Sept. 3, 2010
By Kaitlyn Comiskey
Athletic Media Relations
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 15-ranked Colorado State volleyball team improved to 5-0 on Friday evening, after sweeping the defending America East Conference champion Albany Great Danes – 25-16, 25-22, 25-13- in CSU’s second match of the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational.
The match marked the first meeting for the Great Danes and the Rams. Colorado State’s record now stands at 5-0, while Albany sits drops to 2-3 after losing Friday morning to No. 6 Florida, CSU’s opponent on Saturday.
The first set remained close for the first few points, until a hard hit slide from Katelyn Steffan started the Rams off on a four-point run. Another run of points shortly after that forced Albany to take a timeout, with the score sitting at 16-6. Steffan ended the match with seven kills and a hitting percentage of .636.
Set 2 proved to be a closer set, as the Great Danes forced three service aces on the Rams. Albany increased their small lead with one of those three aces, after coming out of a 13-10 timeout. Sophomore Megan Plourde promptly answered with a kill, and then a block assist with setter Evan Sanders. Another kill from Plourde helped the Rams to tie it up, eventually allowing CSU to win the second set 25-22. Plourde finished the match with five kills and three block assists.
“Errors in the second set kept Albany in the game,” said Head Coach Tom Hilbert. “When we were not making errors and started hitting with velocity, we controlled the match.”
After returning from the locker room for the third set, the Rams weren’t about to let the Great Danes hang around. CSU jumped out to a 7-1 lead early on, with Senior Jacque Davisson contributing seven kills in the set. The Rams’ libero, Audrey Hemmings, refused to allow anything to hit the floor in the back row, ending the match with a total of 24 digs. A hard overpass put down by Brieon Paige sealed the deal for the Rams, allowing them to win the final set against Albany, 25-13.
“We blocked better in that third set,” Hilbert commented. “We didn’t necessarily have a lot of stuffs, but we had more controlled blocks. That was better for us.”
Rams take on No. 6 ranked Florida tomorrow at 2 p.m. MT at the O’Connell Center in the final match of the 2010 Campus USA Credit Union Invitational.
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