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The bulk of the Colorado volleyball roster hasn’t performed on a stage quite like the NCAA Tournament before.

If nerves were a problem, however, it certainly didn’t show on Friday, as the Buffaloes returned to volleyball’s version of the Big Dance for the first time since 2014 in impressive fashion, sweeping James Madison 25-21, 25-14, 25-12 in a first-round match to advance to Saturday’s second round. The Buffs will play either Miami (OH) or the host Baylor Bears on Saturday night at 7 p.m. MST. Baylor is the No. 12 overall seed in the 64-team tournament.

“I thought we did a really good job of settling into the match about halfway through the first set, really doing a good job of calming down, eliminating errors, and getting into a rhythm from the serving,” CU head coach Jesse Mahoney said. “Sets two and three we were really low-error offensively and on top of things defensively. I was really happy with our poise and hopefully we can carry that over into tomorrow.”

After taking the first set 25-21 the Buffs were able to take care of business relatively swiftly, allowing Mahoney an opportunity to sprinkle some of his reserves into the rotation in preparation for Saturday.

Making their 19th NCAA Tournament appearance, the Buffs will be seeking their fourth Sweet 16 berth and their first since 1997. Friday’s victory improved the Buffs to 9-8 all-time in the first round (CU twice had first-round byes in past tourney formats).

Read the full story at Buffzone.com.

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