Junior outside hitter Tess Rogers showed off her hitting
prowess, recording 1,000 career kills and helping the CSU women’s
volleyball team pick up wins over New Mexico and Air Force
Rogers finished the weekend with 1,016 kills, only the 14th Ram
to reach that mark. Senior setter Melissa Courtney became the
fourth setter in CSU history to record 4,000 assists and finished
the match against Air Force with 4,022.
Friday night the No. 9 Rams (16-2, 8-1) swept the New Mexico
Lobos (7-13, 1-8) in three games (30-27, 30-21, 30-15).
“I was pleased with how our team played composed during the
first game after a slow start,” said CSU head coach Tom Hilbert in
a press release. “We served with a lot of consistency even though
we were on the road.”
Rogers led the Rams with 17 kills and senior middle blocker
Katie Jo Shirley-Cahoon had 15. Courtney recorded 50 assists and
senior middle blocker Bri Frech had a perfect night of serving with
three service aces.
Hilbert also noted junior outside hitter Casey Bauer’s play has
been more consistent while playing in the absence of senior outside
hitter Becky Sarauer, who has a sprained ankle.
“Casey has been really consistent and improving in Becky’s
absence so she’s going to make it interesting when Becky’s healthy
again,” Hilbert said.
Despite the Lobos scoring the first point of the match off a CSU
error, the Rams seemed to have little trouble in the match, going
on several point streaks to boost their lead whenever the Lobos got
close or tied the score.
Sophomore right side hitter Kelly Therkelsen led the Lobos with
10 kills. Both junior outside hitter Nicole Ryan and sophomore
middle blocker Chelsea Sondrup had eight kills. Senior libero Adah
Burke had 12 digs.
Moving a little closer to home, the Rams defeated the Air Force
Academy Falcons (4-14, 0-9) in four games (30-14, 30-23, 28-30,
30-22) in Colorado Springs on Saturday.
Four Rams hit in double figures with Rogers hitting a
season-high of 20 kills and 10 digs. Frech had 14 kills, Bauer had
12 and junior right side hitter Dre Downs had 10 in just three
While the Rams could have won game three, Hilbert said he takes
the responsibility for not sweeping the Falcons. It was the first
time since 1999 that the Falcons had won a game against the
“I put the game three loss on my shoulders,” Hilbert said. “I
was playing with the lineup and had us play without a libero
(sophomore libero Kristen Karlik) to let a lot of players work on
their defense. I also wanted Tonya (Mokelki) in the lineup a lot
tonight and rest both Dre and Katie Jo.”
The Falcons were led by junior middle blocker Kristin Hamlett
with 14 kills and junior outside hitter Rebecca Gallegos who had
10. Senior libero Jenalee Burke had 14 digs.
The Rams return home for a Tuesday night match against
non-conference University of Denver. The match is scheduled for a 7