Nov. 18, 2011
BOULDER, Colo. - Meagan Ganzer's 31 kills were not enough as the Washington State volleyball team relinquished a two-set lead and fell in five sets to Colorado Friday night at the Coors Event Center, handing the Buffs their first Pac-12 win in 20 tries this season.
Colorado won with set scores of 21-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-20, 15-6 to move to a record of 6-22 overall, 1-19 in Pac-12 play. WSU dropped to 12-17 overall, 4-15 in conference action.
The Buffaloes were led by Kerra Schroeder's 26 kills and 13 digs. Nikki Lindow added 15 kills, hit .481, and had four blocks. Kelsey English and Emily Alexis each tallied 11 kills and combined for seven blocks while Lydia Blaha led CU with five blocks. Alyssa Beckwith led the match with 62 assists. Megan Beckwith led the match with 18 digs and served four of the Buff's nine aces.
WSU's Ganzer had a career-high 31 kills for the second time this season. Ganzer hit .373, and also had six digs and three blocks. Chelsey Bettinson had a career-high 13 kills, hit .381 and tallied five blocks. Camryn Irwin had 54 assists and five blocks and Marcelina Glab added five kills and four blocks. Shawna Lum led the team with 13 digs while Jordan Levenseller had 12 digs.
The Cougars hit .389 and claimed the first set 25-21 behind Ganzer's eight kills and Bettinson's five kills. The Buffs hit .308 with Schroeder tagged her own eight kills in the opener. WSU went ahead 22-18 in the second set and then held on to win 25-22.
WSU battled from being behind 15-10 to serving for match in the third set up 24-23 and again at 25-24 but were denied as Lindow and Schroeder kept the Buffs alive and Colorado took the 27-25 win.
CU went on an 8-3 run to take an early 11-7 lead in the fourth set. The Cougars came within two points, the last time at 20-18, but the Buffs held on to win 25-20. CU hit .308 and WSU hit .216 in this set.
The Buffs out-scored the Cougars 10 to two to take the 15-6 fifth set win. CU hit .529 and held WSU to a .056 hitting percentage.
"This is frustrating as a coach because I think we have the talent (to win) and we saw that against Oregon State and Oregon where we were up but weren't the aggressors," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "Unfortunately, last year (this team did) not have that winning mentality, so those returners don't have the mental ability to put the game away and that really hurts us."
Saturday, Washington State travels to Salt Lake City for a match against Utah (9-19, 4-15 pending outcome of 11/18 match against No. 10 UW).