BOULDER – The Colorado women’s volleyball team (14-11, 6-8) will head to the desert this weekend to take on No. 17 Arizona State (22-4, 10-4) and Arizona (6-19, 1-13). Thursday’s match in Tempe will be at 7 p.m. MT, followed up with Saturday’s match in Tucson at 2 p.m. MT.
Colorado enters the week after splitting matches against Oregon State and then-No. 7 Oregon on the road. They took down the Beavers in five sets for the second time this season Friday night, while the Ducks came away with a four-set win Sunday afternoon.
Friday night’s match was spearheaded by the trio of Skyy Howard, Maya Tabron, and Ana Burilović combining for 42 of Colorado’s 55 kills. The three all had double-doubles: Howard with 12 blocks, Tabron with 12 digs, and Burilović with a career-high 16 digs.
CU had a 18 total blocks as a team, including six different Buffs’ recording at least one block.
Sunday didn’t fare as well for Colorado, as they dropped in four sets to the Ducks. Tabron was the only CU player with double-digit kills, with 11.
Colorado currently sits at seventh in the Pac-12 standings, just behind both schools in Los Angeles. The Buffaloes have four games remaining on the road and two more at home in the CU Events Center.
The Sun Devils are ranked No. 17 in the country at the moment and are third in the Pac-12 standings. They’re coming off a weekend in Los Angeles where they swept UCLA, but then USC returned the favor with a sweep over ASU Sunday afternoon.
Colorado took care of business earlier in the season at home against the Sun Devils, with a dominant 3-0 sweep. CU currently leads in the all-time series 12-11, winning seven of the last ten matches.
The Wildcats are on a nine-match losing streak, getting swept in each of the last four matches. They have just one conference win, against UCLA back in October.
CU swept Arizona at home just a few weeks back, and will look to do so once again in Tucson this time around. The Buffs have won the last two matches between the two but still trail in the all-time series 11-13.