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Colorado Swept By No.8 Stanford

Nov 6, 2022
CU huddles after dropping a point to Stanford

STANFORD — Colorado women's volleyball suffered a tough loss in a sweep (25-16, 26-24, 25-20) to No. 8-ranked Stanford here Sunday afternoon at Maples Pavilion, ending its three-match win streak.
 
The Buffaloes (16-8, 8-6 Pac-12) fell in straight sets against the Cardinal (18-4, 13-1 Pac-12) despite committing five less errors in the match.
 
Sterling Parker led CU with eight kills while hitting .444 and had two blocks on the defensive end. Meegan Hart was next in kills for Colorado with seven while leading all players in blocks with five. Brynna DeLuzio was three digs shy of another double-double as she recorded 11 assists and seven digs.
 
For Stanford, Kendall Kipp had a fantastic performance with 19 total kills while hitting .378. Caitie Baird also impressed with 14 kills while hitting .375. The two players combined for five blocks on the day.
 
Colorado's offense wasn't able to produce the numbers it needed as it went up against Stanford's back row, getting outhit .336 to .175 as the Cardinal tallied 55 digs in only three sets.
 
CU will travel back to Boulder to face off against Oregon on Thursday, Nov. 10 and Oregon State on Saturday, Nov. 12
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
 
SET ONE: Stanford took an early 9-4 lead after a three-point scoring run resulted in Colorado taking its first timeout of the set.  Shortly after, Elia Rubin's fourth kill gave the Cardinal a 15-10 advantage. CU called its second and final timeout of the set while trailing by six at 18-12. Stanford scored another three unanswered points to make it 23-14. Baird picked up a kill to produce set point for the Cardinal. Kipp finished it off with her sixth kill to win the set 25-16 for Stanford. The Buffs were outhit .441 to .107 in the set.
 
SET TWO: After going down 3-1, Colorado scored four straight points to go up 5-3. Both teams fought back-and-forth to a 9-9 tie before CU scored three consecutive points, making it 12-9. After a 16 all tie, Stanford answered back with a 3-0 scoring run of its own and forced the Buffs to take a timeout at 19-16. Back-to-back errors from the Cardinal made it tied at 20-20. The tie continued to 23-23 before Hart and Jill Schneggenburger combined for a block to reach set point and force a Stanford timeout. Kipp kept the Cardinal alive her 12th kill to make it 24-24. Stanford scored another two points to win the set 26-24. Oglivie scored the final point with her first service ace of the match.
 
SET THREE: Both teams found themselves in a close set early on at 6-6. The tie lasted to 10-10 before Stanford took a two-point lead following a kill from Kipp. The Cardinal kept that two-point lead to 15-13 before a media timeout. After the timeout, Stanford scored another two points to force a Colorado timeout as the Buffs trailed by four. After CU recorded two points off of Stanford's errors, the Cardinal scored three straight, leading to another Colorado timeout at 20-15. Out of the break, CU went on a three-point scoring run to come within two of Stanford and force the Cardinal to take a timeout at 21-19. Baird racked up her 14th kill to set up match point for Stanford. The Cardinal won the set 25-20 following a kill from McKenna Vicini.  

QUOTES
Head Coach Jesse Mahoney
On The Match
 
"Stanford puts a lot of pressure on you in all phases of the game. I was happy with how we responded in sets two and three because we ratcheted up our service and defensive game [as compared to set one]. Our effort was there this match, but we can still up our level of execution."