Colorado volleyball struggled to produce offense Sunday afternoon here, falling the No.11-ranked Utah in a sweep (25-18, 25-16, 25-20) as Utah head coach Beth Launiere picked up her 600th career victory.
The Buffaloes (6-10 Pac-12) could not produce as the Utes (12-4 Pac-12) held Colorado to a .075 hitting percentage with only three CU athletes hitting positive.
Three Buffs ended the match with seven total kills, led by Alexia Kuehl who hit .312. Meegan Hart his .211 after starting the match with six kills and a hitting percentage greater than .400 before she became the main target for Utah. Leah Clayton added seven kills for a hitting percentage of .208. Jenna Ewert had 16 assists while Brynna DeLuzio was limited to just 10 as she picked up her 20th double-double of her career with 10 assists and 10 digs.
Defensively, Colorado held its own up front with six blocks, led by Hart’s four. Zoe Neverdowski had 13 digs from the libero position.
The major difference in the match came from the Utes’ 43 kills compared to Colorado’s 30, and the service game where Utah dominated with six aces and two errors to CU’s two aces and five errors. Dani Drew’s led all attackers with 16 kills and hit .205, while Madelyn Robinson put down 11. Sage Ka’aha’aina-Torres had 34 assists and 15 digs to lead the match in both categories.
The Buffaloes have now lost all seven matches on the road this season but will host Arizona State next Friday and Sunday to conclude action at home for the 2021 spring season.