SEATTLES — The University of Colorado women’s volleyball defeated No. 21 Washington (25-21, 26-24, 25-20) for the first time in program history Friday night at the Alaska Airlines Arena.
Before Friday, the Buffaloes (18-9, 10-7 Pac-12) were on a six-game losing streak against the Huskies (19-9, 11-6 Pac-12).
The buffs were carried out in kills Lexi Hadrych who reached 13 and had an attack percentage of .478. Hadrych was closely followed Maya Tabron Who had 11 kills and hit .370 and Meegan Hart who earned eight kills and reached .500.
The weakest aspect of Colorado’s night was her service game. The Buffs used heavy service pressure to keep Washington on their toes and forcing the Huskies to a .231 attack percentage, keeping them below their season average of .288. It was a high-risk endeavor with high rewards, as the Buffs earned eight aces but UW made 11 serve errors. Although CU had more errors than aces, CU’s serve pressure kept the Huskies out of the system, allowing the Buffs to amass 41 digs and four blocks total.
Colorado achieved an incredible .347 hit rate Taylor Simpson earned 24 assists and Brynna DeLuzio deserves 10
The Buffs look to topple another top-25 team in the form of No. 25 Washington State Sunday at 1:00 p.m. MT.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Colorado dropped out after an early 3-0 run Katie Lougeays serve with Kelley Levaggi earn the first kill of the team of the game. The Buffs extended their lead to 7-2 with a kill from Hart. A few buff mistakes followed by a kill from Marin Grote put the Huskies back on track, but a kill from Hadrych dashed the Huskies’ hopes.
Hadrych remained consistent When her third kill of the set gave the Buffs a 15-12 lead, she entered the media timeout. The first block of the Buffs’ game also came from Hadrych, leading to Washington taking its first timeout at 17-13. DeLuzio quickly got UW to call her second timeout at 20-14 as she collected the Buffs’ first ace.
From there, the Huskies managed to narrow the lead but couldn’t fully recover and the Buffs took the first set 25-21.
The second set was a dogfight from the start. The Buffs and Huskies struggled early and the two teams were tied 8-8. Back-to-back kills from Tabron gave the Buffs their first two-point lead of the set, but the Huskies responded quickly with two kills from Claire Hoffman and Grote.
A crucial challenge was mentioned by Coach Mahoney in the second set. As a result, a net injury was decided against the Huskies and the original call was overturned to hold the set 13-13.
CU took their first timeout at 18-14 when Hoffman got her 10th kill of the match and 1,500. kill of her career. The buffs recovered from the time out with a hadrych followed by a Jill Schneggenburger ace A well-placed setter dump from Simpson forced the Huskies to call their first timeout at 17-18. Washington managed to bounce back after the break and extended their lead to 21-18, but Tabron’s fifth match kill ended the run.
The Buffs continued to gain momentum and the Huskies took advantage of their second timeout at 22-21. A serve error by Buff gave Washington another two-point lead.
However, Colorado wasn’t done making a comeback just yet. Hadrych’s eighth kill followed by an ace from Tabron gave the Buffs their first set point. Washington responded with a block on Hadrych to level the set, but Hart’s seventh kill gave the Buffs their second set point, and an ace from Hart ended the set 26-24 for the Buffs.
The Buffs took control early in the set and an ace from Tabron increased the Buffs by five to 7-2, giving UW their first timeout.
From there, the Buffs extended their lead even further with a block over Alexia Cool, followed by a kill from Hadrych to give CU an 11-3 lead. Kuehl’s third kill of the game prompted the Huskies to capitalize on their second timeout early at 12-4. Lougeay added to the buff offense by hitting the team’s 11th ace at 15-7.
The Buffs faltered slightly at point 18 as the Huskies completed a three-point serve, but Hadrych’s 11th kill broke the spell.
The Huskies began to regroup towards the end of the set and managed to close the scoreline within five at 23-18, forcing Colorado to call a time-out. Despite the break, Washington retained the ball with a kill from Hoffman. Then the Buffs almost got to match point when a ball-handling error was reported, but the point was eventually revoked to keep Colorado at 23-19. CU scored match point after a serve error in Washington. Washington used a challenge in hopes of overturning the original “out” call, but the verdict held.
The Huskies held off the Buffs’ first match point attempt, but a Tabron kill gave Colorado its first win over the Huskies while he was 25-21 in Washington.