The fall sports season may be just beginning, but the Colorado athletes have been at work all summer.
The men’s basketball team expanded its horizons this summer, traveling overseas to take on teams from France, Belgium and the Netherlands in a European tour in mid-August. Colorado dropped the first two games of the tour, both against the AMW France Elite “Pro A” All-Stars. When they left France though, the Buffs improved, cleaning up against Optima Ghent (Belgium), 91-63, and losing in the final seconds to Gembo BBC Borgerhout (Belgium), 88-86. In the fifth and final game of the European trip, CU rolled over the Rotterdam Challengers (Netherlands), 96-57. The Buffs are now back in familiar territory, practicing in Boulder until their first preseason game against Wofford College on Nov. 9.
The women’s volleyball team competed at the Sam Houston State Invitational in Huntsville, Texas over the weekend, showing off the young team’s talent with wins in all three matches played. The Buffs started the tournament strong, blanking Texas Southern University in three straight sets on Friday. On Saturday it was another straight-set win, this time against Louisiana University. The Buffs’ final match on Saturday against Sam Houston State University was closer, but CU still came out on top, rallying to a 3-2 win. The Buffs had three athletes make the all-tournament squad: freshmen Alexis Austin and Nicole Edelman and sophomore Emily Alexis. The spikers compete next at the Omni Hotels Colorado Volleyball Classic in Boulder this weekend, with three matches each on Friday and Saturday.
Starting the year under a new head coach, Danny Sanchez, the women’s CU soccer team couldn’t have started its season any better, going 3-0-1 in both the Colorado Cup (Aug.17-19) and the Omni Hotels Colorado Women’s Soccer Classic (Aug. 24-26). The wins came in great fashion over Northern Colorado (3-0), Long Island University Brooklyn (2-0) and Wright State (2-1). The tie came in a thrilling double-overtime, scoreless game against Colorado College on Aug. 19. Although it’s been a team effort in every game so far for the Buffs, one player has stood out among the rest. Junior forward Anne Stuller is leading the Buffs offensively with six goals already in the young year. Stuller also became the third player in CU women’s soccer history to have three multiple-goal games in a single season. The next game for the Buffs is this Sunday at Northwestern University.