No. 1 UW volleyball team loses at Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. — Their stay at No. 1 will be short lived.
The Washington Huskies, who vaulted into the top spot in the national rankings this week, were soundly beaten at Colorado in a 25-17, 26-14, 15-25, 25-19 loss.
It was the first loss of the season for the Huskies, who had won their first 10 matches, including two in Pac-12 play.
Colorado (10-3, 2-1) certainly wasn’t intimidated, easily winning the first set, then responding nicely after UW won the third set to close to 2-1.
Taylor Simpson had 17 kills for Colorado, which had a .282 hitting percentage compared to a .135 hitting percentage for the Huskies.
Lianna Sybeldon and Krista Vansant each had 12 kills for Washington. But it was not a good day for Vansant, the UW star. She had a subpar .111 hitting percentage.
“They played well but we shot ourselves in the foot and had a tough time in transition,” said Huskies coach Jim McLaughlin. “We’re going to have to learn from it. It hurts and hopefully it turns into some anger and we fix things with more urgency. ... The question is, were we ready to go for the game?”
Seattle University won its third straight match with a 3-1 win (28-26, 25-21, 18-25, 25-21) at UT Pan American in a Western Athletic Conference contest in Edinburg, Texas.
Iris Ivanis notched her second consecutive double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs, and Stephane Stoll had a career-high 12 kills to lead Seattle U (6-13, 3-1 WAC).
“We didn’t play our best tonight, but I am proud of the team for finding a way to win,” Seattle U coach James Finley said.
• Washington State (1-2 Pac-12, 14-2 overall) overcame a slow start to even the match at two sets each but fell in the fifth set to Utah (2-1, 13-2) in Salt Lake City.
The scores were 25-17, 25-14, 20-25, 24-26, 15-8.
• Oregon Tech swept visiting Northwest University 26-24, 25-23, 25-16.
Washington earned a huge conference road win, defeating USC, 1-0.
The Huskies (5-5-1, 1-0-1 Pac-12) got the only goal they needed with 37 seconds left in the first half. Allie Beahan took a pass from Christina Archer in the corner of the 18-yard box, shot and scored. It was Beahan’s second goal of the season.
“We haven’t beaten them down here in a while, so (we’re) really happy to get this win,” said UW coach Lesle Gallimore.
• Seattle University (7-2-2, 4-0 WAC) extended its winning streak to five games, recording its fourth straight shutout, as the Redhawks defeated Cal State Bakersfield (1-9-1, 0-3-1) 2-0 to take sole possession of first place in the WAC standings.
Taylor Ritzman and Stephanie Verdoia scored for Seattle.
• UCLA scored a pair of second-half goals and the No. 3 Bruins handed Washington State its first loss of the season, 2-0.
The goals were the first allowed by WSU (7-1-3, 0-1-1 Pac-12) after intermission this season.
Washington State held a 4-3 edge in shots over UCLA (10-1, 2-0 Pac-12) in the first half.
Gonzaga picked up its first West Coast Conference road point since 2009 when the Bulldogs and Saint Mary’s battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Clark Phillips scored for the Bulldogs (5-2-1; 0-0-1).
• Host Oregon Tech beat Northwest University, 1-0.
The Washington State women were 10th at the NCAA Inter-Regional Jamboree in Sacramento, Calif.
The Cougar men finished 20th at the Blue Race in the Notre Dame (Ind.) Invitational. Eastern Washington finished 27th.
In the women’s Gold Division race, Eastern tied for 12th.
The Seattle U men’s and women’s basketball teams are having a Midnight Madness on Oct. 18, starting at 10 p.m. in the Connolly Center.
• Seattle University’s Zack Kosanke and Ian Clare advanced to the quarterfinals in singles play in the Dar Walters Tennis Classic hosted by Boise State.
From sports-information reports.