BOULDER – The Colorado women’s volleyball team (15-13, 7-10) defeated the Washington Huskies (15-14, 6-12) in three sets (26-24, 25-20, 25-17) on senior day here in the CU Events Center.
The Buffs’ offense dominated with Lexi Hadrych leading in kills. She earned 11 kills in 19 attempts with a .526 hitting percentage. Skyy Howard and Lily Dwinell also played important roles in today’s win as each earned eight kills. Alexia Kuehl led Colorado in blocks, posting five.
As a team, CU hit a .304 hitting percentage, while the Huskies hit .149.
The Buffs will travel to California to compete against the University of California Berkeley, on November 22 at 2:00 p.m. MT.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET ONE: The teams traded points back and forth early on with an early tie of 4-4. The Buffs went on 3-0 scoring run to take the lead at 9-8, however, Washington responded with a 4-0 scoring run to take the advantage at 13-10. The two teams continued to be neck-in-neck, with a slight lead coming for CU at 20-19 off of a kill from Howard, her fourth of the match. Hadrych earned her sixth kill to tie things up at 23-23. Colorado held on to win set one at 26-24 off of a service ace from Bolles, her 44th ace of the season.
SET TWO: Dwinell’s third kill of the match gave Colorado an early advantage at 4-3. She then went on to earn her fifth kill to put the Buffs up by two at 13-11, forcing a timeout by Washigton. Colorado put Washington at a four point deficit late in the set at 23-19 off of an attack error by the Huskies, and Colorado maintained their lead to win set two 25-20.
SET THREE: Colorado jumped to an early lead of 5-1 to force a timeout by the Huskies. This didn’t slow the Buffs down as they continued their scoring run, increasing their lead to 7-1. Dwinell earned her eighth kill of the match while hitting .500 at 10-3. Hardych continued to lead the Buffs in kills with nine, bringing the score to 18-9 late in set three. Washington responded with a 3-0 scoring run to stay within four at 21-17, forcing a timeout by Colorado. The Buffs responded with a 4-0 scoring run to take set three 25-20 off another service ace from Bolles.
Coach Jesse Mahoney
Opening statement –
“Exciting to get a win. There are only a few sweeps…