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April 12th

... Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Dani Hansen named Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week – for the third time

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado goalkeeper Dani Hansen was selected as the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday.

The sophomore from Broomfield, Colo., recorded a pair of shutouts for the Buffs this past weekend, holding both Arizona and No. 17 Arizona State scoreless. Hansen made 16 saves in her 200 minutes and now leads the Pac-12 with 87 saves this season.

Hansen now ranks seventh in the NCAA and leads the Pac-12 with seven shutouts this season. She made 11 saves against the Wildcats, the most in a shutout this season. Hansen is averaging 7.4 saves per game in her shutouts this season.

Hansen has provided stability in net for the Buffs all season. She’s fifth in the NCAA in saves. 15th in saves per game (6.21), 16th in save percentage (.888) and is fourth in the Pac-12 with a .743 goals-against average.

This is the third weekly honor for Hansen this season. She previously won back-to-back Keeper of the Week awards on Feb. 22 and Mar. 1.

It’s the first time a CU goalkeeper has been honored three times in the same season since Jalen Tompkins won the award three times in 2017.

The Buffs are tied with ASU with 14 points in the Pac-12 Standings with just one match left in the regular season. CU will have one last chance to make a push for the NCAA Tournament, hosting Utah on Friday (3 p.m. MT).

Sophomore Magnus Boee named National Men’s Nordic Skier of the Year

From CUBuffs.com … Magnus Boee picked up the largest of his many awards after a spectacular sophomore season, earning the National Men’s Nordic Skier of the Year by the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association.

Boee had the most dominant season in CU history for men’s Nordic skiers, winning 10 of 12 races and finishing third and fourth in the other two.  His 10 wins matches the CU record for a men’s skier with Dave Butts in 1960, and is the record for men’s Nordic skiers by two wins, breaking Mads Stroem’s total of eight in 2016.  That season Stroem tied CU records for most freestyle and classic wins in a season with four apiece, and Boee broke both of those records, as well, picking up five wins in each discipline.

Boee had a streak of five straight wins in the regular season and won six of eight regular season races before sweeping both the Regional and NCAA Individual Championships in the postseason.  He became just the fifth skier in CU history to sweep regional and national races, joining Stephan Heinzsch (men’s alpine, 1977), Jana Weinberger (women’s Nordic, 2006), Maria Grevsgaard (women’s Nordic, 2008) and Stroem in 2016.  Storem and Boee are the only two men’s Nordic skiers to also sweep the NCAA Championships races.

To date, he has been honored with two RMISA MVP honors, picking up the award for both classic and freestyle, was first-team All-RMISA and the top seed at the NCAA Championships in both disciplines.  He earned RMISA Skier of the Week honors for the first meet of the season and picked up CU Athlete of the Week honors four times.

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March 18th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU names its first new skiing coach in 31 years, nabbing Andy LeRoy from rival DU

From CUBuffs.com … Andy LeRoy, who was an Olympian, All-American, and individual national champion while a student-athlete at the University of Colorado, has been named the fifth head ski coach since the sport became coed in 1983 for the Buffaloes, athletic director Rick George announced Thursday.

LeRoy will succeed Richard Rokos, 70, who is retiring this spring after 35 years with the university, the last 31 as head coach, one of the longest tenure of any head coach in NCAA skiing as well as the third-longest head coaching reign in CU athletic history.  LeRoy will officially take over the program on Friday, March 19.

Rokos recruited LeRoy to Colorado as a student-athlete, where he was an All-American and individual NCAA champion; he was the co-recipient of CU’s Male Athlete of the Year honors in 2000.  This will be LeRoy’s third stint at Colorado, as he was also Rokos’ assistant alpine coach in 2002.

“I am so excited for this opportunity, for myself as a professional and for my family,” LeRoy said.  “I know the gravity of this position and the history of CU, I can’t wait to get my hands dirty and to raise the level of college ski racing to heights never seen before.  To have the full support of such an outstanding administration and alumni network, we are going to do some amazing things in the years to come.”

LeRoy, 45, returns to CU from the University of Denver, where he led the alpine team and was the head coach for the past 15 seasons, leading the Pioneers to six NCAA championships in his tenure.  With Rokos’ retirement, LeRoy becomes the leader for NCAA championships won among active collegiate head coaches.  Rokos coached the Buffaloes to eight NCAA championships during his 31 seasons, including in his very first year in 1991.

“I’m happy to announce that Andy LeRoy will be the new head coach of the CU Ski Team,” George said. “Andy has had great success at the University of Denver and we’re ecstatic he has decided to come home to Colorado and will no longer be competing against us.  As a former Buff, Andy is very familiar with our program as both a student-athlete and a coach.  We’re excited to welcome him, his wife Julie, and their two kids Andrew and Lydia to the CU family.”

LeRoy’s six titles rank fifth all-time in the NCAA, behind only Denver’s Willie Schaeffler (13), Utah’s Pat Miller (nine), and two CU coaches, Rokos and Bill Marolt (seven).  Since the sport went coed in 1983, LeRoy’s crown count is third, behind only Miller and Rokos.

Among active head coaches, LeRoy is four ahead of any other coach, as another former Rokos assistant coach, Fredrik Landstedt, is next with two, including leading Utah to the 2021 title last week.  Cami Thompson Graves (Dartmouth, 2007) and Bill Reichelt (Vermont, 2012) are the only other active coaches to lead their teams to an NCAA championship.

Since LeRoy was hired at DU in 2006 ahead of the 2007 season, either the Buffs or Pioneers have won nine of the 14 National Championships in that span (the 2020 championship was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).  On top of his six overall NCAA Championships, LeRoy’s alpine teams have led the NCAA Championships in most alpine points, the mythical Alpine National Championship, in 11 of his 15 seasons there, including each of the last nine seasons if you count the abbreviated 2020 event in which no team title was awarded.  Denver also scored the most alpine points at the NCAA Championships in his first two seasons and three of his first four in 2007, ’08 and ’10.

LeRoy has also had success at the regional level, winning three NCAA West Regional titles, including his first season in 2007 and two of the last four in 2018 and ’20.  The 2020 win was especially dramatic as his slalom skiers swept the women’s podium and finished first and third on the men’s side to turn a 20-point deficit to Utah into a 10-point victory and the overall title.  He has also coached the Pioneers to two RMISA regular season championships (2007, 2014), while his alpine teams have scored the most regular-season points nine times in his career, including seven straight seasons from 2013-19.

In his time at DU, his alpine skiers have racked up 89 All-America honors, including 62 first-team All-America selections, and 22 Individual NCAA Champions, all three marks being the best of any alpine team in the NCAA over that span. The 22 alpine titles over that span equates to 38% of the possible titles in that span an is, in fact, equal to the next three schools totals combined.  He has also coached five skiers at DU that have competed in the Olympics.

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March 13th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Boee Wins Program’s 100th Individual Title As Buffs Take Second At NCAA Championships

From CUBuffs.com … Sophomore Magnus Boee capped one of the best seasons in CU history by winning the men’s 20K freestyle race, his second individual National Championship in three days and the 100th in Colorado Buffaloes Ski Team history.  The Buffs put up a valiant final-day fight for the title and in the end finished second to Utah by 31.5 points here Saturday at Jackson Nordic Center to close out the 2021 NCAA Ski Championships.

The Buffs lead the nation in individual championships and are the first school to reach 100.  Boee’s win is also the 10th of his historic season, tying the record for all men’s skiers in CU history that was first set over 60 years ago by Dave Butts in 1960.   Only Line Selnes and Maria Grevsgaard, both women’s Nordic skiers, have won more races in a season, each with 11.

The Buffs entered the day 24.5 points behind the Utes, a tall task given the Utes strength in Nordic, particularly on the women’s side.  The Utah women, which posted a perfect score of 111 points on Thursday, were again boosted again by a 1-3 finish but the Buffs hung with them, as freshman Weronika Kaleta finished seventh while junior Ezra Smith took 11th and sophomore Anna-Maria Dietze 12th.  The Utes won the race 86-64 over the Buffs to open up a 46.5 point advantage with the men’s race remaining.

Boee and Utah’s Samuel Hendry battled it out in the men’s race, as they have all season.  Hendry won the only two races Boee didn’t, and with one 5K lap left of the 20K race, they were within six seasons of each other but Boee hit another gear and picked up another eight seconds on the final lap to win by 15.9 seconds.  Sophomore Oyvind Haugan finished sixth to earn second-team All-America honors and freshman Will Koch took 13th.  Koch had dropped to 21st place at the midpoint of the race, but battled back the second half of the race to pick off eight skiers ahead of him.

The men did beat Utah and won the race with 85 points to the Utes 70, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit as the Pac-12 two’s schools that sponsor skiing finished first and second in the 17-school competition.  When all the snow settled, the Utes picked up 554 points to the Buffs 522.5.  Colorado did then have an 80.5 point advantage over third place Denver (422) with Alaska Anchorage moving up from sixth to finish fourth with 411 points.  Montana State (383.5) edged out Vermont (351) to give the RMISA the top five spots in the final standings.

With Boee’s two titles and Cassidy Gray’s title in the women’s GS race, the Buffs had three individual champions for the 15th time in school history, including the eighth time under coach Richard Rokos.  Boee became the 24th Colorado skier to win multiple individual championships and the 10th two sweep two races at the NCAA Championships, including becoming just the second to do so in men’s Nordic competition along with Mads Stroem in 2016.

Counting Boee’s two regional championships, he becomes just the fifth skier in CU history to sweep both regional and national championships, joining Stephan Heinzsch (1977, men’s alpine), Jana Wienberger (2006, women’s Nordic), Maria Grevsgaard (2008, women’s Nordic) and Mads Stroem (2016, men’s Nordic).  Coach Jana Wienberger has coached the most three recent skier to accomplish the feat after doing so herself her senior season.

WHAT IT MEANS: It’s never the Colorado Ski Team’s goal to finish second, but a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships is still a great accomplishment.  Along with 20 National Championships (19 NCAA, 1 AIAW), the Buffs have 13 more runner-up finishes at Nationals.  Since 2006, the Buffs have four National Championships, seven runner-up finishes and just three other finishes, two third place and one fourth.  The Buffs have finished four of the last five NCAA Championships as the runner-up.  Given everything that had to happen this season, even having a season is an accomplishment in and of itself, much less staying healthy enough to compete at a high level and prepare for the national championships.

UP NEXT: The 2021 college season is complete, but several Buffs will likely continue to ski competitively.  The U.S. Alpine National Championships will take place in April in Aspen, and some more continental cup or World Cup races may be on tap for several Buffs.

RICHARD ROKOS NOTES: 

  • Today marked the final competition for Richard Rokos as CU’s head coach, completing his 31st season at the helm of the program and 35th season at CU.  He finished his career with eight National Championships, 20 RMISA Championships and 73 meet wins, compiling an astonishing dual record of 1,547-186 (.893).
  • Rokos’ skiers have won 46 Individual National Championships, 65 Individual Regional Championships, and 364 race wins while compiling 290 All-America honors.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM STANDINGS (FINAL): 1. Utah 554; 2. Colorado 522.5; 3. Denver 442; 4. Alaska Anchorage 411; 5. Montana State, 385.5; 6. Vermont 351; 7. Northern Michigan 232; 8. Westminster, 212; 9. New Hampshire, 211; 10. Alaska Fairbanks, 163; 11. Plymouth State 134; 12. Boston College 121; 13. St. Lawrence, 100; 14. Michigan Tech 87; 15. St. Scholastica 33; 16. Colby 31. 17. Clarkson 0.

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March 11th 

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Two days; two individual national champions for CU at NCAA skiing championships

… Buffs move up to second in team standings at midway point, but will need some help to overtake Utah for the team title … 

From the Daily Camera … Two days into the NCAA skiing championships, the Colorado Buffaloes have crowned two champions.

On Thursday, CU’s Magnus Boee won the men’s 10K classic Nordic race at Jackson Nordic Center, helping the Buffaloes move up a spot in the team standings.

At the midpoint of the nationals, the Buffaloes are in second place, with 252.5 points. Utah, which won the last team title in 2019, is in first with 319 points. Montana State (213.5), Alaska Anchorage (200) and Denver (193) round out the top five.

A sophomore from Oslo, Norway, Boee finished the 10K course in 26 minutes, 17.7 seconds – 12.8 seconds ahead of Utah’s Luke Jager. CU’s Will Koch (seventh, 26:51.2) and Oyvind Haugan (eighth, 27:13.4) joined Boee in earning All-American honors.

Boee won for the ninth time in 11 races this season and won his fifth consecutive classic race. He established new CU records for overall men’s Nordic wins in a season (nine) and men’s classic wins in a season (five).

Boee, who was a second-team All-American in the freestyle race a year ago, has already moved into a tie for seventh in CU for career wins (12) in any discipline.

In the women’s 5K classic race, the Buffs were led by Weronika Kaleta’s 13th-place finish (17:09.7). Ezra Smith finished 14th (17:15.9), while Anna-Maria Dietze was tied for 20th (17:37.1).

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March 10th 

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women go 1-2 in Giant Slalom; Buffs in 3rd after Day One at NCAA championships

From CUBuffs.com … Freshman Cassidy Gray won the Individual NCAA Championship and junior Stef Fleckenstein was second in the women’s giant slalom race, propelling the Colorado Buffaloes Ski Team into third place after the first day of the NCAA Championships here at Mittersill-Cannon Mountain Ski Resort Wednesday.

On the strength of Gray and Fleckenstein, the Buffs won the women’s GS race as a team with 94 points, 15 ahead of second place Westminster and 35 ahead of third place Vermont.  The men’s team had a series of unfortunate events that lead to junior Filip Forejtek being the only team scorer.  His seventh place finish gave the Buffs 25 points in that race for a total of 119.  Montana State and Westminster, both out of the RMISA, are tied for the lead with 137 points, 18 ahead of the Buffs, while Utah is 11 points behind the Buffs with 108 points and Denver rounds out an all-RMISA top five with 97 points.

Gray became the Buffs 98th Individual National Champion (96th NCAA) in program history and the first in women’s alpine since CU Hall of Famer Lucie Zikova swept both races at the 2008 NCAA Championships.  Fleckenstein’s second place finish gave the Buffs their first 1-2 finish at the NCAA Championships since 2013 when Joanne Reid and Eliska Hajkova finished 1-2 in the women’s freestyle at Middlebury enabling the Buffs to pull off the largest final day comeback in NCAA history.

Gray’s performance was particularly impressive given the fact she started the race 26th out of a possible 33 racers.  Even though she had a GS win earlier in the season at Park City, she didn’t have a good NCAA seed because it was the only GS race she finished this season.  Despite starting near the back of the field, she had the third-fastest first run and then her second run was over a second faster than every other skier in the field to get the win.  Fleckenstein started sixth and had the lead after the first run and her second-place time was nearly a second ahead of third place Francesca English from Vermont.  Sophomore Emma Hammergaard had a solid race, finishing 14th and moving up six spots from her starting position of 22nd.

In the men’s race, the Buffs were in solid position after the first run with Forejtek in fourth place, freshman Louis Fausa in 11th and senior Joey Young in 13th.  In the second race, there was a stoppage on the lift and many of the skiers that finished in the top 13 of the first run were stuck, causing an approximate 25 minute delay in the race.  Young and Fausa were both stuck on the lift, and when the race resumed, the rhythm of the day was off and Young didn’t finish and Fausa went down but recovered, both at the exact same spot of the course.  Young was the first skier to ski after the delay and Fausa was the third, and the skier in second, Vermont’s Declan McCormack, also had an issue on his second run that cost him dearly.

By the time Forejtek was able to make his second run about eight skiers later, he slipped three spots into seventh place, still earning second-team All-America honors.  Gray and Fleckenstein both earned first-team All-America honors.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Buffs put on a show on the women’s side, winning a race for the first time this season and in impressive fashion.  The potential was always there, but national team commitments and injuries made it hard for the team to live up to its potential all season.  The unfortunate part is the Buffs could’ve not only been in the first day lead, but could’ve had a comfortable lead if the race delay hadn’t happened.  If Fausa and Young had held their first run positions, the Buffs would’ve scored in the range of 150 points and had a 10-15 point lead over Montana State and Westminster and more importantly about a 45-50 point lead over Utah.

The Utes left the door open in the women’s race, having the exact opposite day of the Buffs with two women’s skiers not earning any team points but putting together a solid men’s race.  As it stands, the Buffs are 11 points up on Utah entering Nordic action on Thursday, where the Utes are extremely tough.  Anything can happen, but it’s not out of the question for both the Buffs and Utes to pass first day leaders on the strength of their Nordic teams Thursday.  Regardless, the Buffs are in a solid position.  There have been several seasons where a bad first day put the Buffs out of title contention, and as it stands now, the Buffs are very much in title contention.

UP NEXT: The Nordic teams now take center stage Thursday with the 5K women’s and 10K men’s classic races at Jackson Nordic Center in Jackson, N.H.  The men’s race will start at 8 a.m. MT followed by the women’s race at 10 a.m. MT.  Friday it will be back to the alpine teams with slalom races and Saturday the championships will conclude with Nordic freestyle races.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM STANDINGS (Through 2 of 8 Races): 1. Montana State & Westminster, 137; 3. Colorado 119; 4. Utah 108; 5. Denver 97; 6. Vermont 94; 7. New Hampshire & Plymouth State 77; 9. Alaska Anchorage 63; 10. Boston College 54; 11. St. Lawrence 32.

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March 9th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Ski Team quest for 21st national title begins Wednesday

Related … 2021 NCAA Skiing Championship Guide … from CUBuffs.com

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado Buffaloes Ski Team has ventured east about 2,000 miles to New Hampshire, where 12 student-athletes will attempt to bring home the program’s 21st National Championship this Wednesday through Saturday at the 68th Annual NCAA Ski Championships.

The 2021 NCAA Championships will mark the end of an era, not just for the Colorado Ski Team but for NCAA Skiing in general, with the impending retirement of CU coach Richard Rokos, who will be leading the Buffaloes on the slopes for the final time attempting to accomplish the same thing his first team back in 1991 did by winning an NCAA Championship.

The schedule for the 2021 championship begins with men’s and women’s giant slalom races on Wednesday with Nordic getting underway Thursday with 5K women’s and 10K men’s classic races.  The great equalizer, as Rokos puts it, will take place Friday with men’s and women’s slalom races and the championship will close out on Saturday with the 15K women’s and 20K men’s freestyle races.  Both Nordic races will be interval start races due to the pandemic.

At first glance, Utah looks to be nearly unbeatable, but if all of 2020 and the first few months of 2021 teach us anything, it’s that anything can happen.  The Utes will be a formidable opponent in 2021 but one key factor about the NCAA Championships puts many teams on a level playing field, you can only bring 12 skiers to compete, three in each gender and discipline (men’s and women’s alpine and Nordic).  That fact also hurts the Buffs, who are leaving behind several skiers who could compete for All-America status, but it likely hurts the Utes more, who are leaving home a few first-team All-RMISA performers due to the rules.

The Buffs’ strength in 2021 has been the men’s Nordic team, and specifically sophomore Magnus Boee, who has won a CU-record tying eight races in 10 attempts entering the championships.  Boee has eight wins, one third and one fourth place finish and aside from tying the overall season record for men’s Nordic skiers in CU’s illustrious 75 year history, but his four wins in each freestyle and classic also match the CU record.

The men’s Nordic team is also boosted by a pair of freshmen in Oyvind Haugan and Will Koch.  Haugan has been a staple in the top seven since his first college race and has more often than not finished in the top five.  Koch is the top men’s Nordic skier in his age group in the United States and has been a constant top 10 threat all season.

On the women’s Nordic side, the Buffs have been consistent all season with newcomer Weronika Kaleta, sophomore Anna-Maria Dietze and junior Ezra Smith, who have more often than not finished in succession in races this season, although usually not in the same order.  As a group, they have finished in the top 10 a total of 20 times out of 30 possibilities.   Each of the three has one top five finish to their credit, as well.

On the alpine side, the Buffs have been led by the consistently high effort of junior Filip Forejtek on the men’s side.  Forejtek has finished nine of 10 races and finished in the top six in each of those nine races.  He has eight top five finishes with six podium appearances and one race win.  Freshman Louis Fausa adds to the men’s alpine depth with seven finishes in 10 races and five of those seven in the top 10, and he’s coming off his best finish of fourth at the RMISA Championships.  The veteran of the entire CU team is also on the men’s alpine side with Joey Young, who will be making his 50th start at the championships.  Young has had a tough season plagued by a fall in the second race of the season, but in his career he has two race victories and just missed out on two All-America honors in 2019 taking 11th in the GS and 13th in the slalom races.

The women’s alpine side may have the most question marks but also potentially has the most potential, led by junior Stef Fleckenstein, who missed the first four races of the season due to injury and returned to finish five of the last six races and never outside the top seven and she finished second in the GS race at the RMISA Championships.  Fellow Canadian National Team Member and freshman Cassidy Gray will make her first appearance at the NCAA Championships.  She won the only GS race she finished (out of two) this season while competing for Team Canada, and she took 23rd at the World Championships last month in Italy.  Sophomore Emma Hammergaard rounds out the women’s alpine team.  She has seemingly taken a few more risks this season, finishing six of 10 races, but she’s finished in the top 10 five times.  As a freshman, she finished at a higher rate, 11 of 13 races, but had two fewer top five finishes with three total.

Stakes are always higher at the NCAA Championships, not only because it’s the NCAA Championships but because every result counts, unlike any race all season long.  Given that fact, it’s anybody’s game.

This season more than any other there are more teams that could make a run at the championship.  With fewer schools in the east competing, that unfortunately leaves traditional powerhouses Dartmouth and Middlebury out of the mix this season, but that also means more schools will be fielding a full 12-skier team like the Buffs.

In the west, aside from Utah and the Buffs, which finished 1-2 in four of the five meets this season, Montana State has also had a solid season, as has Alaska Anchorage.  Denver has had a bit of a down year, but the Pioneers always bring everything they have and usually compete for a title at the NCAA Championships.  In the east, host New Hampshire will field a full team for the first time in a while and will be skiing on its home courses, which has to be an advantage.  Perennial power Vermont is also full steam ahead will a full 12-skier team and was dominant at times in the eastern region this season.

Several other teams will be at full strength in one of the two disciplines, which means they won’t compete for the overall title but their performances will certainly come into play with which teams eventually wins the title.  Those teams are Boston College (alpine), MIchigan Tech (Nordic), Northern Michigan (Nordic), Plymouth State (alpine) and Westminster (alpine).  Specifically watch out for Northern Michigan and Westminster.  The Wildcats have finished in the top 10 several times and among the Nordic leaders in recent memory and Westminster, skiing at the NCAA Championships for just the second time, scored the most alpine points in the RMISA throughout the season.

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March 7th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Another upset for CU! Volleyball team upsets No. 12 UCLA, 3-1

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado volleyball put together its best match of the season Sunday afternoon, rallying back from a slow start to upset No.12-ranked UCLA by a score of 3-1 (27-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-20) here.

The Buffs (5-7 Pac-12) overcame being down 14-5 to the Bruins (10-4 Pac-12) to start the first set and rallied back behind freshman Maya Tabron to take the first set 27-25. The freshman played her first significant time for CU and was key to a 7-0 run in the first set that started with her on the service line and included an ace. She then made starts in the next three sets, playing all six rotations for the rest of the match.

Tabron hit for 10 kills, the first time for her in double digits in her young career, but it was sophomore right side Sterling Parker looking like her 2019 self and leading the team with 15 kills and a .464 hitting percentage that made all the difference. She was joined by Meegan Hart who dominated the front row with 13 kills and a .545 hitting percentage with just one hitting error. Hart also had eight blocks, an ace and added four crucial digs. Leah Clayton had 14 kills and a .206 hitting percentage as CU hit .237 in the match.

The 6-2 offense was on full display with Brynna DeLuzio posting 27 assists and 11 digs while Jenna Ewert had 24 assists and seven digs. Both setters also put down a pair of aces to help CU win the service game. Despite all the offense though, CU’s defense was the key to victory as the team put down 13 blocks and held UCLA to a .205 hitting percentage, including limiting All-American Mac May to just seven kills and a .032 hitting percentage. Anything that did get past the block was cleaned up by Katie Lougeay with 17 digs to go along with Clayton’s 12.

With May consistently behind, UCLA turned to elan McCall, Emily Ryan and Allison Jacobs who had 11, 10 and 10 kills, respectfully. Zoe Fleck had a match-high 19 digs while McCall and Kate Lane had 11 digs.

The win ties for the second-highest ranked conference win under head coach Jesse Mahoney, tying the 2017 season that upset No.12 Oregon. The same team upset No.11 Washington, the highest-ranked conference win under Mahoney.

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March 6th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Richard Rokos (31 years; 7 NCAA titles) coaching ski team final time next weekend

From the Daily Camera … In a week, once the final race is complete for the University of Colorado ski team, Richard Rokos at long last will stare into a future that doesn’t include Buffaloes.

For 31 seasons, Rokos has been the face of the program that hoarded national championships. He reshaped the program into a team unit rather than two separate entities focused on Nordic and alpine disciplines and has mentored skiers who have collected a boggling 43 individual NCAA championships over three decades.

Off the slopes, Rokos also moonlights as a Justice of the Peace, and the mentorship of his athletes has included officiating the weddings of more former CU Buffs skiers than he can remember. So when the day comes in a few weeks that Rokos is forced to clean out his office — stuffing 31 years of memories and milestones into cardboard boxes — the CU legend already knows it will be a more emotionally-charged chore than sending the Buffs into competition one last time.

“I’m sure packing my office will be not easy for me,” Rokos said, “but I’ve done worse things in my life.”

In typical Rokos fashion, that’s a colossal understatement.

Rokos announced last summer that his 31st season at CU will be his last, and that long, slow goodbye will culminate this week as the Buffs compete at the NCAA Championships in New Hampshire. More than 40 years ago, Rokos defected from his native Czechoslovakia with the simple hope of pursuing a better life for his family which, at the time, included an 18 month-old daughter. Never in his wildest dreams did Rokos imagine that decades later he would be one of the most decorated skiing coaches in NCAA history and a bona fide legend at CU.

The Buffs won a team title in Rokos’ first season in 1991 and have added seven more since (1995, 1998, 1999, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2015). His teams have won 14 Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association titles and have recorded 345 top-10 finishes (and counting) at the NCAA Championships. Buffs skiers have collected 146 first-team All-American honors under Rokos. Another 93 second-team honors have been earned by Rokos’ skiers.

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CU Tennis upsets No. 12 Cal, 4-3, for highest-ranked conference win in program history

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado women’s tennis upset No.12-ranked California, 4-3, here Friday afternoon, marking the highest-ranked conference win in program history.

“We just told the team win or lose this match, 4-3 or 3-4, doesn’t matter,” said head coach Danielle Steinberg after. “We’re so proud of the progress this program made today. You know just stepping on the court and believing that not only we belong, but we can win these matches. That’s a huge step forward, huge mental step forward for this team. So proud of them. Obviously everything as always starts in the doubles, and how they stepped on the court today and they stepped in, believing. Good things happen when you believe and you play aggressive. We had them on their heels from the get go. Super proud of everyone. In singles today, everyone played well and even the matches that we lost were good tennis matches. At the end to finish, Ky and Maria, I’m so proud of them and that was very tough.”

To say things came down to the wire is an understatement. Down their No.2 singles player Sophia Derivan, the Buffs stepped up and none more than Ky Ecton in the No.6 singles match against Erin Richardson. The junior faced deuce match point – not only for herself but for the match – twice in the second set and battled back to take a 7-6 tiebreaker win seven points to three. Her first clinch-defying point came down 5-4 at deuce, and the next came at 5-6. After Ecton tied up the set count she was unbeatable, taking the next six games to sweep the third set and tie up the match overall.

“Ky comes in every day and works hard,” said Steinberg. “It’s the same attitude on the court. Win or lose every point you’re gonna work hard and stay tough and her attitude was unbelievable. She’s always unbelievable. She deserved this win.”

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March 5th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Women’s soccer team upsets No. 10 Cal with a 2-1 road victory

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado soccer team got back in the win column on Friday with a 2-1 win over No. 10 California at Witter Rugby Field.

Colorado (4-1-1, 1-0-1 Pac-12) got the first two goals of the match from Hannah Sharts and Shanade Hopcroft and held on to the one-goal lead for the final 10 minutes. Dani Hansen, who has been the Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week the past two weeks, made three saves for the Buffs.

The win for the Buffaloes marked its first against a top 10 opponent since CU beat No. 7 Washington State on Oct. 4, 2018. It is also CU’s first win against a top 10 team on the road since its 3-2 win at No. 10 Cal in double overtime on Oct. 23, 2016.

“Cal is a very good team,” Head coach Danny Sanchez said after the match. “They are every bit deserving of their ranking. I thought we played with a lot more confidence. Even if we wouldn’t have gotten the result, I told the team we played a lot better. We were more confident in our possession. We were more confident going forward and collectively defensively we competed better. That’s what you have to do in the Pac-12.”

California (2-1-0, 1-1-0 Pac-12) led CU 18-11 in shots and 4-3 in shots on goal. The Golden Bears put up 10 shots in the second half in an attempt to make a comeback, but only three landed on net in the final 45 minutes.

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Men’s and Women’s CU Cross Country teams finish second at Pac-12 championships

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado senior Eduardo Herrera entered the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships on Friday as one of the favorites and did not disappoint, winning his first individual conference title in 22 minutes, 30.9 seconds on the 8-kilometer course at Chambers Creek Park.

“This is annually one of the best, if not the best, cross country conference in the country,” head coach Mark Wetmore said. “It’s hard to win as a team and it’s hard to win it as an individual. I think we had a long dry spell before (Joe) Klecker won a year ago. So to have Lalo win it this year is rewarding. He had the best training of his life since we all got shut down in March. He did very good work alone, which distance winners have to do and it paid off today.”

Herrera came into the meet with a second and third-place finish from his two previous races, leading the Buffs in both. Friday’s race was no different as he led the ninth-ranked Buffaloes to a second-place team finish through cold, windy and rainy conditions. CU recorded 60 points behind No. 4 Stanford’s 28.

The men ran after the No. 6 Colorado women also recorded a runner-up finish behind Stanford. The No. 5 Cardinal defeated CU 30-50 for its second title in as many years.

PAC-12 NOTES: Since joining the Pac-12 Conference, CU has won at least one team or one individual title in the last 10 years…CU has won 11 of 20 team cross country team championships since joining the Pac-12 in 2011…The Buffs have also won four individual titles, all in the last four years…Dani Jones won back-to-back women’s titles (2017-18), while Joe Klecker won the men’s title in 2019 and Herrera was this season’s men’s champion.

Men’s 8k Team Results:
1. Stanford 28; 2. Colorado 60; 3. Washington 66; 4. Oregon 139; 5. UCLA 164; 6. Washington State 171; 7. California 177; 8. Arizona 201; 9. Arizona State 238

Women’s 6k Team Results:
1. Stanford 30; 2. Colorado 50; 3. Washington 85; 4. Oregon State 100; 5. Utah 165; 6. Washington State 165; 7. California 192; 8. Arizona 201; 9. Arizona State 261; 10. UCLA 29

UP NEXT: The NCAA Championship Selection Show is Sunday, March 7, at 11 a.m. MT, and will be streamed on NCAA.com. The field will be made up of 31 teams.

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3 Replies to “CU Olympic Sports”

  1. It is totally clear those 100 AD wannabe’s are uneducated.
    Middle Note: I am allowed to say this because of the perception rule in the survey

    If you don’t know the Mighty Buffs…………………..you don’t now SH*T
    Sit down and shut up.

    Go buffs, Kick those teams arses.

    Middle Note: I am allowed to say this because of the perception rule in the survey

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