Oct. 5, 2012
BOULDER, Colo. -- The Washington State volleyball team (10-7, 0-5 Pac-12) had too little too late Friday night as Colorado (12-5, 2-3) took a 25-17, 25-17, 29-27 win at the Coors Events Center in a match televised by the Pac-12 TV Networks.
Colorado's Alexis Austin led the match with 16 kills while Kelsey English had 13 kills, hit an outstanding .765 and led the Buffs with four blocks. Setter Nicole Edelman had 38 assists, Chelsey Keoho had 12 digs and Nikki Lindow served three aces. The Buffaloes hit .312 for the match and held WSU to an .079 hitting percentage.
"I thought we were really rattled by their serving and our lack of passing tonight. If we can't pass the ball there's not a whole lot our hitters can do to be effective," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "I think we have a lot of young passers out there so when they get aced a couple times or are not passing well they need to be able to flush that and move on to the next ball. Volleyball is such a game of momentum and when it doesn't swing your way it is really hard to claw your way back when you get in as deep a hole as we were in."
In the first set WSU led 12-6 but could not hold the advantage. Colorado scored 12 straight points for a 21-14 lead and went on to grab the 25-17 win. Cougars hit -.080 as the Buffaloes hit .250 and landed four aces in the set.
Colorado roared out to a 16-8 lead in the second set, scoring points in groups, and advanced to another 25-17 win. WSU hit .090 with 12 kills and 11 errors in the set.
The Cougars came to life late in the third set and went on an 8-2 scoring run that began when Glab served back-to-back aces putting WSU within one, down 18-17. The set was tied at 19 and 20 but the Cougars took a 24-23 lead. A kill by Austin denied WSU on the first set point but Glab and Irwin combined on a block to give WSU the 25-24 lead. Harris served long and the set was knotted at 25 but Austin's attack went out of bounds and WSU went ahead 26-25. On the fourth set point Austin landed a kill to tie the set at 26. Todorovich answered with an attack to place the visitors up 27-26 but Stephanie Logan was called for a blocking error and the set went to 27-all. Edelman served an ace followed by Ana Pantovic's kill and the Buffaloes took the 29-27 win.
WSU travels to Utah (9-8, 0-4 pending 10/5 vs. No. 5 Washington outcome) for a Saturday, Oct. 6 match in Salt Lake City.