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Colorado senior Alexa Smith, right, became the 16th Buffaloes volleyball player to reach 1,000 career kills during last week’s win against Colorado State.

After beginning the season adjusting to the sudden departure of Frankie Shebby along with an injury to standout middle blocker Naghede Abu, the Buffaloes have hit their stride lately with five consecutive wins. That run culminated Saturday night with a four-set win against Colorado State, and the Buffs will look to carry the momentum into the start of Pac-12 Conference play. A look at the league opener against Utah:

No. 23 Utah at Colorado volleyball

Game time: Wednesday, 7 p.m., CU Events Center.

Broadcast: Pac-12 Network.

Records: Utah 8-3; CU 8-3.

Notes: Seven Pac-12 teams are ranked in the latest AVCA top 25 — No. 2 Stanford, No. 12 Oregon, No. 13 Washington, No. 14 USC, No. 17 UCLA, No. 22 Washington State and the 23rd-ranked Utes … The Buffs this week are the fifth team among others receiving votes … USC visits the CU Events Center on Sunday (1 p.m., Pac-12 Network) … The Buffs finished in a tie for fifth in the Pac-12 last year at 12-8. The Utes were fourth at 13-7 … CU lost both matches against Utah last year and has dropped five of the past seven against the Utes … In the win against CSU, Colorado senior Alexa Smith became the 16th Buffs player to surpass the 1,000-kills mark in her career. With 1,010 career kills, Smith now ranks 15th all-time at CU.

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