Nov. 6, 2010
By Leah Sakdol
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The No. 14 Colorado State volleyball team improved its record to 22-2, 11-0 in the Mountain West, after sweeping Air Force (4-21, 1-11 MWC) Saturday at Moby Arena.
CSU swept the Falcons for the second and final time this season with set scores of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-9 in front of a crowd of 1,204.
The Rams and the Falcons battled for the lead at the beginning of the first set but a solid kill from senior outside hitter Jacque Davisson secured the lead for the Rams at 13-12. The Rams powered through the rest of the set, beating the Falcons, 25-17, after a kill from senior outside hitter Danielle Minch for set point. Sophomore Dana Cranston recorded back-to-back service aces while senior Katelyn Steffan had two kills on three attempts (.667) during the first set.
“The more times Dana is on the court it just seems like we're better,” said Head Coach Tom Hilbert. “She's just a really good player. She does things other than just hit and block and pass. She makes little ball-handling plays and she's talking."
CSU dominated the second set as well, beating Air Force, 25-17. Sophomore Brieon Paige hit 1.000 during the set, recording four kills. Davisson hit well, too, with seven kills on nine attempts (.778).
Following an Air Force attacking error, the Rams won the deciding third set, 25-10. CSU had five team blocks during the set, including solo blocks by Cranston and junior setter Evan Sanders. Redshirt freshman outside hitter Michelle Smith recorded her first-career kill, helping the Rams achieve a hitting percentage of .259. The Falcons only managed to hit at -.026 for the set.
"In the third game we started to serve even tougher,” said Hilbert. “Air Force started to lose a little bit of spirit, I think. It was these guys' goal to have a good third game and not have a letdown, and they did it."
For the match, senior libero Audrey Hemmings notched 15 digs. Sanders had 10 digs along with 32 assists. Davisson had 10 kills and Minch recorded nine, hitting .364 and .333, respectively. Paige hit .556 in the match with six kills on nine attempts.
The Colorado State volleyball team hits the court next at New Mexico Thursday. The Rams return to Moby Arena to take on Utah Nov. 24, and then BYU, Nov. 26, for Fan Appreciation Week.