Discussion in 'University of Colorado News and Olympic Sports' started by cmgoods, Aug 28, 2014.
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Since it won't be on tv, I won't be able to do play-by-play but I'll try to update scores If I can get home in time. Wither way, it should be an exciting season for the Buffs and I can't wait to watch.
You going to follow the match score on twitter or do you have a better source?
I didn't look yet, but I figured that there would probably be live stats. I'll go check on it now.
Maybe I should have read what I posted originally. I posted all of the links for live stats, video, etc. in the first post in this thread. Anyway, the first match for the Buffs is against Northwestern. Northwestern last season finished 16-16 overall and 8-12 in conference. That sounds like an easy enough game for the Buffs, but the Big 10 is just as good as the Pac-12 so a .500 record is still a decent team.
The gametracker doesn't seem to be working today. Buffs are up 2-0 after winning the first set 25-20 and the 2nd set 25-23.
Northwestern had late leads in both sets, but the Buffs were able to come back in both of them.
17-17 in the 3rd set
Set point for NU up 24-23. Buffs timeout.
NU wins the 3rd set 26-24. Buffs still lead 2-1.
Let's go Buffs!
NU with a 10-3 lead in the 4th set. Buffs need to turn the momentum around.
Buffs call a timeout down 19-13 in the 4th set
Buffs trying to close the gap down 21-17 in the 4th
NU takes the 4th set 25-17. Buffs need to win this final set.
Buffs have 21 aces in the match
Buffs lead 8-5
Buffs call a timeout as NU tries to come back and CU still leads 9-7
For anyone that doesn't know, the 5th and final set is to 15
Buffs getting closer to a win 12-9
NU with their final timeout as the Buffs lead 13-10
Match point for the Buffs up 14-12
Timeout Buffs with match point up 14-13
Buffs have given up the lead and NU now has match point up 16-15 on the Buffs
Buffs lose the final set 17-15 and the match 2-3. It was a close match, but the Buffs had plenty of opportunities to win especially in the final set and couldn't get the final point. Disappointing loss in the first match of the season.
Horrible loss. Not a fan of Kritza.
I searched for the box score of the match to figure out what happened against Northwestern and found one on their website.
It looks like 2 freshman played the majority of the minutes: Stephanie Shadley and Gabby Simpson.
What happened to Alexis Austin? Is she injured? I can't believe she got beat out by Shadley on the outside. She only played in one game tonight. Why not go with more experience in the first match and go with Neira Ortiz-Ruiz?
I wonder if passing is an issue with this team. That is the biggest problem with converting middle hitters to the outside. Most middles are never in serve receive in high school/club and don't develop a solid foundation to be a primary passer on the college level. Alexis Austin was a middle in high school. I saw in the videos that Joslyn Hayes was hitting on the outside during practice. That is another middle/opposite hitter in high school being asked to be an outside hitter. Maybe Shadley is the best passer out of the Austin/Ortiz-Ruiz/Hayes group and got the start. She is the only person that played as an outside in high school. The only proven passers on this team are Cierra and Taylor Simpson. If they have an off night, it's going to be a long season for CU.
If Gabby Simpson was playing, what system was CU running tonight? A 6-2? Or a 5-1? I had a feeling that of all the freshman, the youngest Simpson would see the court.
My (very un-educated) notes (just based on the stats, didn't see any of the game.):
1) I went to the scrimmage last weekend, and Alexis Austin didn't play at all. So, I assume she's fighting an injury or something? (Didn't see anything obvious wrong with her legs, but if nothing else I assume shoulders also get a heavy workout in volleyball.) She can be a big help, and provide some valuable experience, so hopefully she's OK going forward.
2) It looks like CU was using a 5-1 with Gabby Simpson just being a hitter, as the stats showed Nicole Edelman had almost all the assists/ sets and Gabby Simpson 0.
3) I didn't notice anything special with Gabby Simpson's serve last weekend, but I wasn't looking that closely. Tonight she had 12 aces, however, so it looks like the Buffs may have someone who can really help us get some valuable points from the service line going forward!
EDIT- Just saw the match writeup is up at cubuffs.com, and it's saying Ms. Simpson had 5 aces, so I assume the stats weren't accurate with the 12 aces listed. (5 is still very good for a 1st college game.)
4) As you indicated, two true freshmen got a LOT of playing time. Assuming this continues, it is probably going to require some time for the team to fully come together, so hopefully fans will be a little patient. (Also, Northwestern did have 8 conference wins last year in the best/ 2nd best conference in the country, so losing to them isn't anything to panic about. Although, I'm sure the Buffs won't be too satisfied losing after winning the 1st two games and having a 13-10 lead in game 5.)
5) It will be interesting how the defense develops, as that was the area I was most nervous about. (Lost both of last years main defensive specialists, their best blocking middle blocker, and their steady 6 rotation senior hitter, all to graduation.) In this match, anyway, it doesn't look like any of the Buffs three listed defensive specialists (other than of course libero Cierra Simpson) played much (two are shown playing in one set, but neither had any other stats). With both G. Simpson and Ms. Shadley having quite a few digs (6 and 9, respectively), I assume they were both playing 6 rotations at least some (most) of the time, a lot of responsibility for two freshmen.
Anyway, hope the Buffs can shake this match off, keep improving, and get two wins tomorrow!
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