Taylor Simpson had a career-high 29 kills and Colorado handed second-ranked Washington its first loss of the season with a 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 23-25, 15-11 triumph in Pac-12 Conference action at Boulder, Colorado.
It was the second time in two years the Buffaloes (16-11, 8-7 Pac-12) handed the Huskies (25-1, 14-1) their first loss after defeating UW in four sets in Boulder last season.
Krista Vansant had 20 kills to lead the Huskies but hit just .154 for the match.
• Adora Anae had 14 kills and 13 digs as Utah (15-11, 5-10 Pac-12) got past Washington State 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22 in Salt Lake City. Kayla Holt led the Cougars (16-11, 8-7) with a match-high 22 kills, while Haley MacDonald had 43 assists and 11 digs.
• Jordan Gasser, Savannah Blinn and McKayla Ferris combined for 41 kills, leading Gonzaga to a 25-16, 25-17, 18-25, 26-24 win over Saint Mary’s (8-16, 4-10 West Coast Conference) at Moraga, California. Gasser led the Bulldogs (16-9, 7-7) with 16 kills and Lauren Joseph had a team-high 29 assists.
• North Dakota (24-8, 12-3 Big Sky) raced to a two-set lead and then dropped two straight before securing a 25-22, 25-15, 21-25, 21-25, 15-11 win over Idaho (15-12, 11-4) in Moscow, Idaho. The Vandals, who could have taken over the North Division lead with a victory, were led by Stephanie Hagins’ 15 kills and Meredith Coba’s 42 assists.
• Kendra Cunningham tallied a match-high 16 kills as Northern Colorado (18-9, 11-4 Big Sky) narrowly defeated Eastern Washington (9-19, 5-10) in Cheney. Match scores were 25-23, 25-18, 27-29, 25-23. Allie Schumacher led the Eagles with 14 kills and Ryann Ensrud had 19 digs.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association named Whitworth junior Maddye Dinsmore to the Division III All-West Region first team, adding to her Northwest Conference Player of the Year honors.
Dinsmore, whose Pirates play Cal Lutheran in a first-round match in today’s NCAA Division III West Regional, led the NWC in assists per set (10.76) and was second in service aces per set (0.48).
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