Sept. 24, 2009
Final Stats |
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – In what Colorado State Head Coach Tom Hilbert called the Rams’ “most complete” match of the season, the CSU volleyball team held off the Lobos in a tight first set, and looked dominant in sets two and three, cruising to a 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-15, 25-18) in front of 2,135 fans at Moby Arena on Thursday night.
“I just felt like this was a very complete game,” said Hilbert following the Rams’ victory. “We passed the ball well, (setter) Evan (Sanders) did a great job distributing it, everyone hit well, and we followed our game plan for blocking and were able to score that way.”
Junior outside hitter Jacque Davisson was the catalyst for the Rams surge in a closely contested first set, leading the Rams with five kills in the set and adding a pair of assisted blocks. Davisson finished with a match-high 13 kills, and added five blocks and seven digs, to help lead the Rams to a big victory in this year’s wide-open Mountain West Conference race.
If Davisson was the catalyst, middle blocker Megan Plourde was the closer. A redshirt freshman from Somerset, Wis., Plourde notched her first career double-digit kills match, finishing with 10 total, including four in each of the final two sets, while recording five assisted blocks of her own, and finishing with a hitting percentage of .769, just outside of the Rams all-time single-game top-five list.
Sanders notched her 11th consecutive match with 30-plus assists, spreading the ball around to a number of Rams’ hitters and closing with 37, her third-highest total of the season. Sanders also recorded a career-high four kills in the match, while adding seven digs and four assisted blocks.
Junior Danielle Minch added seven kills on .438 hitting for the Rams, while senior Tessa Nelson and sophomore Katelyn Steffan chipped in six kills each.
Nelson also led the Rams blocking efforts, finishing with six assisted blocks, as the Rams posted 11 team blocks, compared with just two for the Lobos.
The Rams blocking, coupled with a strong defensive effort led by a 10-dig night from senior libero Katelin Batten, held the Lobos to just .107 hitting, while CSU posted a team hitting percentage of .381, the Rams’ best hitting performance of the season.
With the victory, the Rams improve to 9-3 (2-0 MWC), while the Lobos fall to 8-5 (0-2 MWC).
The Rams continue conference action Saturday, playing host the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday is Kids Day at Moby Arena, and youths ages 3-17 will be admitted for just $1.