Nov. 18, 2010
By Kaitlyn Comiskey
CSU Media Relations
LARAMIE, Wyo. – The No. 15-ranked CSU volleyball team closed a series of three straight road matches with a sweep over the Wyoming Cowgirls, 25-20, 25-21, 25-13, clinching a share of the Mountain West Conference title.
The win improved the Rams’ record to 24-3, 13-1 in the Mountain West Conference, and set the Cowgirls back to 22-8, 7-7 in the Mountain West.
The Cowgirls took the first point of Set 1, yet the Rams quickly responded with a three-point run, setting them ahead 3-1. A series of rallies kept the set close, with the score tied at 7-7 early on in the set. A kill and an ace from senior Jacque Davisson, followed by back-to-back kills from outside hitter Danielle Minch gave the Rams a 13-9 lead, and a slide from junior Katelyn Steffan helped to further extend the lead. A solid block from setter Evan Sanders and middle blocker Megan Plourde set up CSU for game point, and another big kill from Minch took the first set for the Rams.
Set 2 also remained close toward the beginning, as a CSU service error and a Wyoming ace tied the score at 8-8. But Davisson put down an impressive sharp cross-court kill to put the Rams ahead. A kill from Plourde then ignited a six-point run for the Rams, putting them ahead 17-10. The Cowgirls made a short run toward the end of Set 2, pulling within three points, yet a kill from Sanders gave the Rams the set.
An ace from libero Audrey Hemmings early in the third set put the Rams ahead, and another ace from Steffan shortly after gave CSU a 10-6 lead. Sanders put down another kill mid-set for the Rams, and a Minch kill set the score at 15-10. Steffan contributed four kills in the third set alone, ending the match with nine kills and an ace. Two consecutive aces from Minch put the Rams at match point, and Steffan notched a kill to take Set 3.
Minch led the Rams with 15 kills, followed by Davisson with nine. Sanders and Plourde each tallied four block assists, while Hemmings finished the match with 12 digs.
Colorado State closes the regular season at home, hosting Utah (Wednesday) and BYU (Nov. 26) for the final time as Mountain West Conference rivals. That week has been designated Fan Appreciation Week at Moby Arena. CSU will also honor the careers of four players - Davisson, Hemmings, Emily Koenning and Minch - with a special Senior Day ceremony prior to the start of the BYU match.