BOULDER- The University of Colorado volleyball team will start a 10-day road trip with a pair of matches this weekend. The Buffs will face Arizona on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in Tucson, Ariz. On Sunday, Nov. 18, CU will square off against Arizona State at 6 p.m. in Tempe, Ariz.
The Buffs will conclude their road trip with matches against top-ranked Stanford on Nov. 21 and Utah on Nov. 23.
Friday's match against the UA Wildcats will be streamed live at http://pac-12.com/live/arizonawildcats.aspx. Live stats will also be available at ArizonaWildcats.com. There will be no stream for Sunday's match at Arizona State but live stats will be available at ASUSunDevils.com. Fans can also follow the Buffs on Twitter @cubuffsvb for score updates throughout both matches.
The Buffs are 14-14 overall this season and are ninth in the Pac-12 with a 4-12 record. Freshman outside hitter Alexis Austin is pacing CU with 3.05 kills per set this season. Sophomore Neira Ortiz Ruiz is second on the team with 2.21 kills per set and sophomore Kelsey English is attacking at a team-best .316. Freshman setter Nicole Edelman has directed the Buffs to a .195 hitting percentage and has passed out 9.19 assists per set this year, which is eighth in the conference.
Freshman Chelsey Keoho is leading CU with 2.80 digs per set and junior Elysse Richardson adds 2.22 digs per set. CU is recording 2.23 blocks per set. Junior Nikki Lindow leads CU with 1.26 blocks per set, which ranks seventh in the conference. English is second on the team with 0.81 blocks per set and sophomore Ana Pantovic is third (0.72 bps).
The Arizona Wildcats are sporting a 14-13 record this season and are tied for seventh in the conference with a 6-10 recoed. The Wildcats have won two of their last five matches, including a three-set victory in Tucson against then-No. 5 UCLA (25-22, 25-16, 26-24).
Sophomore Madi Kingdon is averaging the fifth best kills total in the Pac-12 (4.14 kills per set) and is hitting .222. Taylor Arizobal is averaging the second best mark on the team with 2.76 kills per set. The Wildcats are recording 13.29 kills per set and are attacking .225. Chanel Brown has handed out 6.80 assists per set this year and Lauren Fuller has added 5.70 assists per set.
Candace Nicholson is eighth in the league with 3.92 digs per set and Kingdon ranks second for UA with 2.79 digs per set. The team is averaging 14.37 digs per set and 2.23 blocks per set. Oliva Magill has a team-best 1.07 blocks per set this season.
Arizona State is 17-12 this year and is also 6-10 in league play. The Sun Devils have won three of their last five contests, including a sweep (25-21, 26-24, 25-23) of then-No. 6 USC in Tempe.
ASU's offense mainly relies on freshman Macey Gardner and senior Erica Wilson. Gardner is second in the Pac-12 and is 10th in the NCAA with 4.56 kills per set and is also third in the league with 4.89 points per set. Wilson ranks fifth in the conference with 4.13 kills per set and is fifth in the Pac-12 in points per set (4.74) as she adds 0.30 aces per set. The Sun Devils are attacking at a .217 clip this season with 14.04 kills per set. Allison Palmer ranks second in the Pac-12 with 11.49 assists per set.
Defensively ASU is led by Stephanie Preach with 4.62 digs per set, which is third in the Pac-12 and Gardner is second on the team with 2.43 digs per set. The Sun Devils are led at the net by Alexis Pinson with 0.97 blocks per set.
The Buffs are 0-4 against Arizona after dropping a four-set match earlier this season. CU defeated ASU in five sets in the first meeting this year and is 1-3 against the Sun Devils.