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What to get excited about for the 2016 Volleyball Season:

There is a lot of buzz around Boulder ahead of the upcoming CU volleyball season. New head coach Jesse Mahoney and several key student-athletes are sparking the excitement ahead of the 2016 season. Here you will find all the information you need to get your season tickets for 2016 and all the excitement the matches this fall promise to bring.

What Can You Hope To See From Colorado This Season?

New head coach Jesse Mahoney boasts an 88-41 record and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in four seasons at the University of Denver and is hoping to build off CU’s 19-13 record in 2015, that included an 11-9 mark in Pac-12 play. He will have some talented student-athletes to work with for that goal. CU returns four starters and adds an impact transfer this season. Gabby Simpson and Naghede Abu both earned postseason honors from the Pac-12 last season. Simpson was an honorable mention opposite hitter, but could play a key role for the Buffs as a setter or hitter next season. Abu, a middle blocker, was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman honorable mention after leading the team in blocks and finishing third on the team in hitting percentage. Anna Pfefferle also returns as a starting middle blocker after leading the team in hitting percentage as a sophomore in 2015. Finally, libero Cierra Simpson is also back and she was seventh in the Pac-12 in digs a year ago. Alexa Smith joins CU after transferring from Purdue following her freshman season. The outside hitter comes to Boulder with high expectations after a stunning prep career at Lewis Palmer High School in Colorado Springs. She was the 2014 state player of the year, and perhaps more impressive was her national recognition. Smith was named PrepVolleyball.com’s national junior player of the year in 2014 and was a high school All-American. She went on to start 10 matches at Purdue and contribute 10 double-doubles for the Boilermakers. Other CU players expected to make an impact this fall are juniors Joslyn Hayes (opposite) and Stephanie Shadley (outside hitter) and senior Katelyn Cuff (middle blocker).

What's New This Season?

Mahoney and Smith are certainly the centerpieces of what’s new with CU volleyball this season. Mahoney is returning to Boulder, where he started his career. He was the head coach at the University of Denver for four seasons and last season, the Pioneers reached the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, went 27-8 and won their second straight Summit League championship. Smith will represent the Buffs as a member of the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team that will tour in China this summer, before stepping on the court as a Buff. She certainly headlined the recruiting class with her accolades and previous collegiate experience, but four other standout student-athletes signed with CU as well. CU also signed a pair of high school All-Americans. Lauren Dorrell is an outside hitter from Brentwood, Tenn., and is recognized as a top-100 recruit by PrepVolleyball.com. Justine Spann is also an outside hitter, hailing from Chandler, Ariz. Both Dorrell and Spann were highly recruited. Centennial native Rachel Whipple is a defensive specialist, who led Class 5A in digs per set as a senior this past fall. Lillie Klemmer is a front-row player from Honolulu and was a two-time all-state honoree in Hawai'i. CU also signed a pair of high school All-Americans. Lauren Dorrell is an outside hitter from Brentwood, Tenn., and is recognized as a top-100 recruit by PrepVolleyball.com. Justine Spann is also an outside hitter, hailing from Chandler, Ariz. The latter two players were both recruited heavily by Pac-12 and other top schools around the country.

Who’s On the Schedule?

Colorado is not shying away from national powerhouses on its schedule. A few teams that finished last season in the top 25 come to Boulder for non-conference action, including No. 8 Penn State and No. 21 Illinois. Penn State has won six national championships since 2005. All of that action comes before Pac-12 play and last season four Pac-12 schools finished in the top 15 in RPI. Four of CU’s non-conference opponents join seven Pac-12 schools that made the NCAA Tournament last season.

What Do The Buffs Need?

Your continued support! Colorado averaged over 1,100 fans per match last season, which was key to a 13-4 home record that included wins over No. 6 Stanford, No. 9 Florida State, No. 19 Arizona and No. 21 Arizona State in the Coors Events Center. Be a part of all the excitement this season at the Coors Events Center and renew your season tickets today!

Get the best seats in the house for the 2016 season by renewing you season tickets today!  You can call the CU Ticket Office at 303-492-5858 or click RENEW NOW at the top to renew your tickets.

We can’t wait to see you this fall at the Coors Events Center, GO BUFFS!