Buffs Fall In Four to The Cougars
PULLMAN, Wash. — The University of Colorado women's volleyball fell in four sets (20-25, 25-21,19-25, 11-25) Sunday afternoon to No. 25 Washington State.
The Buffs (18-10, 10-8 Pac-12) achieved a .197 attack percentage, below their .249 season average. Middle blocker Meegan Hart led the team in attack percentage, hitting .450 with 11 kills from 26 attempts. The Cougars' blocking contributed to Colorado's offensive troubles as WSU earned 13 total blocks.
The Cougars' (21-8, 13-6 Pac-12) offense was firing on all cylinders throughout the match. WSU finished with a .373 attack percentage and three players achieved double-digit kills. Magda Jehlarova led the team with 16, Pia Timmer earned 15, and Laura Jansen notched 12.
Colorado's final regular season road game will take place at Arizona on Wednesday before the Buffs head home to host Utah on Friday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Buffs and the Cougars fought a tight battle early in the set, and Lexi Hadrych gave the Buffs their first lead of the game with her third kill at 13-12. Colorado expanded their lead to 15-13 as Washington State had a service error. The Cougars evened the score 15-15 before a kill by Katy Ryan retook the WSU lead 16-15. A block by Ryan and Weronika Wojdyla gave the Cougars even more wiggle room and forced CU to utilize their first timeout at 19-16. A pair of WSU hitting errors put the Buffs back within one.
However, CU couldn't overtake WSU as a pair of blocks put the Cougars up 22-18 and the Buffs called their second timeout. The pause wasn't enough for CU to regain their momentum as Jehlarova got her team's third consecutive solo block. A back-row attack from Laura Jansen put WSU at set point, but Hadrych held off the WSU offense for one point. A Buff net violation gave WSU the set at 25-20.
The two teams were tied 3-3 when the Buffs challenged a "touch" call off of Hadrych, but the original call was held to give the Cougars the lead 4-3. The Buffs took their first lead of the set off a Maya Tabron kill at 7-6.
The Buffs used their second challenge of the set on a Hart kill that was originally called out of bounds, but, after review, the point went to CU, putting Colorado up 11-8. Brynna DeLuzio extended the CU lead to four off an ace that dribbled off the tape of the net and fell too short for any WSU passers to pick up. Kelley Levaggi notched her first kill to cause Washington St. to use their first set timeout at 17-12.
However, the momentum was all in the Buffs' favor as Katie Lougeay powered through on her service run, and Hart's overpass kill caused WSU to call their second timeout in the span of three points.
The Cougars rallied late in the set, but a Buff timeout and a Jill Schneggenburger off-speed kill ended WSU's run at 23-18. Hadrych gave the Buffs their first set point with her 10th kill of the match, and notched her 11th for CU to take the set 25-19.
The Cougars took an early 7-2 lead as Jehlarova earned three kills and the Buffs utilized their first timeout. WSU continued to press and extended their lead to 13-5. CU finally stalled the Cougars' advances as Taylor Simpson went on a three-point serving run, earning an ace during her time at the end line, to put the Buffs at 13-8.
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to hold off WSU's offense and the Cougars reached 21-12 off of Timmer's 14th kill. Ryan's sixth kill put WSU at set point at 24-14. The Buffs stalled WSU for several points, but another kill from Ryan gave the Cougars the set at 25-19.
The teams battled point-for-point and were tied at 4-4 before WSU pulled away and built a 10-6 lead. The Cougars continued their momentum, and a block assist from Ryan and Jehlarova caused the Buffs to take their first timeout at 14-8. WSU expanded their lead even further and several Buff hitting errors gave Washington State match point at 24-11. A final kill by Jansen closed out the game.
It was the only set where Colorado hit negative as WSU held the Buffs to a -.143 attack percentage.
Head Coach Jesse Mahoney
On The Match
"This is traditionally one of the toughest road trips for us. We played well Friday and definitely didn't respond the way we would have liked today against Washington State, but they played very well. They're a really big blocking team, and we didn't pass well enough to make them vulnerable. But we'll respond, and we have two more matches where we feel like we can compete and win."