Oct. 30, 2010
By Kaitlyn Comiskey
Athletic Media Relations
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Even San Diego State fans clad in their Halloween costumes couldn’t cheer the Aztecs to victory in Peterson Gym on Saturday night.
No. 14 Colorado State kept its winning streak alive, defeating San Diego State in three sets, 26-24, 25-18, 25-15.
The win improves CSU to a 20-2 overall record, 9-0 in the Mountain West, and drops SDSU to a 12-12 overall record, 5-5 in the Mountain West.
The night also marked an impressive milestone for Head Coach Tom Hilbert, as the Rams’ sweep over the Aztecs gave Hilbert his 352nd career victory at CSU, tying the record for the all-time winningest head coach at CSU. He now shares the mark with legendary basketball coach Jim Williams.
Set 1 began with a three-point Aztec run. Middle blocker Megan Plourde kept the Rams alive, scoring their first three points from kills out of the middle. Shortly after, the Rams went on their own four-point run. The set remained close until the very end, when senior Audrey Hemmings served up an ace for set point.
A triple block from Jacque Davisson, Evan Sanders, and Plourde gave CSU its first point of Set 2, and set the tone for the rest of the set. The Rams earned an impressive 13 block assists in the second set alone, six from Plourde. CSU went on a five-point run early on, gaining a considerable lead, and never allowing SDSU to catch up. An ace from Katelyn Steffan set the score at 18-9 for the Rams, and an Aztec service error brought an end to the second set.
The Rams’ tough blocking carried into the third set, and their serving only improved as well. Dana Cranston, Davisson, Sanders and Hemmings all served up aces in the third set, allowing CSU to finish the match with eight service aces on the night. Five kills within the third set alone from outside hitter Danielle Minch gave the Rams a 25-15 win.
Hemmings led the Rams defensively, finishing the match with an impressive 18 digs. Three of Colorado State’s hitters finished with double-digit kills, as Plourde, Davisson and Minch each tallied 11. The team hit .283 on the night.
Colorado State returns to Moby Arena for a pair of matches next week. First the team takes on UNLV, Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by a Saturday matchup vs. Air Force at 1 p.m.
Saturday’s match vs. Air Force is a Pepsi 4-Pack match. Fans can get four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for just $20.
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