Oct. 14, 2006
An evenly distributed offense and defense led the Colorado State volleyball team to its seventh straight victory over San Diego State, 30-16, 30-28, 27-30, 30-21. The Rams improve to 12-6 on the year and 6-2 in Mountain West Conference play, while the Aztecs fall to 8-12 and 2-6 in league action.
For the first time this season, all five starting hitters were in double figures in kills with senior outside hitter Katherine Whitney and sophomore middle blocker Mekana Barnes led the team with 17 and sophomore outside hitter Jaime Strauss and junior right side hitter Tonya Mokelki added 16 each and freshman middle blocker Tessa Nelson chipped in 12.
The Rams also had five players in double figures in digs for the second time this season. Freshman libero Katelin Batten led the team with 19 digs, while sophomore setter Ashley Fornstrom had 13, Whitney and senior defensive specialist Lindsey Hillegass each tallied 11 and Strauss notched 10. Fornstrom also led the match with seven blocks.
"I feel like this was our best hitting match of the year," head coach Tom Hilbert said. "Mekana got really fired up and it was great to see so much emotion in her game. Kat (Whitney) was outstanding and Jaime had a really good match. Ashley distributed the ball really well. We went through two competitive matches this weekend. I do believe we grew this weekend as competitors."
SDSU was led by outside hitter Melanie Greene with 16 kills while right side hitter Audra Dent added 14. Junior libero Aime Cordeiro led the match with 23 digs, while Dent had 15 and outside hitter Caitlin McMillan chipped in 10. Both Dent and middle blocker Bailee Hellwig led the Aztecs with four blocks each.
Fornstrom notched a career-high with her 67 assists on the evening, while Batten's 19 digs is a career-high for her.
Colorado State begins the second-half of MWC play at TCU on Friday and at New Mexico on Saturday. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. local to site.