive efficiency. We hit .340, I think we had eight or nine errors overall. We knew that Cal would need to score their own points, we didn't want to give them any free points. Happy to get the win, for sure. Happy to get a day off, and looking forward to two great teams coming in here next weekend."
 
Outside Hitter Maya Tabron
On What Works For The Team
"I would say just swinging high and covering. I think that it's it builds confidence in us when we know that our defense is behind us and even if we don't take the best swing, then they're going to cover it and we're going to get into their chance at that play. So, I think kind of having that confidence in them. They kind of put that confidence in me to just keep swinging high and keep swinging hard.
 
Middle Blocker Meegan Hart
On How The Team Has Progressed
"We've obviously started off really strong. I think in past seasons, we've started off strong and preseason, and then we kind of go down a little bit, once our conference play starts. I'm really proud of how we responded this year. I know we have a lot of veterans, who just came in this year thinking we can be the best and we can win the Pac-12. We just have to have that mentality and that aggression. I'm really excited. It's my last season. It's been a while, but I just want to go out all hard and win."
 
On Her Play
"I want to give a shout-out obviously to our passers. They play up great balls and Taylor setting us in great situations, but I think I just would try to focus on connecting better with Taylor. I think these past few games kind of struggled there, but I was really focusing on doing my job, just going up swinging tall swinging aggressively."