LARAMIE, Wyo. â€“ The CSU volleyball team clinched at least a share of the Mountain West Conference championship with a 3-0 sweep of rival Wyoming on Thursday night.
The Rams won, 25-20, 25-21, 25-13, behind dominant performances from two of their senior leaders, Jacque Davisson and Danielle Minch, who had 9 and 15 kills, respectively.
â€œThey were composed,â€ said coach Tom Hilbert of Davisson and Minch. â€œThey didnâ€™t do silly things. I think that when we hit that well (setter Evan Sanders) deserves some credit as well.â€
CSU (24-3, 13-1 MWC) had to battle through a tough first set which saw the Cowgirls shoot .333, but the Rams were able to win the first frame and make some adjustments before set No. 2.
â€œWyoming played very well in game one,â€ Hilbert said. â€œWe made some adjustments and were able to slow them in game two. In game three, they lost some confidence.â€
The score in the secondset was close, but the Rams seemed to be in control for the entire time before pulling out the win.
By the time the third set rolled around, CSU seemed to have taken the willpower out of Wyoming, and the Rams were able to win it easily.
The Wyoming attack was led, as it usually is, by sophomore Jodi Purdy, who finished the night with 9 kills.
Purdy and Reese Roehrkasse, who had 7 kills, were the only Cowgirls that were able to inflict much damage in attack. Wyoming shot only .160 for the match after shooting at a high percentage in the first set.
Hilbert was happy with the way his team played and the way they have bounced back after a defeat to New Mexico last week.
â€œWe played, side-out wise, as well as weâ€™ve played all year,â€ Hilbert said. â€œI feel very strongly that this was one of our better offensive games of the entire season.â€
The numbers certainly paint a picture of a dominant performance.
CSU shot .340 for the match and had four players with seven or more kills.
Davisson, who led the attack much of the night, was able to control her trademark enthusiasm and avoid being over-exuberant in her attacks, which allowed her to shoot accurately.
â€œI think tonight, for me, was about staying composed in the lanes and playing defense,â€ said Davisson, who committed only three attacking errors in the match.
If the Rams donâ€™t clinch the title through a New Mexico loss, they will be able to win it by defeating one of their final two opponents at Moby Arena.
CSU faces Utah and Brigham Young on Nov. 24 and 26, respectively, to close out the regular season.
The team is happy to have at least a share of the conference title under its belt.
â€œItâ€™s excellent,â€ Davisson said. â€œIt feels really good. It takes some of the pressure off.â€
Volleyball Beat Reporter Kevin Lytle can be reached at email@example.com.