Colorado volleyball closed out the 2021 home season with a sweep of Arizona State (25-23, 27-25, 26-24) Sunday afternoon at CU Events Center while also saying farewell to graduate transfer Rachael Fara on senior day.
The Buffs (8-10 Pac-12) finish out the season with an 8-3 record at home after defeated the Sun Devils (5-13 Pac-12) in three closely contested sets that each were separated by just a pair of points. Colorado’s attacking diversity helped out in the win as six different Buffs hit for five or more kills.
“Obviously happy to get the sweep on the weekend. This is a really competitive conference and playing the same teams back to back all year has been a unique challenge. We won in five on Friday even though it didn’t feel like a competitive match that was a competitive match even though we won in three. I think that each set was won by two points and really well contested,” head coach Jesse Mahoney said. “Neither team passed particularly well which made it a bit of an ugly match from time to time. When both teams were in system, it was really high level volleyball. I was happy that we came in Saturday, we were really frustrated with our execution Friday night, and our team did a really nice job on Saturday and really executed. Today, we executed the defensive game plan and did a really nice job. It was a good match from that standpoint, now we hopefully have two more matches at USC and we will get really for those.”
Leah Clayton led the Buffs with nine kills, but it was the Meegan Hart show today as she had seven kills for a .312 hitting percentage, three aces and four blocks. Sterling Parker also had seven kills, while Fara and Jill Schneggenburger each had six. Fara, who currently is hitting for a school record hitting percentage in a season, ended the day with a .556 hitting percentage.
Setters Brynna DeLuzio and Jenna Ewert each had a solid day with 18 and 14 assists, respectfully, while Clayton and Zoe Neverdowski each had a dozen digs. Ewert also added a pair of aces and the Buffs put down eight today. Fara had two solo blocks and finished with three total, the same as Elissa Alcantara.
The Buffaloes have a short week with their NCAA day off tomorrow and a flight to Los Angeles Wednesday to take on USC on Thursday and Saturday. The Trojans had their match against Arizona on Sunday canceled due to COVID concerns.
Colorado 3, Arizona State 0
Arizona State 23 25 24
Colorado 25 27 26
Kills – ASU: Isanovic, Iman (12), Levinska, Marta (11), Beedie, Megan (8); CU: Clayton, Leah (9), Hart, Meegan (7), Parker, Sterling (7)
Aces- ASU: Snyder, Ella (3), Beedie, Megan (1), Denton, Paige (1); CU: Hart, Meegan (3), Ewert, Jenna (2), DeLuzio, Brynna (1)
Blocks – ASU: Beedie, Megan (4), Levinska, Marta (2), Rabelo, Roberta (2); CU: Hart, Meegan (4), Alcantara, Elissa (3), Fara, Rachael (3)
Assists – ASU: Snyder, Ella (30), Larson, Annika (4), Beedie, Megan (2); CU: DeLuzio, Brynna (18), Ewert, Jenna (14), Neverdowski, Zoe (1)
Digs – ASU: Levinska, Marta (13), Snyder, Ella (10), Larson, Annika (8); CU: Neverdowski, Zoe (12), Clayton, Leah (12), Schneggenburger, Jill (8)