The Colorado Buffaloes women’s volleyball team extended its winning streak to three-straight with a 3-0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-22) sweep of No.23-UCLA in Pauley Pavilion Thursday evening.
The Buffaloes (11-12, 3-10 Pac-12) move to one match away from a .500 record as they take down the Bruins (13-9, 8-5 Pac-12) in Los Angeles for the second-straight sweep after doing so for their final win in 2018. This is the first time CU has won twice in a row in Los Angeles in school history.
Sophomore setter Jenna Ewert was the key to success today with a double-double 37 assists, 10 digs, three kills and three blocks. She led the Buffs to an outstanding .448 hitting percentage in the second set before she went down hard on the court in the third set. Despite limping after the fall, Ewert got back up and led CU to a comeback in the third set after being down by three numerous times.
The greatest benefactor to Ewert’s night was freshman Elissa Alcantara. She finished with a team-high 13 kills and .393 hitting percentage after going the first two sets without an attacking error. She was joined by Justine Spann who had 10 kills and Sterling Parker who had eight and a .400 hitting percentage. The trio all stepped up in the third set with four kills each as the Bruins began to key on Meegan Hart who had eight kills and a .615 hitting percentage with an errorless 13 swings.
The match began to look like it was going to be Alcantara and Spann against UCLA’s Mac May as the three took swing for swing through two sets. The Pac-12 leader in kills put down an outstanding 20 kills for a .366 hitting percentage but it wasn’t enough as CU’s defense held the Bruins to a .189 hitting percentage that included a .088 third set. Colorado put down seven blocks, led by Hart’s four along with Danielle Price and Ewert’s three. Libero Rachel Whipple had another solid night with 13 digs.
Another large reason for the sweep was Colorado’s extraordinary service game. The Buffs didn’t allow an ace until the third set as UCLA finished with two aces and eight service errors. CU put down four key aces and gave up nine service errors.
Colorado has a day of recovery before taking its winning streak to USC Saturday at 8 p.m. MST where the Buffs have never won.
Colorado 3, UCLA 0
Colorado 25 28 25
UCLA 21 26 22
CU – Leaders
Kills – CU: Alcantara, Elissa (13), Spann, Justine (10), Hart, Meegan (8); UCLA: May, Mac (20), Simo, Savvy (7), Hadrych, Lexi (7)
Aces – CU: Spann, Justine (1), Whipple, Rachel (1), Ewert, Jenna (1); UCLA: May, Mac (1), Smith, Sabrina (1)
Blocks – CU: Hart, Meegan (4), Price, Danielle (3), Ewert, Jenna (3); UCLA: Smith, Sabrina (5), Ryan, Emily (1), Mosser, Jenny (1)
Assists – CU: Ewert, Jenna (37), Whipple, Rachel (6), Lougeay, Katie (3); UCLA: Chang, Devon (19), Thompson, Cali (14), Barry, Kelli (3)
Digs – CU: Whipple, Rachel (13), Ewert, Jenna (10), Spann, Justine (9); UCLA: Simo, Savvy (15), Thompson, Cali (7), Chang, Devon (6)