BOULDER— The University of Colorado volleyball team is looking to regain its home court advantage at the Coors Events Center this weekend as it prepares to host Oregon State and Oregon this weekend. OSU will start off the home stand on Friday, Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. and OU will visit on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m.
Both matches will be televised regionally on the Pac-12 Networks this weekend. Anne Marie Anderson will handle the play-by-play duties and Al Scates will provide the commentary. Live stats will also be available at CUBuffs.com.
CU is currently 15-11 overall and 7-9 in the Pac-12 this season, which includes a 5-2 league record at Coors. The Buffs are tied for seventh in the league standings with Utah, just one match out of sixth. Last weekend, the Buffs suffered a pair of losses to Arizona State and Arizona on the road.
Junior Taylor Simpson leads CU with 3.52 kills per set and ranks eighth in the Pac-12. Sophomore Alexis Austin is second on the team with 2.60 kills per set. The best hitting percentage on the squad belongs to junior Kelsey English at .363, which is sixth in the Pac-12. She has recorded 171 kills and 40 errors on 361 attacks this season. She is also third in the league in service aces, averaging 0.37 per set.
The offense is directed by sophomore Nicole Edelman. She is averaging 10.13 assists per set this season, the fifth best in the league, while helping the Buffs to a .221 attack percentage. Edelman has also added 70 kills of her own and is hitting .395.
Defensively, true freshman Cierra Simpson has recorded 3.22 digs per set. Senior Kerra Schroeder and Taylor Simpson are second on the team with 2.49 digs per set. At the net, senior Nikki Lindow ranks sixth in the Pac-12 with 1.25 blocks per set. English adds 0.72 blocks per set and Taylor Simpson posts 0.63 blocks per set.
Oregon State is 9-18 this season and is 0-16 in the conference. The Beavers have not won a Pac-12 match this season.
Lila Toner leads OSU with 2.82 kills per set and Laura Schaudt is second with 2.45 kills per set. Amanda Brown ranks third on the team with 2.05 kills per set and Amanda Brown is fourth on the team with 2.03 kills per set while attacking at a team-best .249 hitting percentage. Tayla Woods has handed out 10.00 assists per set while helping the Beavers to a .181 hitting percentage.
Defensively, OSU is led by Becky Defoe, who is fifth in the Pac-12 with 4.54 digs per set and Woods is second on the team with 2.32 digs per set. The Beavers are led by Arica Nassar at the net, who is averaging 1.13 blocks per set this season.
OSU leads the all-time series against the Buffs 3-2. CU has won the last two meetings between the two schools, including a three-set sweep of OSU in Corvallis, Ore. on Oct. 20.
Oregon is receiving votes in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll and has compiled a 15-11 overall record. The Ducks are 8-8 in the conference, which is sixth in the standings. Last weekend they split a pair of matches, falling to No. 6 Stanford 3-1, before rebounding to defeat No. 20 Cal 3-0 in Eugene, Ore.
Liz Brenner has the second best kills per set mark in the league at 4.47. Ariana Williams is second for the Ducks with 3.04 kills per set and is attacking at a .343 clip, which is ninth in the Pac-12. Lauren Plum is fourth the league with 10.27 assists per set and has directed the team to a .225 hitting efficiency.
On defense, Amanda Benson has picked up 4.69 digs per set, which is the third best in the conference. Brenner is second on the squad with 3.13 digs per set and Plum adds 2.68 digs per set. Canace Finley leads the team with 0.89 blocks per set and Williams has posted 0.88 blocks per set this season.
Oregon owns a 7-2 advantage in the all-time series against the Buffs. CU is still looking for its first conference win against the Ducks and has lost the last six straight.
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