Sept. 3, 2010
By Kaitlyn Comiskey
Athletic Media Relations
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Rams captured their first road match win of the 2010 season Friday morning, sweeping the Bowling Green Falcons at the first contest of the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational at the O’Connell Center.
The match marked only the second time the two teams have faced each other, bringing the series to 2-0 for CSU. The Rams improve to 4-0 to start the 2010 season, while Bowling Green falls to a record of 1-3.
All three games followed very similar patterns – 25-20, 25-20, 25-20, with the Rams maintaining control of the match the majority of the time.
CSU came out in strong fashion in the opening set, quickly jumping to a 7-1 lead. Megan Plourde helped the Rams out from the start, notching four kills in the first set and hitting .800. By the end of the match she had added four more, ending up with eight kills and hitting .375.
“We started the game with good service pressure,” said Head Coach Tom Hilbert. “But overall, we played just well enough to win. I would like to see us play better.”
The Rams hit better than .300 in the first two sets of the match, yet their serving was not quite as strong. By the end of the match the Rams had racked up 10 serving errors, outweighing their seven service aces. Two of those errors occurred in the first five points of Set 3.
Izzy Gaulia helped the cause by starting off the second set with an ace for the Rams. Setter Evan Sanders also helped CSU to gain momentum in the second set, after a quick kill on the 10-foot line set the score at 15-11, forcing Bowling Green to take a timeout. Sanders ended the match with four kills, hitting .444.
“We tried line-up changes to get different people some swings, and that was good,” added Hilbert. “But we have to be better in both of our upcoming matches vs. Albany and Florida.”
Jacque Davisson led the Rams with 12 kills, hitting .333 for the match, and contributing seven digs. Brieon Paige had a match-high two block assists, and also helped out with three kills, hitting .750 on the match. Senior Danielle Minch also added seven kills to the Rams’ 41 total kills, as well as one block assist.
Colorado State is back in action this afternoon vs. Albany (3 p.m. MT), and will take on the No. 6-ranked Gators on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. MT.