Oct. 3, 2013
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RENO, Nev. – The Nevada Wolf Pack were no match for the undefeated Colorado State Rams on Thursday night, as No. 17 CSU beat Nevada in four sets at the Virginia Street Gym.
“It’s always a challenge when you’re on the road, so I was proud of our players for composing themselves and playing a very clean match,” Head Coach Tom Hilbert said.
The Rams (13-0, 4-0 MW) hit .377 in the match, including an impeccable .773 (17 kills-0 errors-22 attempts) in a Set-2 victory. The win is CSU’s 10th consecutive true road win, dating back to a victory at Nevada on Oct. 27, 2012, the most since 2003. Overall, CSU’s 13-match winning streak is tied for the fifth-best in program history.
“All of the outside hitters were really good, and Deedra (Foss) made some great choices,” Hilbert said. “Everything clicked tonight, and we got the win and took care of business.”
Junior Marlee Reynolds had 13 kills on .455 hitting. Three other Rams had at least 10 kills, with each hitting very efficiently: Michelle Lawrence (12 kills, .400 hitting), Adrianna Culbert (10, .533) and Samantha Peters (10, .368). Foss had 44 assists, in addition to four blocks and a pair of kills.
CSU did not trail in either of the first two sets, but Nevada (2-13, 0-3 MW) out-hit and out-blocked CSU in the third set to earn a set victory.
“They got a little momentum going, and once they got ahead by about five points, they really played very well,” Hilbert said. “They sided out, didn’t make a lot of mistakes and competed well.”
Seeing five tie scores early in Set 4, CSU trailed 9-10 before an 8-1 run put the Rams in front comfortably for the remainder of the set.
“We put Set 3 behind us, and then Bestie (Kaitlind Bestgen) got a little run going,” Hilbert said. “Once we got some separation they lost some steam.”
CSU did not trail in the opening two sets, leading by as many as nine in Set 1 and 13 in Set 2. Facing Set Point in the opening frame, Nevada went on a 4-0 run to bring the score within two, but CSU closed the door with a Peters kill. In the second set, CSU did not commit an attack error, and were led by Peters’ five kills on five swings.
CSU out-blocked Nevada, 12-6, led by junior Kelsey Snider’s seven. Peters added five blocks and four others had at least two. Sophomore Jaime Colaizzi had 12 digs.
After a three-match road swing, CSU will have the rest of the weekend off before returning to Moby Arena next week for a pair of MW matches against conference-newcomer Utah State (Thursday) and Boise State (Saturday). Tickets for both matches can be purchased online.