Sep 152004
 
Authors: Stephanie Lindberg

Expect an explosive end to the preseason this weekend as the

University Park Classic comes to Moby Arena tonight and continues

through the weekend.

The No. 11 CSU women’s volleyball team (5-1) will host the final

tournament before conference play starts by welcoming Ohio (6-1),

No. 18 Pepperdine (2-3) and Southern Mississippi (3-2) to Fort

Collins.

Because of Hurricane Ivan, Southern Mississippi will miss its

first game versus Pepperdine, scheduled at 5 p.m., but

www.csurams.com said the team was exploring other options to make

it to the other games.

CSU will play Ohio at 7 p.m. today to start the tournament,

looking to extend its winning streak to six games.

Ohio, which beat Florida A&M earlier this season, is a

potent team that does not garner a lot of attention around the

nation, CSU head coach Tom Hilbert said.

“You don’t beat Florida A&M without playing well,” Hilbert

said. “They’re one of those no respect teams and that probably

fuels them. We cannot overlook them.”

The Bobcats are hitting .306 on the season with 16.52 kills,

14.62 digs and 2.83 blocks, and they have won six games despite

playing at home only once this season. Senior setter Briana

Adamovsky had a good match versus Mercer on Saturday and was named

Mid-Atlantic player of the week. She had 39 assists and 10 digs on

the night.

The Bobcats’ hitters have been dominant, scoring 20 kills versus

Mercer and 24 against host Furman. Junior outside hitter Julia

Winkfield and freshman outside hitter Stephanie Blackburn had nine

kills versus Mercer. Junior outside hitter Holly Schetzsle led the

team with 14 kills on the night.

“I’ve heard Ohio has a really good side hitter so we’ll be

working on that and be ready for them,” said senior middle blocker

Katie Jo Shirley-Cahoon.

The Rams bring in the Mountain West Player of the Week, senior

setter Melissa Courtney, who is averaging 14.10 assists and 2.40

digs in the three games last week. The Rams outside hitters can

bring some power of their own to compete with the Bobcats. Junior

outside hitter Tess Rogers hit a season high 17 kills in the match

versus Gonzaga last Thursday while Shirley-Cahoon had 12 and hit

.424 to lead the team.

In the last three matches, the Rams have averaged 12.3 blocks

and on the season are hitting .282 with 17.14 kills per game.

The Rams played three matches in three days on the road last

week and will play two more games on the road next week.

“It was very hard,” said junior right side hitter Dre Downs. “It

was very tiring.”

This week the three games will be at home, though.

“It’ll be nice,” said Shirley-Cahoon. “We can stay here and not

have to travel.”

Pepperdine Waves (2-3) vs. CSU 7:35 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Network

Rocky Mountain

“Pepperdine is a West Coast team, a lot about defense,” Hilbert

said.

Pepperdine’s three losses have come against No. 2 Southern

California, No. 17 Louisville and No. 15 Arizona.

Five players had double-digit kills on Saturday versus Nicholls

State. Junior outside hitter Katy Daly had 22 kills and 17 digs,

her fourth double-double of the year. In Friday’s loss to

Louisville, the Waves scored 77 kills and both Daly and sophomore

middle blocker Sophia Milo had 19 kills.

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (3-2) vs. CSU 1 p.m.

The Eagles have yet to play a game at home this season. Rookie

head coach Ricci Luyties spent the past few years as an assistant

at Colorado. Four SMU hitters are averaging between 2.14 and 2.91

kills per game. Junior middle backer Jazzmien Stephens leads the

team in kills with 2.91 per game and is hitting .328. Freshman

middle backer Nicole Rock is off to a good start, hitting .355. As

a team the Eagles are hitting just .163 while opponents have hit

.168 against them.

 

Schedule:

Thurs. No. 18 Pepperdine vs. Southern Mississippi cancelled

Ohio at No. 11 7 p.m.

Friday Ohio vs. Southern Mississippi 5 p.m.

No. 18 Pepperdine at No. 11 CSU 7:35 (on FSN)

Saturday Pepperdine vs. Ohio 11 a.m.

Southern Mississippi at No. 11 CSU 1 p.m.

CSU hosts Ohio in game one of UPC Tournament

Saturday’s game against No. 18 Pepperdine to appear on Fox

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