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CSU volleyball at Wyoming

Nov. 5, 2013

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Match Notables

#10 Colorado State Rams (3) Wyoming Cowgirls (1)
23-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-19

  • The Rams improved to 22-0 on the season, extending their program-record start to a season. The previous record was 20, set in 2001.
  • Dating back more than a calendar year, to Oct. 27, 2012, CSU has won 15 consecutive true road matches, also a program record. The previous high was 11, set in 2003.
  • CSU's 22-match winning streak overall is the second-longest in program annals, one shy of tying the mark of 23 set in 2003. CSU hasn't lost a regular-season match since Oct. 25, 2012, a span of 30 straight victories, also a program record.
  • The victory surpasses CSU's win total from last season (21-8). The Rams have won 20 or more matches each season since 1995, the fifth-longest active streak in the country.
  • CSU is one of two undefeated teams in the nation.  Missouri is currently 27-0. The No. 7 Tigers' next match is Friday at Auburn.
  • The Rams are 13-0 in Mountain West play for the second time since the inception of the conference in 1999. The other time came in 2003, when CSU went a perfect 14-0.
  • Head Coach Tom Hilbert improved to 33-2 all-time in the Border War, including 16-2 in Laramie.
  • Tom Hilbert, in his 17th season with CSU and 25th overall as a head coach, is now one win shy of No. 600 for his career. His .773 career winning percentage would rank ninth in NCAA history for coaches with at least 600 wins.
  • Freshman Michelle Lawrence had a career-high 19 kills on .297 hitting. It marks the most kills by a CSU true freshman since Tess Rogers had 23 in 2002. Tuesday marked her second career start (also Nevada).
  • Michelle Lawrence is the fourth Ram this season to record at least 18 kills in a match, joining Adrianna Culbert (23), Marlee Reynolds (19) and Kelsey Snider (18). CSU, ranked No. 15 nationally in kills per set, has one of the most balanced offenses in the country with four players averaging at least 2.40 kills per set, but none ranking in the top 175 in the nation for kills.
  • Joining Michelle Lawrence in double figures was Samantha Peters (13 kills, .600 hitting), Kelsey Snider (13 kills, .435 hitting) and Adrianna Culbert (10 kills, .250 hitting).
  • Sophomore Jaime Colaizzi finished with a match-best 16 digs. It marked just the seventh time this season that Wyoming libero Becky Stewart, who leads the Mountain West and ranks 15th in the nation with 5.36 digs per set, has been out-dug. She finished with 12 digs.
  • Junior Deedra Foss posted 50 assists, moving her into sixth place in Rams history for career assists (3,108). She also added 11 digs - her seventh double-double of the season -- four blocks, two kills and an ace.
  • The match featured two top-15 teams in the nation for blocks. CSU (sixth nationally) won the battle, out-blocking Wyoming (14th nationally), 10.5 to 9. Samantha Peters had eight blocks, followed by Deedra Foss (four) and Michelle Lawrence (three). It marks the fifth time in the last seven matches that Peters has tallied at least eight blocks. She ranks 12th in the NCAA in blocks per set.
  • After taking a 2-1 advantage in the match, CSU jumped out to a 10-1 lead in Set 4 using a season-best 10-0 run. Deedra Foss capped the run with an ace.
  • CSU hit above .300 in both sets 1 and 2 after not hitting .300 in any sets during a 3-0 sweep vs. Wyoming on Sept. 18.  The Rams' .542 hitting percentage in Set 2 marked the 10th time this season that CSU has hit above .500 in a set. The Rams did not hit an attack error (13-0-24), the third time this season that feat has been accomplished.
  • For the second straight match, CSU had to come from behind. The Rams dropped the first set before winning the next three. It marked the fifth time this season that CSU has dropped the opening set. On four occasions, the Rams won the next three to earn 3-1 victories.
  • Set 1: The set was back-and-forth early, seeing ties at 4-4 and 5-5, but the Cowgirls took control, leading  by as many as five. Trailing 14-9, CSU used a 4-0 run to cut the score to within one, but couldn't get closer. That would happen multiple times throughout the remainder of the set. CSU called timeout at 24-23, but again couldn't get over the hump. The stats for both teams were nearly identical, with both teams hitting in the upper .300s and recording one block.
  • Set 2: Trailing 7-3, the Rams used an 8-1 run to take its first multi-point lead of the night. They remained dominant, closing the match on a 22-6 run and winning, 25-13. CSU hit .542, never recording an attack error (13-0-24), and out-blocking Wyoming, 4 to 0.
  • Set 3: The Rams again found themselves behind, and had to use a run to jump in front. Trailing 11-13, CSU closed the set on a 14-6 run to take the 2-1 match advantage.
  • Set 4: After giving up the first point of the set, the Rams were able to side out and Deedra Foss served 10 straight points, allowing CSU to jump out to a 10-1 advantage, forcing Wyoming to use both of its timeouts. The Cowgirls would fight back, getting back within two, but never closer.
  • After three consecutive road victories, CSU returns to Moby Arena for a three-match road swing, beginning Saturday at 7:30 p.m. vs. the Nevada Wolf Pack (2-22, 0-12 MW).



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