CU Boulder Women’s Volleyball Team is Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge Champions


University of Colorado Boulder Women’s Volleyball celebrates their goal against West Michigan in the third set of the game, Friday, August 22, 2022. (Io Hartman/CU Independent)

The University of Colorado Boulder women’s volleyball team kept their early-season momentum going this weekend at the CU Events Center after sweeping No. 19 Illinois and Iowa to an undefeated record 5-0 to start his season.

Against Illinois, Colorado showed resilience by saving a set point to win the first set 27-25; Colorado has often turned bad receptions into wins. Going into the second set, Colorado’s reception was still shaky and Illinois easily escaped Colorado’s block. However, Colorado improved, eventually finding their first ace and a 15-11 lead: a lead Colorado maintained, winning the second set 25-18.

Much like the other two sets, Colorado started the third set looking shaky, but unlike the other two, they struggled to find their rhythm. All credit must be given to Illinois as they reduced their number of errors. Finding themselves behind, Colorado started slowly, crawling to the set, turning a 6-11 deficit into a 23-22 lead. Savannah Perry’s serves often made the difference in the game. The six-point streak, which only ended with the game itself, was directly tied to Perry’s strong serves. Colorado completed the impressive sweep, winning the third set 25-22.

Against Iowa, the goal was not to drop the performance level.

“We wanted to come into this game, play as hard and as focused as we did yesterday, and I really think we did that,” head coach Jesse Mahoney said.

Colorado found little difficulty in the first two sets, working their way to 25-20 and 25-16 results. The only thing to worry about was avoidable errors, which might have mattered more in a different game. The third set was much tighter and more nervous than the other two. Colorado fell behind for many parts of the game, but Colorado eventually regained the lead, with an improved service game from the game against Illinois, and finished the sweep 25-21.

The Buffaloes’ strong offensive performance was reflected in the all-tournament team with outside hitter Lexi Hadrych winning the MVP award after nine kills against Illinois, the second most on the Colorado team. , and thirteen against Iowa. Center tackle Meegan Hart, who had two blocks and nine kills against Illinois, and passer Taylor Simpson, who had 77 combined assists over the weekend, also found their way to the All-tournament team. , and led the team to good first results.

“Offensively, we are a bit more advanced than I thought. We have great numbers and our outside hitters are super effective,” explained Coach Mahoney.

Next up for the Buffaloes is the Arkansas Invitational, Colorado’s first away challenge this season, starting with a game against the Florida International on Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. MST.

“We’re all excited to be able to play in a new place and face new teams that we’ve never really played against,” Taylor Simpson said. “I think we’re all excited and we just have to play the same volleyball we played here.”

Colorado will face Little Rock and Arkansas at the invite.

Contact CU freelance writer Vittorio Bongioanni at [email protected]


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