PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State volleyball team (15-9 overall record, 2-9 in Pac-12) lost a five-set match to Colorado (15-6, 7-4) after winning the first two sets Friday night in Bohler Gym. Set scores were 22-25, 19-25, 25-15, 25-20, and 15-13.
Freshman Kyra Holt led the Cougars with 19 and had nine digs and three blocks. Ver’Leea Hardaway had 13 kills and hit .571 with four blocks. Hailey Bethune had 12 kills and three blocks. Camryn Irwin had 45 assists and 19 digs while Kate Sommer had another 19 digs. Marcelina Glab had four blocks.
Colorado’s leaders included Kerra Schroeder with 12 kills, 11 digs and four blocks. Nikki Lindow had 10 kills, hit .455 and led the match with 10 blocks. Kelsey English had 10 kills, three aces and seven blocks. Nicole Edelman had 41 assists and Elysse Richardson had 14 digs. Jess Aschenbrenner led the match with four aces as the Buffs won that stat 11 to four. Colorado had 17 team blocks to WSU’s eight.
“I think our passing broke down (in the third and fourth sets) then we became very predictable and couldn’t get the ball to our middles,” WSU Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “They were able to really capitalize and get a lot of blocks in that time that our passing broke down.”
In the fifth set Colorado took an 11-7 lead and WSU called a timeout. Bethune landed a kill and then the Buffs committed four errors in five attacks to knot the set at 12 points. After Colorado took its final timeout, a WSU serve went array followed by kills from English and Holt. Schroeder landed the final blow as the visitors won the set 15-13 and the match 3-2.
“At crucial points in the game, just making a couple of errors, when the score is tied like that you have to be able to finish at the end,” Greeny said. “The more experience this team has the better they are going to be in the future.”
WSU hosts Utah (17-6, 6-5) Saturday, Nov. 2, in a 7 p.m. match in Bohler Gym.