Sophomore MB Megan Plourde
Sept. 24, 2010
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
PROVO, Utah – Sophomore middle blocker Megan Plourde recorded a team-leading 16 kills and tallied a career-best 11 assisted blocks, leading the 18th-ranked CSU volleyball team to a 3-2 victory at BYU to open up Mountain West Conference play Friday night.
Seniors Jacque Davisson and Danielle Minch added 15 kills and six blocks (one solo) each, and junior Katelyn Steffan tallied a season-most 12 kills and four assisted blocks, while junior setter Evan Sanders recorded a season-most 60 assists and senior libero Audrey Hemmings paced the Rams with 14 digs.
The Rams ran away with the opening set, winning 25-16, but the Cougars bounced back to take Set 2, 26-24.
“We won the first set very easily,” said Head Coach Tom Hilbert. “And that’s always a curse. The second set, we got beat even though we held BYU to a .000 hitting percentage.”
The third set (six ties and three lead changes) and fourth set (nine ties and seven lead changes) were tightly contested, but the Rams took care of business in the deciding fifth set, opening up a 7-1 lead and holding off a late BYU rally for the 15-13 victory.
As a team, the Rams hit .198 while holding the Cougars to a miniscule .075 hitting percentage. The Cougars held a slight edge in blocking, 18.5 to 18.0.
Christie Carpenter posted a match-high 17 kills to go along with nine assists and eight blocks (one solo) for BYU. Nicole Warren also chipped in with 10 kills for the Cougars.
The victory is the third straight, and sixth in the last seven matches, for the Rams in the series with the Cougars.
The Rams improved to 11-1 all-time in Mountain West Conference openers.
CSU now turns its attention to the Utah Utes (5-7, 1-0 MWC), who opened MWC play on Thursday with a 3-1 victory over the Wyoming Cowgirls. The Sunday match between the Rams and the Utes is slated to begin at 2 p.m. MT from Crimson Court and will be televised live on CBS College Sports.
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