University of Colorado volleyball couldn’t overcome slow starts Sunday afternoon against No.10-ranked Washington, losing in three sets (25-22, 25-22, 26-24) at CU Events Center.

The Buffs (4-4) find themselves at .500 after dropping four-straight.

Colorado made some strong defensive adjustments from Friday, holding the Huskies to a .208 hitting percentage, but close-set plays and late starts were too difficult to overcome for CU. In the eight sets played this weekend, only one was decided by more than three points.

Defensively, Colorado did all it could to slow down Washington. Sterling Parker led the team with three blocks, while Brynna DeLuzio put up 14 digs. Jill Schneggenburger added 10 digs of her own, but it wasn’t enough to hold back Claire Hoffman and Sam Drechsel who had 14 and 12 kills, respectfully.

The Buffs struggled offensively as Leah Clayton couldn’t reproduce the magical 29 kill night she had Friday. The redshirt senior led Colorado with nine kills but had a .062 hitting percentage. Behind her, Rachael Fara had seven kills while Elissa Alcantara, Parker and Meegan Hart all had six kills. Hart was the lone Buff with a hitting percentage greater than .300, as she hit .500 without an error. Jenna Ewert dished out 30 assists and added three kills.

The service game was another area that UW exploited, posting five aces while holding CU without an ace for the first time this season.

Colorado returns to action next week in Eugene with a top-25 matchup against the Ducks. Friday’s time has yet to be determined, but Sunday’s time is set for 11:30 a.m. MT.

Washington 3, Colorado 0

Washington 25 25 26
Colorado 22 22 24

Kills – UW: Hoffman, Claire (14), Drechsel, Samantha (12), Endsley, Madi (10); CU: Clayton, Leah (9), Fara, Rachael (7), Hart, Meegan (6)
Aces – UW: Calle, Emma (4), Hoffman, Claire (1); CU: None
Blocks – UW: Drechsel, Samantha (5), Grote, Marin (5), Endsley, Madi (3); CU: Hart, Meegan (4), Parker, Sterling (3), Ewert, Jenna (1)
Assists – UW: Powell, Ella May (32), Crenshaw, Shannon (3), Drechsel, Samantha (2); CU: Ewert, Jenna (30), DeLuzio, Brynna (2), Hart, Meegan (1)
Digs – UW: Crenshaw, Shannon (13), Powell, Ella May (10), Calle, Emma (7); CU: DeLuzio, Brynna (14), Schneggenburger, Jill (10), Clayton, Leah (8)