The No. 12 UCLA Bruins volleyball team defeated the University of Colorado Buffaloes in four sets on Friday to drop CU to 4-7 on the season. The Buffs have now dropped seven straight games after a 4-0 start to the season. All seven losses came against ranked opponents.
UCLA won the first set, 25-17, after a large 6-0 scoring run that put the Bruins within two of match point. In the second set, the Buffs were able to overcome an early deficit to win 25-23. CU only made one error as opposed to the eight they made in the first set. Colorado was able to take its first lead of the night after going ahead 23-22 on a senior outside hitter Leah Clayton kill. The Buffs had a hitting percentage of .487 in the second set while hitting just .208 overall.
Junior setter/libero Brynna DeLuzio was pleased with the performance in the second set.
“I think in the second set we really buckled down in our serve receive and our serving,” DeLuzio said. “That played a big role in how we delivered our offense which allowed us to spread out the hitters and get some one on ones in our blocks going and I think that was the big difference in set two for us.”
Unfortunately for CU, its momentum was not sustained as UCLA used a few big scoring runs to put the Buffs away in the third and fourth sets 25-19 and 25-19 respectively.
Clayton finished had 12 kills in the game while DeLuzio led the Buffs with 23 assists in her first game back as a setter in nearly three years.
With UCLA outhitting the Buffs with .305 to .208, head coach Jesse Mahoney expressed his desire to get better swings in the upcoming matches.
“We’ve got to find a way to get good swings in transition,” Mahoney said. “We have to find a way to get good swings when we’re out of system. We’re just not doing that right now. The teams that we’re playing right now are. They’re getting really good swings out of system and that’s a big change that we need to do better at. We talk about it and work at it, we just need to put it into action.”
The Buffs will host UCLA again on Sunday at 11 a.m. MST in their eighth straight game against a ranked opponent. No team in CU athletics history has faced as many ranked opponents in a season.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Chad Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.