Volleyball Slams San Diego State
Hitting .414 as a team, the ninth-ranked Colorado State volleyball team swept the San Diego State Aztecs, 30-23, 30-23, 30-20 to improve to 12-1 on the year and 4-0 in Mountain West Conference play. The Aztecs fall to 1-14 on the season and 1-2 in league action.
Junior outside hitter Tess Rogers led the team with 16 kills, and hit .652 (16-1-23) for the match, while senior middle blocker Bri Frech added 12 kills and junior right-side hitter Dre Downs added 10 kills and hit .692 to lead the match (10-1-13). Sophomore libero Kristen Karlik led the team with eight digs and both Frech and senior middle blocker Katie Jo Shirley-Cahoon led the match with four blocks.
“Both Tess and Dre were unstoppable tonight,” said Colorado State Head Coach Tom Hilbert. “The entire team did a good job of keeping down our unforced errors. We played with much greater composure than we did on Thursday (against UNLV). We played really great tonight, except for quite a few missed serves. I continue to see Bri take on more of a go-to roll for us, which is exciting because it gives us two really effective middle attackers.”
San Diego State was led by freshman Melissa Stapley and sophomore Audra Dent with eight kills each, while freshman Lindsey Mahan hit .500 (4-1-6) to lead the Aztecs. Freshman libero Aime Cordeiro led the match with 12 digs and Dent and Ashley Bowker led with three blocks each.
The Rams jumped out to the 2-0 early lead in game one, with the first point coming off an ace serve by Cahoon. The Rams then missed a serve for the Aztecs first point but regrouped to get a kill and block for the 4-1 advantage. SDSU scored the next two points, including an ace serve by Moriarty to close within one, 4-3, but the Rams took advantage of Aztec errors to score the next three points and lead 7-3. The first San Diego State kill came by Bowker to make the score 7-4. Another SDSU ace made the score 7-5, but the Rams scored the next two for a four-point lead at 9-5. SDSU scored three straight points, two off CSU errors and the other off a block to again close within one at 9-8. The Rams scored three of the next four points, off kills by three different players to lead 12-9. SDSU scored the next two points and then the teams traded points until 14-13 when the Rams scored four straight, including two kills by Downs for the 18-13 advantage. San Diego State took its first timeout and scored three of the next four points to close within three, 19-16. Rogers and Courtney scored back-to-back kills for the 21-16 lead. After a SDSU kill, the Aztecs committed consecutive errors for the 23-17 cushion. After a CSU error, the Rams scored six of the next seven points, three off Downs kills for the 29-19 lead. Frech got the winning kill for the Rams after four straight points by the Aztecs for the 30-23 victory. A total of 13 of the Aztecs 23 points came off CSU errors.
After the early 2-0 lead in the second game for Colorado State, the Rams committed three errors and the Aztecs tallied two blocks to give SDSU a 5-2 lead. Frech ended the Aztec run with a kill and then an Aztec error brought CSU within one, 5-4. After a kill by Dent, the Rams scored three straight for a 7-6 lead. The score was then tied at every point from seven until 12, when the Rams got a kill from Downs and an ace serve by Karlik for the 14-12 cushion. The teams traded points until 17-15 when Moriarty got an Aztec kill to close within one, 17-16. The Rams went on a six-point run, with three kills by Sarauer to take a 23-16 lead. The Aztecs scored the next three points, but the Rams answered with a three-point run of their own to lead 26-19. Tonya Mokelki came in and got the last two kills for CSU to help them to the 30-23 win.
For the third straight game, the Rams jumped out to the early 2-0 lead, both off Aztec errors. SDSU tied the score at 2-2, but the Rams again scored two off Aztec errors to lead 4-2. The teams then traded points until 9-7 when Moriarty was called for a lift to give CSU a three-point lead at 10-7. SDSU scored three straight, including an ace by Cordeiro to knot the score at 10-10. The score was then tied at 11, 12 and 13 before the Rams scored two straight off kills by Downs and Rogers. With the 16-15 lead, the Rams scored six straight, with two kills by Frech and two by Sarauer for the 22-15 lead. After trading points until 26-20, the Rams scored the final four points of the match, with Rogers getting the final three kills to give the Rams their 22nd straight victory in conference play, winning 30-20.
Colorado State hosts Wyoming in the Border War presented by Coors on Friday evening, Oct. 8 in Moby Arena. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Rams then host Utah and BYU on Oct. 15 and 16 in the Coors Classic Weekend. Both matches are also scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.