Buffs Host Sooners Before Beginning Tough Trip

Following arguably their most impressive win of the year against Baylor, the University of Colorado volleyball team looks to extend its current win streak to a Big 12 season best three games when they play host to the Oklahoma Sooners tonight at the Coors Events Center in Boulder.

The University of Colorado volleyball team looks to extend its current win streak to a Big 12 season best three games when they play host to the Oklahoma Sooners Wednesday night at the Coors Events Center in Boulder.

The Buffs are coming off an impressive 30-21, 30-25, 30-25 sweep of Baylor Saturday night in Waco. The Buffs hit an even .300 for the match, finishing with 55 kills on 130 attacks with only 16 errors on the night. Senior Monique Gerlach hit .500 for the match, earning 13 kills on 26 attacks in an error-free performance. Gerlach, CU's all time hitting percentage leader, also recorded 13 digs and seven blocks on her best outings in recent days.

The sweep was Colorado's second in as many tries following CU's 3-0 dismantling of Texas in Boulder on Oct. 4. Prior to the win over the Longhorns, CU had struggled during the initial portion of their conference schedule, suffering Big 12 losses to Kansas, Texas A&M, and Nebraska.

The Buffs have been lifted by the surprising play of 6-foot sophomore Nicole Carr. The outside hitter has averaged better than 3.5 kills per game for a total of 208 on the season, second only to Gerlach's 216. On the net sophomore Allie Griffin has tallied 50 individual blocks on the year, holding a slim lead in the category over Gerlach and freshman Austin Zimmerman who each have 49.

Oklahoma, meanwhile, has incurred the brunt of their Big 12 woes more recently, having dropped three straight home matches to Nebraska, Iowa State, and Kansas in what was supposed to be the easiest portion of their conference schedule. After an 8-4 record in non-conference play to begin the season, which included winning the Chattanooga Championship with victories over Drake, Tennessee-Chattanooga and Louisiana-Monroe, the Sooners have dropped the ball since beginning conference play; posting a 1-7 mark, with the team's single win coming following a five game set over Baylor in Waco on Oct. 1.

Colorado begins a crucial two-game set Saturday when they travel to square off against No. 8 Kansas State. From there it's on to Columbia where the Buffs will meet Missouri on Oct. 22.


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