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College volleyball: Colorado again hands Washington first loss of season

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.

Dinsmore honored

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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