Rams Down CU Volleyball in Four Games

Following a great start in season-opening tournaments in Maine and Denver, the University of Colorado volleyball team saw its five-match winning streak end at the hands of intra-state rival Colorado State in four games, 30-25, 20-30, 22-30, 20-30, in front of 1,926 fans in Fort Collins on Tuesday night.

Senior Monique Gerlach led the way offensively with 15 kills for the Buffaloes, and the team captain still leads the team in the category with 110 on the season. Sophomore Allie Griffin further contributed 11 kills, a match-high 11 digs and tied a personal career high with seven blocks.

Meanwhile, Colorado State's Tess Rogers led the game with 17 kills. Becky Sarauer and Katie Joe Shirley both led a Ram attack which served exceptionally well throughout the course of the night, both hitting better than .300 serve average. The Rams avenged their most recent loss to California in the final game of the Coors Classic last week, following a four-match win streak to open the season.

Allison Barnes accounted for 28 of Colorado's 48 assists on the game from her center position, while gathering four solo blocks and an ace. As a team, Colorado continued its early-season trend of dominating the net defensively. What they didn't expect was for Colorado State to do more of the same themselves. The Rams out-blocked CU 14-15 on the match, just the third time it's happened this season.

Colorado's only other loss of the season came in the team's second match of the year to then 11th-ranked Penn State in the season-opening Sea-Sun Invitational. CU will open its home schedule with the Colorado Invitational beginning on Friday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. against Oregon in the Coors Events Conference Center.

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