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FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State women's volleyball team swept in-state rival Colorado (30-28, 30-27, 30-28) in the opening game of the Hilton Classic. Mekana Barnes hit .560, her third match this season with .500 hitting or higher, and led the team with 17 kills.
The Rams used a dominating performance on the block to defeat a strong Colorado team. CSU had 14 blocks to just five for the Buffs. Barnes again led the Rams with the eight blocks including one solo. Tonya Mokelki notched six blocks on the night including two solo. Every hitter for the Rams finished with at least one block assist on the night.
Ashley Fornstrom had 42 assists on the night and ten digs for her first double-double of the season. Libero Katelin Batten finished with a match-high 11 digs and notched her first kill of the season.
Amanda Fahnestock entered the match in relief and had seven kills while hitting .385 for the match. Danielle Minch, Jaime Strauss and Tessa Nelson each finished with four kills.
CSU has now won nine of the last ten matches and holds an eight-match win streak in Moby Arena. The home crowd of 3,047 was loud through the night pushing the Rams at the right moments. CSU lead in hitting, kills, assists, digs and hitting percentage.
In the deciding game Mokelki revived the Rams after they fell behind by three points with three kills on four attempts and two blocks to put CSU up for good at 26-25. The Rams held off a surge by the Buffs to take the game and the win 30-28.
The three-game match was the closest in terms of points thus far for the Rams. CSU hit .288 for the match while holding the Buffs to .214 hitting.
The Hilton Classic continues tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. as Winthrop and Colorado face off in an afternoon match. The Rams play the night cap with Miami University at 7 p.m.