SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The University of Colorado volleyball completed a perfect 4-0 tournament run after collection two more wins on Saturday to win the Candlewood Suites Invitational.
The Buffs knocked off Rutgers in four sets (25-15, 23-25, 25-20, 25-14) to begin Saturday before moving on to dispatch host Syracuse in straight sets (25-22, 25-19, 25-20). Junior Taylor Simpson was named the tournament's MVP and sophomore Nicole Edelman made the all-tournament team.
Colorado recorded a .410 hitting percentage against Syracuse and had three Buffs finished the match with 10 or more kills. Sophomore Alexis Austin hammered 17 kills and hit .577. Simpson had 11 kills in the match and senior Kerra Schroeder had 10 kills, while hitting .562 with only one error on 16 attacks. Junior Kelsey English had a nice hitting percentage at .444 and senior Nikki Lindow recorded a .385 attack percentage with six kills.
Edelman registered 40 assists and had four kills while.571. As a team the Buffs recorded 53 kills and only 10 errors with 105 attacks.
Defensively CU was led by freshman Cierra Simpson, who recorded 12 digs. Schroeder added nine digs and Edelman picked up six. Colorado had 40 total digs in the match.
The first set had 11 ties and four lead changes. The final lead change came when the Buffs broke the 18-18 tie, going ahead with a kill from Simpson. CU added two more points (21-18) for a three-point advantage, which would prove to be too much for the Orange to overcome as the Buffs finished the set 25-22. CU hit .333 in the frame and held SU to .289.
The Orange had a 15-14 lead in the second set before the Buffs used a 6-0 run to take a 20-15 advantage. SU came back with two points of its own and CU answered right back with another two (22-17). The Buffs were able to close the set with three of the next five points. CU had a match-high 19 kills in the set and hit .444. SU recorded 15 kills to hit .344.
The Buffs took the lead from the start of the third set and never let it go despite seven ties. The last tie came at 16-16 and after that CU put together four straight points to take a 20-16 lead. The Buffs continued to work and finished the set strong at 25-20. They hit .467 with 17 kills and only three errors, while the Orange was held to .290 with 12 kills and three errors.
In the morning contest against Rutgers, Schroeder led the team with 12 kills and 14 digs and junior Neira Ortiz Ruiz added 11 kills in the win. Senior Emily Alexis had nine kills and Lindow added eight kills with a team-best .412 hitting percentage. Alexis and Lindow each put up four blocks for CU.