Oct. 13, 2011
By Leah Sakdol
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo.,-The Colorado State volleyball team swept New Mexico (25-20, 25-23, 25-14) Thursday night in front of 1,450 fans and a national-television audience. The Rams improved their record to 12-4 (5-1 MW). The Lobos are now 10-8 (3-3 MW).
“I’m proud of our team,” said Head Coach Tom Hilbert. “It’s good to get this over with, and it’s good to get it as a sweep.”
For the first set, the Lobos took an early lead after snagging the first two points of the match. The whole match proved to be one filled with runs, beginning when CSU bounced back and went on a 6-0 run to capture a small lead. During the run, junior MB Megan Plourde notched two service aces, setting a career high. The Lobos continued to hold on and forced six tie scores in the set, but the Rams came out on top, beating the Lobos, 25-20.
Set 2 was tougher for the Rams, but it was nothing they could not handle. After five lead changes and 10 tied scores, CSU beat New Mexico, 25-23. During the set, the Rams saw two more 6-0 runs, one brought on by a New Mexico error and another by a kill from senior OH Katelyn Steffan.
The sweep was completed when the Rams conquered the Lobos, 25-14, in the third set. The Rams were only able to hit .182 for the set, but held the Lobos to a low .028, with nine kills and eight attack errors. The Lobos also helped the Rams by committing six service errors. Leading by just one, 13-12, Hilbert called timeout. CSU then went on an 8-0 run to widen the score to 21-12. The set ended on a New Mexico service error.
Hilbert was impressed with Steffan in particular.
“She was nailing serves,” Hilbert said. “Imagine you’re New Mexico and you’re down two games to zero and we lay an eight-point run on you and that pretty much was it.”
As a team, Colorado State hit .271 (38-15-85) and held New Mexico to .167 (37-20-102).
Plourde was phenomenal in the match, hitting .357 with seven kills. She also had five block assists in addition to her two service aces. Sophomore MB Tori Brummett had five kills on eight attempts (.375), two block assists, and one solo block. Steffan led the team with 10 kills and 14 points. She also had two block assists.
“Now we’ve got to play and compete and do these same things again on Saturday,” said Hilbert, referring to another crucial match, against TCU. “Saturday is a very important game and I hope the fans that read these articles and watch the newscast are going to come out, because it’s going to be a fun game against a good team.”
The Rams return to Moby Saturday vs. TCU at 12 pm MT. All youth ages 12 and under get in free. Also, fans attending the football game later in the afternoon against No. 5/6 Boise State can show their football tickets and get into the volleyball match for free.
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