For the first time in two decades, the Buffs will dance past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. The Buffs swept Baylor in Waco, Texas, 3-0, to win and advance to the Sweet 16.
The 25-12, 25-22, 25-20 win puts the Buffs in the program's fourth Sweet 16 and first since 1997. The Buffs also advanced in 1993 and 1994. CU is now 24-9 on the season and Baylor, ranked No. 18 and seeded No. 12, ends its season at 24-7.
Colorado will face another old Big 12 foe in No. 5 seed Nebraska in Lexington, Ky., next week.
Colorado jumped out quick in the first set and rolled to a 25-12 win to take a quick 1-0 lead. The second set was much closer, and the Buffs used a late rally to win, 25-22. In the third set, the Buffs had a 4-0 run midway through the final set and maintained that lead throughout the end of the set, winning 25-20.
Brynna DeLuzio paced the Buffs offense with 38 assists as three of the Buffs five starting hitters hit .300 or better in the match. As a team, the Buffs hit .320, the best percentage hit against Baylor all season, with 43 kills and just 11 errors on an even 100 attacks.
Alexa Smith had 14 kills and hit .394. Frankie Shebby hit .308 with 11 kills and added 14 digs defensively.
Naghede Abu had eight blocks to pace the Buffs defense and added seven kills. Joslyn Hayes had seven blocks and five kills and Anna Pfefferle had four kills and four blocks. Gabby Carta-Samuels added 13 digs from the libero position.
Colorado 3, Baylor 0Colorado 25 25 25
Baylor 12 22 20
Kills — CU: Smith 14, Shebby 11; BU: Pressley 14, Fanning 10.
Blocks — CU: Abu 8, Hayes 7; BU: Fanning 2
Assists — CU: DeLuzio 38; BU: Lockin 34.
Aces — CU: Pfefferle 2; BU: None.
Digs — CU: Shebby 14, Carta-Samuels 13; BU: Philo 14, Pressley 9.