Colorado To Host USC, UCLA After Four Straight Road Matches

  0 volleymob | October 18th, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, News, Pac 12

Press Release courtesy of Colorado Athletics

After playing four straight matches away from home, the Colorado Buffaloes will return to the Coors Events Center this weekend to host a pair of top-20 opponents. First up, the Buffs will take on 19th-ranked Southern California on Friday, October 20 at 8 p.m. Then on Saturday, October 21, CU will host No. 13 UCLA at 7 p.m.

HOW TO WATCH: Both matches this weekend will be televised live on Pac-12 Mountain. Krista Blunk will have the call for both. She will be joined by Camryn Irwin on Friday and on Saturday, Kelli Tennant will join her in the booth.

LIVE STATS: Links to the live stats for both matches are available at

ABOUT THE BUFFS: Colorado is 14-5 overall and is tied for sixth in the Pac-12 with a 4-4 mark. The Buffs improved to .500 in conference play with a weekend sweep of the Arizona schools on the road. CU started the road trip with a 3-0 victory over Arizona State and finished it with a 3-2 win against Arizona. This is the first time CU has recorded a road sweep since 2015.

Junior Alexa Smith leads the Buffs and ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with 4.16 kills per set and is also second in the league in attacks (11.57 per set). Senior Anna Pfefferle ranks third in the Pac-12 with a .343 hitting percentage and junior Naghede Abu is sixth (.343).

Colorado’s offense is directed by freshman setter Brynna DeLuzio.She ranks second in the Pac-12 and is 19th in the NCAA with an 11.32 assists per set average and has guided the Buffs to a .255 mark, which is sixth in the conference.

Defensively the Buffs are led by Abu who is recording 1.26 blocks per set (sixth in the Pac-12 and 52nd in the NCAA). Junior Gabby Carta-Samuels ranks sixth in the conference with a 3.62 digs per set mark.

SCOUTING THE TROJANS: Southern California is ranked 19th in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll with a 14-5 record. The Trojans are third in conference play with a 6-2 mark. Khalia Lanier is the top offensive threat for USC, averaging 4.08 kills per set, which is sixth in Pac-12. She is also sixth in the conference with 0.34 service aces per game. The Trojans are ninth in the country with 14.51 kills per set and are averaging 13.54 assists per set, which is 13th in the NCAA. Victoria Garrick leads the back-row with 4.09 digs per set and at the net, Danielle Geiger is posting 1.03 blocks per set.

SCOUTING THE BRUINS: UCLA, the No. 13 team in the latest AVCA poll, is 12-5 entering the match and is tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with a 5-3 record. Reily Buechler leads the team with 3.19 kills per set and adds 2.58 digs per set. Sarah Sponcil is second in the Pac-12 with 10.95 assists per set and is guiding UCLA to a .257 hitting percentage, which is fifth in the league. Zana Muno is recording the second best Pac-12 mark with 4.62 digs per set and at the net, Madeleine Gates is recording 1.25 blocks per set, which is seventh in the Pac-12.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Buffs start the second half of the conference season in the Pacific Northwest. They will first face-off against Oregon on Oct. 27 in Eugene, Ore., and on Oct. 28, CU will play Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore.


  • Buffs Beat Cancer Pink Match
  • Fans can get $3 general admission tickets
  • The first 500 fans will receive a free pink t-shirt
  • Head coach Jesse Mahoney will host a pre-match ‘Chalk Talk’, in the Coors Club Room approximately 35 minutes prior to the start of the match. This is open to the public.


  • The Buffs will host their annual Trick-Or-Treat Street. Kids eighth-grade and under can trick-or-treat in their costumes on the concourse.
  • The team will sign autographs following the match on the concourse behind sections 3 and 4.


Single match tickets start at just $5 for general admission and $8 for reserved seating. Kids 12 and under are free. Season tickets are also available and start at just $25 for general admission, while reserved seats are $40. Fans can purchase single match and season tickets online at or by calling 303-49-BUFFS.

New for the 2017 season is the General Admission Flex season ticket for $35. Fans will receive 14 match vouchers redeemable to all games. The flex plan is 50% off single game pricing.

And don’t forget about the Women’s Sports Pass. For just $125, the Women’s sports pass gives you general admission seating for all volleyball, soccer and women’s basketball home games.


In an effort to provide a safer environment for fans, the University of Colorado will continue its clear bag policy at the Coors Events Center for all CU volleyball matches, men’s basketball and women’s basketball games.

Fans may bring one clear bag no larger than 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches, or a one-gallon reseal-able clear plastic storage bag, into the arena. Fans will also be allowed one small clutch purse, no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.

Bags that are not allowed into the CEC include backpacks, large purses, oversized tote bags, camera bags and binocular cases, diaper bags, fanny packs and printed plastic bags.

For more information check out the following links: and

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