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CU Buffs volleyball preview: Colorado State Rams

Buffs look to build on program-record 7-0 start

Colorado State Rams at No. 25 CU Buffs volleyball

GAME TIME: Thursday, 7 p.m., CU Events Center.

BROADCAST: TV — Pac-12 Networks.

RECORDS: Colorado State 4-3; Colorado 7-0.

LEADERS: Colorado State —OH Kennedy Stanford, So., 3.21 kills per set; S Ciera Pritchard, R-Jr., 8.97 assists per set, 15 aces; MB Sasha Colombo, Sr., 0.84 blocks per set; DS Alexa Roumeliotis, Sr., 4.73 digs per set. Colorado — OH Leah Clayton, R-Sr., 4.48 kills per set; S Jenna Ewert, Sr., 10.33 assists per set; DS/L Savannah Perry, Jr., eight aces; MB Alexia Kuehl, R-So., 1.15 blocks per set; S/L Brynna DeLuzio, R-Sr., 4.33 digs per set.

NOTES: The home-and-home set between the state rivals concludes on Saturday at CSU (1 p.m.)…It is the final two non-conference games for the Buffs, who open Pac-12 play on Sept. 22 at Washington State…CSU leads the all-time series 25-14 and won two matches from the Buffs in the teams’ most recent home-and-home series in 2019…After an 0-3 start, CSU has won four consecutive matches, including a five-set win against Oregon State…CU is 7-0 for the first time in program history…DeLuzio won this week’s Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week award. It was the fifth conference weekly honor of her career, matching Naghede Abu and Sara Villwock for the most in program history…CSU’s first win of the season was the 600th career win for longtime Rams coach Tom Hilbert. CU head coach Jesse Mahoney spent seven seasons as an assistant on Hilbert’s staff (2005-2011).