Tuesday, 26 September 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Colorado Claims Golden Spike, Reverse Sweep CSU

Colorado Claims Golden Spike, Reverse Sweep CSU

BOULDER – The Colorado Women’s Volleyball team (7-3) won a thriller in five sets (17-25, 20-25, 25-19, 28-26,15-13) against the Colorado State Rams (6-6) Friday night in Fort Collins, and will take possession of the Golden Spike Trophy for the third-straight year.

The Buffs answer back with a reverse sweep of their own on the road and stun the Rams in a full five sets. CU’s first win in Fort Collins since 2021. 

Setter Taylor Simpson recorded her second double-double of the season with 54 assists and 12 digs. Her 54 assists shatters her previous career-high of 47. Maya Tabron notched her third double-double of the season and second of the week, with 12 kills and 12 digs. Lexi Hadrych led the way for Colorado in kills with 17. 

Five different Buffs had double-digit kills on the night, including freshmen Lily Dwinell and Cayla Payne both earning career-highs in kills. Dwinell had 10 kills on 22 attempts (.409) and Payne with 10 kills on 14 attempts (.643). 

Skyy Howard continues her torrid run as a Buff in the 2023 campaign, contributing 12 kills with a .579 hit percentage and 5 blocks. 

“Excited to keep the Golden Spike another year in Boulder! A very well played match from an offensive standpoint by both teams,” stated head coach Jesse Mahoney. “CSU always packs Moby for this match but once we got past the initial shock of the crowd and the environment I thought we did a great job of getting better each set. We really needed production from the middle and right side tonight and we got that from Skyy, Cayla and Lily.”

Despite the loss, CSU outside hitter Malaya Jones broke her career-high that she set last night in Boulder (21) with 23 kills in front of the home crowd. 

The Buffs will be back in action on Sunday at home, when they take on the Denver Pioneers at 2 p.m. MT.



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