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Buffs Volleyball Host Top-Ranked Stanford & California

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    CU returns home to the Coors Events Center this weekend to host top-ranked Stanford on Friday, October 17 at 7 p.m. and California on Sunday, October 19 at 12 p.m.

    Originally posted by CUBuffs.com
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    (When of course the matches begin Friday and Sunday)-

    Live Scoring- http://www.cubuffs.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=600

    And, if you can't make it out live to the Coors Event Center- both matches are on the Pac 12 Network (at minimum on the Mountain and Bay Area channels, and I believe Friday's is also on the National Network channel). For those who prefer or need to see it via the web and have a cable or satellite subscription that allows access to the Pac 12 network on line, both matches will also be available via http://pac-12.com/network/pac-12-network?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=600 .
     
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    For those interested in possibly going to Sunday's noon match against Cal, a couple special promotions (from the cubuffs.com preview)-
    "Sunday’s match against Cal is sponsored by State Farm. See your local State Farm agent for free tickets to the match. It is also Camper Reunion Day. The Buffs will host a free clinic for kids in eighth grade and younger following the match. Tickets can be purchased online at CUBuffs.com or by calling 303-49-BUFFS. Children 12 and younger are free."
     
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    My (VERY amateur) preview of this weekend matches’ opponents. (Note- all the stats below are based on conference play only stats, which I consider more reliable than including non-conference matches):

    Stanford- So, the Buffs definitely face a tough test tonight against National #1 ranked and undefeated Stanford:

    Note- Of course, as I fawn over Stanford's talent below, I do not in any way want to indicate the Buffs don’t have a good chance of the upset. We know what they did against (also #1 at the time) Washington last year in the Keg, and the Buffs have even more talent this year to pull off another upset. Hopefully, the Buffs can get that 1[SUP]st[/SUP] win ever against Stanford (against whom the Buffs have a 0-12 all-time record).

    1) Stanford often seems to get much more production from its middle blockers than any other opponent; although it may also be the quality they've had at that position the last 5 plus years. The Tree’s main threat this year (and last) is from a middle blocker, with junior Inky Ajanaku, maybe the best at her position in the country, leading the team in kills. In addition, 6’8” redshirt freshman Merete Lutz is third on the team in kills, while having the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] highest kill % in the Pac 12. The two combined are hitting a ridiculous .489 in conference. (The Buff middles will definitely want to be sure to be wearing their springy shoes, as they are going to be doing a LOT of jumping and hopping as they HOPEFULLY at minimum are able to slow down this quick and lethal part of the Tree attack!)

    2) Overall, the Trees are anchored still by their MONSTER 2012 recruiting class (now all juniors), which consisted of 5 of the top 10 ranked high school recruits (per prepvolleyball.com) in the country from that year. In addition to Ms. Ajanaku, their junior setter Maddie Bugg is considered one of the top 3 setters in the country. Also, both junior left side outside hitters Jordan Burgess (Gatorade and ESPN High School Player of the Year her senior year in HS) and Brittany Howard provide offensive production while being solid 6 position players who are as valuable on defense as they are on offense. In addition, Ms. Burgess has been getting hotter offensively in the last few matches after a slow (for her) start to the year.

    3) Lightly used (in previous years) senior right side hitter Morgan Boukather has also become a major contributor, and has the best hitting % of the Tree’s outside hitters. (Always nice to see seniors who persevere and earn playing time. Last year as a junior, Ms. Boukather had a total of 3 kills in 20 matches of Pac 12 play, while this year she’s AVERAGING 2.38 kills per set.)

    4) Their senior Libero Kyle Gilbert leads the Pac 12 in digs/set and anchors the back row for what is probably the best overall back row defense in the Pac 12. (Washington’s overall kill defense % is a little better probably due to their block, the best in the Pac ; The block is one of the few statistical areas where Stanford is even somewhat mediocre- “only” being tied with the Buffs for 4[SUP]th[/SUP] in the conference in blocks/set.)

    5) In general, the Cardinal have great diversity of offense, with 5 players averaging at least 2.2 kills per game in conference, any of whom could take over a match if they’re not given enough attention by their opponents. Statistically, in conference the Cards are #1 in hitting % (a ridiculous .327 average), and #2 in hitting % defense at .200.


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    Cal, although winless in conference this year (0-6), had better not be overlooked on Sunday by the Buffs. (I don’t think ANY Buffs team in ANY sport can take ANY Pac 12 team for granted, as they've all experienced setbacks and/ or near setbacks within the last year or two to “down” Pac teams.) :

    1) The Bears were picked 5th in the preseason poll, but I believe have had some injury issues. They also have had a brutal early conference schedule, with every team they've played but Oregon State being ranked, and even OSU is receiving votes in the Top 25 poll. In one of their losses, the Bears were up 2 sets to 0 against #3 ranked Washington before the Dogs came back for the win.

    2) I believe Cal’s top offensive player, pre-season all conference Christina Higgins, has been part of the walking wounded, but had her best conference offensive performance (18 kills in 4 games while hitting .241) her last match against ASU, and is 9[SUP]th[/SUP] in the Pac 12 in kills/set.

    3) The Bear’s defense is led by last year’s all-freshman 1[SUP]st[/SUP] team player Maddy Kerr (Steve’s daughter), who is 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] in digs/set in the Pac during conference play.

    4) And, their setter Alyssa Jenson is 6[SUP]th[/SUP] in the Pac 12 in assists/game while gaining experience as a sophomore who hardly played at all as a freshman.

    Overall, though, if the Buffs bring full intensity to the match, they hopefully should be able to do well, as the Bears are 11[SUP]th[/SUP] in kill % and 12[SUP]th[/SUP] in kill % defense in the Pac 12. I believe they may also have allowed the most aces in conference play, which will hopefully play to one of the Buff’s big strengths this year- their serve.

    This would also be a nice win since it would be the 1[SUP]st[/SUP] time the Buffs have defeated the Bears since joining the Pac 12 (Buffs are 0-5 in conference, with a 2-5 lifetime record against the Golden Bears).
     
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    I don't know if anyone else is watching this match right now, but the Buffs took the first set and are up 16-15 in the 2nd against #1 Stanford.
     
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    16-17
     
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    17-17
     
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    Buffs get the block but out of bounds
    17-18
     
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    Overpass and Stanford gets the kill
    17-19
    Timeout Stanford
     
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    Can the Buffs make it back to back years of beating the #1 team?
     
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    Blocked by Stanford as the Buffs are struggling with passing
    17-21
     
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    Austin hits it out
    17-22
    Timeout CU
     
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    Buffs are starting to fall apart at the end of this set
     
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    Austin with the kill after the timeout
    18-22
     
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    Stanford gets the kill
    18-23
     
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    Stanford gets the point after a long rally
    18-24
    set point
     
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    Stanford takes the 2nd set 18-25
     
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    Buffs kind of fell apart at the end of that set, but either way it's 1-1.
     
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    Nice crowd at the match tonight.

    1st set was great vball by the Buffs.

    I'd say in set 2 there were 4-5 unforced Buff hitting errors in the 1st half of the set that kept Stanford in it, then the passing had issues late.
     
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    3rd set is underway
    0-1
     
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    Austin with the kill
    1-1
     
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    Pfefferle with the block
    2-1
     
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    Cierre Simpson with the ace
    3-1
     
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    Austin with the kill
    4-3
     
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    Austin gets another kill
    5-3
     
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    Austin block and somehow the Buffs are able to recover and Ortiz Ruiz with the kill
    6-3
     
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    Ortiz Ruiz gets the kill at the net
    7-4
     
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    Kelsey English with the ace
    8-4
     

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