The University of Colorado women’s volleyball team started the the 2019 season with a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-23, 25-22) of Wyoming on Friday
The Buffs (1-0) got some sweet revenge against the Cowgirls (0-1) after losing in a five-set upset in Laramie last season. The team’s strong defense and middle play led the way to the quick victory alongside Jenna Ewert’s 32 assists, four kills and three blocks.
Senior outside Justine Spann led all players with 13 kills, hitting .103 but converting all 14 receptions she faced. She was joined by freshman outside Jill Schneggenburger who had eight kills and a .280 hitting percentage in her first start along with 17 receptions, seven digs and two blocks.
In the middle, redshirt sophomores Meegan Hart and Danielle Price each performed well with Hart leading with six kills and Price leading with four blocks. Price had four kills while hitting .800 on five swings without an error. Hart added three blocks, while senior libero Rachel Whipple led all players with 13 digs.
Colorado has a short turnaround as they take on Long Island University at 10 a.m.Saturday. Then close out the weekend at 7 p.m. against UC-Santa Barbara.
“It is always nice to get a win, especially to start the season. I hope everyone knows that that is a very good Wyoming team. I expect them to be very successful this season. That is a team that beat us a year ago,” Colorado head coach Jesse Mahoney said. “We were happy to get them in Boulder. I think that overall is was a really well played match by our team. We had some lulls here and there, but this is one of the better serving teams we have had here in a long time. We put some pressure on Wyoming that way. This is one of the better defensive teams we’ve had here in a while. We extended a lot of rallies. That was really good to see. The team did a really good job of following the game plan as well. It was a really nice start. We know we will have to continue to get better, but we will enjoy this for a couple hours.”
Colorado 3, Wyoming 0
Wyoming 18 23 22
Colorado 25 25 25
Kills — Wy: Traphagan (9), McBride (8), McArdle (4); CU: Spann (13), Schneggenburger (8), Hart (5)
Aces — Wy: McArdle (2), McBride (1); CU: Spann (2), Perry (1), Schneggenburger (1)
Blocks — Wy: Waitsman (5), McBride (3), Zuroske (3); CU: Price (4), Ewert (3), Hart (3)
Assists — Wy: Coates (17), Slavik (7), Fields (2): CU: Ewert (32), Price (1), Neverdowski (1)
Digs — Wy: Fields (10), Coates (8), McArdle (6); CU: Whipple (13), Schneggenburger (7), Spann (6)