Oct. 22, 2010
By Leah Sakdol
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The No. 15-ranked CSU volleyball team won the “Border War” against the Wyoming Cowgirls, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-17), on Friday at Moby Arena.
CSU improved its record to 19-2 (8-0 MWC), Wyoming dropped to 19-5 (4-4 MWC).
The Rams, paying tribute to Colorado State’s heritage as the Colorado A&M Aggies, played in special orange jerseys in front of 2,985 orange-clad fans.
“We were able to chip away when Wyoming got strong starts in all three sets,” commented Head Coach Tom Hilbert. “That to me was the biggest victory for us as a team, that we competed and we stayed very composed and stayed very solid through the course of the middle of these sets, and we were able to break away at the end of all of them.”
After trailing by two points in the first set, the Rams gained a 17-13 lead following a seven-point service run by senior outside hitter Danielle Minch. Minch started the run after recording a big kill to bring the Rams to within 13-12. She notched a service ace on her first attempt, and senior outside hitter Jacque Davisson recorded four kills during the run. Davisson finished the first set with six kills on 11 attempts (.364). Minch added five kills on eight attempts (.375), helping CSU to a 25-20 win.
After five ties and two lead changes, CSU beat Wyoming 25-17 in the second set. Senior Katelyn Steffan had the set-winning kill, hitting at .667 during the stanza. For the match, Steffan recorded seven kills on 13 attempts (.308).
The third set was another close contest. With the Rams leading by a slim 18-16 margin, sophomore middle blocker Megan Plourde and Minch recorded a block on Wyoming’s Lauren Whitney, to key a four-point Rams run. Minch then recorded back-to-back solo rejections, and the run was capped by a fourth-consecutive block, this time from junior setter Evan Sanders and Steffan, bringing the Rams to a comfortable 21-16 lead. The Rams went on to win the deciding set, 25-17, with another block by Minch, accompanied by junior middle blocker Brieon Paige.
“[We were] kind of back to our normal blocking ability toward the end,” stated Minch. “We were just reading it better and focusing more on it.”
The Rams finished strong, outhitting the Cowgirls .609-.167 during the third set, while the Rams recorded their seven team blocks in the set.
Minch and Davisson led all players with 12 kills each during the match, hitting at .348 and .304, respectively. Davisson also capped a double-double performance with 10 digs, one shy of match-leader Audrey Hemmings.
Sanders kept the Rams on point, dishing out 41 assists in the three-set victory.
The Rams take to the court next on Oct. 30 at San Diego State. The team will return to Moby Arena again on Nov. 4 vs. UNLV.
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