FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Senior Tonya Mokelki hit a blistering career-high .708 with 12 kills as the No. 18 Colorado State volleyball team kept its record spotless at home with a sweep (30-23,30-18,30-27) of the University of Wyoming in Moby Arena Wednesday night. Mekana Barnes continued her streak of plus .500 hitting with a match high 14 kills on .538 hitting.
The tone of the match was set early as Ashley Fornstrom, a Wyoming native, set up Danielle Minch and Barnes for the first two kills of the match. Both hitters would continue error free in the first game. CSU allowed the Cowgirls to tie the game at five, before going on an 8-4 run punctuated by a kill to the back line by Barnes making the score 13-9. The Rams didn't look back from that point finishing out Game 1 with a 30-23 win.
Three Rams hit .500 or better in the first game led by Mokelki with five kills on .714 hitting. Barnes had six kills hitting .545 while Minch hit .500 with three kills. The Rams had four blocks and hit .304 for the game.
In the second game Barnes set things up early rattling off five straight points on the service for a 5-1 lead. Wyoming rallied back to take the 8-7 lead before CSU put together a 9-1 run for a 16-8 lead on the Cowgirls mistakes and Katelin Batten's precision serving. The Rams had 10 kills as they finished out Game 2, 30-18.
Barnes led all players in Game 2 with four kills while Jaime Strauss added three. Minch, Mokelki and senior Amanda Fahenstock each added two. Fahenstock also picked up a pair of digs. CSU earned two blocks and held Wyoming to just .156 hitting. CSU hit an impressive .538 as a team with just two errors.
The Rams experimented with things as they won Game 3, 30-27. CSU played four freshman including hitter Jonelle Wallace and defensive specialist Audrey Hemmings. The Rams continued to be anchored by Fornstrom setting up the offense while Mokelki and Barnes took well places shots at the Wyoming defense.
Jacque Davisson had a career night with 11 digs while Minch hit a career high .538, .038 higher than her outing against San Diego State Sunday. Batten finished the night with seven digs and three service aces. Fornstrom finished with 37 assists, six digs, three kills and two block assists. Barnes led in kills with 14, blocks with six and points with 18. She also had a service ace on the night.
Colorado State plays the final non-conference regular season match Friday at 7 p.m. at Arizona. The Rams will then return home for senior night Monday against Air Force with the first serve at 7 p.m.
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