The University of Colorado women’s volleyball team fell to No.2-ranked Stanford University Friday evening in Maples Pavilion by a score of 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-14).
Colorado (8-9, 0-7 Pac-12) falls to below .500 with the loss for the first time since November of 2016 as the defending national champion Stanford (12-3, 6-1 Pac-12) fall into a two-way tie for first in the conference with No.15 Cal after they defeated No.18 Utah in five sets.
The Buffs showed up strong in the first set, taking the lead partway through. Eventually, Stanford edged away, but CU put down a pair of back-to-back set-points to bring the score to 24-22 before a controversial tip call came from the referee to end the set.
Colorado struggled to hit as a team outside of the first set where they hit .241. After a negative-hitting second set, CU finished the match with a .084 team hitting percentage while the Cardinal hit .348. Senior Justine Spann led the way for CU with eight kills but hit negative with a -.030 percentage. She also led the squad while tying the match-high with nine digs.
Sterling Parker led Colorado with six kills and a team-high .444 hitting percentage. She was joined by Danielle Price who had three kills on seven errorless swings. Meegan Hart added in four kills.
The young Buffs squad added another freshman to the playing lineup today with the season and career debut of Katie Lougeay. The freshman defensive specialist sat out the first half of the season due to injury but came out in her start and put down an ace and three digs. She would split a rotation with Elissa Alcantara while Parker who split a rotation with Savannah Perry who was second on the team with six digs.
The Cardinal were led by Audriana Fitzmorris’ 10 kills and .316 hitting percentage. Three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week Kendall Kipp added nine kills as All-American Jenna Gray dished out 37 assists. The defense was the biggest contributor to the sweep as Stanford put down nine blocks led by Madeleine Gates’ six blocks.
Colorado returns to action Sunday against No.15 Cal. The Golden Bears have lost four-straight to the Buffs but are 16-1 entering the match.
Stanford 3, Colorado 0
Colorado 22 12 14
Stanford 25 25 25
Kills – CU: Spann, Justine (8), Parker, Sterling (6), Hart, Meegan (4): STAN: Fitzmorris, Audriana (10), Kipp, Kendall (9), McClure, Meghan (7)
Aces – CU: Lougeay, Katie (1), Whipple, Rachel (1); STAN: Fitzmorris, Audriana (3), Gates, Madeleine (1), Formico, Kate (1)
Blocks – CU: Price, Danielle (2), Ewert, Jenna (1), Parker, Sterling (1); STAN: Gates, Madeleine (6), Gray, Jenna (4), Fitzmorris, Audriana (4);
Assists – CU: Ewert, Jenna (22), Whipple, Rachel (1); STAN: Gray, Jenna (37), Hentz, Morgan (4), Xu, Selina (1);
Digs – CU: Spann, Justine (9), Perry, Savannah (6), Ewert, Jenna (5): STAN: Formico, Kate (9), Hentz, Morgan (7), Gray, Jenna (6)