The Colorado volleyball team rallied from a 0-2 deficit to defeat No. 22 Colorado State (10-2) in exciting 3-2 fashion on Saturday night at Moby Arena.
The win marks the first for the Buffs (10-1) in Moby Arena since 1995 and also put an end to CSU’s head coach Tom Hilbert’s perfect record against in-state Colorado Division I programs at home, which now stands at 51-1. This is also the second straight win over CSU for the Buffs as they defeated the Rams in 2016 (3-1) in Boulder.
“Well it’s a really competitive match for all five sets. In the first two we kicked away some chances, made a lot of service errors. Especially in set two when we kind of were in control and let it go,” Colorado head coach Jesse Mahoney said. “But going in between two and three we just talked about continuing to do the same stuff, cleaning up a little bit. I felt we made great plays to win set three and really were in control in that point. I think we controlled the match in four and five. Every kid played great. We had a lot of great performance, especially our outsides. I thought we defended as well as we had all season. It was a lot of fun.”
The Buffs got some revenge on the Rams with the victory. The last time Colorado traveled to Fort Collins was the 2014 NCAA Tournament. In that match, the Buffs won the first two sets but eventually fell to the Rams after Colorado State swept the final three sets.
Junior Alexa Smith led the charge for the Buffs, hammering 25 kills while hitting .310. She also turned in a great defensive performance with 15 digs.
Smith had a lot of help from her entire team, including Frankie Shebby who tallied 16 kills and 11 digs. Senior Joslyn Hayes was a force on the right side, adding 11 kills while hitting .435 to lead the match.
Colorado State was led by Sanja Cizmic’s 16 kills. Breana Runnels added 13 kills and Jasmine Hanna tallied 11 in the effort.
Earlier on Saturday, Justine Spann and Naghede Abu each recorded 11 kills as the Buffs swept Albany.
Pac-12 play starts next as the Buffs travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, for a match on Sept. 22 against No. 16 Utah. CU will return to Boulder to host No. 4 Stanford on Sept. 24.
Colorado 3, Albany 0
At Fort Collins
Albany 17 13 19
Colorado 25 25 25
Kills — Albany: Okenwa 15, Hansen 6; CU: Spann 11, Abu 11.
Blocks — Albany: Tedesco 1; CU: Pfefferle 3.
Assists — Albany: Focosi 12, Cameron 12; CU: DeLuzio 33.
Aces — CU: Carta Samuels 1
Digs — Albany: Otero 14, Okenwa 7, Holmes 7; CU: Carta-Samuels 12, Spann 11.
Colorado 3, Colorado State 2
At Fort Collins
Colorado (10-1) 21 23 25 25 15
Colorado State (10-2) 25 25 22 14 8
Kills — CU: Smith 25, Shebby 16; CSU: Cizmic 16, Runnels 13.
Blocks — CU: Pfefferle 4; CSU: Hougaard-Jensen 3.
Assists — CU: Deluzio 55; CSU: Oleksak 43 .
Aces — CU: Shadley 3; CSU: Cizmic 2, Hougaard-Jensen 2.
Digs — CU: Smith 15, Deluzio 13; CSU: Oleksak 16, Foutz 12.