The CSU women’s volleyball team remains the leader in the
Mountain West after another weekend of conference play. The Rams
defeated BYU and Utah this weekend to keep their perfect record of
9-0, 18-4 overall. For her efforts in the Rams’ victories, outside
hitter Andreya Downs was named Mountain West Conference Volleyball
Player of the Week. Downs posted a match-high .478 hitting
percentage against Utah and hit .353 against BYU. For the week, the
6-foot-3 sophomore averaged 3.0 kills, .57 assists, .14 digs and
1.43 blocks per game, while hitting .425.
Here’s a look at how the other teams matched up.
Air Force Academy (13-9, 35):
In a mid-week non-conference game against the University of
Denver, the Falcons beat the Pioneers in four games. In the fourth
game of the match, the Falcons only allowed Denver 11 points.
Senior outside hitter Delavane Diaz led all players with 25 kills
in the match. Diaz also scored seven service aces and 10 digs.
Sophomore middle blocker Kristin Hamlett had 17 kills and junior
outside hitter Molly White had 10 kills.
The Falcons faced conference rival New Mexico on the road Friday
and won their second straight match. Diaz reached double figures
again with 17 kills and junior middle hitter Lamecca Jefferson
AFA goes on a Utah road trip with stops against BYU and Utah on
Friday and Saturday.
Brigham Young University (16-6, 6-3):
After defeating the Wyoming Cowgirls Friday, BYU was treated to
its second loss against CSU on Saturday. Two Cougars had 10 kills
and three more had eight. The team had 57 kills and 21 blocks
against Wyoming, but CSU defeated the Cougars in three games and
held BYU to eight blocks. BYU had nine service errors and only one
The Cougars return home for matches against New Mexico and Air
Force on Friday and Saturday.
San Diego State University (13-10, 4-4)
Playing UNLV at home on Friday, San Diego State won in four
Senior middle blocker Megan Schauermann hit .579 with 12 kills.
Senior middle blocker Aspen McPartland led the team in kills with
13 and digs with nine. Senior setter Sara Engstrom put up five
service aces and completed four of five hitting opportunities.
With the win, the Aztecs evened their conference record at
This week the Aztecs welcome CSU for a Thursday night game and
Wyoming comes to town on Saturday.
University of Nevada-Las Vegas (9-11, 2-6):
The Rebels are 6-1 at home this season, after a Monday night
non-conference win over University of Northern Arizona. The
four-game match was the third match in four days for the
Senior outside hitter Leiana Oswald continued to impress with 20
kills and 18 digs in the match. Senior middle blocker Sheila
Ocasio-Clemente added 19 kills.
Three players had double figure kills for UNLV in the Friday
night match against SDSU, though it was on the end of a losing
effort. UNLV took SDSU to four games before taking their sixth
UNLV faces the University of Nevada in Reno, Nev., on Tuesday
followed by Wyoming on Thursday.
University of New Mexico
The Lobos extended their losing streak to 16 matches with losses
to New Mexico State and Air Force.
In a match that went to five games, the Lobos almost pulled an
upset against in-state rival NMS (19-4), losing game five 15-7.
Sophomore middle blocker Chelsea Sondrup scored a double-double
with a career-high 14 kills and 12 digs.
Against Air Force the following night the Lobos lost three
straight games, hitting .202 as a team and committing 13 service
errors in the process.
Next, the Lobos head to Utah for matches against BYU and
University of Utah (13-7, 7-2)
The Utes were on the road to face Wyoming and CSU last weekend.
They pulled off a five-game match against Wyoming on Saturday and
fell in four games to CSU.
Senior middle blocker Kim Turner had a career-high in kills with
23 to lead the Utes to victory against Wyoming. The first four
games of the match were decided by four points or less.
Utah sophomore outside hitter Shelly Sommerfeldt hit .385 with
18 kills against the Rams. As a team the Utes hit better than CSU
.214 to .160, but could not win the match.
Utah returns home to face Air Force on Friday and New Mexico on
University of Wyoming (14-9, 3-5)
The Cowgirls lost both of their weekend games against BYU and
Utah at home in Laramie, Wyo.
BYU beat the Cowgirls in four games and Utah beat them in
Junior opposite hitter Sara Maytorena had 23 kills and hit .317
for the Cowgirls while two other players hit double figures. Four
Cowgirls had double figures in digs in the match against BYU.
Maytorena followed up the BYU match with 22 kills and 11 digs
against Utah. Four players had double figures in kills in the
The Cowgirls play UNLV on Thursday and San Diego State on