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Team releases its spring training period plans, including the scrimmage schedule. Best wishes to the team, and the 7 planning on going down to Colorado Springs at the end of the month to try out for the collegiate national teams.


Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2020/2/6/colorado-set-for-spring-volleyball.aspx

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BOULDER – Colorado women's volleyball program is busy preparing for the upcoming 2020 spring volleyball schedule and 2020 USAVB tryouts, head coach Jesse Mahoney announced earlier this week.

The team will compete in five in-state matches, starting March 15th at the University of Denver at 2:30 p.m. The team will also travel to CSU April 11th at 1 p.m. and Northern Colorado April 24th at 6 p.m. Colorado hosts both Denver and Air Force April 18th with matches beginning at 10:30 a.m.

In addition to the spring schedule, the Buffs are prepping seven individuals to compete in a three-day tryout for USA Volleyball in Colorado Springs at the Olympic Training Center. Jenna Ewert and Leah Clayton will make their second-straight appearance for Colorado at the tryouts, while Brynna DeLuzio (also second appearance), Sterling Parker, Jill Schneggenburger, Elissa Alcantara and Meegan Hart.

The tryouts will begin February 21 and run through the 23rd. Last year both Rachel Whipple and Leah Clayton made it onto USAVB Collegiate Teams in Anaheim after competing against nearly 300 collegiate student-athletes.

SPRING SCHEDULE
March 15at Denver2:30 PM
April 11at CSU1 PM
April 18vs. Denver/Air Force10:30 AM
April 24at UNC6 PM

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More info (roster, groupings, schedule, etc.) on the U.S. team open tryouts being held from Feb. 21-23 in which that 7 Buffs are participating -

Direct link - https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyb...etes-Taking-Part-in-Womens-Open-Tryout#Roster

Schedule -
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The tryout will involve four sessions with three waves per session. Friday’s first session goes from 2-8 p.m. MT, while Saturday’s two sessions are at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The final session on Sunday begins at 7:30 a.m. MT with tournament style play, along with 16-18 athletes selected by the U.S. Women’s National Team staff to participate in a “USA” training session. The Sunday session wraps up at 10:30 a.m. MT.
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Feb. 21 Wave Schedule (all times listed as Mountain Time)
Red Wave - 2-3:40 p.m.
White Wave - 3:50-5:30 p.m.
Blue Wave - 6:10-7:50 p.m.
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Live Streaming ("minus the USA training session on Sunday morning") - https://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/video

Buff players attending and their wave/ roster #'s:
Middle: R24 - Hart, Meegan (M, Colorado, 2, Red)

Opposite (right-side) Hitter: B82 - Parker, Sterling (OPP, Colorado, 3, Red)

Outside (Left-side) Hitters:
W35 - Alcantara, Elissa (OH, Colorado, 3, Blue)
W8 - Clayton, Leah (OH, Colorado, 1, Blue)
W55 - Schneggenburger, Jillian (OH, Colorado, 4, Red)

Setters:
P64 - Deluzio, Brynna (S, Colorado, 3, Red)
P67 - Ewert, Jenna (S, Colorado, 3, White)
 

AztecBuff

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Looks like the team got some (vball-style) cross training in today as they hit the sand in tropical Broomfield.

 

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Article on (hopefully) next season's team.


Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2020/4/17/volleyball-buffs-stacked-for-2020-season.aspx

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BOULDER – Following an under .500 season, the University of Colorado women's volleyball team is poised to explode in the 2020 season with three additional upperclassmen additions and a plethora of young talent.

The fifth season under head coach Jesse Mahoney will be a turning point as the Buffs are loaded at all positions with a fine balance of youth with upperclassmen leadership. Take last year's squad and mix in a year of growth along with the return of Brynna DeLuzio and the first look at Leah Clayton at outside and that would already raise hopes that this team is set to return to the 'Big Dance.' Then mix in a sixth-year middle Rachael Fara that has a strong slide along with 6-foot, 6-inch redshirt freshman Alexia Kuehl and you have a cocktail of danger for the rest of the Pac-12.

"This may be the deepest team we have had since our staff came to Colorado," said Mahoney. "We were young and talented last season, but we redshirted three scholarship players making us a little thin. I'm excited to have those players available this season – along with some talented additions and all the experience our freshmen and sophomores gained from last year. We are primed for a great run this season."
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While the Buffs have nine different starters from the past two seasons returning, the abundance of talent at every position will make for an action packed, 'every day is a battle' season for Colorado in the 2020 year.

"We made some good progress the second half of last season and we are looking to build on that in 2020," said Mahoney. "We had an abbreviated spring with no outside competitions, so we are all excited to get back in the gym and get to work."
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With only 2 freshmen coming in this season (last year's #10 ranked class had 7), the team was NOT going to finish with any kind of top 25 school recruiting ranking, but this year's freshman class does get named "honorable mention" by prepvolleyball.com.


Direct link to article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2020/5/11/volleyball-cu-recruiting-class-named-honorable-mention.aspx

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CULVER CITY, Calif. – The University of Colorado women's volleyball team's 2020 recruiting class was named an honorable mention recruiting class by PrepVolleyball.com.

"We are excited for our 2020 class to get some recognition nationally," said head coach Jesse Mahoney. "It's a small class but I see them doing big things in Boulder."

The Buffaloes added two recruits that count towards PrepVolleyball.com's ranking in Maya Tabron and Morgan Riddle. The team also added transfer Rachael Fara, who is not accounted for in the rankings.

Colorado had the 10th-ranked class in the nation last season with seven freshmen brought in. Like this year, Leah Clayton and Meegan Hart were not a part of that ranking. With the addition of Tabron, CU now had six top-100 recruits on its roster.
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Of course, everything is "in pencil" right now, but we have the 1st 2020/21 schedule news I can find for any Olympic sport (props to the Volleytalk forum for the link).

Per the schedule CSU has just released (https://csurams.com/sports/womens-volleyball/schedule/2020), it's planned the Buffs and Rams will, like last season, play a home and home on back to back days this season, with the Buffs in Fort Collins on Friday the 18th, and the Rams heading to Boulder the next evening. (Both matches scheduled for 7:00 PM starts.)
 

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Also re the CSU schedule- a couple things it looks like their (Mtn. West) Conference has done scheduling-wise (be interesting to see if the Pac 12 does this for any of the sports (bball, lacrosse, volleyball) that typically have teams twice - they've decreased the number of conference matches from 18 to 16, and for the conference teams they're playing twice, it is NOT home and home anymore, but instead both matches will be played at one of the teams or the other to limit the travel and days away from home (when teams are playing twice in a season, they're all on back to back days).
 

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Obviously nothing to do with the current team, but did want to say congrats and best wishes (!!!) to a couple #ForeverBuffs as, per the below from Asst. Coach Maes, looks like volleyball alum Stephanie Shadley and football alum Aaron Haigler got married today!

 

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Can't find myself where this has been released, but per a poster (VolleyballFella) on Volleytalk (https://volleytalk.proboards.com/post/2355699/thread), more possible info on the non-conference schedule. Quoting his post:

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COLORADO hasn't released its full schedule yet (along with the rest of the PAC), but they have released 3 weeks of non conference match-ups.
They are limiting travel and staying within 40 miles over 3 weeks. These might be the only non-conference matches they have, but likely still have one travel weekend before PAC conference begins.

- ILLINOIS and IOWA home matches (year 3 of this current PAC/B1G challenge)
- DENVER Home & Away matches (2019 Summit conference champion and 2019 NCAA Tourney appearance)
- COLORADO STATE Home & Away matches (2019 Mtn West conference champion and 2019 NCAA Tourney appearance)
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buffgal

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The above was in the Daily Camera.

CU lost a tournament out of town when too many teams decided not to go. Jesse is looking to find something else if he can. Article didn't sound very positive about that.
 
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