Buffs Look to Expand on Recent Win, Now Take on BU

The University of Colorado volleyball team (11-5 overall; 3-3 Big 12) will look to embark on its first win streak in Big 12 play this year when they travel to Waco to take on the Baylor Lady Bears (10-9; 2-4) Saturday night. Here is a match preview.

Colorado is coming of an impressive 32-30, 30-28, 30-26 sweep of the Texas Longhorns (9-6; 4-2) last Saturday night in Boulder, breaking a two-game loss skid that began on Oct. 1 when CU dropped a match to Baylor in three games.

Two Buffs had personal career as well as season team highs in the win; Nicole Carr in attacks (34), and Allison Barnes in sets (51).

Maragda Santillana helped the Colorado cause in vital moments with what was easily her best performance this Big 12 season, earning 28 total attacks and 14 kills on the night, which was second only to Nicole Carr's 16. Santillana came through in the clutch in Saturday's win, celebrating her 22nd birthday by icing the second and final game of the match with an ace to represent the final point in the second game, and then a kill to end all doubts surrounding a CU sweep in the third.

Senior Monique Gerlach continues to stand out amongst the Buffaloes, holding team-leading totals in several categories, including: kills (203), kills per game (3.62), and serve percentage (.340). The captain has also made her presence known to opponents on the net, tallying an impressive 0.75 blocks per game average on the 2003 season, third behind only Austin Zimmerman and Allie Griffin.

The Bears, meanwhile, will be trying to rebound from a 3-1 loss to the Texas Longhorns on Oct. 8, in which Baylor battle to w 35-33 win in the first game only to lose the final three by a combined 12 points. 6-foot-3 senior captain Tisha Schwartz was phenomenal for the Lady Bears in the loss, posting game highs in both kills (23) and attacks (51). Schwartz also managed 11 defensive digs and an ace on the night.

Baylor has been sporadic at best throughout the season, but particularly since Big 12 conference play has begun. The Bears experienced back-to-back losses to Kansas and Oklahoma after winning three straight, including a pair of conference wins over Kansas State and Iowa State, between Sept. 20-24. Since, Baylor has yet to defeat a Big 12 team.

The Buffs will return to Boulder on Oct. 15 to host Oklahoma (9-9; 1-5) in a match beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Coors Events Center.


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