The CSU women’s volleyball team steamrolled through another
match, defeating the University of Denver on Tuesday night in
Hamilton Gym in Denver.
The Pioneers (16-13) fell to the Rams in three games (30-21,
30-24, 30-28) and became another statistic for the Rams who
improved their record to 22-4 and lengthened their winning streak
to 15 games.
The No. 15 Rams held their in-state rivals at bay with junior
middle blocker Katie Jo Shirley leading the way. Shirley, this
week’s co-Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, hit .650
with 14 kills. Sophomores Andreya Downs and Tess Rogers each had 11
kills and junior middle blocker Bri Frech led both teams with eight
digs while hitting .533 for the match.
As a team the Rams hit .330 with six service aces and 35
“Our middle blockers were great for us tonight,” said head coach
Tom Hilbert, Tuesday after the match. “Katie Jo was completely
unstoppable, and Bri did a great job hitting the slide tonight. Dre
also had a great match.”
DU’s freshman outside hitter Lisa Hunter led the Pioneers with
nine kills and seven digs. Junior middle blocker Kelli Rudelson hit
a team-high .357 with three blocks.
The Pioneer offense was no match for the Rams. Denver was held
to a .183 hitting percentage with three service aces and nine
The Rams host the final weekend of regular season play in Moby
Arena, where they will look to complete the Mountain West season
undefeated. They face the Air Force Academy and the University of
New Mexico on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both game times
are set for 7 p.m.