Colorado volleyball’s school-record streak against ranked opponents extended to seven, as well as its losing streak as No.12 UCLA took a 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19) win Friday evening at CU Events Center.
The Buffaloes (4-7 Pac-12) fall mercy to the Bruins (10-3 Pac-12) outside hitters that combined for 32 of the team’s 61 kills and a .347 hitting percentage.
Colorado once again made the switch to a 6-2 offense after dropping the first set, which sparked a great set with 20 kills and only one hitting error. Once the change was recognized, UCLA responded and didn’t allow CU to hit greater than .139 in a set. In the second set win, CU hit an outstanding .487 and finished the set on a 6-1 run to close things.
Leah Clayton led the offense for CU with a dozen kills and a .241 hitting percentage. She was joined by Elissa Alcantara and Jill Schneggenburger, each who added nine kills. Brynna DeLuzio had a team-high 23 assists while Jenna Ewert recorded her 29th double-double with 18 assists and 10 digs, just one away from tying Nicole Edelman and Kerra Schroeder for 17th in school history.
On the defensive end, Katie Lougeay tied Ewert with 10 digs for the team-lead. Meegan Hart put down six blocks alongside her seven kills. The Buffs ended with 10 blocks to UCLA’s eight.
UCLA was led by elan McCall and Mac May, each with 16 kills on 36 swings. McCall also had 13 digs while libero Zoe Fleck had a match-high 17. The Bruins also ran a 6-2 with Kate Lane earning 27 assists to Audrey Pak’s 26.
The two teams will meet again Sunday at 11 a.m. as the Buffaloes try to halt this losing skid.
UCLA 3, Colorado 1
UCLA 25 23 25 25
Colorado 17 2519 19
Kills — UCLA: McCall, elan (16), May, Mac (16), Ndiaye, Iman (11); CU: Clayton, Leah (12), Alcantara, Elissa (9), Schneggenburger, Jill (9)
Aces – UCLA: Pak, Audrey (2), McCall, elan (1), Fleck, Zoe (1); CU: Ewert, Jenna (1), Clayton, Leah (1), Schneggenburger, Jill (1)
Blocks — UCLA: Smith, Sabrina (4), Dodson, Anna (2), Jacobs, Allison (2); CU: Hart, Meegan (6), Kuehl, Alexia (4), Alcantara, Elissa (3)
Assists — UCLA: Lane, Kate (27), Pak, Audrey (26), Fleck, Zoe (5); CU: DeLuzio, Brynna (23), Ewert, Jenna (18), Lougeay, Katie (3)
Digs — UCLA: Fleck, Zoe (17), McCall, elan (13), Lane, Kate (9); CU: Ewert, Jenna (10), Lougeay, Katie (10), DeLuzio, Brynna (9)