The Colorado volleyball team snapped its two-game losing streak with a sweep of Arizona on Friday night at Coors Events Center.

Led by junior Alexa Smith, the Buffs rolled to the 25-20, 25-18, 25-19 victory.

Smith had 12 kills and seven digs to lead the way for the Buffs (20-8, 10-7 Pac-12), who hit the 20-win mark for just the second time in the last 14 years (also in 2014, with 20 wins).

"It's not very often that you get a sweep in the Pac-12, especially on back-to-back weekends," CU head coach Jesse Mahoney said. "It's nice to only play three instead of four or five. I thought it was a very good performance by us.

"It's tough to find a lot to complain about from this match."

The Buffs have won eight of their last 11 and finished a two-match season sweep of Arizona (10-16, 4-13). CU has won its last seven against the Wildcats.

Back-to-back kills by Smith ended the first game and got the Buffs off to a good start.

In the second game, Naghede Abu had three late kills to help the Buffs pull away for a 2-0 lead in the match.

Arizona came out strong to start the third, taking a 10-8 lead. A pair of kills by Anna Pfefferle and an ace by Brynna DeLuzio swung the momentum, however. Two consecutive aces by Rachel Whipple extended CU's lead to 22-15 and they cruised from there.

Frankie Shebby added 10 kills and seven digs and DeLuzio had 33 assists and six digs.


CU will host Arizona State on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Colorado 3, Arizona 0



Kills — Arizona: Dahlke 7, Spriggs 7, Cross 5; CU: Smith 12, Shebby 10, Hayes 7.

Blocks — Arizona: Cross 5, Shelton 4, Denny 3; CU: Abu 3, Shebby 2, Smith 2, Hayes 2, Pfefferle 2.

Assists — Arizona: Hernandez 21, Watanabe 3, Martin 3; CU: DeLuzio 33, Carta-Samuels 3, Shebby 1, Demure 1.

Aces — Arizona: Hernandez 1, Dahlke 1, Whipple 1; CU: DeLuzio 2, Whipple 2, Shebby 1, Carta-Samuels 1.

Digs — Arizona: Hernandez 5, Dahlke 4, Whipple 4, Martin 4; CU: Shebby 7, Smith 7, DeLuzio 6.