Colorado will try to use the game as a stepping stone into the heart of their Big 12 schedule following their most recent defeat; a 3-0 loss to No. 8 Kansas State Saturday night. The defeat was the team's first since Oct. 1, and broke a three game win streak that had lifted the Buffaloes into the upper half of their conference following consecutive victories over Texas, Baylor, and Oklahoma.
Buff sophomore Maragda Santillana led the Buffs with 10 kills Saturday, while freshman Austin Zimmerman had the team's best hitting night at .455, with five kills on 11 attacks. Junior setter Allison Barnes had 30 assists and topped the Buffs with six digs. Barnes leads the team with a staggering 709 assists. Ashley Nu'u is next on the team with 150.
Senior captain Monique Gerlach continues to fulfill her instrumental part in the CU lineup, leading the team with 239 kills. Defensively, Nicole Carr has been the Buffs' largest positive influence, digging 247 balls for the Colorado defense at a rate of better than 3.5 per game.
The Missouri Tigers have been on something of a streak since beginning Big 12 play. Most recently, the Tigers have won six of their last eight, including sweeps of Iowa State, Texas Tech, and Texas. Mizzou opened the season with five consecutive non-conference victories, their only faltering coming with consecutive losses to Utah and Ohio in the Utah and Marquette Classics on Sept. 6 and 12.
Similarly, the Buffaloes have been somewhat impressive since beginning conference play themselves, winning five of their past seven. CU's only loss to a non-ranked team since beginning Big 12 action was a 3-0 loss to Kansas in just their second league game of the season.
CU will bring to a close this seemingly endless road stint Friday night against Kansas (13-7; 5-4) at the Coors Events Conference schedule in Boulder. The game, originally scheduled for Saturday, was moved up to accommodate for the school's football game against Oklahoma Saturday evening.