The Colorado volleyball team dominated its three games in a win against California on Friday night, overcoming a slow start to beat the winless Golden Bears, 3-2, at the CU Events Center and improve to 3-0 on the young season.
The Buffaloes essentially outperformed the Bears in all phases of the match in their 24-26, 25-15, 25-10, 22-25, 15-6 win, but the visitors were tough to put away at times and it took a six-point run in the fifth game to provide some breathing room and put Cal (0-5) away.
CU outhit Cal .386 to .182, had 10 total blocks to Cal’s three and also secured eight service aces for the match as the Buffs got back on the court for the first time since Jan. 24. Last weekend’s trip to Stanford was canceled because of COVID protocols.
It was a very balanced effort across the front row for CU, as Elissa Alcantara and Sterling Parker each had 14 kills to go with Rachael Fara’s 13 put-away hits. Jenna Ewert had five blocks, 46 assists and 12 digs, while Fara added five blocks to complete a solid all-around effort that included a .667 hitting percentage.
Colorado has now won its first three matches for the third time in four seasons, but is 3-0 in conference games for the first time since 2001. Cal dropped to 0-5 both overall and in league play, as the Buffs have now defeated the Bears 10 times in the last 13 meetings.
The Buffs also snapped a 10-match losing streak when they lost the opening set, dating back to the end of the 2018 season. CU was 0-8 in such situations during the 2019 season.
The teams will have Saturday to build up for a Sunday matchup at noon at the CU Events Center.