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CU volleyball falls to Arizona State in four sets

Buffs remain winless in Pac-12

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Colorado women’s volleyball fell to Arizona State University, 3-1 (31-29, 25-22, 16-25, 25-18) Friday evening in Tempe in a back-and-forth match that featured 37 ties and 19 lead changes.

The Buffaloes (8-5, 0-3 Pac-12) held the Sun Devils (10-4, 2-1 Pac-12) to just a .135 team hitting percentage and forced them into 31 attack errors behind CU’s 16 blocks. Despite these numbers Colorado couldn’t overcome ASU’s 52 kills and added to their score with 15 service errors while allowing seven aces.

Colorado weighed heavily on the middles as the outside hitters were all hitting under .160. Meegan Hart put down a career-high 13 kills with a .462 hitting percentage after only hitting a single error. She put up quite a stat line for a middle with an assist, two aces, a pair of digs and five total blocks including three solo. She finished with a match-high 19 points.

Justine Spann’s final homecoming didn’t go as well as she would’ve liked with nine kills and a .048 hitting percentage. She was one of the few Buffs without a service error, but also was teed up on with four reception errors. The freshmen duo Sterling Parker and Jill Schneggenburger each had seven kills with a .125 and .160 hitting percentage, respectfully. Parker led the defensive battle with a career-high eight blocks.

Senior Rachel Whipple continued where she left off last weekend with back-to-back 20 dig performances. She was joined by Jenna Ewert who picked up a double-double with 36 assists and 15 digs. Danielle Price had a strong blocking performance with six.

Arizona State worked in pairs, led by Ivana Jeremic’s 13 kills and Jada Burse’s 12. Both setters picked up double-doubles with 20 assists and 10 digs to Nicole Peterson and 26 and 15 to Callie Jones. Jeremic led the Sun Devils with 17 digs, while libero Courtney Leffel picked up a dozen.

Colorado travels to Tucson to take on Arizona Sunday in a matchup of the only two teams without a win in conference play. The Wildcats fell to No.20 Utah tonight in a four-set match, leaving both teams to look for their first Pac-12 win starting Sunday at 1 p.m.

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