After reaching their respective NCAA tournaments a year ago, the CU volleyball and soccer teams harbored legitimate preseason expectations of making return trips in 2015.
And certainly that goal remains intact. However, with the seasons for both programs hitting the stretch run, there is much work that must be accomplished in order for the Buffaloes to cement those NCAA credentials.
The CU volleyball team remains in charge of its own destiny, even with mixed results through a 2-4 start to Pac-12 Conference play. The Buffs still have 14 games remaining, which means there are plenty of opportunities to notch more victories like the five-set comeback on the road against then-No. 22 Oregon two weeks ago. CU pushed the nation’s No. 1 team, USC, to five sets this past weekend, and consistently putting forth a similar effort the rest of the way should put the Buffs in good shape for postseason consideration.
For soccer coach Danny Sanchez, the situation is far more precarious. Only six games remain for CU, and the Buffs must solve the peculiar scoring drought that has plagued the team’s play of late.
Last Friday, Sanchez expressed optimism regarding the scoring chances his Buffs created against No. 18 Washington (then 19), even though CU settled for a 1-1 tie. The wheels fell off two days later in a 3-0 loss against No. 16 Washington State (then 21).
Over the past nine halves of soccer — a span that also includes 35 minutes of overtime sessions — the Buffs have failed to score a single goal during the run of play, notching their two goals during that stretch off corner kicks.
The soccer team will attempt to get right this weekend with another demanding road test Friday night at No. 4 Stanford. The CU volleyball team is home this weekend against Cal on Friday and No. 6 Stanford on Sunday.