The wins keep piling up for the CSU volleyball team,as it ran its win streak up to nine against the University of Denver at Moby Arena Wednesday night.
The Rams hit above .600 during the first two sets en route to a 3-0 sweep, improving their overall record against the Pioneers to 14-1.
No player reached double-digits in kills for CSU, but sophomore setter Megan Plourde tallied eight kills and three blocking assists while hitting .600 for the match. Â
â€œEvan was doing a good job getting the ball to quick-hitters when she could,â€ head coach Tom Hilbert said, â€œand as a result, Megan was hitting 1.000 going into the third set.â€ Â
Sanders finished the match with 33 assists and three digs. Â
The Pioneers managed to hit .381 in the first set, but had hitting percentages in the negative for the rest of the match. Â
â€œThose kinds of sets arenâ€™t really real, it shouldnâ€™t happen,â€ Hilbert said. â€œWhat that means is neither team is playing any defense.â€ Â
DUâ€™s attacking setter, senior Kresson Vreemon, finished the first set with nine assists and hit .300 for the match.
The Rams did not register any blocks during the first set. Â
â€œI was really jumpy at the setter in the first game,â€ Plourde said. â€œI was thinking about the setter attacking the ball too much.â€ Â
Overall, the CSU attack was very balanced. Â No player attacked the ball more than 15 times and only three players took more than 10 swings during the match.
Eight out of the 12 Rams who played in the game registered at least two kills. Â
â€œIt builds everyoneâ€™s confidence,â€ Sanders said. â€œThereâ€™s no need to rely on one player when everyone is having an all-around solid game.â€ Â
Reserves Tori Brummett and Emily Koenning saw significant floor time for the Rams due to the teamâ€™s large lead. Â Brummett registered two kills and a blocking assist on two total attacks while Koenning picked up a dig and an assist.
At one point, CSU was slightly concerned about playing the match against DU as they need to prepare for the conference battle against Wyoming on Friday. But in the end, they felt the extra game was more beneficial than a practice would have been.
â€œI think that this team showed us some things we havenâ€™t seen,â€ Sanders said. â€œBy playing diverse teams, it only prepares you for things youâ€™ll see in the future.â€
Volleyball beat reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at sports@collegian.