Buffs Down the Bears – University of Colorado Athletics

Story Links LOS ANGELES — Colorado women’s volleyball defeated Cal in four sets (25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 25-16) here Friday night to take his seventh straight win against the Golden Bears. The Buffalos (16-7, 8-5 Pac-12) defeated the Bears (7-16, 0-13 Pac-12) with another strong defensive performance, racking up a total of 16 blocks and Cal on a batting percentage of .139. Maya Tabron had the lone double-double tonight with 12 kills and 11 digs. Lexi Hadrych led CU on the offensive end with 14 kills, and Meegan Hart led the defensive end with nine blocks. Hart also had seven kills, while Tabron and Hadrych each scored five blocks in the match. Alexia Kuehl had a fantastic batting performance as she got 10 kills with a .500 success rate. Colorado also saw strong numbers from Sterling Parker who had four blocks and seven kills while hitting .412. The Buffalos managed to make a big impact here on the road in the error column. CU made 17 fewer errors than the Bears, with 13 compared to Cal’s 30. Colorado will try to take its fourth straight win in a matchup against Stanford at 1:00 PM on Sunday. HOW IT HAPPENED SET ONE: Colorado started the set with a 7-3 lead over Cal. CU held a commanding lead throughout the set, leading by eight points at 19-11. The Bears fought back with a score of three points to narrow their deficit to five at 19-14. The Buffs scored back-to-back points to make it 21-14, forcing Cal to take his second and final timeout of the set. Kuehl took her fifth kill of the set as Colorado led 23-15. Hadrych scored the last two points for CU as the Buffs reached the set point and went on to win the set 25-16. Colorado outhits the Bears with .357 to .172 in the set. SET TWO: Cal jumped out to an early 8-3 lead in the set. The Bears continued their success, taking a 14-7 lead. CU trailed 21-12 before scoring three straight runs to make it 21-15 and force a Cal timeout. Shortly after the timeout, a service foul by Buffs gave Cal a setpoint. Colorado scored three more straight runs to make it 24-19, but it wasn’t enough when Sydney Lilomaiava pulled in her sixth kill to win the set for Cal 25-19. SET THREE: CU forced a Bears’ timeout early in the set after taking a 7-2 lead. Cal narrowed his deficit to just two at 9-7 before the Buffs scored three runs to make it 12-7. Colorado defeated the Bears 6-2 on Tabron’s fifth kill to take an 18-9 lead and force another Cal timeout. The Bears fought back to make it a six-point set of 23-17. Hadrych hit double digit kills to give the CU set point. She got her eleventh kill and won the set for the Buffs 25-20. SET FOUR: After dropping the first two points, Colorado scored four unanswered to go up 4-2. Cal decided to take the first timeout of the set trailing 7-3. Outside of timeout, Kuehl joined Hadrych in double-digit kills as CU took an 11-6 lead. The Buffs went up 16-8 before the Bears took their second and final timeout. Hadrych’s 13th kill gave Colorado a 20-13 advantage. CU reached the set point after Parker’s seventh kill, then won the set 25-16 on a Cal error. QUOTESHead Coach Jesse MahoneyAbout changes after dropping the second set “We adjusted our blocking schedule after set two, but most of all we made sure that [the team] understood that there was nothing wrong that Cal was doing. We controlled our level of play and reacted well in sets three and four.”

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