Oct. 18, 2012
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FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Playing in front of a home crowd, the Colorado State Rams hit a season-best .398 in a three-set sweep over the visiting Boise State Broncos Thursday evening (25-13, 25-23, 25-16).
With the win, the Rams (12-6, 5-2 MW) move into a first-place tie atop the Mountain West standings, joining UNLV and Fresno State at 5-2.
“I thought tonight was a great match for a lot of players,” Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. “I am very pleased. I hope we can continue to play this way.”
One match after establishing a new season high in hitting (.396 at UNLV on Oct. 14), the Rams again set a new best, recording 45 kills on .398 hitting. The Rams also tied for a season low in errors (eight), including zero in the first set.
“We started going faster with our tempos,” sophomore Deedra Foss said. “We’ve been connecting really well on those. With Brie (Paige), I think we just found a spot where the ball is fast and high.”
Paige posted 14 kills on .684 hitting (14-1-19), leading all players. Also in double figures was fellow senior, Megan Plourde, who tallied 10 kills with .714 efficiency (10-0-14). Foss registered 36 assists in the victory.
In addition to Plourde’s 10 kills, the senior also posted eight blocks, moving into a second-place tie for total career blocks at CSU. She now joins All-American Mekana Barnes at 571.
Seven different Rams recorded at least one block, totaling 13.5—the most by a Mountain West team in a three-set match this season—compared to Boise State’s one. The Rams also limited the Broncos (11-11, 3-4 MW) to .079—including -.049 in the first set—and outdug the visitors, 49-35.
CSU controlled the tempo in the opening set, jumping out to a 10-2 lead behind Foss’ serving. At 15-4, Boise State used its second timeout of the set, and never got closer than 22-13. On the contrary, Boise State held the momentum for much of the second set. It featured 19 ties, with Boise leading for all but three points until a kill by Paige gave CSU an 18-17 lead. After the Broncos knotted it at 18-18, CSU took three straight to take a 21-18 lead. The score was tied at 21-21, 22-22 and 23-23 before Plourde recorded consecutive kills to end the set.
“I’m proud of how our team played today, and I’m extremely proud of the focus that we had with our sideout game in Set 2. We didn’t give up point runs, and as a result, we were in the game and we won it at the end.”
Leading 10-9 in the final stanza, the Rams went on a 9-0 run—with Foss serving nine times in a row—to widen their lead to 19-9.
With the win, CSU improves to 11-1 at Moby Arena. Additionally, all five of CSU’s conference wins have come via sweeps. The Rams wore pink jerseys to show support for breast cancer awareness.
“I feel like the Moby magic gives us a lot of energy and brings us together,” Plourde said. “The crowds are good every time; we’re always on our game when we’re playing at home.”
CSU will continue its home stretch Friday night against Air Force. The Rams have beaten the Falcons in 37 consecutive matches dating back to 1995. Tickets for the match can be purchased at the McGraw Athletic Center, over the phone at 1-800-491-RAMS, at local King Soopers and City Market locations and online.
PICTURE WITH THE RAMS:
After CSU’s match vs. Air Force, fans are invited onto the court to take a picture with the team. Complimentary photos will be taken by a CSU photographer, and will be available for pickup at CSU’s next home match, Nov. 8.
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