Sept. 18, 2009
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Colorado State volleyball team (8-3, 1-0 MWC) improved to 10-1 all-time in MWC openers and snapped a three-match losing streak in Las Vegas, sweeping the UNLV Rebels (1-7, 0-1 MWC) behind strong performances from junior outside hitter Danielle Minch and sophomore setter Evan Sanders.
Minch notched her seventh consecutive match with double-digit kills, putting away a match-high 15, while hitting .357 and recording a solo block in the match to lead the Rams to the 3-0 victory.
“Dani was our go-to player tonight,” said Head Coach Tom Hilbert. “She really did a great job. She’s seeing the court and using her great arm swing to get kills.”
Sanders was a difference maker for the Rams, recording a career-high 41 assists, her 10th consecutive match with 30 or more assists, helping CSU’s hitters post a .299 hitting percentage, while defensively the Rams held UNLV to just .141 hitting.
“Our blocking was also very good tonight,” added Hilbert. “We didn’t get a lot of stuff blocks, but we were able to do enough to disrupt the UNLV hitters.”
Several Rams also served very well, including junior defensive specialist Emily Koenning. Koenning served during a crucial five-point run in the deciding set that extended the Rams’ lead from 14-11 to 19-11 and put CSU into position to easily close out the Rebels.
“Emily is a very good server and plays good defense,” added Hilbert. “She come up in a crucial situation in that third set and performed very well.”
The victory pulls the Rams even with TCU, Utah and BYU at 1-0 in conference play to start the MWC race.
Colorado State returns to action Thursday, hosting the New Mexico Lobos at Moby Arena. The match, which will be televised live on The Mtn., is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. MT. New Mexico opened MWC action with a 3-1 home loss to TCU, and is scheduled to play three more non-conference matches in Tucson Arizona over the weekend.