CSU advances to 1st Round-of-16 since 2009, 10th in school history
Colaizzi records 1,000th career dig
Rams have won 20-straight sets, 16 matches in a row
CSU reaches 20 victories for 20th-straight season
Culbert tallies 12 kills in tight 3-set match
CSU played in its 10th NCAA Regional Semifinal, falling to No. 2 seed Texas in Minneapolis. - 12/12/14 [Photos by Eric Miller]
Fans lined up outside of Moby Arena to send the team off to Minneapolis for the NCAA Regional Semifinal
After arriving in Minneapolis, the CSU volleyball team practiced at the Sports Pavilion - 12/11/14 [Photos by Nic Hallisey]
Photos from CSU's 3-2 second-round victory over rival Colorado - NCAA tournament - 12/6/14 [Photos by Dan Byers]
Photos from CSU's second-round win over CU at Moby Arena - 12/6/14 [Photos by Don Reichert]
2014 (JUNIOR): Led CSU with 40 service aces, the most by a Ram since 2004... Her 0.35 aces-per-set average, including 0.39 during league play, ranked second in the Mountain West... Had 11 multi-ace matches, including four of the team's final eight contests... Had a season-most four aces in two contests... Against Air Force (11/13), she served 22 times, scoring 16 points... In the season opener against VCU (8/30), had three aces during an 8-0 run during Set 1, turning a 14-14 tie into a 22-14 lead... Her fourth ace of the match came during an 8-0 Set-2 run, giving the Rams a 9-2 lead... Averaged 1.65 digs per set, which ranked fifth on the team... Had double figures for digs four times, including a season-most 12 at No. 18 Arizona State (9/19)... Had three aces against Boise State (10/23), capping a three-match stretch in which she had eight aces in a nine-set period... Also during that run, she totaled three aces in a straight-sets win at New Mexico (10/17) - including back-to-back during a 7-0 run to give CSU its first lead of the second set - and two at Air Force (10/18), in which she served a season-most 11 times in a row during a run that helped CSU jump out to a 14-1 Set-1 lead... Also added 10 digs in that match... Served during an 8-0 CSU run during the first set at Boise State (9/27), turning a one-point lead into a 21-13 advantage, including two service aces... Trailing 5-4 in Set 2 at UTEP (9/13), sparked a 6-0 run... Recorded 10 digs in a three-set win over Denver (9/9)... Leading 13-12 in the first set, CSU took a six-point lead behind five-straight serves from Bestgen... Played in all 34 matches, including one start.
2013 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in 80 sets (23 matches), ranking second on the team for service aces (22, 0.28 per set) and fifth for digs (1.64 per set)... Her 0.28 aces-per-set average was tied for eighth in the Mountain West... Earned seven starts, transforming from purely a server in 2012 to a defensive player, as well... Started seven matches... In a win vs. Virginia (Sept. 6), tallied five service aces, including four during a 7-0 CSU run... It marked just the third time since 2009 that a Ram has recorded five or more service aces... Less than a month later, at Air Force (Sept. 26), she again had four aces during a 7-0 run... Totaled 10 or more digs on three occasions, including a career-most 16 at UNLV (Oct. 17).
2012 (FRESHMAN): Was used sparingly as a server throughout the year, appearing in 13 matches and 28 sets... Tallied four service aces, including a career-high two against New Mexico in the final match of the regular season (Nov. 23)... The pair of aces came on back-to-back serves and swung the momentum in the Rams' favor to help CSU claim the Mountain West title.
2011 (REDSHIRT): Sat out the 2011 season, using a redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: A local product of Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colo. ... Graduated in 2011... Was a three-year letterwinner in volleyball... First-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state selections as a senior... As team captain, led the Lobos to a conference championship her senior year... Played club volleyball for NORCO.
PERSONAL: Born Aug. 12, 1993, in Fort Collins, Colo. ... Parents, Kevin Bestgen and Heidi Tillquist, both graduated from CSU... Has one brother, Kyle... Majoring in health & exercise science with a minor in business administration.
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