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September 18th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU soccer ranked for the first time this season; Jalen Tompkins named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado goalkeeper Jalen Tompkins helped the Buffaloes soccer team remain unbeaten last week. She picked up wins over Utah Valley and instate rival Denver on her way to being named the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week.

For Tompkins, the weekly honor is her first of the season. It marks the sixth weekly honor of her career. She won the award three times last season. Colorado has now had three different players honored by the conference this season.

Tompkins, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., began the week with a scoreless performance against Utah Valley. She played a perfect first half against the Wolverines, making two saves. The junior got the starting nod against Denver on Sunday. The Buffs gained a 2-0 lead in the first half. Tompkins stopped all four shots she faced to help complete CU’s first unbeaten record in non-conference play in program history.

Tompkins ranks second in the Pac-12 with a .917 save percentage, just behind teammate Scout Watson (.938). Tompkins and Watson have combined for the nation’s fifth-ranked save percentage (.939). Individually, Tompkins ranks 13th in the NCAA with a .383 goals against average. She has made 22 saves on the season and has not allowed a goal in her last 178:33.

Buffs ranked … Colorado cracked the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 rankings for the first time this season. The Buffs are ranked No. 23 in the weekly poll with an 8-0-1 record. It is the first time Colorado has been ranked in the poll since Sept. 5, 2017. Colorado is one of just 14 teams left in DI to not have a loss.

CU comes in at No. 20 in this week’s TopDrawerSoccer.com poll. Colorado has steadily moved up Top Drawer rankings, having been No. 23 and No. 22 in previous weeks.

Colorado opens Pac-12 play this week at Oregon State on Friday. The game is set for a 5 p.m. MT kickoff and is available across the Pac-12 Networks.

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September 16th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s soccer finishes non-conference slate unbeaten with 2-1 decision over Denver University

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado soccer team accomplished something no prior team has done before. The Buffs finished the non-conference season unbeaten, closing with a hard-fought 2-1 win over instate rival Denver at Prentup Field on Sunday.

Colorado went 8-0-1 in non-conference play. The team’s nine-game unbeaten streak is tied for third in program history.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Colorado was able to get some offense generated early on against Denver. CU’s had five corner kicks in the first 26 minutes. The Buffs used those opportunities to pressure Denver’s keeper Brittany Wilson early on.

The Pioneers matched the Buffs offense early on, forcing Jalen Topkins to make three of her four saves in the first portion of the half. Her diving save through a screened shot in the 22nd minute kept the game scoreless.

CU landed the first blow of the game, breaking the scoreless tie in the 28th minute. Freshman Emily Groark sent the ball across the goal box from just off the goal line. Sophomore Marty Puketapu, who celebrated a birthday on Sunday, went up and met the ball with a header just off the six-yard box. She put some force behind the ball and beat a diving Wilson for her second goal of the season.

Colorado pushed its lead to 2-0 in the 40th minute. Tatum Barton had an opportunity blocked by DU that led to a Chaynee Kingsbury throw-in. Kingsbury, known for her flip-throw, threw the ball all the way into the center of the box. The ball was softly cleared to the top of the box and intercepted by Libby Geraghty. Geraghty slipped the ball back to Kingsbury and she put the ball in off Wilson’s hands and across the goal line from the tip of the Pac-12 logo.

The Buffs carried the 2-0 lead into the half. Colorado outshot Denver 9-7 at the break. The Pioneers held the slight advantage in shots on goal, 4-3.

UP NEXT: Colorado opens Pac-12 play on the road next week at Oregon State (Sept. 21). The game is set for a 5 p.m., kickoff and will be on the Pac-12 Network.

NOTES: The 8-0-1 start to the season is the team’s best in program history (lost first game of the season in 2003 and then won next 11) … Colorado improves to 2-0 in one-goal games this season … Kingsbury’s goal was the first of her collegiate career … she becomes Colorado’s 10th different goal-scorer this season  … Groark’s assist was her sixth of the season … Watson’s shutout streak ended at 338:42.

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September 15th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU volleyball raises record to 6-3 with sweep of Portland State

From CUBuffs.com …  The University of Colorado volleyball team swept Portland State University tonight in dominate fashion. The team had four players with seven or more kills and hit .316, the fourth-best mark this season. The Buffs return to action in the 2018 Colorado Classic Saturday morning at 10 a.m. against Indiana State, followed up by the marquee matchup against Colorado State University at 8 p.m. Tomorrow mornings match will have $2 coffee and muffins for all fans, while the evening match is ‘Wear Black’.

For the first time this season the Buffs were at full force. Senior Naghede Abu was dominate in her season opener, leading the team with a .468 hitting percentage with seven kills. Justine Spann continued her breakout season with a match-high 11 kills and hitting .450. The Smith duo also performed well, as Anyse Smith had eight kills and Alexa Smith had seven.

Freshman setter Jenna Ewert had a career-night, picking up three aces while also posting her third double-double of the season with 17 assists and 11 digs. Brynna DeLuzio added in 15 assists, nine digs and an ace, as well as the match-winning kill.

On the defensive end of the court, Gabby Carta-Samuels returned for the Buffs for the first time in two weeks. She led the team with 14 digs, while also adding in seven assists. Up front, Abu led with a pair of blocks, while Alexa Smith had a solo block and Spann had a block assist. The Buffs dominated the defensive end, holding the Vikings to just a .049 hitting percentage, including tying a season-best .000 opponent hitting percentage in the first set. Only Toni McDougald had a hitting percentage greater than .100 for Portland State at .156.

Tomorrow evenings matchup is looking to be a tightly contested match, as Colorado State swept Indiana State tonight in Fort Collins. The Buffs will need to defend home court against a mob of Rams that will be seeking revenge from last season’s comeback defeat in Fort Collins.

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September 13th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Undefeated CU women’s soccer team has no problems with Utah Valley, 3-0

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado soccer team’s Killer Bs, Jorian Baucom and Tatum Barton, accounted for all three goals in the Buffs’ 3-0 win over Utah Valley at Prentup Field on Thursday. The win pushes Colorado’s unbeaten streak to eight games, improving to 7-0-1 on the season.

Colorado’s unbeaten streak is the longest to open the season in program history.

HOW IT HAPPENED: 
Colorado got the offensive chances going early on Thursday. Junior Stephanie Zuniga fired CU’s first shot of the day off the crossbar in the 3rd minute. The Buffs outshot Utah Valley 6-0 in the first 23 minutes of the half.

Baucom opened the scoring in the 25th minute. Barton centered the ball into Baucom at the top of the six-yard box. She whiffed on her first shot attempt, forcing Brooklyn Nielsen to play the loose ball. Baucom was able to punch the ball past Nielson while falling to the ground for the 1-0 lead.
 
The Buffs kept the heat on and got back on the board in the 35th minute. Barton snuck free in the middle of the goal box and redshirt freshman Libby Geraghty slipped her the ball through traffic. Barton hit the lower right corner of the net, beating a charging Nielsen for her ninth goal of the season.

Baucom added her second goal of the day in the 83rd minute. She took a pass from Emily Groark and beat the UVU defense down the field. This time she finessed the ball off her left foot, giving her her first two-goal game as a Buff.

UP NEXT: The Buffs close out Colorado Cup play against Denver on Sunday. The game is set for 1 p.m., and will be on the Pac-12 Mountain Network.

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September 11th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Volleyball set to host Colorado classic tournament this weekend

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado volleyball team stays home for the second consecutive week to host the 2018 Colorado Classic. Colorado will kick things off with a match up with Portland State Friday evening at 7 p.m. in the CU Events Center, then follow up with a double-header against Indiana State at 10 a.m. and Colorado State at 8 p.m. Saturday night’s match against the Rams is a ‘Wear Black’ night.

Due to the football game at 3 p.m., fans are required to access campus from Broadway and Regent Drive. Lots 440 and the Event Center/Regent parking garage are available for volleyball parking. See map for more information.

The Buffs are coming off of a 2-1 weekend in the Buffs Invitational. The team finished off the double-header Saturday with sweeps of Oklahoma and North Carolina, led by All-Tournament selections Alexa Smith and Anyse Smith. Senior captain Alexa Smith leads the team with 3.72 kills per set, joined by Justine Spann with 3.48 kills per set. The duo has become a trio, as Anyse Smith hit more than .500 in the tournament and now leads the team with a .381 hitting percentage. The three have combined for 275 kills this season.

Also for Colorado, the setter duo of Brynna DeLuzio and Jenna Ewert is hitting full stride. The pair each have more than 100 assists this season, led by DeLuzio’s 190. Ewert picked up her second double-double of the season this weekend with career-highs in assists (27) and digs (12).

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Two CU soccer players named Pac-12 Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado soccer team picked up two conference honors on Tuesday. Juniors Tatum Barton and Kelsey Aaknes were awarded the Pac-12’s Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards, respectively. The two players played key roles in last weekend’s road wins at Marquette and Michigan State.

For Barton, the weekly honor is her second of the season. This marks the first career honor for Aaknes.

Barton, a Littleton, Colo., native, continued her hot start to the season scoring two of CU’s three goals in the Buffs’ 3-0 win over previously unbeaten Michigan State on Sunday. She got her first goal of the game, proving to be the game-winner on Colorado’s first shot of the game. She struck again, five minutes later, in the 11th minute to put the Buffs up 2-0.

Barton leads the NCAA with 1.14 goals per game and ranks third in the nation with eight goals this season. She is also fourth in the NCAA with 17 total points.

Aaknes, a Carlsbad, Calif., native, helped lead CU to its weekend-opening 2-1 win at Marquette on Thursday. She played the full 90 minutes against the Golden Eagles, providing the lone assist on Megan Massey‘s game-winning goal in the 85th minute. On Sunday, Aaknes helped shut down the Michigan State offense on its home-field. The Buffs blanked the Spartans, giving CU its fifth shutout of the season.

Colorado is back at Prentup Field this week to close out the non-conference schedule. The Buffs take on Utah Valley (3:30 p.m. MT) on Thursday and Denver (1 p.m. MT) on Sunday. Thursday’s game is dollar hot dog day.

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September 9th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Unbeaten CU soccer (6-0-1) hands Michigan State its first defeat of the season

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado soccer team handed Michigan State its first loss of the season on Sunday. Junior Tatum Barton scored two first-half goals in a span of five minutes, helping Colorado remain unbeaten with a 3-0 win on the road.

Barton, who started the day ranked second in the NCAA in total goals, improved her total to eight on the season. She now has career highs in both goals and points (17).

HOW IT HAPPENED: Colorado (6-0-1) continued its trend of scoring early. The Buffs scored on two of their first three shots.. The up-front pair of Barton and Jorian Baucom provided the early offense, combining on the first two goals.

Baucom created the opportunity on the Buffs first goal. She made a run down the left side and sent a centering pass directly on the left foot of Barton. The junior from Littleton, Colo., did not even break stride, meeting the ball at the point of contact and firing it past Michigan State’s Reilley Ott on CU’s first shot of the afternoon.

The pair came together again five minutes later in the 11th minute to give CU a 2-0 cushion. Baucom fielded a goal kick from Jalen Tompkins just past midfield and fed a running Barton down the center of the field. Barton beat her defender to the ball at the top corner of the box, switched directions and fired a laser with her right foot to the opposite post for her eighth goal of the season.

UP NEXT: Colorado returns home to close out the non-conference schedule. CU will host Utah Valley on Thursday, Sept. 13. The Buffs will get back into the Colorado Cup on Sunday, Sept. 16, hosting Denver.

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CU volleyball finishes Buff tournament with a 2-1 record after sweep of Oklahoma

From CUBuffs.com The University of Colorado women’s volleyball team put down its second opponent of the day in the 2018 Buffs Invitational Saturday evening when the team swept (25-12, 26-24, 25-15) the University of Oklahoma. The team finishes the tournament with a 2-1 record and closing out the day with a pair of sweeps.

Redshirt freshman Anyse Smith continued her dominating ways in the victory, leading the match with 14 kills while swinging a career-high .619. The last time a player hit 14 or more kills and .619 was Naghede Abu during the same weekend last season. Smith had just five attack errors in the three matches this tournament, hitting an outstanding .523 with 39 kills.

Smith was not alone, as Alexa Smith put up a dozen kills with a .323 hitting percentage and just a pair of errors. Justine Spann added eight kills, while Jenna Ewert led the team with 20 assists. Brynna DeLuzio also had 14 assists and a pair of aces.

Also for the Buffs, Lauren Dorrell added seven kills with a .429 hitting percentage and just a single attack error.

The offense was rolling today, finishing the match with a season-best .351 hitting percentage. The team also had a season-low 10 errors. The first set was one that will be remembered, as the team hit .542 and had a sideout percentage of 92, both season-bests. In 13 tries, the women succeeded to sideout on all but one occasion.

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September 7th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU volleyball falls 3-1 to undefeated Georgia

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado volleyball team fell in four sets to undefeated University of Georgia tonight in the 2018 Buffs Invitational in the CU Events Center. Despite the home opener loss, numerous Buffs had season-best nights in the four set (21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21) loss to the Dawgs. The team looks to recollect quickly as it goes up against North Carolina tomorrow at noon, followed by Oklahoma tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. Both matches will be streamed on Pac-12 Plus.

The 24th-ranked Buffs, deprived of three possible starters, battled hard with numerous season and career-best results to show, despite not getting the W. Junior outside Justine Spann continued to shine, posting a team-high 20 points with a career-high 19 kills while hitting .213. She was joined by Anyse Smith who had a match-high .483 hitting percentage to go along with her career-best 16 kills. Senior Alexa Smith also joined the double-digit kills party with 14 kills while hitting .278.

Also offensively, the setter duo shined with a combined 50 assists. Freshman Jenna Ewert led the charge with her second double-double of the season with 27 assists and a dozen digs. Sophomore Brynna DeLuzio added in 23 digs.

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September 6th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s soccer remains unbeaten after 2-1 win over Marquette

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado soccer team scored two unanswered goals in the second half to complete a come-from-behind victory over Marquette on Thursday. The 2-1 win keeps the Buffs unbeaten, improving to 5-0-1.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Marquette got the action started early, giving Colorado keeper Jalen Tompkins her first action moments after the opening kickoff. The Buffs controlled the half from that point forward, keeping possession inside the Marquette zone. Senior Jorian Baucom totaled three of CU’s 10 first-half shots, including putting two on net.

The Golden Eagles caught the game’s first break early into the second half. A collision in the Colorado defensive zone caused a scramble and MU’s Jamie Kutey was the beneficiary, slipping the ball past Tompkins.

Marquette continued to push the tempo in the second, stealing the momentum away from the Buffs. Tompkins stood tall in net to keep the deficit at one. She also got involved on the offensive side of the ball. Marquette fouled the Buffs at midfield and Tompkins ran up to take the free kick. Her ball sailed into the box and off the head of a Marquette defender to get the Buffs to even in the 69th minute.

Colorado took advantage of the Marquette error and put together a string of late scoring chances. Tatum Barton had a prime opportunity in the 76th minute but had her shot tipped high over the night by Marquette goalie Maddy Henry. Marty Puketapu followed up with a strong header attempt that was pushed wide by Henry in the 78th minute.

The Buffs efforts paid off in the 85th minute. Junior Kelsey Aaknes sent a long centering ball into Megan Massey at the top of the eight. Massey put her head on the ball and caught just enough of it to redirect past Henry for the game-winner.

Tompkins closed the night matching her season-high with four saves.

KEY STATISTICS:  Colorado totaled a season-high 13 shots on goal. The Buffs had a heavy 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.

UP NEXT: The Buffs will continue on the road when they take on Michigan State on Sunday. The two teams have met just once in program history. The Spartans took the game, 2-1, in overtime back in 2016.

CU women’s volleyball set to host Buff Invitational this weekend

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado volleyball team comes home for the first time in the 2018 season to host the 2018 Buffs Invitational. A school from four of the five Power-5 conferences will be in the tournament, with the University of Georgia, University of North Carolina and University of Oklahoma attending. Matches begin Friday at 3 p.m. in the CU Events Center with Oklahoma taking on North Carolina. Colorado will be taking on Georgia Friday evening at 6 p.m., then conclude action in a double-header Saturday against North Carolina at noon and Oklahoma at 7 p.m. All CU matches will be streaming live on Pac-12 Plus.

The women are ranked 24th in the nation with a 3-2 record following last weekend in the Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Challenge. Colorado fell to No. 11-ranked Illinois in three sets, then returned to defeat Iowa in four sets. Senior Alexa Smith and junior Justine Spann were both named to the All-Tournament team after Smith had a season-high 23 kills against Iowa and Spann had a career-high 25 digs in the same match. Both women recorded their first double-double of the season in that match.

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September 2nd

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU soccer allows its first goal of the season, but still cruises to 3-1 win over Iowa State

From CUBuffs.com … For the second straight game, Colorado scored in the first five minutes as the Buffs cruised to a 3-1 win over Iowa State on Sunday at Prentup Field. CU improved to 4-0-1 this season, while ISU dropped to 1-4-1.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Taylor Kornieck got the Buffs on the board in the fourth minute with a volley off a free kick by Kelsey Aaknes. Kornieck received the long ball in the box, tapped it up in the air, and blasted it through the hands of goalkeeper Dayja Schwichtenberg.

CU took a 2-0 lead in the ninth minute as Jorian Baucom scored her third goal of the year. She took a pass from Tatum Barton in the box with her back to the goal, turned to her left and dribbled around a defender to fired it towards the far post.

Jalen Tompkins made one of her best saves of the season in the 39th minute, stopping a breakaway with a point-blank kick save. It was one of four stops by her on the day.

Freshman Jesse Loren opened her CU account with her first career goal in the 60th minute. She headed in a corner kick from fellow freshman Emily Groark to push the lead to 3-0.

CU allowed its first goal of the season in the 89th minute. A failed clearance from the box landed at the feet of ISU’s Emily Steil and she pushed the ball up to Klasey Medelberg, who had a one on one with Tompkins and scored.

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UP NEXT: CU hits the road to play at Marquette at 6 p.m. MT on Thursday.

CU volleyball takes out Iowa, 3-1

From CUBuffs.com … Senior Alexa Smith and junior Justine Spann put in work tonight in a dominating win for the University of Colorado volleyball team against the University of Iowa in the 2018 Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Challenge in Seattle, Washington. The Buffs took home the win in four sets (25-19, 25-21, 23-25, 25-13).

Smith came out swinging, posting a season-high 23 kills while hitting .298 for the Buffaloes in the win. She also posted the third double-double of the season with 11 digs. Spann led the charge towards the double-double, picking up the second of the season for the team with 13 kills and a career-high 25 digs, seven more than her previous best performance. The duo combined for more than half of the team’s kills and digs.

Spann’s incredible performance began later in the match. After posting just seven digs in the first two sets, the junior went off for nine digs in each of the following sets.

Also offensively for the Buffs, sophomore Brynna DeLuzio posted 25 assists and led the team with a pair of aces. She was joined by freshman Jenna Ewert who had 15 assists, just one shy of her career-high.

UP NEXT: Colorado returns home to host the Buffs Invitational with Oklahoma, North Carolina and Georgia. Colorado kicks things off against Georgia Friday evening at 6 p.m. in the CU Events Center, then takes on both North Carolina and Oklahoma Saturday at noon and 7 p.m., respectfully.

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September 1st

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU soccer remains unbeaten with a 4-0 decision over UTSA

From CUBuffs.com … Senior Scout Watson recorded her first career solo shutout on Friday, helping Colorado blank the UTSA Roadrunners, 4-0. The shutout continues the Buffaloes’ streak, holding the opposition scoreless for the consecutive game to open the season.

Junior Tatum Barton led the offense for the second consecutive game. She followed up her hat-trick performance against Missouri with another two goals on Friday. Senior Jorian Baucom registered her second goal as a Buff and a late own goal rounded out the scoring.

HOW IT HAPPENED: 
UTSA recorded the first scoring opportunity of the evening, testing Watson in the 4th minute. Ellis Patterson fired the first shot of the day off the crossbar and followed up with a rebound attempt straight into arms of Watson.

The Buffs countered with their first opportunity in the 7th minute. Colorado’s Taylor Kornieck set a ball into a streaking Baucom atop the box. Baucom shot the ball in on UTSA keeper Michelle Cole and the rebound slipped out in front of the net. Barton and a UTSA defended met the ball at the same time, resulting in a stalemate.

It did not take long for Barton to make good on her next opportunity. She got the board in the 17th minute with help from Kornieck and Emily GroarkGroark crossed the ball to the middle from outside the six-yard box, finding Barton for the game’s first tally.

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UP NEXT: Colorado will host former Big 12 rival Iowa State, at Prentup Field, on Sunday at 12 p.m. Sunday’s game is the annual Touch-A-Truck game with first-responder vehicles on-hand for fans to explore prior to kickoff. It is also a Wear White game.

No. 21 CU volleyball falls to No. 11 Illinois in Pac-12/Big Ten challenge

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado women’s volleyball team fell short in the first match of the 2018 Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Challenge Friday night in a three-set loss (25-19, 26-24, 25-21) to No. 11 Illinois. The 21st ranked Buffaloes will look to reload fast as the team takes on Iowa tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. (MT) in Seattle to conclude the tournament.

“Illinois is a very good team,” said head coach Jesse Mahoney. “They put a lot of service pressure on us, (I) didn’t feel like we stepped up to that challenge at times. With the exception of set two, we didn’t pass very well. We struggled to find a rhythm offensively and couldn’t score.”

The Buffs struggled in passing all evening, allowing the Illini to go off for six aces in addition to having 42 kills. The team also had difficulties hitting around and through the Illinois block that had a team total of a dozen blocks.

Despite the passing woes, junior Justine Spann had 10 kills and a team-high .308 hitting percentage. She was joined by senior Alexa Smith and redshirt freshman Anyse Smith who dished out six kills apiece. The Buffs split the setting duties, with sophomore Brynna DeLuzio leading the way with 16 assists while freshman Jenna Ewert had 11.

Defensively the team had strong moments of glory up front in the block. Redshirt freshman Danielle Price had a team-high four blocks, joining forces with junior Lillie Klemmer and Anyse Smith who had three blocks apiece. The team tallied eight total blocks with one solo block coming from Smith.

Junior libero Rachel Whipple was the lone Buff in double-digit digs with a dozen.

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August 25th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU volleyball falls, 3-2, to Wyoming

From CUBuffs.com … Down 0-2 against Wyoming on Saturday night, the No. 15 University of Colorado volleyball fought back to take the following two sets to force a deciding fifth set, but was unable to complete the comeback, falling 15-13 in the final set.

The first two games were close, with Wyoming winning 25-23, 25-21. The Buffs came back and defeated UW 25-21, 25-16 in the third and fourth sets, respectively, to force the fifth game. CU was down 13-10 in the fifth and strung together three straight points to even the set, but the Cowgirls managed to side-out and closed out the match with the last two points.

The Buffs are now 2-1 on the season, while UW improved to 3-0.

WHAT HAPPENED: Despite the loss, several players shined for CU. Justine Spann recorded a career-high 16 kills to lead both teams and had five digs. Alexa Smith was just behind Spann with 15 kills of her own and added eight digs and three blocks.

The Buffs, who have been playing many new faces this season, saw many record career nights. Anyse Smith recorded a career-best 10 kills and also hit a career-high .562 with just one error on 16 swings. She also posted four blocks. Lillie Klemmer had seven kills, seven blocks and hit .455 (all career numbers). Rachel Whipple got in on the career-high action with 19 digs and freshman Jenna Ewert recorded her first collegiate double-double with 16 assists and 10 digs. Lauren Dorrell has a nice match with six kills and four blocks, while Brynna DeLuzio played a solid match with 31 assists and seven digs.

NEXT UP: The Buffs head to Seattle for the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge. They will face No. 12 Illinois on Friday, August 31 and on Saturday, Sept. 1, they will take on Iowa. Both matches will start at 6 p.m. and will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.

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CU Soccer dominates Missouri, 6-0, to run its record to 2-0-1

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado’s soccer team scored early and often on Saturday, cruising to a 6-0 win over Missouri behind Tatum Barton’shat trick. The win moved the Buffs to 2-0-1 this season, while the Tigers dropped to 1-1-1.

Barton, making her first start of the season, scored twice in the first five minutes, the second-earliest a CU player has had two goals in history. She added her third score in the 57th minute.

Jorian BaucomMarty Puketapu and Katie Joella also scored in the game and junior Taylor Kornieck broke the single-game record for the Buffs with four assists.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Barton put CU up 1-0 in the third minute off a corner kick. Kornieck headed the ball to the center of the box and freshman Jesse Loren then headed the ball to Barton inside the six-yard box and Barton turned and fired into the lower-right corner of the net.

Just two minutes later, Kornieck found a wide-open Barton streaking into the box and Barton dribbled past the goalkeeper and calmly finished into the net for the early 2-0 lead.

In the seventh minute, the Buffs pushed the lead to 3-0. Baucom scored on a sliding, one-touch shot in the box after a ball into the box from Megan Massey.

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No. 15 Colorado sweeps North Florida to go to 2-0

From CUBuffs.com …  Behind a great all-around team effort, the No. 15 University of Colorado Buffaloes swept North Florida (25-23, 25-17, 25-18) on Friday night in the third match of the Rumble in the Rockies at the University of Wyoming.

CU improved to 2-0 after defeating Oral Roberts earlier in the day, while UNF is now 0-2 after falling to Wyoming.

WHAT HAPPENED: The Buffs hit an outstanding .326 with Brynna DeLuzio handing out 31 assists. Justine Spann had a career match with 14 kills and hit .481 with just one error on 27 attacks. Alexa Smith was second on the squad with 12 kills, while Danielle Price had another solid performance with nine kills and seven blocks, in addition to hitting .500 with two errors on 14 swings.

Four other Buffs recorded kills in the win. Lauren Dorrell tallied five, while DeLuzio and Anyse Smith each had two. Lillie Klemmer added the other kill for CU.

Colorado’s passers also had a great night. Spann and Alexa Smith led the team with nine digs, while Rachel Whipple and DeLuzio each had eight.

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August 24th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

No. 15 Colorado takes down Oral Roberts in season opener

From CUBuffs.com … Senior Alexa Smith recorded 15 kills in the University of Colorado’s season opener, helping the No. 15 Buffs get past Oral Roberts 3-1 (25-15, 14-25, 25-19, 25-18) in the first match of the day at the Rumble in the Rockies at the University of Wyoming.

Junior Justine Spann also had a nice season opener with 11 kills in addition to eight digs and four blocks. At the net, junior Lillie Klemmer made her first career start and posted a career-high seven block assists, in addition to four kills and two service aces. Redshirt freshman Danielle Price also had a nice debut with six kills and four blocks (two solo and two assists), while Lauren Dorrell, who was playing on the right side, posted five block assists and added three kills.

“We are happy to get our first match under our belt,” head coach Jesse Mahoney said. “ORU plays a little different style than we normally see and we could have made some adjustments to it earlier. That being said, I thought our offense in the three sets that we won was run very smoothly by Brynna (DeLuzio) and we saw some nice debuts from four new offensive players in Dani (Price), Lillie (Klemmer), Justine (Spann) and Lauren (Dorrell).”

WHAT HAPPENED: Colorado got out to a strong start in the match with a solid win in the first set, but suffered a set-back in the second set, falling to the Golden Eagles. The Buffs rallied back to take the final two sets to start the season with a win. CU is now 22-11 in season openers all-time.

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August 21st

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU Volleyball a “dark horse” candidate to win Pac-12 

From VolleyMob.com … “After Stanford, I think it remains to be seen how the rest of the league shakes out.  Most of the top teams return a good deal of talent but each also have a few question marks losing key contributors to graduation.  This year might see more parity than most.” – Colorado head coach Jesse Mahoney.

The favorite … Stanford

Next tier … USC

Dark horses … UCLA, Oregon, Washington, and …

Colorado: The Buffaloes may be the ultimate dark horse in the conference, because they don’t have the recent hype of a team like Washington or UCLA. But last season they broke out and this year they bring back five starters including star pin Alexa Smith. She could fit the billing of what Adora Anae was for Utah last season as the Utes were highly competitive in the league and she had an amazing individual season. It’s not just about Smith though, with Naghede Abu leading the block and Brynna Deluzio progressing to her sophomore season. They ended 2017 on a hot streak too, so the expectation is to take that into 2018. If they can receive all-around improvement from a year of progression, they could challenge for a top three or four spot in the Pac-12.

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August 20th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU soccer 1-0-1 after scoreless draw with Colorado State

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado battled in-state rival Colorado State to a scoreless draw on Sunday, moving to 1-0-1 on the young season.

The draw marks the second consecutive meeting between the two teams that has ended 0-0. Like last season’s meeting, the Buffs controlled play for much of the 110-minute match but failed to find a decisive goal.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Scout Watson started the game in goal for the Buffs after keeping a clean sheet in the second half of Thursday’s match at Air Force. The Buffs opened the game attacking, creating several chances in the early going. The Buffs’ defense set the tone, however, surrendering just three shots throughout the first half.

CU turned up the pressure coming out of the halftime locker room. One of the match’s best chances came in the 48th-minute when CSU goalkeeper Hunter Peifer stopped Megan Massey’s shot from inside the box. Libby Geraghty fired a rebound back on net but missed just wide.

Taylor Kornieck seemed to be building a strong connection with LSU transfer Jorian Baucom, creating a handful of chances off of one another in the second half. In the 60th-minute, Kornieck lobbed a ball ahead to Baucom, who corralled the ball in the box and fired a shot that was saved.

KEY STATISTICS: The Buffs outshot CSU by a final tally of 30-11, but only 10 of those 30 shots were on goal. 20 Colorado players played, making it the second consecutive match the Buffs have played at least 20 player. Two CU players, Taylor Kornieck and Hannah Cardenas were on the field for the entire 110 minutes. Colorado’s goalkeepers Scout Watson and Jalen Tompkins have split time thus far, combining for 200 shutout-minutes on the season; Tompkins has been in goal for 110 of 200 minutes, while Watson has played 90.

UP NEXT: Colorado will host the Missouri Tigers at Prentup Field, on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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June 14th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Julia Lisella named IWLCA Goalkeeper of the Year

From CUBuffs.com …  In her first year as Colorado’s starting goalkeeper, redshirt sophomore Julia Lisella has made quite the impression on the college lacrosse scene. Now she’s ending the season as the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s (IWLCA) Goalkeeper of the Year, as announced on Thursday afternoon.

Lisella, along with teammates Sarah Brown and Darby Kiernan, were selected to the IWLCA All-America teams. Lisella and Brown were named to the first team, while Kiernan was tabbed to the second team. This is the second IWLCA All-America honor for Brown and Kiernan. Brown was selected to the second team in 2017 and Kiernan was named to the third team.

Lisella was named to the IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region first team earlier this season after recording a 13-5 mark in goal. She led the Pac-12 in save percentage (0.503), and was second in the league in saves per game (9.17) and goals against (9.34). Nationally she is seventh in goals against and was 10th in save percentage. Lisella, an All-Pac-12 First Team member, was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week twice (March 19 and April 26). She also earned All-Pac-12 Tournament Team honors and was named to the Tewaaraton Top 25 list.  Lisella recorded 10 or more saves in seven games during the campaign, which included a career-high 17 against Southern California on March 16.

Brown, the 2018 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, was a two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week this season, earned the IWLCA Defensive Player of the Week honor on April 11 and was named to the initial Tewaaraton Watch List at the start of the season. The all-region selection led the Buffs with 34 caused turnovers and her 1.70 caused turnovers per game ranked second in the Pac-12. She is also fourth in the conference in ground balls per game (2.90) and seventh in draw controls per game (4.05). Brown provided an offensive spark for the team, scoring five goals and adding two assists. She was 3-3 on free-position attempts and scored on five of her six shots on goal.

Kiernan was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week five times, including the final three weeks of the regular season, which was the most for an individual player in the league’s inaugural season. An all-region selection, she was named the IWLCA Offensive Player of the Week (April 18), Brine/USL National Player of the Week (March 12) and Alpha Lacrosse National Player of the Week (March 14), and was tabbed to the Tewaaraton Top 25 list. Kiernan led the team in goals, assists, points and draw controls. Her 101 points is a CU single season record, surpassing her previous record of 77 points from the 2017 season. She also set the CU single season goals (70) and assists (31) records. Kiernan earned 159 draw controls, besting her former single season record of 120 from 2017.

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June 10th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Erin Clark and Valerie Constien earn All-American honors at Outdoor Track and Field Championships

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado’s track and field team finished their weekend of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with two more athletes earning All-American honors.

Valerie Constien ran the finals of the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and finished in fifth place with a time of 9:48.40, earning first team All-America honors. Constien is a junior at CU, so she still has one season left to compete for the Buffs.

“Biggest star of the day and probably of the weekend was Val Constien. (She was) not here a year ago, and really on nobody’s radar. She improved almost 20 seconds in the last three or four weeks in the steeplechase, and came within one second of her best ever today in a really competitive field, and our top point scorer this weekend, great run for Val and she’s back next year,” said CU head coach Mark Wetmore.

Following Constien, senior Erin Clark ran her final race for the Buffs. She competed in the women’s 5,000 meter run this evening, crossing the finish line in 15:51.80 in 13th place. This qualified her as a second team All-American, her second All-American honor of the weekend, the first one being in the women’s 10,000 meters on Thursday.

“Just finished the 5k with Erin Clark doubling back from the event two nights before. Honestly we feel she did quite well, this might be the deepest 5k we have ever seen, she is in her third weekend of 10k, 5k doubles, getting pretty leg weary, but ran smart and moved up patiently and got another All-American certificate. We are going to be sad to see her go she has been a great leader and reliable performer for us, but I am sure she will be back to come see us.” Wetmore said.

During her time at CU, Clark earned five other All-America honors both indoors and outdoors. Academically, Clark earned Pac-12 All-Academic fist team in 2017, All-MPSF Academic honors in 2016 and 2017, and USTFCCA Academic honors in 2017. Clark earned a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, and is now finishing her master’s degree in educational foundations, policy and practice.

Results:
Women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase: (1. Allie Ostrander, Boise State, 9:39.28);  2. Charlotte Prouse, New Mexico, 9:45.45;  3. Paige Stoner, Syracuse, 9:46.98;  CU Finisher: 5. Valerie Constien, 9:48.40

Women’s 5,000-meter run: (1. Karissa Schweizer, Missouri, 15:41.58);  2. Allie Buchalski, Furman, 15:42.77;  3. Lilli Burdon, Oregon, 15:43.22;  CU Finisher: 13. Erin Clark, 15:51.80

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May 28th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s ultimate frisbee team falls to Dartmouth in national finals

From ultiworld.com … Dartmouth Princess Layout defeated Colorado Kali 15-9 in the Women’s Final to win their second straight national championship.

Story on CU making it to the finals …

By making it this far, Kali has showed that depth matters. Colorado was only the only team in both Women’s semifinal games to play the entirety of their roster. So when Kali says that they have the best depth in the nation, the stats back it up. Many teams like to brag about their roster depth, but Colorado walks the talk.

Beating Dartmouth will take more than depth, though. Colorado will have to rely on a few players to play the game of their lives if they want to beat the team. There are a few stars from Colorado’s developed roster, who we’ve profiled here. Against Dartmouth, these players will need to make huge defensive plays while remaining efficient on offense.

Colorado’s biggest challenge is stopping Verzuh. They have an athletic defensive line, but no one with the height or physicality to match Dartmouth’s not-so-secret weapon. It’s possible that they will try to stick Rachel Wilmoth on Verzuh, but it’s just as likely that they’ll rotate defenders on her all game in an attempt to find a matchup that works.

For Colorado to have any shot at winning this game, they can’t make any small mistakes on offense. Dartmouth’s D-line offense is the best in the nation. It may seem like a long shot, but so were Colorado’s chances of even making the final.

CU advances six athletes to national track finals

From CUBuffs.com …The University of Colorado’s track and field team closed out their weekend at NCAA West Preliminaries with an overall great performance and six athletes advancing to nationals.

Elisa Grandemange threw a personal best in the women’s hammer with a distance of 195-10.00/59.71. “The day started with Elisa having a real nice throw in her flight in the hammer, a personal best,” head coach Mark Wetmore said.  “It’s hard to come here in these circumstances pressure and a whole new level of competitors surrounding you and throwing your best. She did well and finished quite a bit higher than we would have predicted,” .

In the women’s 5,000-meter run, Erin Clark ran her fastest time ever finishing in 15:30.59 and advancing to Eugene for nationals. “Erin had a great day running her fastest 5k ever after running her fastest 10k ever,” Wetmore said.

The women closed out the night with the 4×400 relay, racing their fastest time ever, but not quite fast enough to get through to Eugene. The women finished 20th overall with a time of 3:39.99.

On the men’s side, Zach Perrin ran the men’s 5,000 meters and will be advancing to nationals. “Zach advanced in the 5,000; it was tight, we had to wait for the second heat and watch the clock carefully, but he got through and will represent the Colorado men in Eugene,” Wetmore said.

“Off we go to Eugene.  Five women, Erin Clark in two events, and Zach Perrin for the guys. Decent size group continuing on to the NCAA finals,” Wetmore said of the weekend.

For a full list of competition results visit: http://www.rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor18/.

Men’s Results:       
Men’s 200-meter dash: 1. Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech, 20.21;  2. Jaylen Bacon, Arkansas State, 20.51;  3. Devin Quinn, Illinois, 20.63;  CU Finisher: 23. Duane McClurkin, Jr., 21.29.
Men’s 1,500-meter run: 1. Josh Kerr, New Mexico, 3:42.62;  2. Sam Prakel, Oregon, 3:42.77;  3. Sam Worley, Texas, 3:42.90;  CU Finisher: 22. Ben Saarel, 3:49.62.
Men’s 5,000-meter run: 1. Grant Fisher, Stanford, 13.47.22;  2. Andy Trouard, Northern Arizona, 13:47.86;  3. Sean McGorty, Stanford, 13:48.09;  CU Finishers: 9. Zach Perrin, 13:50.83;  23. Eduardo Herrera, 14:01.98;  29. Ryan Forsyth, 14:09.13.

Women’s Results:
Women’s 5,000-meter run: 1. Karissa Schweizer, Missouri, 15:19.65;  2. Ednah Kurgat, New Mexico, 15:25.25;  3. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas, 15:27.09;  CU Finishers: 8. Erin Clark, 15:30.59;  20. Makena Morley, 16:03.06;  24. Kaitlyn Benner, 16:10.51.
Women’s Hammer Throw: 1. Brooke Andersen, Northern Arizona, 233-9.00/71.26;  2. Janee’ Kassanavoid, Kansas State, 222-11.00/67.94;  3. Temi Ogunrinde, Minnesota, 216-2.00/65.88; CU Finisher: 21. Elisa Grandemange, 195-10.00/59.71.
Women’s 4×400 relay: 1. Oregon, 3:29. 94;  2. USC, 3:30.57;  3. Baylor, 3:31.34;  20. Colorado, 3:39.99.

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May 22nd

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Robyn Choi finishes record-setting season at NCAA tournament – U.S. Women’s Open up next

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado sophomore Robyn Choi shot a final-round even 72 to finish tied for 21st at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, Monday, at the Karsten Creek Golf Club.

Choi was 4-over, 292, for the 72-hole tournament. Her 21st place finish is the highest by a Colorado golfer at the NCAA Championship. Emily Talley tied for 38th to lead the Buffaloes at the 2012 NCAA’s.

Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho took NCAA medalist honors at 8-under, 280, two shots better than Arizona’s Bianca Pagdanganan. An eight-team match play tournament will determine the team title over the next two days.

“My shots were pretty good, I think I hit 15 greens (in regulation), so tee to green was pretty good,” Choi said. “I left a lot of birdie putts out there, though.”

… Monday’s season-finale for Choi was a mix of celebration for a record-breaking season and one-last tune-up for the U.S. Women’s Open – and she was able play with her coaches and teammates in tow. Choi qualified for her second-straight USGA national championship on May 14.

“It was different,” Choi said. “Normally we would be playing in front or in back of each other, looking at how we’re all playing. Today they were all watching me. It was different but they really supported me today and really helped me. I was thankful about that.”

The 73rd U.S. Women’s Open will be held May 31-June 3 at the Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in Shoal Creek, Ala.
She shot 9-over in two rounds at the 2017 U.S. Open in New Jersey, missing the cut for the weekend’s finals by seven strokes.

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May 20th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU women’s golf team finish one shot short of making final round at NCAA Finals

From CUBuffs.com …The University of Colorado had its best of three rounds at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, but it wasn’t enough on Sunday to advance any further as the Buffaloes finished in 19th place at 40-over, 904, at the Karsten Creek Golf Club.

The No. 28 ranked Buffaloes needed to be among the Top 15 to advance to Monday’s fourth round, but fell just one stroke short. Four teams tied for 15th at 39-over with Louisville edging Auburn, Arizona State and Wake Forest on a tiebreaker to advance.

Colroado’s season isn’t quite over though. Sophomore Robyn Choi, tied for 24th overall at 4-over, 220, will play in Monday’s fourth round as one of the top nine individuals not on an advancing team. The fourth round will determine the NCAA’s individual champion as well as the Top 8 teams advancing to match play.

Colorado shot 9-over, 297, in the final round, four strokes better than its second round total, and nine better than the first round. However, the Buffaloes weren’t able to score as well as others that were behind them after round two.  Colorado entered the round tied for 14th, but was passed by five teams including No. 26 Baylor which had the second-best round of the day at 1-under and No. 2 Arkansas which played the final round at 1-over.

“We gave it all we had,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. “Unfortunately we made some unforced errors coming in.  We didn’t have a bad day, it just wasn’t good enough. They were playing hard until the end.”

Top-ranked Alablama has the overall lead at 2-under after a round-best 4-under, 284. No. 3 UCLA is second at 6-over followed by No. 9 Arizona at 16-over and No. 13 Northwestern at 18-over.

Choi shot a 2-under, 70, in Sunday’s third round to advance as the eighth individual and is 11 shots off the lead. Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho and Alabama’s Cheyenne Knight share the three-round individual lead at 7-under, 209. Choi’s 70 was lone under-par round for the Buffaloes on the weekend, and represents the lowest 18-hole score at an NCAA Championship in team history.

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Results from GolfStat.com

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May 19th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women just inside cut-line after second round

From CUBuffs.com … Mixing a brutally tough course with a shot of Mother Nature made for a long afternoon for the University of Colorado women’s golf team.

The good news though is when the weather cleared and the sun set – just as the round ended – the Buffaloes found themselves still in the mix, tied for 14th after the second round of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at the Karsten Creek Golf Club.

No. 28 ranked Colorado shot 13-over, 301, five strokes better than its one round score. The Buffaloes remained tied with No. 18 Wake Forest for the championship at 30-over, 607, falling one spot in the standings from Friday’s opening round.

No. 3 UCLA, on the heels of a tournament-best 9-under round, is the overall leader at 3-under. Top-ranked Alabama, which had the only other under par round of the tournament (-2) is five strokes back at 2-over. No. 6 USC, the day one leader, is a distant third at 13-over.

Senior Brittany Fan had Colorado’s low round of the day at 2-over, 74, and is tied for 36th overall. Sophomore Robyn Choimatched her day-one score with a 3-over, 75. Freshman Alisha Lau turned made the best jump of the day, shooting seven shots better to match Choi at 3-over, 75.

An afternoon tee time meant Colorado was treated to some good old-fashioned, late-spring Midwest weather. Winds were swirling and gusting early, but the Buffaloes, who started at No. 10, played the back side well at 4-over and hovered around the Top 8 for most of that time.

Just as Colorado was about to make the turn, rain and lighting in the area caused a 90-minute delay in the action. The Buffaloes weren’t able to recapture that momentum once play resumed, playing the front at 9-over. When the last golfers were coming off the course, they were partially being aided by an electronic scoreboard near the clubhouse.

“They’re all experienced players out there and have been through it before,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. “Not much you can do but wait it out. We sat in the clubhouse and when it cleared, they were able to hit a few balls and tee it up again. Too bad our momentum kind of stopped, but it’s something you have to deal with in golf. Nothing we can control.”

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May 18th

... Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s golf tied for 13th after first round of NCAA tournament

… The Buffs are ranked 28th nationally. All of the 12 teams in front of CU after round one were ranked higher than the Buffs. At the same time, the Buffs finished the first round with a better score than eight teams ranked higher nationally, including No. 2 Arkansas, No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 Furman, No. 8 Texas, and No. 10 Arizona State … 

From CUBuffs.com … With high scores dominating the field, the University of Colorado finds itself right in the hunt, tied for 13th place after the first round of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at the Karsten Creek Golf Club.

The No. 28 ranked Buffaloes are tied with No. 18 Wake Forest after shooting an 18-over, 306. Despite the higher-than-desired score, Colorado remains right in the thick of it. The Buffaloes are on the plus side of 15th, which would get them to Monday’s fourth round and five shots out of eighth, the cut line for match play.

All 24 teams shot over par rounds and only four managed single digits over par. No. 6 USC is the first round leader at 3-over, 291. Top-ranked Alabama is one stroke back at 4-over, No. 3 UCLA is third at 6-over and No. 16 Kent State is in fourth at 8-over.

Sophomore Kirsty Hodgkins had Colorado’s low round, shooting 2-over, 74, and is tied for 28t overall. Senior Brittany Fanand sophomore Robyn Choi each carded 3-over, 75, and are tied for 35th.

Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho shot a 7-under, 65, to take a three stroke lead over Northwestern’s Janet Mao. Only 10 of 132 individual had rounds in the red on Friday.

“It’s a very difficult course and we knew that coming in from our experience at the regional (in 2014) and years ago in the Big 12,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. “It’s a fair course but it will test every part of your game. They could play a U.S. Women’s Open out here.”

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May 17th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s golf excited about return to NCAA championships

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado made its first NCAA Women’s Golf Championship appearance in 2012 and the goal ever since then was to get back.

The road hasn’t been easy and the previous two years were the most gut wrenching of all, missing that elusive goal by a single stroke each time.

However that all changed last week in San Francisco. Colorado had big-time performances up and down its lineup and thus six years later, the Buffaloes return to the NCAA Championship, which tees off Friday at the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

“They are excited to be here,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. “They’ve worked so hard to get here and like Robyn (Choi) said the other day ‘I can’t believe we’re here!’ All the work they put in to that goal and then with the last two years being like a punch in the gut. But now we’re very excited and happy to be here.”

The two things that went really well for the Buffaloes last week will be key again this week. One, Colorado had five under par rounds including a pair in the 60s. Brittany Fan shot a CU NCAA Regional record 66 in the first round while Robyn Choi followed up with a 69 on the final day.

Colorado’s top three golfers accounted for the top three 54-hole NCAA Region round scores in program history: Fan at 5-under, 211, Choi at 1-under, 215, and Kirsty Hodgkins at even, 216.

Secondly, Colorado’s fourth and fifth golfers played very well. Junior Gillan Vance’s 74 in the first round as the fourth scorer allowed the Buffaloes to set the tone early with an under par team round. The highest score thrown out of any of the three rounds was 5-over, 77.

“To play at this level we have to have four scorers every day,” Kelly said. “We can’t depend on two or three people. It definitely has to be a team effort. That 74 Gillian shot on the first day was huge. She stepped up and did her part. Alisha (Lau) is so close to playing well. She just needs to eliminate some 3-putts, and she worked hard on that this week. By eliminating some of those bogeys, we’ll be right in the mix.”

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6 Replies to “CU Olympic Sports”

  1. Best use of athletic imagery—The Olympic motto, also coined by Rings designer Coubertin, is Citius, Altius, Fortius, which means “Faster, Higher, Stronger.

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    Go Buffs to Arielle Gold! Arielle, a psychology major, just earned a bronze medal at the Olympics for Team USA in the halfpipe.

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  3. Go Buffs.

    Great coaching staff.

    16-4 last year

    not gonna see a 8 and 12 from this coaching staff.

    Buffs.

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