Skip to content

Pac-12 play starts with key road win for CU Buffs volleyball at Utah


For a program hoping a strong run through nonconference play eventually equates to a run at NCAA Tournament consideration, the Colorado volleyball program may have cleared a big hurdle.

The Buffaloes struggled on the road and within Pac-12 Conference play the past three seasons but vanquished some of those demons on Thursday night, opening league play with a 3-0 sweep at Utah (25-23, 25-11, 25-22).

Over the previous three seasons, CU went 8-26 on the road with a 3-26 mark in Pac-12 road games. Since the start of the 2019 season, the Buffs were 19-41 in Pac-12 play overall. Plus, CU had lost its previous five contests at Utah, and it was the Buffs’ first road sweep against the Utes.

CU (9-2) entered Thursday’s match having lost its only two true road games this season at Arkansas and, last week, at Colorado State. Yet the Buffs didn’t trail once during the first two sets at Utah’s Huntsman Center, picking up a key road win to open Pac-12 play against a Utes club that received votes in this week’s AVCA Top 25 poll.

It was the first time CU has won its first road conference game since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, and the first time the Buffs have won a first conference road game at all since 2006.

Maya Tabron recorded four of her team-high 10 kills in the first set, as the Buffs held off a late Utah charge to take an early lead. CU rolled in the second set, scoring 9 of the final 11 points to pad the lead. The Utes again attempted a late charge in the third set, but the Buffs held them off to post their first win in Salt Lake City since 2016.

CU took advantage of a whopping 30 attack errors by the Utes and once again received several strong all-around performances. Tabron also recorded six digs, while Lexi Hadrych (nine kills) and Meegan Hart helped give the Buffs a balanced attack.

Hart led the defense with four blocks, while setter Taylor Simpson posted 23 assists. Graduate senior Brynna DeLuzio also chipped in with seven assists and a game-high 11 digs.

“Happy to get the sweep — those are rare in this conference especially on the road,” CU head coach Jesse Mahoney said. “We certainly won the serve-pass battle and were able to camp out on their left-sides for most of the match and that was the difference. ASU will be a tough test on Sunday.”

The Buffs begin the home portion of their Pac-12 schedule on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Arizona State.

Colorado 3, Utah 0

CU   25 25 25

UU  23 11 22


Kills — CU: Tabron 10, Hadrych 9, Hart 8. Utah: Karich 9, Jardine 5.

Assists — CU: Simpson 23, DeLuzio 7. Utah: Wahlgren 9, Smith 8.

Aces — CU: Lougeay 2. Utah: Smith 1, Bailey 1, Yett 1.

Blocks — CU: Hart 4, Kuehl 3, Schneggenburger 3. Utah: Olsen 5.

Digs — CU: DeLuzio 11, Simpson 8. Utah: Ramirez 13, Bailey 8, Yett 8.