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March 9th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU finishes third at NCAA ski championships

… Since 2015, Colorado has finished 1st; 2nd; 2nd; 2nd; and now 3rd …

From … The University of Colorado ski team couldn’t overcome a 65-plus point deficit entering Saturday’s final two events here and eventually settled for a third place finish as the 66th annual NCAA Skiing Championships came to a close.

Utah won its second title in three years, skiing mostly conservatively in both slalom races in winning the event with 530½ points.  Entering the day with a 65½-point lead over the Buffaloes, all the Utes really needed to do was have all six of their skiers finish in the middle of the pack to secure the victory.   Host Vermont overtook the Buffaloes for second place with 476 points, while CU claimed third with 455.  Dartmouth (447) and defending champion Denver (409) rounded out the top five.

The third place finish ended a run of three straight runner-up finishes by the Buffaloes, as those followed CU’s last title in 2015.  Vermont’s second place effort this year marked the first time an eastern school cracked the top two since 2014, when UVM placed behind champion Denver; it’s just the sixth time in the last 22 championships the west didn’t have the top two finishers.

Colorado actually had slipped into fourth after the men’s slalom, trailing Dartmouth by 10 points.  A strong showing by the Buff women in their slalom, especially by two freshmen, secured third place, the 22nd time in 29 years under head coach Richard Rokos that CU finished in the top three, including eight titles and eight runner-up showings.

CU’s highest finisher in the men’s slalom was sophomore Joey Young, who finished 13th in a two-run time of 1:43.79, over two seconds behind champion Jeff Seymour of Denver, who won in 1:41.49.  Freshman Filip Forejtek was 25th in 1:52.06, the only other skier to score for Buffalo men as they totaled just 24 points.  New Mexico won the event as a team with 74.

Senior Max Luukko finished 33rd in 2:16.72; he had some trouble on his first run but still skied hard to finish out his collegiate career.

“It’s pretty hard to describe it now, I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts later,” Luukko said of wrapping up his CU career.  “I know I gave it all I had, but unfortunately we didn’t get the win today.  We had opportunities.  But I’m proud to be a Buff, I had a lot of laughs and good times, I’m really happy about my four years. I’d tell others in my shoes that this would be the best decision you’ll ever make.”

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March 8th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU vaults into (distant) second at NCAA ski championships 

From … The University of Colorado ski team enjoyed a solid morning on the Trapp Family Lodge’s cross country layout, as six top 14 finishes here Friday propelled the Buffaloes from fifth to second heading into the final day of the 66th annual NCAA Skiing Championships.

Utah, which came into the day a half-point behind Dartmouth for the lead, pulled well ahead of the field and ended the day with 426½ points, while the Buffs vaulted three spots into second place with 361.  Dartmouth dropped into third (359), with Vermont (350) and defending champion Denver (272) rounding out the top five.

Utah and Colorado dominated Friday’s Nordic classical races, with all 12 skiers between the two occupying the top 27 spots in the men’s and women’s races; Utah scored 174 points, buoyed by three top seven finishes in the women’s event, while Colorado scored 143.  Vermont (105), Dartmouth (100) and Denver (44) all dropped in the standings after being outdistanced by the Utes and Buffaloes.

Utah’s 65½- point lead entering the Saturday’s final events – the slalom – is the 10th largest since the sport went coed in 1983; the school with the nine larger margins than the Utes this year all went on to win the title (Utah now owns six of the top 10 margins with two events remaining).  Of the nine previous times, the slalom closed the championships four times, with point swings ranging from gaining 69 to losing 53½.

In the women’s 15-kilometer classical race, Dartmouth’s Katharine Ogden pulled away from the field and won in a 46:25.7 time.  She had the lead at the first measured split (2-kilometers) and increased her lead in nearly every split until the finish, ahead by 11 seconds at the 10k mark, then by 17 at the 12k split and by 16 with two kilometers remaining.  Utah’s Julia Richter stayed with her for a while and finished second in 46:49.1.

CU sophomore Hedda Baangman claimed the bronze spot in 47:15.2, as she was in third for the bulk of the race in earning first-team All-America honors.  She held off Utah’s Guro Jordheim, who took fourth in 47:19.8.  Those four skiers were nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the pack.

“I’m super happy that I made it on the podium,” Baangman said.  “I’m not in my top shape, so that’s not great, but I’m really happy with third place.  We had a great day as a team, so much better than Wednesday.  I’m happy with my race, I think it was a solid race.  I’m so excited to watch the alpine team, I’ve never watched an alpine race live, I think they’re in good shape and will do well.  We moved into second place, so hopefully they’re excited to defend that position.”

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CAA Skiing Championship Team Scores (through 6 of  8 events)— 1. Utah 426½;  2. Colorado 361;  3Dartmouth 359;  4. Vermont 350;  5. Denver 272;  6. New Mexico 214;  7. Northern Michigan 206;  8. Alaska-Anchorage 155;  9. Middlebury 122;  10. Montana State 107½;  11. New Hampshire 82;  12. Alaska-Fairbanks 57;  13. Michigan Tech 55;  14. Colby 51;  15. Westminster 44;  16. Bowdoin 39;  17. Williams 20;  18. St. Lawrence 19;  19. St. Michaels 17;  20. Plymouth State 10;  21. Bates 8;  22. Harvard 7;  23. St. Scholastica 3;  24. Wisconsin-Green Bay 0.


March 7th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU slips (literally) into 5th at midway point of NCAA ski championships

From … The University of Colorado ski team didn’t have as a good a day in the giant slalom races here Thursday as it had hoped, slipping from third into fifth place at the midway point of the 66th annual NCAA Skiing Championships.

But the Buffaloes didn’t ski their way out of their hopes for a 21st national title in the sport, either.

On the strength of three finishers in the top four in the men’s giant slalom, Dartmouth zoomed from fifth into the team lead with 259 points.  The Big Green overtook Utah, which remained in second with 252½ points, while host Vermont holds third with 245.  Defending champion Denver is fourth (228), while the Buffaloes sit in fifth with 218 points.  The battle for the title is likely down to these five, as New Mexico is a distant sixth with 147.

This is the first time an eastern school has led at the midway point since Vermont did so.  It’s just the second time in 37 years of the coed format that Dartmouth has led through four events; the only other time the Big Green led halfway through was in 2007, when they last won the title.

The women’s giant slalom was first up Thursday, as Vermont’s Laurence St. German captured the title in a two-run time of 2:00.57; she had the fifth-fastest run the first time down the mountain but sizzled on her second run, half a second faster than the next skier to cruise to thee win.  Utah’s Roni Remme took second in 2:01.02 with Dartmouth’s Patricia Mangan third in 2:01.56.

CU was led by freshman Mikaela Tommy, who placed fourth in 2:01.64 and earned first-team All-America honors in the process.  In 10th place after her first run (58.95), she came back with the third-fastest on her second (1:02.69) to jump up seven spots.

Her All-America honor was a milestone in CU ski history – the 500th time a Buff skier earned the accolade.

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March 6th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU in third place after first day of NCAA ski championships 

From … A good showing by the men’s Nordic performers, including the third win by a freshman in school history, propelled the University of Colorado ski team into third place after the first two events of the 66th annual NCAA Skiing Championships, held at the Trapp Family Lodge here Wednesday.

Utah holds a slim 1-point lead over host Vermont after the freestyle races, the Utes outpointing the Catamounts by 142-141.  The Buffs are comfortable in third place with 120 points, with Northern Michigan fourth (117) and defending champion Denver rounding out the top five (92), one point ahead of Dartmouth, the next school from the east.

The one-point margin after two events matches the closest in the 37 years since the sport went coed in 1983; in 1991, Vermont led eventual champion Colorado by a single point.  In 2006, New Hampshire held a 1½-point lead over Denver through two races.

While sunny, it was as cold and blustery as in recent memory for any NCAA race, with temperatures hovering around 9 to 11 degrees with wind chills around minus-15, almost similar to conditions two years ago to the day in Jackson, N.H.

“I hate to be leading on the first day and then to be chased, to be honest,” head coach Richard Rokos said.  “I like the scenario where we’re doing the chasing.  I think we’re in perfect position right now, in third place and not too far out of the lead.  Judging by the way our people practiced today on the alpine hill, they skied fast and we’re confident going into the giant slalom tomorrow, but you still have to go day-by-day.

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March 5th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU skiing seeking elusive 21st national championship

From … Twenty-one is generally regarded as a lucky number.  Whether it gets you a winning hand at blackjack or represents the legal drinking age in your state, it’s usually a number many look forward to.

And that’s certainly the case for the Colorado Ski Team, which is looking for National Championship No. 21 this week here at Stowe Mountain Resort and Trapp Family Lodge.  The Buffs have won 19 NCAA and one AIAW Championship in its rich skiing history.

And while the Buffs are looking for No. 21, they are also looking for the program’s 20th NCAA Championship, which would make it the second skiing program to achieve that milestone but just the 11th program among the 90 different championships contended annually to win 20 or more NCAA Championships.

But as in most sports, history doesn’t mean much for the present, and that’s the case for this year’s CU squad.  The Buffs have traveled east with 12 skiers capable of climbing to the top of the mountain yet again.  This year’s squad consists of Alvar Alev (men’s Nordic), Hedda Baangman (women’s Nordic), Sondre Bollum (men’s Nordic), Nora Christensen (women’s alpine), Erik Dengerud (men’s Nordic), Stef Fleckenstein (women’s alpine), Filip Forejtek (men’s alpine), Anne Siri Lervik (women’s Nordic), Max Luukko (men’s alpine), Christina Rolandsen(women’s Nordic), Mikaela Tommy (women’s alpine) and Joey Young (men’s alpine).

Among those 12 skiers, six have skied at NCAAs before and six will be making their first appearance.  Of the six who have been at NCAAs before, they have a combined 11 appearances and each has been named an All-American in each of those 11 appearances.  Of the six newcomers, four of them won at least one race this season.  In all, the 12 skiers have combined for 73 Top 10 and 34 top five finishes this season including 22 podiums and seven race victories.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE: The 2019 NCAA Championships will begin on Wednesday, March 6, with the 5K women’s and 10K men’s freestyle races at Trapp Family Lodge.  The interval-start men’s race will begin at 10 a.m. ET/8 a.m. MT and the women’s race will follow two hours later at Noon ET/10 a.m. MT.

LIVE COVERAGE: There will be live streaming and live timing for all races at the Championships. Live streaming can be found at under the correct day and live timing for Nordic will be located at while alpine will be available at


February 27th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU track qualifies five for NCAA track and field championships 

From the Daily Camera … Five University of Colorado track and field student-athletes have been accepted into the NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships that will take place March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala.

Three women and a pair of men will represent the Buffaloes at the championships. For the women, Gabby Scott will compete in the 400-meter dash, while Tabor Scholl will compete in the mile and Makena Morley with race in the 3,000 and 5,000. The men attending will be Joe Klecker in the 3,000 and 5,000 and John Dressel in the 5,000.

Colorado enters the national championships with three marks in the top-eight in the nation. Scott dropped her personal best by nearly another second in the 400 to move from 18th to sixth in the nation. She will be the first athlete on the track for CU when she runs in the semifinals of the 400 at 5:27 p.m. (MT). The other marks inside the top-eight in the nation belong to Klecker who ran the fastest indoor 3,000 in the state at 8:01 to put himself fourth on the list after altitude conversion. He is also fifth in the 5,000 after setting a school record at 13;35.

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CU ski team qualifies full allotment for NCAA championships

From …  The University of Colorado ski team will be represented by a full 12-member team for the 2019 NCAA Championships in Vermont, the selection committee announced Tuesday.

The Buffs contingent headed two Stowe, Vt., where the Buffs won the 2011 NCAA Championship, includes men’s alpine skiers Filip ForejtekMax Luukko and Joey Young; women’s alpine skiers Nora ChristensenStef Fleckenstein and Mikaela Tommy; men’s Nordic skiers Alvar AlevSondre Bollum and Erik Dengerud; and women’s Nordic skiers Hedda BaangmanAnne Siri Lervik and Christina Rolandsen.

The Buffs will head east on Saturday for a few days of training ahead of the competition, which begins Wednesday, March 6, with Nordic freestyle races.  The giant slalom races will take place on March 7 with Nordic action concluding with classic races on March 8 and the championship concluding with slalom races on March 9.  The Buffs have won three of last four NCAA Championships in the east, including 2011 in Stowe, Vt., 2013 at Middlebury, Vt., and 2015 at Lake Placid, N.Y.

In all, the Buffs have won 20 National Championships, including eight under coach Richard Rokos, who’s in his 29th season at the helm of the program.  Rokos has the most championships in school history and third most in NCAA skiing history.

During the regular season teams can score up to six skiers per gender and discipline, taking the top three for team scoring.  But at the NCAA Championships, teams are limited to just three per gender and discipline, all of which count toward team scoring, making what is already a heightened tension to the Championship races even more stressful.

The Buffs contingent includes six skiers who have skied at the NCAA Championships previously and six who are making their first appearance.  The six skiers who have skied previously have combined for 11 appearances at NCAAs and all six have earned at least one All-America honor in each of those 11 appearances.  Of the six making their first appearance, four of those six won at least one race this season.  The 12 skiers have combined for 73 top 10 and 34 top five finishes this season including 22 podium appearances and seven race victories.

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November 17th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

National Champions!! CU women win cross-country national title (8th overall for cross country program)

From … The University of Colorado women’s cross country team won the 2018 NCAA Championship on Saturday morning as senior Dani Jones captured the individual title at Thomas Zimmer Championship Course. CU’s men also returned to the podium with a fourth-place finish.

This is the third title the women’s team has won; all coming since 2000. Just like in 2000, the women took home the team and individual titles as Kara Grgas-Wheeler (now Goucher) won that race. CU also won the team title in 2004.

“This is incredible,” Jones said in her post-race interview. “We were just talking about the 2000 team that won the individual and team title 18 years ago. We did it again and it’s unbelievable.”

The conditions were definitely tougher than in recent years at the championships with temps in the upper 20s and low 30s and 5-10 miles per hour from the North. But the Buffs used that to their advantage, defeating the New Mexico handily 65-103. Oregon placed third (160) and Michigan was fourth (213).

“All season we wanted the hardest conditions,” Jones said. “We wanted the winds and everything. We woke up and were all happy this morning.”

… After heading into NCAAs ranked No. 1 the last two years and recording a pair of third-place finishes, this team knew what they had to do for each other to finally do what they had been trying to for the last few seasons.

“We just all love each other so much,” Morley said. “With the strength we have and the bond we have, we were going to go out there and do it for each other. I was dying, but I was like, ‘I’m not giving up now!'”

Despite the windy, cold condition, Wetmore doesn’t think the weather affected the races that much.

“It was cold, it was a little wind and a little slippery, but if you notice, our women ran faster here than they did five/six weeks ago in good weather,” he said. “I don’t think it was a particularly slow day, just a little uncomfortable.”

… NOTES: In total, Colorado has won eight NCAA team titles, three on the women’s side and five on the men’s side.

Jones joined an elite group of Buffs to win NCAA cross country titles with the win. The last Buff to do so was Dathan Ritzenhein in 2003 and the year prior, Jorge Torres won the crown. Adam Goucher was the NCAA Champion in 1998 and the first Colorado runner to win an NCAA individual title was Mark Scrutton in 1982. Mary Decker (now Slaney) won the AIAW championship title in 1978. Kara Grgas-Wheeler was the first female Buff to win an NCAA title in 2000.

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October 26th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Dani Jones wins second straight individual Pac-12 championship

From CUBuffs com …  For the second straight season, University of Colorado senior Dani Jones is the women’s individual Pac-12 Conference Cross Country Champion, as she won her title here today at Stanford Golf Course.

The CU women recorded a runner-up finish at the meet, while the men’s team placed third overall.

PAC-12 CHAMPION: Jones, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., won her second title in as many years on Friday afternoon to become the first Buff since Molly Austin (2001 and ’02) to win back-to-back individual conference titles. She won the 6-kilometer race in 19 minutes, 24.5 seconds, just over one second in front of the runner-up, Jessica Hull (Oregon), who crossed the finish in 19:25.1.

“It’s extremely special [to win the championship],” Jones said. “I’m a senior and this is my last go-around, so it meant a lot, particularly with this group of women who have been amazing all season.”

Just like the final stretch last season, Jones was racing shoulder to shoulder with her competition, but was able to pull away at the end for the win.

“It looked a lot like it did a year ago,” head coach Mark Wetmore said. “It was a big pack wedeling down kilometer by kilometer. There were some real good kickers there with 200-300 to go. Elise Cranny is a wonderful 1,500/800-meter runner and Jessica Hull is the defending NCAA 1,500-meter champion. So it was a formidable trio, but Dani was both strong and fast and was in control the whole way. I think she might have even had a gear left.”

During the final kick, Jones was aware that Hull was right on her tail, but she was able to maintain her composure and earn the impressive title.

“I knew she was there,” Jones said. “She’s a great 1,500 meter runner, really talented; so I kept telling myself to stay relaxed and focus on my arms and form.”

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October 23rd

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Buffs cross-country teams looking to add to Pac-12 trophy case 

From … The postseason for the University of Colorado cross country teams starts on Friday, October 26, as the Buffs will compete at the 2018 Pac-12 Conference Championships at Stanford Golf Course.

For the second straight year, the championships will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks. The women will run a 6-kilometer course first at 11:10 a.m. PT/12:10 p.m. MT, while the men (8k course) will follow at 12:10 p.m. PT/1:10 p.m. MT. A short awards ceremony will follow each race.

The No. 1 CU women are the reigning Pac-12 Champions and have won the team title four times in the last seven years (2011, 15, 16 and 17). In 2011, the Buffs recorded 50 points to top Washington (73) and Stanford (75). In 2015, CU took down Oregon 45-51 for the title and in 2016, the Buffs recorded a 41-point margin a victory, the largest in Pac-12 history, defeating Washington 33-74. The Buffs won their third straight team title in 2017, besting Oregon and Stanford. CU recorded 53 points, while UO and SU each tallied 71 points.

The women are looking for their fifth Pac-12 title, but it won’t be easy. There are four teams ranked in the top 30. Oregon is ranked fourth behind the Buffs. Stanford is sixth and Washington comes in at 16th.

… CU’s eighth-rated men have won six Pac-12 team titles since joining the league in 2011. The Buffs won by seven points in 2011, defeating Stanford 46-53 and in 2012 they defeated the field with a score of 49-82, once again with Stanford coming in second. The Buffs won the 2013 title in front of the home crowd as CU hosted the championship in Louisville, Colo. The Buffs defeated Oregon 28-54 with all five scoring harriers in the top nine. CU defeated Oregon 30-57 in 2014 and in 2015, the Buffs again beat Stanford for the title (46-57). Colorado again edged out the field in 2016, taking the title by just six points (41-47) over Stanford. In 2017, CU suffered its first defeat, losing to Stanford 41-47.

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October 5th

No. 20 CU soccer upsets No. 7 Washington State, 3-1

From the Daily Camera … In one of the biggest matches so far in the Pac-12 Conference, it was the Colorado Buffaloes who quickly took control.

The No. 20-ranked CU women’s soccer team continued its 2018 habit of scoring quickly in their toughest challenge so far this season, netting two goals within the first 12 minutes before holding off No. 7 Washington State for a 3-1 victory Thursday afternoon at Prentup Field.

Taylor Kornieck headed home one of the quickest goals in the history of the CU program to give the Buffaloes an almost immediate edge, and a Jorian Baucom goal 10 minutes later gave the Buffs enough of a cushion to fend off the Cougars’ second-half charge.

“I feel like this game in particular we just had a different mentality,” Kornieck said. “This was our first real test in Pac-12 play and we passed. I just think as a team we do really well when we score early. Because then we get in that mindset that we’re just going to keep scoring.”

Kornieck put the Buffs on the board shortly after the opening kickoff, heading in her fourth goal of the season off a corner kick from senior Erin Greening to give CU as 1-0 lead just 91 seconds into the contest. It was the third-fastest opening goal in CU soccer history.

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September 27th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU soccer remains unbeaten with 1-1 on the road against Arizona State

From … The No. 18 Colorado women’s soccer team played to a 1-1 draw at Arizona State on Thursday. The Buffs pick up a point in the standings and remain unbeaten on the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Colorado (9-0-2, 1-0-1), just as it has all season, initiated the offense early. The Buffs pressured Arizona State early, registering four shots in the first 14 minutes.

Senior Jorian Baucom cashed in for the Buffs in the 14th minute. She took the feed from freshman Emily Groark down the left side of the box and dribbled to seven yards out. Baucom mixed up the ASU defender and struck the ball with a solid right-foot back across the net, beating ASU keeper Nikki Panas.

Possession back and forth the rest of the half. CU totaled three more shots the rest of the half. Meanwhile, Arizona State picked up its play, totaling nine of its 11 first-half shots after the Colorado goal. CU goalkeeper Jalen Tompkins kept the Buffs in the lead, matching her season-high with four saves in the first 45 minutes.

The Sun Devils (6-2-1, 1-0-1) jumped out quickly in the second half. ASU used three early corner kicks to help control the tempo. Madison Wolf scored the equalizer in the 52nd minute, capitalizing off the third corner kick.

Both teams continued to battle each other and the 100-degree heat for the remainder of the game. Arizona State outshot Colorado 22-15 at the end of regulation. Tompkins came up clutch for CU, making five more saves in the second half.

UP NEXT: The Buffs head down to Tucson on Sunday to take on Arizona. The game is set for 1 p.m. MT and will be available across the Pac-12 Networks.

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September 24th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s volleyball back in the rankings at No. 23 

From … After upsetting No.23 Utah and taking No.14 USC to five sets, the University of Colorado women’s volleyball team is back in the AVCA poll as the 23rd-ranked team in the nation.

Colorado entered last week receiving votes for two weeks in a row in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. The Buffs have been up and down the polls this season, beginning the season ranked 15th and falling to 21st and 24th before leaving the top-25.

The team has seen a resurgence in play in the past two weekends with six-straight wins before the fall to USC. The Buffs have been progressively improving play, which showed this past week with the first full week of having the entire team healthy.

The Pac-12 remains dominant in the polls with nine teams in the top-25 and 10 receiving votes. Stanford leads the way as the No.2-ranked team in the nation with five of the 64 first place votes. Oregon comes in at 12th, while USC and Washington are tied for 13th. UCLA falls to No.18, followed by four Pac-12 teams from 22 to 25 in Washington State, Colorado, Arizona and Utah, respectfully.

The Pac-12 conference continues to be one of the toughest volleyball conference with eight teams ranked. The Big Ten is the other comparable conference with seven teams, including five inside the top-10.

The Buffs push on in conference play with road matches at No.13 Washington and No.22 Washington State. The match with Washington will be on the Pac-12 Network Friday at 7 p.m., while the Washington State match will be available on Pac-12 Plus.  


September 22nd

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU soccer remains unbeaten with rout of Oregon State

From … Pac-12 play got off to a bang for the University of Colorado soccer team on Friday. The No. 23 Buffs recorded their seventh shutout of the season poured on the offense in the 6-0 win at Paul Lorenz Field.

Colorado moves to 9-0-1 on the season, while Oregon State falls to 1-8-0.

 The Buffs got off to a red-hot start on Friday, scorning on three of their first five shots.

Freshman Emily Groark recorded her first collegiate goal, proving to be the game-winner, in the 3rd minute of play. Senior Megan Massey sent the ball bouncing into Groark. The St. Louis, Mo., native headed the ball down to herself from the top of the box. Play pushed to the front of the net where Groark was able to poke it past the charging goalkeeper.

Colorado continued to hold possession and put pressure on the Beavers. The Buffs found paydirt again in the 11th minute off the foot of Jorian Baucom. The senior transfer fielded a pass from Taylor Kornieck and flipped it from the top of the penalty arc past OSU’s Bridgette Skiba.

Just 2:31 later the Buffs added their third goal of the half. Junior Tatum Barton beat her defender to the ball and one-touched it from the penalty spot past a diving Skiba and inside the left post for the 3-0 lead.

CU put five of its nine first-half shots on net. Junior Jalen Tompkins was seldom called into action in the opening 45 minutes. She made two saves in the first half, while the Buffaloes’ defense held OSU to five shots in the period.

Oregon State applied the early pressure in the second half. But it was Colorado that would continue the goal-scoring.

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September 20th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU volleyball wins thrilling five-set match over No. 23 Utah 

From …  It took numerous comebacks in sets and points in sets, but the University of Colorado women’s volleyball team took down the 23rd-ranked University of Utah Wednesday night in Boulder to open the 2018 Pac-12 season. The Buffs were down in sets twice in the match as well as the fifth-set in points, but in the end the Buffs rallied to a 21-25, 25-21, 13-25, 25-18, 15-13 in the CU Events Center.

Senior Alexa Smith was the key to the Buffs success. The All-American had a match-high 23 digs, including an 11-dig second set. Her defensive resilience kept rallies alive for Colorado and was a huge part of the success. She also turned on the burners late for the Buffs, accounting for five of the team’s nine kills in the final set. Entering the fifth set she only had 10 kills, but she stepped up when the team needed her most and delivered the final blow to close out the match.

The other Buff that was huge tonight in key moments was redshirt freshman Anyse Smith. Smith finished with 13 kills and a hitting percentage of .241. She was joined by Naghede Abu with eight kills and Justine Spann with seven.

The offensive generals Brynna DeLuzio and Jenna Ewert had a good night altogether. DeLuzio led the team with 21 assists, while Ewert had 19 assists. DeLuzio was second on the team with nine digs, while Ewert led the team with a pair of aces.

The front row was all over the Utes attack throughout the match, led by sophomore Lauren Dorrell and her nine block assists. The team as a whole put up 11 blocks, but the tough pressure helped ease the back row in passing. Abu was second on the team with seven block assists, while Danielle Price chipped in four.

The match was a tight one that featured 24 ties and eight lead changes, including three in the final set. Neither team hit outstanding as Utah led with a .208 hitting percentage and Colorado tallied a .161 percentage. The Utes led in nearly every statistical category, with the major factors of the outcome being the difference in serve errors and blocks. Though the Utes blocked well, CU finished the game with one more block at 11. The Colorado pressure up front continually stopped Utah and put them out of system. The Utes also committed a dozen service errors compared to the Buffs’ four.

… SET 5: The Utes came out and scored the first three points of the final set. After another long replay that kept the point to Utah, CU faced a 5-2 deficit with both points coming from service errors. The Utes made their way to the eight-point side switch with just a one-point lead. Anyse Smith had two huge kills to tie the match in back-to-back sideouts for the Buffs. The Utes retook the lead and pushed it with consecutive points to 13-11 to force a CU timeout. Out of the break a Naghede Abu kill was followed up by a Justine Spann ace, leading to a tied match at 13 each and a Utah timeout. The Buffs turned to senior captain Alexa Smith, who delivered the final two blows and closed out the victory for Colorado.

UP NEXT: The Buffs have one of the longest stretches between weekly opponents with four days until they play the University of Southern California. No.14-ranked USC comes to town Sunday at 1 p.m. in the CU Events Center. USC swept rival UCLA Wednesday night in a top-25 battle of 14th and 17thranked teams in the nation, respectfully


September 18th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

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

From … 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 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.


September 16th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

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

From … 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.


September 15th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

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

From …  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.


September 13th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

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

From … 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.

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.


September 11th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Volleyball set to host Colorado classic tournament this weekend

From … 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 … 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 … 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 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 … 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 … 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 … 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.


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 … 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 … 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 … 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.

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 …  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 … 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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7 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.

  2. University of Colorado Boulder

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

    U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team
    11 mins ·
    And it’s bronze for Arielle Gold!! ????

  3. Go Buffs.

    Great coaching staff.

    16-4 last year

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


    Note: Take a memo up in the Champions Center

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