BOULDER – The Colorado women’s volleyball team took care of business against the Denver Pioneers in four sets (20-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-18) here Sunday afternoon. CU was able to add another match to the win column before it starts conference play on Thursday.
The Buffaloes (8-3) dropped the first set to the Pioneers (1-7), however they were able to flip the switch and win the next three sets behind an amazing performance from Lexi Hadrych.
Hadrych was a force to be reckoned with on the attack as she picked up 22 kills, matching her career-high. She was also very efficient at the net with a .613 hitting percentage which led all players.
The Buffs stepped up on the defensive end, racking up 16 blocks and holding Denver to just a .169 hitting percentage in the match. Skyy Howard led the team in blocks with seven while Cayla Payne and Taylor Simpson both recorded six. Howard also added eight kills offensively.
Colorado women’s volleyball capped off a great weekend with the win over Denver today. The team will turn its attention to Thursday, Sept. 21 when it will face the Utah Utes in its first conference match of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Denver started out hot, putting together a 4-0 scoring run to take an 8-2 lead over Colorado early in the set. The Pioneers extended their lead to seven at 13-6 which forced CU to take its first timeout. Shortly after the timeout, the Buffs scored back-to-back kills, leading to a DU timeout. Colorado came within four at 20-17 on a kill from Hadrych. CU closed the deficit to just three, forcing another Denver timeout. The Pioneers reached set point following the break. They took the first set 25-20 after a kill from Cadi Boyer.
The first three points of the set belonged to Colorado. Later in the set, both teams found themselves in a 7-7 tie. The Buffs then scored five unanswered points to go up 12-7 and force a DU timeout. Colorado held a comfortable lead before the Pioneers responded with a 5-0 scoring run to come within just one at 19-18. CU called a timeout as a result. Out of the timeout, the Buffs were able to achieve set point with a kill from Hadrych. Colorado then won the set 25-21 following a Hadrych block.
CU took a commanding 10-4 lead relatively early in the set. However, Denver didn’t back down, cutting its deficit…