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Colorado Falls In Sweep To No.20 Ducks

Oct 23, 2022

EUGENE, Ore.  — The University of Colorado women's volleyball fell in straight sets (25-23, 25-17, 25-22) here to No. 20 Oregon Sunday.
 
The loss marks the Buffaloes (13-7, 5-5 Pac-12) second consecutive conference loss, while the Ducks (13-5, 7-3) have won their last three conference games.
 
Offensively, the Buffs were led by Maya Tabron with 13 kills and a .281% attacking percentage. She was closely trailed by teammate Lexi Hadrych who had 12 kills and recorded a season-high four blocks. Setters Taylor Simpson and Brynna Deluzio evenly distributed the offense, earning 25 and 10 assists respectively. 
 
Libero Katie Lougeay led the Buffs in digs with 15 while Alexia Kuehl tied Hadrych in blocks with four. Simpson notched a double-double, adding 10 digs to her assists. 
 
The Ducks tied the Buffs in kills with 39, but held themselves to 11 attack errors while CU had 22. Both teams recorded the same number of kills per hitter, with Mimi Colyer matching Tabron's 13 and Brooke Nuneviller matching Hadrych with 12 and so on.
 
Elise Ferreira recorded a double-double with 31 assists and 12 digs, while Colyer added 11 digs to her kills.
 
The Buffs will look to rebound when they host the LA schools next weekend.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET ONE:
Colorado jumped out to a 5-2 lead on a four-point run early behind a block and kill from Hadrych. The Buffs went on another four-point run to 10-6 with Hadrych posting an early three kills. The attack was on as the Buffs had nine kills in 11 points. Oregon tied things up at 16 all on a three-point run that forced a challenge from the Buffs. The run finally ended at 18-17 after five points with Hadrych's fourth kill. The Ducks reached the 20-point mark first at 20-18, forcing a CU timeout. Hadrych tied it up at 20 and 21 with her sixth and seventh kills, respectfully. Set point came at 24-23 for the Ducks, then finished on a solo block a play later. Colorado had 19 kills in the set compared to Oregon's 12, but also had 11 attack errors.
 
SET TWO:
The Ducks took the first three points, then pushed to a quick 8-3 lead to force an early CU timeout with the Buffs hitting negative in the set. A three-point run extended the lead to 13-6 with both teams hitting less than .100. CU called their second timeout at 14-7. Colorado finally put together a run, closing the gap to 17-14 on a four-point run to force an Oregon timeout. The Ducks reached the 20-point mark with a six-point lead. Set point came at 24-16 on a four-point run, finishing it two plays later. The Buffs hit .029 in the set with only eight kills to Oregon's 13 and .216 hitting percentage.
 
SET THREE:
The teams traded points to seven all before CU challenged a play at 9-7. The Buffs went on a three-point run to tie things up at 10 all behind a Lougeay ace. Tabron put down a pair of consecutive kills to tie it at 12 and earn her 10th kill of the match. The teams traded points before a kill by Hadrych gave the Buffs their second lead of the set at 16-15, her 10th kill of the match. A three-point run for Oregon to 21-17 forced CU to call timeout with the Ducks on a 6-1 run. CU called its second timeout at 23-19, but match point came two plays later at 24-21. The match ended two plays later with Oregon hitting .344 in the final set.
 
QUOTES
Head Coach Jesse Mahoney
On The Match
"Oregon put a lot of pressure on us - they were in-system all match - but I thought we slowed them down enough to give ourselves a chance. However, we were uncharacteristically high error from an attack standpoint."