Being a ranked team hasn't been the ideal situation this season for the Colorado volleyball team.

Last week the Buffaloes slipped into the No. 25 spot of the national poll for the third time this season. Like those previous two times CU went winless as a ranked team, suffering losses last week in top-25 showdowns at UCLA and USC.

While the defeats ended a run of seven wins in eight matches, they did little to dampen the Buffs' NCAA Tournament hopes with four games remaining in the regular season. The Buffs begin the week at the No. 21 spot in the RPI, and they have a prime opportunity to bolster those credentials as the two teams at the bottom of the Pac-12 Conference standings visit the Coors Events Center this weekend.

Arizona at Colorado volleyball

WHEN: Friday, 6 p.m., Coors Events Center.

BROADCAST: Live stream available at CUBuffs.com.

RECORDS: Arizona 10-15, 4-12 Pac-12 Conference; CU 19-8, 9-7.

NOTES: The Buffs begin the week as one of four Pac-12 teams with 9-7 league marks...CU prevailed 3-2 at Arizona on Oct. 15. Frankie Shebby and Alexa Smith posted 25 kills apiece, while freshman setter Brynna DeLuzio recorded a season-high 57 assists ... The Buffs have won six consecutive matches against the Wildcats ... Arizona had lost eight of its previous nine before recording a five-set upset win against then-No. 16 Oregon on Sunday ... The Buffs host Arizona State on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Sun Devils enter their Friday night match at No. 17 Utah with an 0-16 mark in league play ... The Buffs play at Cal on Nov. 22 before completing the regular season with a home match against Utah Nov. 24.


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