Wednesday, 7 June 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Buffs Wrap Up Spring Season

Buffs Wrap Up Spring Season

BOULDER – As spring slowly turns into summer and students cram for their final tests, Colorado’s volleyball team finished up its off-season. 

For the team, the spring season began in late January with a couple of position-oriented practices a week, per NCAA rules. Starting in March, the squad was allowed to practice as a whole team and were able to expand the number of hours they played each week. In March, the team was also able to have their first scrimmage, which they hosted in Boulder against the Air Force. 

“We had a very productive spring season. We graduated seven players who all played significant roles for our team – so there has been quite a lot of growth these last couple months as our returners are figuring out how to make the most of this opportunity from both an individual standpoint and from a team culture standpoint,” head coach Jesse Mahoney commented at the end of the spring season. 

Although the team graduated seven players in the fall, they’ve already bought three new players into the fold. Outside hitter Sydney Jordan and libero Avery Bolles both graduated high school early to join the Buffs this past semester while middle blocker Skyy Howard transferred from the University of North Carolina after graduating with her degree in December. 

Mahoney commented that the team focused on running a faster offense during the off-season. 

“We worked to speed up the offense to the left this spring and I think we will have a chance to be more efficient in-system this fall. All of our pins focused on becoming better six rotation players, and I’m excited to see that play out next season,” Mahoney said. 

Throughout the course of the spring season, the team also traveled to Colorado State and Wyoming to test out its new offense and to allow the team to play against some different competition. 

“We settled into a version of a 6-2 offensively this last season, but our focus this spring has been a return to a 5-1 offense. Taylor Simpson has focused on becoming more physical as a blocker and more offensive with the second ball,” Mahoney said. “She had a great feel for the tempo we want to run on offense and has gained a sense of what each of our attackers needs to be successful. After a redshirt year, Rian Finlay has made some great strides this spring as well and the setting position will once again be a strong…

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