Washington State returned the favor on Wednesday night.
Colorado struggled all night at Bohler Gym, getting swept by the last-place Cougars 25-21, 25-9, 25-19.
It was an ugly loss for Colorado (14-11, 4-9 Pac-12), which has hopes of sneaking into postseason play. Washington State (11-14, 1-12) had won just six sets in its first 12 conference matches.
The Pac-12 is loaded with ranked teams, and from the start Washington State looked like one of them.
Ver'Leea Hardaway (15 kills, five block assists, .577 attack percentage), Marcelina Glab (11 kills, three block assists, .562) and Stephanie Logan (eight kills, four block assists, .500) dominated CU at the net all night long.
CU fell behind 6-1 early in the first set and never recovered. The second set was all Cougars, as the Buffs fell behind 6-0 at the start and gave up a 7-0 run late.
Colorado came out with a little more fire in the third set, leading 5-3 early. But, the Cougars went on a 4-0 run to regain the lead and never let go of it again. Washington State closed the set, and the match, with a 6-2 surge.
In all, the Cougars outhit the Buffs .359 to .108. Alexis Austin had a team-high 10 kills for the Buffs, but also had five errors.
Poor passing and a plethora of unforced errors proved to be CU's downfall in the disappointing loss.
Nikki Lindow had a nice match for CU, notching seven kills and two blocks. Hampered by an injury of late, it was her best kill total in the past five matches. ... CU leads the all-time series with Washington State 3-2, but dropped to 0-2 in Pullman. CU has never won a set in Pullman. ... The Buffaloes will face No. 8 Washington (17-4, 8-4) on Friday in Seattle. The match will be on the Pac-12 Network at 7 p.m. Mountain time.