BLOCK – The University of Colorado women’s volleyball team lost in four sets (25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23) Sunday afternoon against Washington, ranked 15th.
The Buffaloes (13-5, 5-3 Pac-12) rallied late in the final two sets, but couldn’t handle Washington’s offense (14-4, 6-2 Pac-12).
Maya Tabron had an outstanding game, hitting .333 with 19 kills to lead Colorado. Lexi Hadrych added in a dozen kills to accompany At Meegan Hart’s nine victims. Colorado extended the offense with taylor simpson and Brynna De Luzio registering 25 and 18 assists for six different hitters.
Defensively, Hart had a seven-block game as the Libero Katie Lougeay had 15 digs. Simpson, Tabron and DeLuzio were only double-doubles a few times with DeLuzio recording nine while Tabron and Simpson had eight.
Washington took the win by leading every set in eliminations, including 19 in the second. The Buffs forced Washington into 25 offensive errors, but Claire Hoffman’s 22 kills proved to be the difference.
The Buffaloes close out the first half of Pac-12 play on the road at Oregon and Oregon State next weekend.
HOW DID IT HAPPEN
Washington took a 6-3 lead, then the Buffs closed the gap to 8-7 on a three-run run. The teams traded links with Washington keeping the advantage. UW took a three-point run in the media timeout, 15-11, hitting .238 to CU’s .103. Tabron led all hitters early with five kills on a .500 hit percentage. Washington hit the 20-point mark with a six-point lead. The set point came at 24-17, then finished two games later at 25-19. Both Hadrych and Tabron had six kills, but eight attacking errors were the difference in the set for Washington.
Colorado had two three-point runs for a 7-5 lead before Washington responded with four of their own. Another kill forced a CU timeout at 10-7. Washington took the lead at 17-9 before CU took another timeout with Washington hitting .360 in the set. Hoffman continued to lead the Huskies with 12 kills hitting .600 without error for a 22-15 lead. The set point came at 24-16, ending it a game later. Tabron and Hadrych had nine and eight wins, respectfully. Washington had 10 more wins in the set than the Buffaloes, finishing with 19.
Colorado took a 4-1 lead behind a pair of kills from Hart. The Huskies took the lead on a four-point streak at 8-7. Colorado contested a 12-8 game with Washington on a four-run run despite Tabron earning his 10th kill of the game with .381. The game was overturned and CU used the momentum to tie it at 11. A block from Tabron and Hart knocked the lead down on a four-run run for Colorado. The Buffaloes took the slight lead at the media timeout, 15-14, with the team hitting .333 in the set. Washington overturned the lead to 18-16 on a four-run run to force a timeout from CU. Hart served an ace to even things up at 18. CU responded with a 4-1 run at 22-20, forcing a UW timeout. Tabron set the set point at 24-20 on a four-point run. After Washington returned a pair, Mahoney called the father for the next reception. Tabron finished a game later, leading CU to a .303 hit percentage in the set.
Washington built an early 5-1 lead, then pushed it to 8-3 before a CU timeout. The Buffs battled to a one-point game at 11-10, then traded points at 15-13 with Tabron earning 17 kills. CU called their final timeout at 20-15 with Hoffman and Tabron struggling with 19 and 17 kills, respectfully. Washington contested an unsuccessful game at 21-17 with the Buffs closing in on a tie. CU contested a game at 23-18, successfully overturning the score at 22-19 with Lougeay on the line to serve. Tabron had his 19th kill to give CU a four-run run and close the gap to one. The teams traded points before another Washington timeout at 23-22. CU tied it at 23, but a service error created match point for the Huskies. An overhand pass ended things with a net game called a block error on Simpson.
The head coach Jesse Mahoney
On the overall game
“Obviously frustrated with the loss. That being said, Washington is a very good team and they played at a very high level for four sets and I felt like we played at a very high level for two sets. After the game, in our quick huddle, we have that level in us, we just have to be able to sustain it throughout games, especially against teams that pressure you all the time, which Washington did, definitely service line and blocking and hopefully that’s something we can learn as we go on the road and play against some really good teams next week Every week is a different opportunity to improve and another opportunity for us to play at the level we need. Overall I think it was a good weekend for us. We feel like we are in a really good place and we’ll go back to the plank drawing and getting ready to hit the road.”
“I think when we pass well, our two passers, I think they do a really good job and are deceptive and can spread the ball. The outsides tend to have a lot more swings, we had to find a few extra swings from other of our players. It’s not an indictment of our frame, it’s just that we need to be a bit more in the system. Maya (Tabron) and Lexi (Hadrych) have been workhorses all together. the season and especially against this block, I think we did a very good job, finding ways to score.”
outside hitter Maya Tabron
On his overall performance against a top-tier team
“I would say the most important thing was just telling me to keep swinging. I know they’re going to get hit and they’re going to get blocks and the rally is going to keep going. Sometimes we’re going to have a kill and sometimes it’s just going to be a good dig by them so I’m just telling myself to stay in the game, keep swinging high, knowing that my defenders are going to cover me. Also, I think when we were able to get in the system and our midfielders have been able to hold on, it really helped the outside, and it really started to disperse their block as well. It really pushed us and leveled us as well.
On the game of higher ranked teams
“I think we got to see how well we can play against these teams. Obviously we have two sets where we did pretty well and two sets where we didn’t do so well. I think that’s just finding that consistency and knowing that we can compete with those top teams. They’re ranked 15th and we trailed them to four sets almost five. I think we shouldn’t get too down like that because we have another chance to have them at the end of the season. If we keep improving, we can do it.”
Setter Brynna De Luzio
On his High In Assist season
“I think we’re good at the system and the pace, it’s a lot easier to spread the ball evenly between all of our hitters. All of our hitters do a great job. It makes it harder when we get out of the system but even at that time I know Maya took some really nice high swings even with a double block so I think that’s what we had to do and that’s ultimately what they did when they forced us to give it to our exteriors.”
On the game of higher ranked teams
“Well, we lost it. It’s not going well at the moment but we’re playing. Friday’s game, I think, was one of the best volleyballs we’ve played all season and it’s It’s good to come into a team like Oregon and even Oregon State knowing that we can do it just by finding that component of consistency this week with practice.”