The University of Colorado women’s volleyball team fell to Arizona on the road in a 3-1 loss (26-24, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19) in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday afternoon to remain winless in road matches.
Arizona (7-9 Pac-12) jumps the Buffaloes (5-9 Pac-12) in the conference standings for the sixth spot in the Pac-12 as both teams have just six more matches to put together a good enough resume for the NCAA Tournament.
Colorado could not overcome the blocking from the Wildcats who had 15 in the match to CU’s eight. The defense held Colorado to a .152 hitting percentage to Arizona’s .223.
Leah Clayton led CU with 13 kills and a .281 hitting percentage. Sterling Parker helped out on the right side with 11 kills and a .206 hitting percentage. Jenna Ewert earned her 32nd career double-double with 25 assists and 19 digs, moving her winning one of Amber Sutherland for the third-most double-doubles in the rally scoring era.
Also for Colorado, Maya Tabron and Meegan Hart both had seven kills. Hart had a team-high five blocks while Katie Lougeay and Clayton each had a dozen digs.
The Buffaloes could not stop freshman setter Emery Herman who had 46 assists to six different hitters to go along with 16 digs and eight blocks. She also added two aces. Sofia Maldonado Diaz had a match-best 17 kills with a .317 hitting percentage while Jaelyn Hodge added in 14. Merle Weidt had 10 kills and added seven blocks.
Colorado will have a tough matchup next week with No.9 Utah as the teams split the weekend with a Friday night match in Boulder at 7 p.m. followed by a Sunday match in Salt Lake City at 1 p.m.
Arizona 3, Colorado 1
Colorado 24 25 19 19
Arizona 26 21 25 25
Kills — CU: Clayton, Leah (13), Parker, Sterling (11), Hart, Meegan (7); ARIZ: Maldonado Diaz, Sofia (17), Hodge, Jaelyn (14), Whipple, Paige (11)
Aces — CU: DeLuzio, Brynna (2), Clayton, Leah (2), Schneggenburger, Jill (2); ARIZ: Herman, Emery (2), Ua, Malina Kalei (1), Caroccio, Jaleesa (1)
Blocks — CU: Hart, Meegan (5), Parker, Sterling (4), Fara, Rachael (2); ARIZ: Herman, Emery (8), Weidt, Merle (7), Fellows, Zyonna (5)
Assists — CU: Ewert, Jenna (25), DeLuzio, Brynna (19), Lougeay, Katie (1); ARIZ: Herman, Emery (46), Hiapo, Kamaile (5), Whipple, Paige (1)
Digs — CU: Ewert, Jenna (19), Clayton, Leah (12), Lougeay, Katie (12); ARIZ: Herman, Emery (16), Whipple, Paige (15), Hiapo, Kamaile (13)