The University of Colorado women’s volleyball team picked up its 10th win of the season in a comeback five-set victory against Cal Friday in the CU Events Center.
The Buffs had a back-and-forth night, dominating the opening set with a .314 hitting percentage then coming back from down eight to have a chance to with the second. Things turned as the Golden Bears held CU to a .025 hitting percentage in a defeated third set and took a 2-1 advantage. A resilient Buffs squad well into survival mode and were able to sideout on 81 percent of their chances in the fourth to easily take the set, then quickly shut the door with an outstanding .333 hitting percentage and 10 kills in the fifth to take the win.
A pair of double-doubles proved to be the key for CU with the first coming from senior captain Alexa Smith. The outside posted a phenomenal 17 kills and 17 digs, leading the team in both categories and nearly leading the match in both. She also put down three aces and a block.
The other six-rotation outside Justine Spann had a great night, especially down the stretch when it counted. Spann closed out the final two sets with four kills in each, including a .571 hitting percentage in the final set. She also had six digs down the stretch, with four coming in set five. She finished the night with 14 kills and 13 digs.
Also for the Buffs offensively, Brynna DeLuzio and Jenna Ewert continued to shine in the setter position. DeLuzio finished with 28 assists and seven digs, while Ewert finished with 23 assists and eight digs. Middles Naghede Abu and Danielle Price were a pair of efficient weapons for the setters with Abu finishing with 10 kills and Price with eight.
On the defensive side of things, Abu anchored a wall that put down 11 total blocks. The senior middle finished with a team-high seven block assists, joined by Price and Lauren Dorrell with four apiece. Smith and Spann cleaned up 30 digs, nearly half of the team’s total for the evening. Joining the duo was Gabby Carta-Samuels with nine digs, while Rachel Whipple had seven digs and dished out six assists.