Colorado improved to 17-6 overall after a convincing 3-1 victory against Oregon State (16-8) on Saturday night in Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore.
The win over the Beavers completed the season series sweep of the Oregon schools as CU upset No. 15 Oregon on Friday night after defeating both programs in Boulder last month.
The Buffs took the first set narrowly (25-23), but OSU tied the match up after earning a 25-20 win in the second set. CU came out of the intermission focused, winning the final two sets (25-23 and 25-12) to snap the Beavers' five-match win streak. Colorado is now 7-5 in the Pac-12, while OSU is 6-6.
"It was great to get the sweep on the weekend. The Oregon schools are really tough and are playing some really good volleyball," Colorado head coach Jesse Mahoney said. "We started out a little rough, ball-handling-wise. By the time we were in set three, we were in a pretty good groove and when we got that win, we kind of rolled over them in set four."
Junior Alexa Smith led Colorado with 19 kills and added 16 digs for her 13th double-double this season. Naghede Abu was second on the team with 14 kills. She hit an outstanding .583 with no errors on 24 attacks. Frankie Shebby added another 13 kills and tallied just two errors on 35 swings (.314).
Gabby Carta-Samuels was busy in the back-row for the Buffs, recording a match-high 22 digs. Abu led CU at the net with four blocks, while Smith and Joslyn Hayes each added another three blocks.
For the first time in school history, the Buffs defeated Oregon State and Oregon both at home and away...CU is 10-4 this season away from Coors and has won five of its last six matches...The Buffs are 9-4 against the Beavers and are 3-3 in Corvallis...Colorado has eight matches remaining in the regular season, which includes five at the Coors Events Center.
Colorado 3, Oregon StateColorado 25 20 25 25
Oregon State 23 25 23 12
Kills — CU: Smith 19, Abu 14, Shebby 13; OSU: Marshall 20, Goings 18, Cheshire 8.
Blocks — CU: Abu 4, Smith 3, Hayes 3; OSU: Cheshire 5, Bennett 3, McLaughlin 3
Assists — CU: DeLuzio 47; OSU: McLaughlin 51
Aces — CU: DeLuzio 3, Pfefferle 2, Smith 2 ; OSU: Cheshire 1, Marshall 1, Massey 1
Digs — CU: Carta-Samuels 22, Smith 16 ; OSU: Massey 16, Marshall 15