<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - College Sports]]> <![CDATA[Spikers struggle in California]]> While Colorado volleyball’s official Pac-12 opener came last week against Utah, their true first test came this past weekend against the top two teams in the nation, California and Stanford.]]> <![CDATA[Disrespected Buffs out to prove doubters wrong]]> When Linda Lappe posted the results of the Pac-12 preseason women’s basketball poll, which predicted the Buffs would finish 11th, on the door of her team’s locker room, the Buffs immediately became motivated.]]> <![CDATA[Steeple-chasing success]]> Emma Coburn never dreamed she would come this far. CU’s cross-country/track standout, a senior from Crested Butte, completed her journey to superstardom in the running world earlier this summer with victories in two big — scratch that, huge — national races.]]> <![CDATA[Perseverance pays]]> Passion and pure drive are undoubtedly the reasons for CU’s starting punter Darragh O’Neill’s success as a Division I athlete in a sport he never played in high school. The fact that O’Neill propelled himself to a starting role at a program with a storied history in football in a matter of months speaks volumes about not only his athletic ability, but also his will to compete.]]> <![CDATA[Jeffery’s 30 helps Lady Buffs overcome Vandels]]> For once this season, Colorado looked human. Coming into the game at 6-0, the Buffs, facing 2-5 Idaho, figured to be a sure lock to roll to victory on Sunday afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Buffs look to get lucky at Stanford]]> After a disappointing loss to Washington State, Jon Embree’s Colorado Buffaloes hit the buzz saw of their Pac-12 schedule starting this weekend at Stanford. The Cardinal feature consensus top NFL prospect Andrew Luck at quarterback, leading a formidable offense, averaging just under 46 points per game.]]> <![CDATA[Buffs struggling to acclimate in Pac-12]]> <![CDATA[Buffs basketball heads to Puerto Rico]]> The price of poker is going up in Puerto Rico. That’s how Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle described the challenge his team faces this week at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, starting tonight against Wichita State at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU.]]> <![CDATA[New season, new faces]]> Colorado head coach Jon Embree released the first depth chart of the 2011 campaign on Aug. 22, and many inexperienced freshmen and first-time starters will walk onto the field a week from Saturday, when the Buffs travel to Honolulu to face Hawaii in the season opener. Here's a look at some of the more notable starters announced:]]> <![CDATA[In search of a legacy]]> After a 45-2 crushing at the hands of the explosive Oregon Ducks, Colorado Coach Jon Embree challenged his seniors to create a legacy that they can be proud of as the Buffs close out the 2011 campaign. ]]> <![CDATA[Buffs´ spikers take sets from top teams]]> <![CDATA[Resilient Buffs charge ahead]]> Jon Embree and the rest of the CU coaching staff knew there was only one option after the team lost to Hawaii in the season opener: to move forward and continue to improve. “Kids are resilient,” Embree says. “I’ve put it behind me, and I’m ready to get going against Cal.”]]> <![CDATA[Buffs spikers nearing end of tough stretch]]> While many in her position would grow frustrated, Kerra Schroeder viewed facing five top-15 teams in three weeks as an enjoyable experience. Colorado volleyball’s junior captain and outside hitter recorded a match high 19 kills against No. 2 UCLA, as the Buffs fell short for the seventh straight outing, losing in three sets.]]> <![CDATA[Buffs crushed by USC, look to regroup for senior night]]> More than 50,000 fans were on hand to watch CU deliver another sorry performance riddled with the same thoughtless penalties, blocked field† goals, injuries, shoddy red zone play and subpar secondary defense that have produced nine losses already this season.]]> <![CDATA[CU packs for the Pac-12]]> <![CDATA[Patience a virtue for Buffs fans]]> Obviously, thatís a difficult assignment, given thatís all youíve been told for the past six seasons, going back to Dan Hawkinsí first in 2006. But the coaching staff as presently constituted is savvy, intelligent and, most importantly, has put a high priority on accountability.]]> <![CDATA[Spikers look to improve in Kritza's third year]]> Colorado began the season in Greeley on Friday, where they split a doubleheader against UNLV and UC Davis, beating the former and falling in the nightcap in four sets. CU returned home and defeated Northern Colorado, which was picked to finish first in the Big Sky conference, in five dramatic sets.]]> <![CDATA[CU nets first Pac-12 win]]> <![CDATA[Balanced Colorado handles Weber State]]> Chucky Jeffery’s 17 points led a balanced Colorado scoring attack to a victory over visiting Weber State by a score of 77-59.]]> <![CDATA[Yelin finds life after Kentucky]]> Colorado volleyball assistant coach Leonid Yelin has likely the most distinguished résumé of any assistant to come to CU in any sport. ]]>