CU’s Taylor Simpson tries to get the ball past Oregon’s Serena Warner and Canace Finley during Sunday’s match in Boulder.
CU's Taylor Simpson tries to get the ball past Oregon's Serena Warner and Canace Finley during Sunday's match in Boulder. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

The University of Colorado volleyball team fell in four sets to Oregon on Sunday afternoon at the Coors Events Center.

Alexis Austin and Taylor Simpson each notched 18 kills for the Buffs, but it wasn't enough in a 29-27, 25-21, 20-25, 25-13 loss to the Ducks.

"We were not able to execute our game plan through to completion, which is the biggest difference for us," Colorado coach Liz Kritza said. "There were some really high level plays tonight. There was some really good volleyball, and that (Oregon) is a good team. I will take nothing away from them, but when our team is firing on all cylinders, when we are serving the way we are supposed to, when we are playing defense, it is really amazing, the difference in the level."

With the loss, CU fell to 16-12 overall (8-10 in the Pac-12), while the Ducks improved to 17-11 and 10-8.

In addition to her 18 kills, Simpson recorded 15 digs. Cierra Simpson had a team-best 17 digs.

The Ducks were led by Liz Brenner, who had 20 kills and added 13 digs. Martenne Bettendorf recorded 17 kills for Oregon, while Amanda Benson led the Ducks with 18 digs.

The Buffs' home finale is Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Utah. The match is slated to air on the Pac-12 Network. CU's final game of the season is Friday at 3 p.m. at No. 8 Southern Cal (no TV).



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