BOULDER- The University of Colorado volleyball team will play its next five matches in the state of Colorado, starting with three this week. CU will square off against the U.S. Air Force Academy on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Falcon Court at East Gym before hosting CSU Bakersfield and Norfolk State on Sept. 15 at the Coors Events Center.
The match against Air Force is set for 7 p.m. and is the first meeting between the two teams since 2000. Colorado has a 3-0 record against the Falcons. The Buffs will host CSUB on Saturday at 11 a.m. and NSU on Saturday at 3 p.m. NSU and CSUB will play a match against each other in the final match on Saturday at 7 p.m. These are the first meetings for CU against both CSUB and NSU.
Live stats for all three matches will be free. Stats, as well as video can be seen at GoAirForceFalcons.com for the match against the Falcons and stats for CU's home matches can be found at CUBuffs.com. The two matches at Coors will also be streamed live on the Pac-12 Digital Network (http://pac-12.com/live/cubuffs.aspx).
Colorado is off to one of its best starts in recent history with a 7-2 record. The last time the Buffs started out 7-2 was in 2003 when they finished the non-conference portion of the season at 8-2.
Alexis Austin lead CU with 2.94 kills per set this season but is followed closely by Nikki Lindow with 2.75 kills per set. Lindow is attacking at a .354 clip this season and also leads CU at the net with 1.44 blocks per set which ranks fourth in the Pac-12 this season. Kelsey English adds 2.22 kills per set and is attacking at mark of .397 which is sixth in the league. As a team the Buffs are averaging 13.22 kills per set and are only allowing 10.72 kills per set. They are also hitting .245 compared to their opponents' .140. Nicole Edelman has handed out 9.90 assists per set to ranks sixth in the Pac-12. She is also averaging the fifth-best 0.39 service aces per set in the conference; including a career-high six aces against Howard on Sept. 8.
Elysse Richardson has a team-best 3.04 digs per set and Chelsey Keoho is averaging 2.70 digs per set. Edelman is also active in the back row with 2.03 digs per set. CU has out-dug its opponents this season with 13.31 digs per set to 12.00.
Air Force is 3-6 overall and is fresh off a 2-1 weekend with wins over Navy (3-2) and The Citadel (3-0) before falling to Army (1-3) at the All-Academy Tournament. The Falcons are led by Cami Richan, who is averaging 3.67 kills per set. She is hitting .192 and is posting 0.48 blocks per set. Air Force is averaging 11.91 kills per set and is hitting .161. Its opponents are hitting .226 with 12.67 kills per set. Hillary Keltner is directing the offense with 9.61 assists per set. The defense is averaging 15.27 digs per set, mostly due to the fact that Maiya Perich is picking up 5.36 digs per set. At the net, Taylor Parker is the top blocker, posting 0.86 blocks per set.
CSUB has a 2-4 record this season and this past weekend the Roadrunners went 1-2; defeating Nevada in four sets. They lost to CSU Fullerton (3-1) and Washington State (3-0). The top attacker for CSUB is Debora Araujo. She is averaging 4.29 kills per set, while hitting .193. The Roadrunners are averaging more kills per set than their opponents (12.43-12.05), but are hitting at a lower percentage (.178-.222). Fernanda Goncalves has recorded 10.52 assists per set in six matches. Mariah Alvidrez leads the backrow with 3.05 digs per set and Julia Bowen is posting a team-high 1.05 blocks per set.
The NSU Spartans are 2-8 this season and have lost the last three matches. Their wins are against Navy (3-1) and Providence (3-1). Charlotte Armstead has recorded 113 kills this season to average 3.05 kills per set. Beatriz Ferreira is second on the team with 2.44 kills per set. The team is hitting .127 while its opponents are hitting .230. Defensively the Spartans are led by Noelle Eagles with 3.71 digs per set. Goda Jankauskaite has a team-high 0.88 blocks per set.
Fans will only need to purchase one ticket for both of CU's matches on Saturday and season tickets are still available just $25. They can be purchased at CUBuffs.com or by calling 303-49-BUFFS. Parking for the matches is free. There will also be a post-match autograph session after the 3 p.m. match with the Buffs and Norfolk State, followed by a youth clinic in the upper gym.