The Air Force Falcons got off the ground, but the Colorado State volleyball team quickly shot them down in a 3-0 victory on Saturday at Moby Arena.
Air Force led for the early part of both the first and second sets, but the Rams roared back to get the victory in a sweep.
Senior outside hitter Jacque Davisson fired home 10 kills to lead the match in addition to five digs and two blocking assists. During the second set she took over the game, picking up seven kills on nine attempts with two of her digs as well.
â€œThey were giving me a lot of line, and I was seeing it,â€ Davisson said. â€œIt really helps a lot when you can see everything in front of you and choose a shot.â€
CSU coach Tom Hilbert said that Davisson toned down her trademark intensity a little bit for the match, which he believes makes her a better player.
â€œI think she has better vision, better control of her game,â€ he said.
With his team leading by double digits in a decisive third set, Hilbert inserted substitutes Emily Koenning and Michelle Smith into the game. Smith, a redshirt freshman defensive specialist, picked up her first kill of the year during Koenningâ€™s service run.
â€œHe put Michelle (Smith) in and he leaves her in the front row,â€ Davisson said. â€œThatâ€™s like the most epic thing you could ever dream of.â€
Junior setter Evan Sanders picked up a double-double, finishing the match with 32 assists and an even 10 digs. Outside hitters Davisson and senior Danielle Minch took 22 and 21 swings at the ball, respectively.
â€œThe balls were distributed perfectly,â€ Hilbert said. â€œThatâ€™s just awesome.â€
Sanders also dropped two kills in and assisted in two blocks.
Middle blocker Megan Plourde sat out for the second consecutive match, nursing an ankle injury, so redshirt freshman Tori Brummett started in her place again. Brummett finished the game with three kills and two blocking assists, but also committed four attacking errors to finish with a negative hitting percentage.
â€œ(Sheâ€™s) getting the hang of it,â€ Sanders said of Brummett. â€œ(Plourde) is just a tough player to replace.â€
In CSUâ€™s two wins over Air Force this season, the Rams have won by a combined score of 6-0 score and held the Falcons under a .200 clip for the entire series.
Following this weekâ€™s two home wins, the Rams head on their last road trip of the season, a three-game swing at New Mexico, Wyoming and TCU.
Volleyball beat reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.