Buffs Battle, Fall to No. 20 USC
LOS ANGELES — Senior outside hitter Taylor Simpson hammered 12 kills on Friday night against No. 20 USC, but the University of Colorado volleyball team lost a hard fought match 25-20, 25-18, 25-19 to the Trojans at Galen Center.
Simpson hit .310 with only three errors on a 29 attacks. She also recorded a team-best 11 digs for her ninth double-double of the year.
As a team CU had 33 kills, but recorded 15 errors on 94 attacks to hit .191. The Trojans hit .356 with 42 kills and 10 errors on 90 swings.
Neira Ortiz Ruiz had six kills for the Buffs and Anna Pfefferle tallied four kills in the effort. Pfefferle hit a team-best .375 with one error on eight attacks. Gabby Simpson and Alexis Austin each added three kills in the effort for the Buffs. Nicole Edelman handed out 17 assists, while Gabby Simpson added 10 assists.
Defensively, the Buffs had 33 digs, while USC picked up 42 digs. USC also had the edge in blocks 6.0-4.0.
The Trojans were led by Samantha Brico who had 14 kills and four service aces. She also added 10 digs and two blocks. Alice Pizzasegola picked up a match-high 25 digs.
With the loss, the Buffs dropped to 10-7 overall (2-3 Pac-12). USC improved to 9-6 (2-3 Pac-12).
The Buffs started off well in the first set, taking a 14-10 advantage that forced USC to use a timeout. The Trojans took the next three points, but the Buffs answered with a pair of their own (16-13). The two teams battled, but USC managed to tie the frame up at 17-17, at which point CU used its first timeout of the set. USC took the next three straight points (20-17), forcing the Buffs to use another quick timeout. The Buffs tried to get back in the set, but USC went on to finish 25-20.
USC got out to a 5-2 lead in the second set, and extended the lead to 10-6. The Buffs cut the lead to two points at 13-11, but after that, the Trojans recorded a 4-0 run to increase the lead to 17-11. CU took the next point after taking its first timeout of the game, but USC sided-out with a kill (18-12). The Buffs continued to work, but weren’t able to get any closer as the Trojans won the set 25-18.
CU called an early timeout after USC took a 5-1 lead to start the third set. USC took the next two points to increase the lead to 7-1, but the Buffs answered with three straight (7-4). CU kept going and got within one point at 8-7 before USC put together a 3-0 run to go back up by four points (11-7). The Trojans increased the lead to 19-13, and despite CU’s best efforts, the Buffs weren’t able to get back in the game and fell 25-19.
Colorado is back in action on Sunday, Oct. 12 against No. 17 UCLA. The match will be played in Firestone Fieldhouse on Pepperdine’s campus in Malibu, Calif. The match was moved there due to the flooding at UCLA’s campus in August.