Colorado volleyball defeated Northern Colorado 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-18) at CU Events Center Saturday evening to break the school record for most wins to start a season.

The Buffs (7-0) bettered the mark set in 2017 and 2008 against UNC (6-2) behind a strong offensive attack as the team hit .371 in the final three sets after opening the first with 10 attack errors.

Setter Jenna Ewert took over for Colorado, putting down nine kills, 35 assists, eight digs and three blocks. She was just a kill and two digs away from her first career triple-double. Ewert’s main beneficiary was Leah Clayton who finished with 18 kills while hitting .295. Clayton added in eight digs and three blocks of her own, two of which were solo.

Also for CU, Jill Schneggenburger had 11 kills while hitting .357. Middles Alexia Kuehl and Meegan Hart each had seven kills and hit .333. Kuehl had a team-high five total blocks, while Brynna DeLuzio had a stellar evening with 19 digs.

The Bears got out to a strong start, posting five blocks in the first set to hold CU to a .109 hitting percentage. UNC had four women hit 11 or more kills and was led defensively by libero Kyndall Feather with 20 digs.

The Buffaloes secured the Buffs Invitational Championship and named Meegan Hart the tournament Most Valuable Player. Jill Schneggenburger and Jenna Ewert were both named to the All-Tournament team.

Colorado’s school record start will be put to the test next week with the second installment of the Golden Spike doubleheader between CU and CSU. The Buffs will host CSU Thursday evening at 7 p.m., then the team will play for the traveling trophy that was created in 2019 on Saturday afternoon in Fort Collins at 1 p.m.