Oct. 20, 2010
By Kaitlyn Comiskey
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State won its final non-conference match of the regular season, Wednesday night at Moby Arena, sweeping DU in three sets, 25-19, 25-14, 25-11.
The “Dig Pink” win, on a night to raise awareness for breast cancer, improved the No. 15 Rams’ record to 18-2 overall, and drops DU to a record of 11-14.
Setter Evan Sanders had two kills just within the first set, and ran a near-perfect Ram offense, with only three hitting errors. CSU hit .609 as a team. Within the first set, three Rams hit a perfect 1.000, Dana Cranston with one kill, Katelyn Steffan with three kills, and Megan Plourde with five kills.
“Evan was really good, in my opinion getting the ball to quick hitters when she could,” commented Head Coach Tom Hilbert. “It was really a good match for us to get through.”
Plourde continued her perfect hitting into Set 2, maintaining her 1.000 percentage and racking up one more kill, and three block assists. Fellow middle blocker Brieon Paige also contributed three kills and three block assists. The Rams went on a four-point run early in the second set, giving them a lead of 6-2. CSU also racked up 10 block assists in the second set alone, holding DU to a hitting percentage of -.043, and improving its own hitting percentage to .650.
Set 3 began with a four-point run from the Rams, after siding-out the Pioneers’ serve. Steffan came out big in the third set, scoring a kill off of a DU overpass, followed by a block-kill, setting the score at 10-5. An ace from Audrey Hemming followed, forcing the Pioneers to take a timeout, as the Rams were on a seven-point run.
Three kills from Paige in the third set alone contributed to her impressive .750 hitting percentage. Emily Koenning entered the game toward the end of Set 3 to serve up two points for the Rams. Jacque Davisson took match-point for the Rams, allowing them to sweep the Pioneers, taking the third set 25-11.
“In matches when you create a gap in the score, that’s your time to really work on some things,” said Sanders. “Those people who sometimes don’t get a lot of reps, I can utilize, and they’re putting away the ball. It kind of builds everyone’s confidence.”
Sophomore Tori Brummett finished the match hitting 1.000, with two kills. Plourde led the team with eight kills, and Davisson followed with seven. Cranston led the defensive effort with five digs, and also racked up four kills. Senior Danielle Minch finished with an impressive five block assists, as well as five kills.
The Rams are back in action on Friday, taking on Wyoming at home in Moby Arena, at 7 p.m. Friday’s contest vs. Wyoming will also feature new uniforms for the Rams, who will pay tribute to Colorado State’s heritage as the Colorado A&M Aggies by wearing the school’s former colors of pumpkin (orange) and alfalfa (green).
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