Oct. 13, 2006
With a three-game sweep over UNLV, the Colorado State volleyball team took sole possession of third-place in the Mountain West Conference standings, 30-27, 31-29, 30-22. The Rams improve to 11-6 on the year and 5-2 in league play, while the Rebels fall to 13-6 overall and 4-3 in MWC action.
Senior outside hitter Katherine Whitney led the team with 11 kills and contributed 13 digs, while freshman libero Katelin Batten led the team with 14 digs and sophomore setter Ashley Fornstrom notched another double-double with 40 assists and 13 digs. Freshman middle blocker Tessa Nelson led the match and tied her career-high with nine blocks on the evening.
"This was a good volleyball match," said head coach Tom Hilbert. "I emphasized with the team, this will be a different kind of match than we've played recently. We're going to have to play the game of volleyball with these guys - and we did. I'm really pleased with our blocking and defense. Even though we didn't stuff a lot of balls, we certainly funneled their hitters into shots we could dig or they hit out of bounds and I think it frustrated UNLV."
UNLV was led by junior outside hitter Maria Aladjova with 14 kills, while junior libero Jada Walker led the match with 16 digs and defensive specialist Camille Cunningham chipped in 12 digs. Freshman middle blocker Samantha Noland led the team with seven blocks.
The Colorado State defense held UNLV to a .013 hitting percentage and out-blocked the Rebels 14-12, and the Rams also out-dug the Rebels 63-60.
The Rams host San Diego State tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. The Aztecs played at Air Force earlier this evening.