Buffs Fall to Ranked Missouri

The University of Colorado volleyball team fell victim to a ranked team for the fifth time this season when they were swept by No. 24 Missouri 31-29, 30-27, 30-25 Wednesday night at the Hearnes Center in Columbus.

The University of Colorado volleyball team fell victim to a ranked team for the fifth time this season when they were swept by No. 24 Missouri 31-29, 30-27, 30-25 Wednesday night at the Hearnes Center in Columbia.

Sophomore Allie Griffin led all players with 14 kills and hit .379, recording only three errors on 29 total attempts. Sophomore outside hitter Maragda Santillana had 11 kills while Nicole Carr had a match-high 12 digs. Jessica Vander Kooi and Lindsey Noll each had 10 kills for Missouri.

The Lady Tigers dominated the match defensively, out-blocking the Buffs 17-5 on the night. Nicole Wilson had two solo and six assisted blocks on the night, all while tying a game high in kills (10) and total attacks (27).

CU had good chances to win both of the matches first to games. The Buffs tied Game 1 at 29, only to lose on two consecutive Mizzou points. They had a 27-23 lead in the second game, only to see the Tigers score seven straight for the win.

"We're making a lot of mistakes right now," CU head coach Pi'i Aiu said. "Right now all we need to do is play better. When we have opportunities, we're not capitalizing on them and we've got to change that."

The loss was Colorado's second straight, and the first time that the team has been swept in consecutive matches this season.

The Buffs return home Friday to host Kansas in hopes of rebounding against their most recent road trip. The game, originally scheduled for Saturday, was moved up to accommodate for the Oklahoma football game.


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