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Winless start in Pac-12 continues for CU Buffs volleyball against No. 24 Washington State

Cougars top CU for fifth time in past six matchs

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The frustration continues for the Colorado volleyball team.

The Buffaloes entered a tough challenge this weekend in the club’s attempt to finally pick up its first Pac-12 Conference win. The chore didn’t get off to a good start Thursday night, as the Buffs dropped a three-set decision against No. 24 Washington State at the CU Events Center.

The Cougars took the match 25-17, 25-23, 25-16. It was Washington State’s third straight win against CU and fifth in the past sixth matchups. It also was WSU’s third win in its past four visits to the Events Center.

The loss dropped CU to 8-11 overall and 0-9 in the Pac-12. It was an error-prone performance for CU, which committed 22 attack errors and posted a hitting percentage of just .060.

“That was a frustrating match,” CU coach Jesse Mahoney said. “Washington State played really well with low errors. We were very high in errors and you can’t win matches when you are giving away points like we did in that match.

CU struggled to solve the WSU defense, with the Cougars finishing with 13 total blocks.

“Washington State does a nice job blocking,” Mahoney said. “We didn’t make very good choices attacking wise and our passing degraded as the match went on. We struggled to attack against solo blocks and saw a lot of double blocks because of it.”

CU freshman Sterling Parker paced CU’s struggling offense with eight kills. Setter Jenna Ewert recorded 18 assists and senior Rachel Whipple posted eight digs.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Buffs in their quest to pick up that elusive first Pac-12 win, as CU hosts ninth-ranked Washington on Sunday at 1 p.m.

No. 24 Washington State 3, Colorado 0

WSU 25 25 25

CU 17 23 16

LEADERS

KillsWashington State: Tusa 11, Timmer 11; Colorado: Parker 8, Spann 6.

AssistsWashington State: Pukis 35; Colorado: Ewert 18.

AcesWashington State: Urias 2; Colorado: Spann 3.

BlocksWashington State: Jehlar 7, Pukis 6; Colorado: Hart 4, Ewert 4.

DigsWashington State: Timmer 9, Dirige 8, Pukis 8; Colorado: Whipple 8, Lougeay 6.

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