LOS ANGELES – Colorado volleyball suffered a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-15, 25-14) against 16th-place UCLA here Friday night, behind the Bruins’ strong 0.406 batting percentage.
The 24eThe ranked Buffs (11-3, 2-3 Pac-12) only hit 0.157 compared to the Bruins (11-2, 4-1 Pac-12) who were led by All-American Mac May with 22 kills. decisive on one. 405 percent pass.
Colorado faced 14 student-athletes in the game, involving almost everyone in the trip. Meegan hart and Jill schneggenburger led the team with seven kills each, with Hart hitting 0.313. Jenna ewert distributed 20 assists and had nine digs for three assists. Ewert, Maya tabron and Alexia Kuehl all had three victories while Jahara Campbell had four.
In defense, Brynna De Luzio led the team with 11 digs while Kuehl and Campbell each had a pair of blocks.
The Buffs were beaten in the game 49 kills against 28 and six UCLA players struck for three or more kills and at least a .368 hit percentage. Francesca Alupei had a game-high 0.625 hitting percentage, while Zoe Fleck led all players with a dozen digs. Anna Dodson has completed five of the team’s nine blocks. Passer Shelby Martin added 42 assists, three assists, six digs and three blocks while May added a pair of aces to her points tally.
Colorado will look to bounce back quickly as the team travel to USC on Sunday at 2 p.m. MT to take on the Trojans. CU never defeated USC on the road.
SET ONE: The teams battled from the start almost tied with UCLA taking a slight lead at 10-8. CU called the first timeout at 13-9 as the Buffs hit just 0.111 against 0.227 for UCLA. CU was three in a row to come close to two at 16-14 before the Bruins could retire. CU received a yellow card after water was spilled from his bench to justify a delay in the game. After the cleanup, UCLA ran a three-point run to force another CU timeout at 21-16. Campbell led the team with three kills while hitting 0.333 while May led all players with six kills hitting 0.308. Bella simkus happened after the time out in the middle. Setpoint came with a six-point lead at UCLA. May finished with seven kills while the Bruins hit 0.364 while CU hit 0.275 but made four block errors.
SET TWO: The teams even started until UCLA went on a four-point run at 11-7 to force a CU timeout. The Buffs continued to recruit new players with Kelley levaggi get killed and Katie Lougeay see playing time in the back row. Colorado called the timeout again at 16-10 trying to contain UCLA who hit .385 in the set on a three-runner run. The Bruins hit the 20-point mark in the lead, led by Mac’s 11 kills versus Schneggenburger’s five while hitting .333. Taylor deProsse came in for his first action of the season as CU continued to turn things around 23-14. The set point came a game later, finishing it at 25-15 with UCLA hitting .417 in the set led by May’s 14 kills of .379.
SET THREE: CU called an early time out at 7-3 with UCLA on a four-point run. The Bruins led 14-7 as the team hit .420 in the game with May with 17 kills. A three-point run extended the lead to 17-8. The bleeding did not stop as CU replaced Taylor simpson. The Bruins extended their lead to 23-11 and hit game point three games later at 24-13. The lay was called a replay by officials, hitting 23-13 because of the music played during the play. The second try on match point came at 24-14, ending it with the 22nd kill on the night of May as UCLA hit 0.400 overall against Colorado’s 0.0000.
The Head Coach Jesse mahoney
This is the first game we are playing this season where I feel like we are playing shy. We let the first set slip away with too many mistakes and once UCLA gained momentum we didn’t respond in sets 2 and 3. We will have to respond to USC on Sunday.