BOULDER, Colo. -- The Washington State volleyball team (1-3 Pac-12, 14-3 overall) could not overcome another two-set deficit and lost to Colorado (3-1 Pac-12, 11-3 overall) Sunday afternoon at the Coors Events Center in Boulder with set scores of 25-17, 25-21, 25-27, and 25-19.
Freshman Kyra Holt led the Cougars with 19 kills and 11 digs, and junior Jaicee Harris added 10 kills and 16 digs. Coming in off the bench, freshman Hailey Bethune added a career-high eight kills and two blocks while Chelsey Bettinson tallied three kills and two blocks. Kate Sommer contributed 12 digs and Camryn Irwin had 44 assists.
The Buffs were led by the 23 kills and four blocks from Taylor Simpson and by Nikki Lindow’s 10 kills (.526) and five blocks. Nicole Edelman had 45 assists and 10 digs while Cierra Simpson had 14 digs. Colorado out-blocked WSU eight to four and out-hit the Cougars .278 to .200.
After struggling in the first two sets, the Cougars were behind 21-18 in the third set but WSU fought back to capture a 27-25 win. Colorado took an early lead in the fourth set and never looked back.
“So many unforced errors, especially on the road, we just can’t do that to ourselves,” WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “A lot of people didn’t play real well and that’s tough. Chelsey Bettinson came in and gave us a little charge and did a nice job for us. We need more people to play more consistently. At times our defense was great and that’s what got us back into it but our blocking struggled again and our serving did a little bit as well. We were a little bit tentative. We’re waiting to see what the other team is going to do before we react and there is just not time against good teams.”
WSU plays its next four volleyball matches at home beginning with the Friday, Oct. 11 contest against Arizona State at 7 p.m. in Bohler Gym.