It didn’t end the way the Buffaloes wanted, but it nonetheless was a successful business trip for the Colorado volleyball team.
CU completed the penultimate weekend of the regular season with a 3-1 loss at No. 25 Washington State on Sunday.
The Buffs entered the weekend at No. 48 in the RPI and still likely will get a bump in that critical metric when the RPI is updated on Monday, thanks to CU’s road sweep at No. 21 Washington on Friday. Two days after ending an 0-for-10 all-time mark in Seattle, the Buffs suffered their seventh consecutive loss in Pullman.
The Cougars edged CU (18-10, 10-8 Pac-12) 25-20 in the opening set before the Buffs evened the match with a 25-21 win in the second set. The Buffs, though, couldn’t keep pace the rest of the way, dropping the third set 25-19 before WSU routed CU 25-11 in the fourth to secure the win.
The Buffs finished with a hitting percentage of just .197 while committing 21 attack errors. Meegan Hart and Lexi Hadrych paced CU’s offense with 11 kills apiece.
CU will have two final opportunities to solidify a possible NCAA Tournament berth during the final week of the regular season, facing Arizona on the road on Wednesday before finishing the regular season at home against Utah on Friday (3 p.m., Pac-12 Mountain).
“This is traditionally one of the toughest road trips for us,” CU head coach Jesse Mahoney said. “We played well Friday and definitely didn’t respond the way we would have liked today against Washington State, but they played very well. They’re a really big blocking team, and we didn’t pass well enough to make them vulnerable. But we’ll respond, and we have two more matches where we feel like we can compete and win.”
No. 25 Washington State 3, Colorado 1
CU 20 25 19 11
WS 25 21 25 25
Kills — Colorado: Hart 1, Hadrych 11, Tabron 8. Washington State: Jehlarova 16, Timmer 15, Jansen 12.
Assists — Colorado: Simpson 33, DeLuzio 7. Washington State: Ung 42.
Aces — Colorado: Simpson 3, Tabron 2. Washington State: Golden 2, Timmer 2.
Blocks — Colorado: Hart 2. Washington State: Jehlarova 8, Ryan 6.
Digs — Colorado: Lougeay 10, Tabron 7. Washington State: Ung 11, Norville 10, Timmer 10.