The No. 25-ranked Colorado volleyball team suffered its second loss of the season Friday, falling 3-1 to No. 16 Utah at Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.
Utah, which improved to 10-2 overall (1-0 Pac-12), took the first set 25-14, before the Buffs (10-2, 0-1 Pac-12) stormed back to take the second set, 25-16. But after the intermission, the Utes defended their home court, taking the third and fourth sets 25-20 and 25-17, respectively.
Frankie Shebby led the Buffs’ attack with 12 kills, while Alexa Smith and Naghede Abu each added 10 kills. Abu hit a match-high .286 and also posted a match-best five blocks, one solo and four assists.
Smith also did well defensively, recording her fifth double-double of the season with 15 digs. Junior Gabby Carta-Samuels recorded a career-best 23 digs in the effort for her first career 20+ digs performance.
Adora Anae hammered a match-high 21 kills for the Utes and also hit .271 while adding 21 digs. Three other Utes, Dani Barton, Tawnee Luafalemana and Carly Trueman each tallied 10 kills.
Utah led in most statistical categories, except for blocks and aces. CU posted 9.0 team blocks to UU’s 7.0 and also served up three aces to just one for the Utes. Utah hit .218 with 64 kills and 27 errors on 170 attacks, while the Buffs hit .145 with 43 kills and 20 kills on 159 swings. Utah recorded 81 digs to CU’s 63.
The Buffs return to Boulder on Sunday for a match against No. 4 and reigning national champion Stanford. First serve is set for noon at Coors Events Center.