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Sweep of ASU gives Colorado volleyball a 2-0 start in Pac-12 play

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Last week, the Colorado volleyball team got its Pac-12 Conference schedule off to an impressive start with a big road win at Utah.

On Sunday, the Buffaloes held serve at home.

CU remained undefeated at home this season and improved to 2-0 in the conference by topping Arizona State in three sets (25-18, 25-15, 25-17) at the CU Events Center. It was the third consecutive win overall for the Buffs, who also improved to 7-0 at the Events Center.

CU (10-2, 2-0) lost both games against the Sun Devils last year but reclaimed the lead in the all-time series, 12-11. The Buffs are one of only two Pac-12 teams to begin league play 2-0, though Washington had an opportunity to join that club on Sunday night against UCLA.

The Buffs took advantage of one of the poorest-hitting clubs in the conference, with CU posting a .275 hitting percentage, despite 19 attack errors, against a .100 mark for the Sun Devils.

CU used a late four-point run to take control of the first set, then used a pair of 5-0 runs to win the second frame and take a two-set lead before completing the sweep.

Lexi Hadrych (14 kills) and Meegan Hart (13 kills) combined to record 27 of CU’s 49 kills. Hart posted her third consecutive game with a hitting percentage of at least .500, recording a mark of .706.

“As we know the conference can be a buzz saw at times, and every team you’re going to play every weekend is very good,” CU head coach Jesse Mahoney said. “I thought that Arizona State coming in after just taking care of Arizona and having the talent that they have, I thought it would be a very good challenge for us and, obviously, it was. I’m really happy with what we did from a defensive standpoint. Serving and defense were particularly good today and our players had a game plan and they followed it really well. Then on top of that, we had some really efficient attacking, especially out of the middle today, so a really good start to the season and get to go on the road to LA next week and we’ll need to continue to get better but happy with where we are, at this point.”

The Buffs will tackle a two-game trip through Los Angeles this week, playing at USC on Friday (8 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks) and UCLA on Sunday (1 p.m. MT).

Colorado 3, Arizona State 0

ASU  18 15 17

CU    25 25 25

LEADERS

Kills — ASU: Isanovic 8, Levinska 5. CU: Hadrych 14, Hart 13.

Assists — ASU: Snyder 15. CU: Simpson 29, DeLuzio 13.

Aces — ASU: Larson 1. CU: Perry 4.

Blocks — ASU: Levinska 5, Stahlke 5. CU: Hart 3, Kuehl 2, Parker 2, Schneggenburger 2.

Digs — ASU: Larson 10. CU: Lougeay 13, Simpson 12, Tabron 10.

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