Volleyball recap: No. 16 Colorado State sweeps New Mexico
Oct. 16, 2010
By Kaitlyn Comiskey
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The CSU football team wasn’t the only team to get a homecoming weekend win.
The CSU volleyball team improved to 17-2 overall, 7-0 in the Mountain West, and pushed its winning streak to eight matches, sweeping New Mexico - 25-16, 25-21, 25-19. With the loss, the Lobos fall back to 11-8 overall and 3-2 in the Mountain West.
CSU came out strong to start, swinging hard and ending the first set hitting an impressive .400 as a team. Danielle Minch notched a deep cross-court kill early in the set to give the Rams a lead, and teammates Katelyn Steffan and Brieon Paige followed with a solid block-kill on the outside, giving the Rams a two-point lead.
Steffan ended the first set hitting .667, contributing two block assists as well. Jacque Davisson also helped the Rams to their first set victory, notching three kills and three digs.
“I knew we were playing pretty well, but you don’t get the real scope of it until you get to look at these numbers,” commented Head Coach Tom Hilbert. “You will win every match you play if your outside hitters hit that well.”
Setter Evan Sanders won a one-handed joust in the beginning of the second set, putting CSU ahead, 7-5. Paige came out swinging hard in the second set, but had her two hard-hit quicks out of the middle dug in a rally. Yet Paige had the final say, going up for a solo-block to end the rally for the Rams. Paige finished the night with two block-assists as well as two solo-blocks.
The Lobos served themselves into trouble in Set 3, racking up three service errors, with eight total on the night. Davisson cranked a big kill to middle back, pushing the Rams to a 20-16 lead. Sophomore Dana Cranston served up an ace the next point, giving CSU a comfortable lead, and allowing them to go on and take Set 3.
Minch tied Davisson for the team lead in kills for the night with 10, hitting an impressive .375. Davisson also recorded a team-high seven digs. Steffan contributed to the Rams .372 hitting percentage on the night as well, finishing with five kills and hitting .714.
The night was a special one for the Rams not only because of homecoming, but it was also alumnae night. And a crowd of 3,200 packed Moby Arena to welcome back 35 former CSU volleyball players who were recognized on the court during the intermission between Sets 2 and 3.
“It was an exciting weekend with everyone here,” said Minch. “It’s good to see all the people that have played here and have been through all this before that we’re going through right now, and just having the crowd there was awesome.”
Colorado State continues a four-match homestand, facing in-state foe Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 20, before hosting the “Border War” against rival Wyoming next Friday.
Wednesday’s match vs. DU marks CSU’s final non-conference match of the regular season. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The Rams will be wearing special pink uniforms and the match has been designated CSU’s annual “Dig Pink” event to help raise awareness for breast cancer.