The University of Colorado women’s volleyball secured its first Golden Spike Showdown Trophy on Saturday, sweeping Colorado State 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-22) in Moby Arena to finish the non-conference season undefeated.
The 25th-ranked Buffs (9-0) handed CSU (4-5) its second sweep at home ever in the past 25 years against an in-state rival. The team finished hitting .225 with every attacker for Colorado recording at least four kills.
“I thought it was a really great match. It’s a great atmosphere, obviously, they were really energized on the other side of the net,” Colorado head coach Jesse Mahoney said. “Kind of jumped on us in the first set, I was proud of how we kind of clawed our way back into that set. Every time they made a run, we had an answer. We played with a lot of poise, which we’ve done all season which is good to see. The more we do this, the more comfortable we’re going to be on the road when we get into the Pac-12. That was a great series in both matches, I thought were competitive and it was good prep for what we’re going to see in conference play.”
Senior setter Jenna Ewert was the spark for Colorado, setting up match point with one of her five kills before closing it out with an ace. She finished with five kills, 27 assists, an ace, seven digs and two blocks. Leah Clayton led the offense with 11 kills and a .321 hitting percentage but also got it done defensively with nine digs and five blocks.
Up front, Meegan Hart also recorded five blocks while Brynna DeLuzio continued her streak of leading the team in digs to eight as she finished with a team-high 15 digs. Colorado finished with 10 blocks and held CSU to a .156 hitting percentage.
The Rams were led by Annie Sullivan’s 16 kills while hitting .406. She was joined by Jacqi Van Liefde who recorded 11 kills on a .391 hitting percentage. The rest of the team hit under .100.
Colorado moves on to conference play undefeated for the first time in school history. They travel to Washington State Wednesday for a 7 p.m. match, then return home to host No.10-ranked Utah Friday at 7 p.m. in Boulder.