The University of Colorado women’s volleyball team fell to No.13-ranked Washington Friday evening in Seattle by way of a 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-19) sweep.
The Buffaloes (11-14, 3-12 Pac-12) struggled to stop the Huskies as Washington (20-5, 11-4 Pac-12) offense hit .346 in the match compared to Colorado’s .163. The Huskies’ blocking was a strong influence on the CU hitting percentage with 10 total blocks.
Sterling Parker led the Colorado attack with nine kills and a .438 hitting percentage. She was joined by Justine Spann with eight kills while Jenna Ewert went four-for-four with a 1.000 hitting percentage. The setter also dished out 21 assists and had eight digs.
The Buffs put down six blocks in the match, most coming in the second set. Danielle Price led the team with four block assists while Rachel Whipple had 13 digs in the back row.
Colorado struggled in hitting in the second outside hitter position as Jill Schneggenburger and Elissa Alcantara combined for 10 attack errors and a -.318 hitting percentage. Washington’s service game put up six aces and 10 errors but kept the Buffs out of system numerous times leading to the poor hitting as well as the team having 15 fewer attack attempts as Washington.
The Huskies were led by Samantha Drechsel’s 12 kills and .346 hitting percentage. She wasn’t alone as a trio of UW players hit double-digit kills with Kara Bajema and Claire Hoffman finishing with 10. Setter Ella May Powell led the team in three categories with 33 assists, 12 digs and six block assists.
The Buffaloes return to action Sunday afternoon in Pullman against Washington State.