The University of Colorado women's volleyball team took care of business Wednesday, completing the first-ever road sweep (25-20, 25-15, 26-24) in Los Angeles against UCLA as senior Naghede Abu broke the school record in career blocks.
With the win, the Buffs improve to 18-12 overall with a 10-9 record in the Pac-12. Colorado has won three straight in the Pac-12, marking the first time in school history that they have won three straight road matches in the conference since joining in 2011. UCLA, who was ranked all season long except for this week, drops to 13-13 with an 8-11 record in conference play.
"Really well played match by us especially offensively," said coach Jesse Mahoney. "Was a win we needed as the tournament at-large field is being set. Another win at Utah would cement our chances and we are looking to finish the Pac-12 season off strong."
Abu tied the mark for the school record in blocks with her first in the second set, then took over the record in the third. She finished with four total blocks, three of which came in the final act. She now has 568 blocks, passing Meghan Barkman. She now sits alone with the most solo blocks, block assists and total blocks in school history.
The Buffaloes were in command throughout the match, hitting greater than .300 in the match for the eighth time this season. The second set was one of the most dominant this season with the team hitting .457 with just a single attack error for just the third time this season.
The offense was run near flawlessly by freshman setter Jenna Ewert. Coming off a career-high 60 assists, Ewert put up another career-high with 13.66 assists per set, nearly two more assists per set than her past record. She also was four-for-five in kills per attempt, had seven digs and put down a block and ace.
This was Jenna's best match of the season," added Mahoney. "She's been building all year to play at this level and I'm happy she's starting to break through."
Colorado 3, UCLA 0Colorado (18-12, 10-9 Pac-12) 25 25 26
UCLA (13-13, 8-11) 20 15 24
Kills — CU: Spann (17), Smith, Anyse (11), Smith, Alexa (9); UCLA: Ryan (10), Mosser (8), May (8).
Blocks — CU: Abu (4), Price (2), Spann (2); UCLA: Ryan (3), Rogers (2), Mosser (2).
Assists — CU: Ewert (41), Spann (3), Whipple (2); UCLA: Miller (33), Muno (2).
Aces — CU: Ewert (1), DeMure (1), Whipple (1); UCLA: Ryan (1), Rogers (1), May (1).
Digs — CU: Smith, Alexa (16), Whipple (16), Spann (11); UCLA: Muno (19), Miller (12), Mosser (7).