BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Although the state’s best college volleyball program is in Fort Collins where the Colorado State University Rams are undefeated and ranked 21st in the nation, the University of Colorado Buffaloes are starting to make some noise as well.
CU has beaten three straight ranked opponents at home, including top-ranked Washington. CBS4’s Eric Christensen met up with a couple of Colorado siblings who are helping the Buffs soar.
There are two big reasons why the CU volleyball team is on the rise — sisters Taylor and Cierra Simpson. Both were highly-regarded players from Doherty High School who are now making a major impact in the Pac-12.
“Players are really expected to do something significant and make a deep run into the tournament,” CU Head Coach Liz Kritza said. “It takes not just highly-talented players, but very confident, driven young women to do it, and I found two of them in the Simpsons.”
Taylor is a junior who leads the Buffs in kills. Cierra is only a freshman who leads the team in digs. While they’re different players on the court, they do share a bond — one maybe only sisters can share, and it’s helping CU post its best season in recent memory.
“The people on our team have also told us that we’re really similar and kind of telepathic in a way,” Taylor said. “We can talk without people knowing, and we don’t really have to say a lot to each other because we’re so similar.”
“We call it the ‘Simpson Sisters Telekinesis.’ They have this look that they give each other where they just seem to be able to communicate,” Kritza said. “I think a lot has to do with trust and comfort factor playing together as teammates for a long time.”
Now that the two are reunited in college, they couldn’t be happier.
“She has been my biggest role model like all growing up, and I just couldn’t ask for a better person to have here and she just shows me the way, and it’s awesome,” Cierra said.
“I love, absolutely love playing with her, and it’s an awesome experience,” Taylor said.