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Volleyball Enjoys Record-Setting 2014 Season

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  1. RSSBot

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    The 2014 University of Colorado volleyball season was one of the best in program history with CU finishing 20-14 overall.

    Originally posted by CUBuffs.com
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    The Buffaloes volleyball program keeps getting better and better. The 2014 University of Colorado volleyball season was one of the best in program history with CU finishing 20-14 overall.


    This is the first year since 2003 that the Buffs recorded 20 or more wins, with five of those coming against ranked opponents, a program regular-season first. CU also qualified for its second straight NCAA Tournament, its 18th overall, and advanced to the second round for the second consecutive season.


    The Buffs earned a 9-5 nonconference record, making the 27th straight season with a .500 record or above. CU also put together an impressive 11-9 mark in Pac-12 Conference play, which tied for fourth in the league with perennial powerhouses Oregon and UCLA and was its highest league finish since joining the conference in 2011.


    Colorado also earned national recognition in the AVCA poll during the last portion of the season. The Buffs were ranked as high as 18th and were as low as 22nd while in the poll. They finished the season ranked 21st and were one of nine Pac-12 schools in the national rankings.

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    The Buffs earned a lot of well-deserved recognition for their hard work. Taylor Simpson was named CU’s first ever AVCA First Team All-American after being named to the AVCA All-Pacific South Region First Team. She was also named to the All-Pac-12 Team and garnered CU Athlete of the Week honors six times. Austin was selected to the All-Pac-12 First Team as well and both she and Edelman picked up one CU Athlete of the Week honor. Two of CU’s freshmen, Pfefferle and Gabby Simpson, were named to the All-Pac-12 Freshman honorable mention team.


    Several Buffs were recognized for their accomplishments off the court. Senior Kelsey English, Edelman and Cierra Simpson received honorable mention honors on the Pac-12 All-Academic team.


    At the year-end banquet, several more awards were handed out. Taylor Simpson was named CU’s Offensive MVP, while Cierra Simpson was honored as the Defensive MVP. Pfefferle and Gabby Simpson shared the Most Improved award. Sophomore Katherine Hawkins and Edelman earned the Shoulder to Shoulder award (the player who is committed to the team's success at all times and is a selfless individual who provides constant support to all teammates in support of team ideals and goals) and senior Rachel Hargis was named the winner of the Golden Buffalo Award (the player who demonstrates great work ethic and takes personal responsibility for continual progress and improvement).


    The Buffs graduate four players from the 2014 team, but the future looks very bright with 10 letterwinners returning next season.

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    Nice review of the volleyball season from cubuffs.com.
     
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    Thank you Taylor Simpson. I am curious to see what next season brings.
     
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    Re Taylor Simpson, wanted to mention if there are any heavy duty volleyball and/ or Buff fans in Southern California, a volleytalk forum thread (http://volleytalk.proboards.com/thread/57364/collegiate-all-star-showcase) notes there's a "Collegiate All-Star Showcase" at Irvine Valley College scheduled for January 9th that will include Ms. Simpson playing on one of the teams. (Wish I was in that part of the country to get a little late volleyball fix!)

    Further information here- https://www.facebook.com/events/322431717958198/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

    Quoting part of that facebook link-

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    The nation’s best Women's Collegiate Volleyball Players right here in Orange County!


    Don't miss the best collegiate volleyball players as they go head to head in the Collegiate All-Star Showcase...Come see AVCA Player of the Year Micha Hancock, Penn State along with Karsta Lowe, UCLA : Jen Hamson, BYU : Alex Holston, Florida : Lexi Dannemiller, Michigan : Inky Ajanaku, Stanford : Rhamat Alhassan, Florida : Alaysia Brown, USD : Haleigh Washington, Penn State : Nicole Walch, Florida State : Macey Gardner, Ariz State : Falyn Fonoimoana, formerly of USC : Ali Frantti, Penn State : Kayla Banwarth, TEAM USA : Stevi Robinson, formerly of Pepperdine : Kori Moster, Mich State : Taylor Simpson, Colorado


    Come early and listen to Karch Kiraly talk about the national team and their path to the Olympics in 2016. Attend the player Q&A and find out up-close and personal how they became the best college players in the nation.


    5:30: Q&A Players & Karch Kiraly
    6:15: Player Warm-Ups
    7:00: Match Begins
    After: Autograph Session
    $5.00 Adults | 18 & Under FREE


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