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Colorado Sweeps Oregon State

Nov 12, 2022
The Buffs celebrate after a Maya Tabron kill

BOULDER  — The Colorado volleyball team avenged its previous loss to Oregon State Saturday night with a sweep over the Beavers (25-12, 25-17, 25-13).

The Buffaloes (17-9, 9-7 Pac-12) set the pace of the match early against the Beavers (7-19, 2-14 Pac-12) with a decisive first set. Colorado took a lead that extended to 13 by the end.  

The Beavers kept it closer in the second set, and CU struggled to hold off a persistent Beavers team that tied the score eight times. A seven-point scoring run gave the Buffs a decisive lead, and led them to a set victory.

The Buffs kept their momentum into the third set, and they quickly jumped out to a lead they that they never let go of, securing the sweep of the Beavers.

Meegan Hart finished the match hitting .571 alongside eight kills and a team-leading six blocks. Maya Tabron topped the kills leader board with eleven in the match. She hit .346 and nearly notched a double-double with nine digs.

Lexi Hadrych had seven kills of her own, hitting .357. As a team the Buffs hit .306 with 44 digs and 9 blocks. They totaled 37 kills while the Beavers only achieved 27.

Colorado looks to avenge another loss in their next game against No. 20 Washington on Friday, Nov. 18.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

SET ONE:

The Buffaloes took control early in the first set. A quick eight-point run gave Colorado a lead it never let go of. Blocks by Jill Schneggenburger and Hart put an exclamation point on the scoring.  After briefly exchanging points, the Buffs put together another scoring run, this time for five points, extending their lead to 5-18. A kill by Hart gave Colorado set point, and Schneggenburger put the set to rest with a kill of her own. The Buffaloes took the set 25-12. Tabron and Hart finished the set hitting .571 and .750, each with a pair of blocks.

SET TWO:

Colorado jumped out to a small lead to start the second game. Each team took turns scoring, and back-to-back Beaver points tied it at 6-6. Each team continued to take turns scoring; the score was tied five more times before a five-point scoring run by the Buffaloes put them up 16-11. After an Oregon State timeout, Colorado tacked on two more points, extending their lead 18-11. Hadrych's fifth kill of the night led to another Oregon State timeout with the Buffs up 21-16. A Tabron kill put the Buffs in position for the set point, and Hart ended the set with a kill to give the Buffs a 25-17 victory.

SET THREE:

The Buffs wasted no time jumping out to an early lead in the third. By the time Oregon State got on the board, Colorado had a four-point lead. The Beavers managed to battle back and pull the score within two, 10-8. The Buffs responded with a seven-point scoring run to extend the lead, 17-19. Tabron notched her tenth kill of the match in the run. An attack error from Izzi Szulczewski gave Colorado the match point, and another Oregon State attack error, this time from Nursena Ballioglu, won the set and match for the Buffs 25-13.
 
QUOTES:
 
Head Coach Jesse Mahoney
 
On The Overall Match
 
"I'm happy with the sweep; I'm impressed with our team for bouncing back from what was a devastating loss for us on Thursday.  It shows a lot of character on the team's part to show up yesterday and today and prep the way we did. To hold a Pac-12 team to essentially hitting zero goes to the execution of our scheme and overall execution.
 
I told the team at the end of the match, that if we play the way we did this weekend for the rest of the way, there's no one we can't beat."
 
Setter Brynna DeLuzio
 
On Being A Leader After The Tough Loss
 
"Right after the loss [to Oregon], I think everyone was ready to go out and play again right away. Preparation wise, this time around [against Oregon State] we did the same thing, but we executed better than last time from the service line and we're playing really good defense as well."
 
On Having Four Regular Season Games Left
 
"We want to win every game, and I think we can win every game. I think our play this week has showed that. So coming in and doing what we've been doing. We've been having really good practices. These next four teams are teams that, if we play like we just did, it'll be really successful and exciting. It's exciting to see success on the road as well and to overcome that challenge."
 
 
Libero Katie Lougeay
 
On Earning 2 Aces
 
For this game, we wanted to stay disciplined and focus on our side of the net and focus on what we can control. That was serving tough and having a focus when we go back to the service line.
 
On Finishing The Season Strong
 
"This year, we're in a different sport than some other years because we weren't in contention for the NCAA tournament then. But now we are and our main focus is winning the games we need to win to make it into the tournament. As a senior, this is my last chance to do that. So, we're very focused on each team we're playing and the next two weeks are going to be super important."