Buffs Use Five Games to get Past Iowa State

The separating factor between the University of Colorado volleyball team and the upper half of the Big 12 Conference midway through this regular season has been the Buffs' ineptitude in performing well against conference competition on the road; a devastating trend the Buffaloes worked hard to break Thursday night in a near must-win matchup against Iowa State.

The University of Colorado volleyball team claimed a pivotal road victory in impressive fashion in an even more important situation when they defeated Iowa State 3-2; 29-31, 30-18, 18-30, 30-27, 15-10 Thursday night in Ames. The win adds to a streak started in CU's previous win over Kansas on Friday in Boulder in which the Buffs managed to defeat the Jayhawks by two in the final game after dropping the fourth set by 10 points in one of the team's most lop-sided losses in any one game all season.

Maragda Santillana led the Buffs in kills with 20 while maintaining a .432 hitting percentage. She also recorded 11 digs in the winning effort. Sophomores Nicole Carr and Allie Griffin each had double-doubles against ISU (10-13, 2-10). Carr, who notched her team high 12th double-double, had 13 kills and a team-high 13 digs. Griffin had 11 kills and 10 digs.

Additionally, freshman Austin Zimmerman tied a career-high with seven blocks, which she recorded against the Cyclones in Boulder earlier this season. CU had 13 total team blocks, its highest mark in the Big 12 this season and best mark since a 14 block performance against Colorado State University on Sept. 9.

CU entered the week having won just a single conference road contest in six tries; an impressive 3-0 posting against Baylor in Waco on Oct. 11. The Buffaloes' other four defeats have come against each of the ranked teams Colorado has faced this year, falling to them by a combined score of 15-2.

The Buffaloes will have a short turnaround following two close calls in less than a week as the team returns to Boulder Saturday night to begin the first of a two-game stint beginning with a matchup against always-potent Kansas State at the Coors Events Center at 7:00 p.m., followed by an equally crucial set against Baylor on Wednesday.

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