Behind a great all-around team effort, the No. 15 University of Colorado Buffaloes swept North Florida (25-23, 25-17, 25-18) on Friday night in the third match of the Rumble in the Rockies at the University of Wyoming.
CU improved to 2-0 after defeating Oral Roberts earlier in the day, while UNF is now 0-2 after falling to Wyoming.
The Buffs hit an outstanding .326 with Brynna DeLuzio handing out 31 assists. Justine Spann had a career match with 14 kills and hit .481 with just one error on 27 attacks.
Senior Alexa Smith was second on the squad with 12 kills, while Danielle Price had another solid performance with nine kills and seven blocks, in addition to hitting .500 with two errors on 14 swings.
Four other Buffs recorded kills in the win. Lauren Dorrell tallied five, while DeLuzio and Anyse Smith each had two. Lillie Klemmer added the other kill for CU.
Colorado's passers also had a great night. Spann and Alexa Smith led the team with nine digs, while Rachel Whipple and DeLuzio each had eight.
"We are happy with the win, but still adjusting to having so many new faces on the floor; we are still finding our rhythm with each other," head coach Jesse Mahoney said. "Our offense is running smoothly but we've got work to do on the defensive end. Justine and Dani were exceptionally efficient tonight, which was good to see. Wyoming will be a very stiff test tomorrow."
Alexa Smith also recorded 15 kills in CU's season opener, helping the Buffs get past Oral Roberts 3-1 (25-15, 14-25, 25-19, 25-18) in the first match of the day.
Spann had 11 kills in addition to eight digs and four blocks. At the net, Klemmer made her first career start and posted a career-high seven block assists, in addition to four kills and two service aces. Redshirt freshman Price also had a nice debut with six kills and four blocks (two solo and two assists), while Dorrell, who was playing on the right side, posted five block assists and added three kills.
"We are happy to get our first match under our belt," Mahoney said. "ORU plays a little different style than we normally see and we could have made some adjustments to it earlier. That being said, I thought our offense in the three sets that we won was run very smoothly by Brynna (DeLuzio) and we saw some nice debuts from four new offensive players in Dani (Price), Lillie (Klemmer), Justine (Spann) and Lauren (Dorrell)."
Colorado got out to a strong start in the match with a solid win in the first set, but suffered a set-back in the second set, falling to the Golden Eagles. The Buffs rallied back to take the final two sets to start the season with a win. CU is now 22-11 in season openers all-time.
The Buffs outhit ORU .183-.132, although ORU had one more kill (44-43) than CU. The Buffs posted 12.0 blocks to ORU's 7.0 and served up four aces to ORU's two. The Golden Eagles had the edge in digs, 50-46.
CU is now 4-1 against Oral Roberts.
The Buffs are slated to face Wyoming today at 7 p.m.
Colorado 3, Oral Roberts 1
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Kills — CU: Smith 15, Spann 11, Price 6; ORU: Madison 15, Mikulic 11, Bergman 5.
Blocks — CU: Klemmer 7, Dorrell 5, Price 4; ORU: Blomquist 4, Bergman 3, Greenlee 3.
Assists — CU: DeLuzio 34, Whipple 3, Ewert 2; ORU: Bergman 33, Katarina Mikulic 4, Roe 3.
Aces — CU: Klemmer 2, Spann 1, Whipple 1; ORU: Thiessen 1, Madison 1
Digs — CU: Whipple 12, Spann 8, DeLuzio 5; ORU: Roe 16, Mikulic 9, Madison 9.
Colorado 3, Northern Florida 0
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Kills — CU: Spann 14, Smith 12, Price 9; NF: Griffey 9, Cestero 7, Wheeler 6.
Blocks — CU: Price 7, Smith 3, Klemmer 3, ; NF: Griffey 4, Cestero 3, Shoff 2.
Assists — CU: DeLuzio 31, Whipple 4, Ewert 3; NF: McCarty 18, Herman 14.
Aces — CU: DeLuzio 1, Spann 1; NF: Wheeler 1, McCarty 1
Digs — CU: Smith 9, Spann 9, DeLuzio 8; NF: Donnelly 10, O'Connell 7, McCarty 6.