Colorado senior Katelyn Cuff hit a match-high .647, but it was not enough as the Buffaloes fell 25-12, 25-16, 25-21 to the seventh-ranked Washington Huskies on Sunday afternoon at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Washington leads the Pac-12 Conference with a 6-2 record and is 16-2 overall, while the Buffs are now 11-7 overall, 3-5 in the league.
Cuff, who had not seen a significant amount of playing time since suffering an injury after the first weekend of action, made a huge impact against the Huskies for the Buffs. She not only led the match with her hitting percentage, but she also led the Buffs with 11 kills. Cuff did not commit a single error on 17 attacks.
Junior Gabby Simpson also reached double-digits for the Buffs in kills with 10 and added 14 assists and seven digs. Junior Stephanie Shadley recorded a team-best 13 digs in the effort, while senior Cierra Simpson had 10 digs.
The Buffs hit .213 with 36 kills and 25 errors on 115 attacks, while Washington hit .365 with 44 kills and six errors on 104 attacks. CU recorded 34 assists to UW’s 43. CU out-dug the Huskies 47-46, but the Huskies out-blocked the Buffs 14.0-3.0. UW also had more aces than CU at 3-2.
Colorado will head back to Boulder for a pair of matches. The Buffs will host Oregon State at 6 p.m. Friday and Oregon on Saturday at the Coors Events Center.