In a close match, Colorado edged the Presbyterian College volleyball team, 3-0, with scores of 25-21, 25-20 and 25-19, to close out play in the NIU Invitational, held Aug. 29-30 in DeKalb, Ill.
The Blue Hose (0-3) are next in action at the Deacon Invitational Sep. 5-6. PC takes on North Carolina Central Friday at 1 p.m., and Wofford the same day at 5 p.m. Saturday’s action includes a 1 p.m. match against Wake Forest and a 5 p.m. match against Davidson.
Leading PC was Rachel Hall with 16 kills and Kelly Berryman with 10. Rachel Elshoff added five as the Blue Hose ended the match with a total of 31 for a .151 hitting percentage. Ashtin Frank added 29 assists and four service aces, while Mary Trimpe collected 12 digs.
Taylor Simpson paced Colorado with 13 kills and 11 digs, with Gabby Simpson posting 32 assists. CU recorded 40 kills and had a .333 hitting percentage.
PC took the early 6-4 lead in the opening set against Colorado (2-1), before a Blue Hose service error and three straight kills from the Buffaloes, including two from Simpson, gave CU the quick 8-6 lead. The Blue Hose knotted the set at 8-8 off a Hall kill and CU attack error, before the Buffaloes took a four-point lead off a 6-2 run to make it 14-10.
PC cut the margin to two on several occasions, including at 22-20 off another Hall successful attack. Simpson recorded back to back kills to set up set point, 24-20 before taking the eventual 25-21 first set win.
The Blue Hose and Buffaloes went back and forth for most of the second set, with PC taking a 14-12 lead off back to back service aces from Frank and a block from Berryman. A 6-3 run by CU turned the tide, making it an 18-15 lead for Colorado.
Two straight kills by Hall made it a one-point set, 19-18, before Colorado closed it out by taking the next six of eight points to win the second set 25-20.
Another close set for CU and PC, the Blue Hose kept it to within a couple for most of the third frame, trailing by just one, 14-13, at one point. Colorado used a 6-1 run to jump out to a 20-14 lead. Hall collected three straight kills to lead PC in a 4-0 run to cut the margin to 20-18. That would be as close as the team would get as Colorado took the next five of six points to win the third and final set 25-19.