Colorado got out to a quick start in its match Wednesday night against Arizona State, winning the first set, but was unable to keep the momentum going and fell in four sets (25-18, 16-25, 24-26, 18-25) at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.
The Buffs are now 13-16 overall (5-14 Pac-12), while ASU improved to 11-20 (4-15 Pac-12).
The Buffs were led by junior Stephanie Shadley, who recorded 15 kills in the effort. She earned her seventh double-double of the season with 10 digs and also added one block solo.
Defensively Colorado had four Buff with 10 or more digs. Sophomore Alexa Smith had a team-best 15 digs and senior Marie Zimmerman picked up a season-high 11 digs. Senior Cierra Simpson was the final member of the quartet, recording 10 digs.
Arizona State had four players with double-digit kills and was led by Ivana Jeremic's 18 kills. Oluoma Okara added 17 kills, Lexi MacLean had 14 and Maya McClendon added 13.
"We are on a roller coaster right now - we play great for long stretches then play poorly for long stretches. We had our chance to take control of the match in the third set off of some great serving by CeCe Simpson, but let the lead slip away," head coach Jesse Mahoney said. "ASU got better as the melancholy progressed and we did not. We've got one more match this season on Friday and we will play for pride."