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Brynna DeLuzio wins Pac-12 defensive player of the week for No. 25 CU Buffs volleyball

Buffs ranked for first time in two years

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The historic start put together by the Colorado volleyball team is garnering attention.

On Monday, coach Jesse Mahoney’s program cracked the AVCA national top 25 for the first time in two years, while fifth-year senior Brynna DeLuzio collected the Pac-12 Conference defensive player of the week award.

DeLuzio helped the Buffs post three wins at the Buffs Invitational, opening the weekend by recording 22 digs in the home opener against Texas Tech. She posted nine digs in a sweep of San Jose State later that day and had 19 digs in a four-set win on Saturday against Northern Colorado.

It was the fifth weekly honor of DeLuzio’s CU career, but her first since winning four freshman of the week awards in 2017. It is the second weekly Pac-12 honor for a Buffs player this season, as outside hitter Leah Clayton won the first offensive player of the week award of the season two weeks ago.

Dani Drew from Utah won the Pac-12’s offensive player of the week honor while Stanford’s Kami Miner was the freshman of the week award for the second time this season.

The win against San Jose State gave CU a 6-0 record, matching the 2008 and 2017 teams for the best start in program history. The Buffs earned the first 7-0 start in team history with the win against UNC.

On Monday, the Buffs squeaked into the top 25 at No. 25, marking the first time CU has been ranked since it reached No. 18 early in the 2019 season after topping then-No. 5 Illinois. It is the 130th week in program history the Buffs have been ranked.

CU is one of six Pac-12 schools in this week’s top 25, a list that includes Washington (No. 7), Utah (No. 10), Oregon (No. 13), Stanford (No. 16), and UCLA (No. 19). The Buffs complete nonconference play this week with a home-and-home series against Colorado State, hosting the Rams on Thursday (7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) before visiting Fort Collins on Saturday (1 p.m.).