Sophomore setter Evan Sanders
Nov. 7, 2009
By Katy Johnstone
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – One match after Head Coach Tom Hilbert celebrated his 500th career victory, the Colorado State volleyball team added another milestone win to the books. The Rams on Saturday registered their 700th program win Saturday, over San Diego State at Moby Arena.
The Rams had their first program win in 1976, and haven’t slowed since. This season alone Colorado State (20-4, 12-1 MWC) continued its home winning streak to 12, dispatching the Aztecs (11-13, 5-8 MWC).
The sweep marks the Rams’ 28th series win and adds to their 28-14 all-time advantage against the Aztecs. However, this was a back-and-forth battle, and the tone was set in the first set with a point going to each team with each serve. But the Rams went on a 5-0 run late in the set to post a 22-17 lead over the Aztecs.
“San Diego State offered some interesting challenges, and I’m not sure we executed defensively how we wanted to against them, and their outside hitters had a lot better day than expected,” said Hilbert. “This match toughened us up and I like that.”
Much like the first set, the second set went back and forth with 13 tied scores and five lead changes. The second set marked a chance for the Aztecs to get back into the match. With hitting errors and serving errors the Rams never pulled away and kept SDSU in the match. However, sophomore setter Evan Sanders had six jump serves and redshirt sophomore Katelyn Steffan ended the match with a kill and gave the Rams a 2-0 lead.
“We had a lot of give-away points, especially in the second set, which is uncharacteristic of us. But we competed at the right times,” said Hilbert. “I felt it was a good match for us, because we corrected things as we went and we got back into the sets.”
Junior outside hitter Danielle Minch and redshirt freshman Megan Plourde each had 10 kills in the match and Plourde led the Rams with four blocks on the day.
“Megan had a great turn-around from Game 2, which she struggled in, and played outstanding in Game 3,” said Hilbert.
In Set 3, Sanders set the pace and made good decisions, giving the Rams a lead early.
“Again we had some give-away points, in the third, and a few little things that allowed them to get back into the set,” said Hilbert.
The Rams now prepare for two road matches out in Utah. CSU will visit Utah on Thursday for a televised match and then make a short trip to BYU on Saturday.
The Rams struggled last year out in Utah and hope to reverse their recent luck in the state.
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