CU Rally Results in Sweep at Texas

The University of Colorado volleyball team rallied from deficits in two games on their way to a 3-0; 32-30, 30-24, 32-30 sweep of the Texas Longhorns Sunday night at Gregory Gym in Austin, Texas. The Buffs hit an impressive .366 on the night as a team, and recorded a massive scoring push of 60 kills on 112 attacks with just 19 errors, their best offensive output since their victory over Rhode Island in the second game of the season.

Three Buffs recorded double-digit kills on the night: senior team captain Monique Gerlach (12), sophomores Nicole Carr (15), and Maragda Santillana (16). Setters Allison Barnes and Ashley Nu'u, who have been splitting time over the past dozen matches, also combined for 40 of CU's 49 assists.

"Our setters are doing a great job getting ball to our hitters and our hitters are getting the good shots," CU head coach Pi'i Aiu said after his team's 19th win of the year. "When you work hard, things start to pay off like winning on the road."

Colorado has been working hard as of late, claiming six of their last seven matches in a streak which rivals the 9-2 nonconference start the Buffs began the season with, and is infinitely more important in their hopes for a bid in the upcoming NCAA Tournament beginning the first week of December. Despite their success, the Buffs are in no position to let up now, with three pivotal Big 12 matches still remaining on CU's schedule, two of which will be played in Boulder.

"Right now we are so determined," Gerlach said. "It's crunch time and we can't allow ourselves to get in a hole. We're taking advantage of opportunities given to us and jumping on them."

Colorado will return home to host the University of Missouri on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Coors Events Conference Center.


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