Colorado volleyball coach Liz Kritza has repeatedly said there are no easy matches in the Pac-12 Conference.

The Buffs got another reminder of that on Friday as they lost to host Oregon State 25-13, 25-14, 19-25, 25-14 at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore.

Unranked Oregon State (11-4, 1-2 Pac-12) is the only team to defeat Penn State, the No. 1 team in the country. Three of the Beavers' losses have come against ranked teams: No. 2 Oregon, No. 4 UCLA and No. 15 Kansas State.

CU (11-4, 1-2) had yet to see that level of play this season, but they got a taste of it against Oregon State. The Beavers dominated most of the match, led by Camille Saxton, who finished with 18 kills and eight aces.

Colorado was led by freshman Alexis Austin, who had 14 kills, and junior Nikki Lindow, who had 10 kills.

Oregon State closed the first set with a 12-2 run and then rolled through the Buffs in the second set. The Beavers out-hit the Buffs by 256 points (.456 to .200) and had a 9-0 advantage in aces during the first two sets.

Prior to the third set, Kritza said on the Pac-12 Network broadcast that her team wasn't playing with the right intensity. The Buffs displayed some intensity in the third set, holding the lead throughout and forcing a fourth set. Lindow and Austin both played well and the Buffs cooled off the Beavers' attack.

The fourth set looked too much like the first two for CU, however.


The Beavers raced to an 11-2 lead and never looked back. Lindow had three straight aces to hold off elimination, but Saxton finished off the match with a powerful kill.

The weekend road trip only gets tougher for CU. Tonight, the Buffs visit undefeated Oregon.

CU golfers third

The Colorado men's golf team is in third place after the first two rounds of the New Mexico Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.

New Mexico leads with a two-round team total of 568, while San Francisco is second at 581 and the Buffs sit at 583.

CU senior Jason Burstyn turned in a 68-73--141 scorecard (3-under) on the 7,578-yard, par-72 UNM Championship golf course. He is fifth overall.

San Francisco's Cory McElyea leads with a 138.

The final round of the tournament is set for this morning in Albuquerque.

New Mexico Tucker


Team scores

1. New Mexico 283-285--568

2. San Francisco 297-284--581

3. Colorado 289-294--583

4. Baylor 296-290--586

5. UC-Irvine 287-301--588

6. Brigham Young 298-293--591

7. Arizona 293-299--592

8. Minnesota 288-308--596

9. Texas-El Paso 299-298--597

10. Texas-San Antonio 301-299--600

10. Utah 303-297--600

10. Wyoming 308-292--600

13. New Mexico State 304-299--603

14. Pepperdine 310-300--610

Top 5 individuals

1. Cory McElyea, San Francisco 69-69--138

T2. Erik Van Rooyen, Minnesota 66-73--139

T2. Pete Fernandez, UC-Irvine 70-69--139

4. Gavin Green, New Mexico 71-69--140

5. Jason Burstyn, Colorado 68-73--141

Other CU individuals

5. Jason Burstyn 68-73--141

6. David Oraee 69-73--142

T32. Beau Schoolcraft 77-72--149

T44. Derek Fribbs 75-76--151

T58. *Johnny Hayes 75-78--153

T71. Philip Juel-Berg 79-77--156

*--playing as an individual

Netters struggle

Ahsley Tiefel was the lone winner as the Colorado women's tennis team began the 2012 fall season at the Adidas Hoosier Classic hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

Tiefel, a sophomore, beat Indiana's Gabrielle Rubenstein, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(5).

The three-day event includes the host Hoosiers, the Buffs, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Purdue.

Indiana Invitational

Bloomington, Ind.

Flight One Round Robin

Lesli Hureau (IU) def. Winde Janssens 6-2, 6-0

Singles Flight 2

Jithme Jayawickrema (IU) def. Mazy Watrous (CU) 6-4, 6-3

Singles Flight 3

Carolyn Chupa (IU) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio (CU) 6-2, 6-1

Singles Flight 4

Ashley Tiefel (CU) def. Gabrielle Rubenstein (IU) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(5)

Doubles, Round of 16

Hureau/Garre (IU) def. Janssens/Julyette Steur (CU) 8-4

Golder/Pere (Purdue) def. Tiefel (CU)/Manningham (ND) 8-1

McGaffigan/White (ND) def. Manzi Tenorio/Watrous (CU) 8-4

Consolation Doubles, Round 8

Borau/Wischhoffef (KSU) def. Manzi Tenorio/Watrous (CU) 8-2

St. Hill/Kubickova (KSU) def. Tiefel (CU)/Manningham (ND) 8-4