Mountain West: Colorado State Sweeps Fresno State to Take Over First Place

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 28th, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, Mountain West, News

Mountain West

  • Oct. 27, 2018

Four of the five home teams came up with wins on Saturday with San Jose State sweeping Boise State being the lone exception. Colorado State’s win over Fresno State kept the Rams a half game up on the Bulldogs atop the league standings.


Colorado State def. Fresno State 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-17)

Utah State def. Nevada 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-22)

New Mexico def. Air Force 3-1 (26-24, 18-25, 25-22, 25-17)

San Jose State def. Boise State 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-20)

Wyoming def. San Diego State 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-19)

Updated Standings

School Conf CPct. Overall Pct. Streak
Colorado State 10-2 0.833 18-6 0.750 W7
Fresno State 9-2 0.818 17-7 0.708 L1
Wyoming 8-4 0.667 16-8 0.667 W1
UNLV 7-5 0.583 16-8 0.667 W1
New Mexico 7-5 0.583 13-11 0.542 W2
Boise State 6-6 0.500 14-9 0.609 L1
San Jose State 6-6 0.500 11-10 0.524 W2
San Diego State 5-7 0.417 7-18 0.280 L2
Air Force 3-8 0.273 13-12 0.520 L4
Utah State 3-9 0.250 5-18 0.217 W1
Nevada 1-11 0.083 8-15 0.348 L8


  • Colorado State picked up its 43rd-straight Mountain West home victory, outhitting Fresno State .323 to .043 with help from nine blocks.
  • CSU trailed 13-8 in Set 3, before outscoring the Bulldogs 17-4 down the stretch to cap its seventh straight victory.
  • Kirstie Hillyer (12), Breana Runnels (12) and Jessica Jackson (10) paced the Rams in the win. Hillyer hit at a team-best .611 clip and put up a team-high four blocks.
  • Taylor Slover was the lone Bulldog to reach double-digit kills with 12, while Aubrey Folk added nine.

  • Utah State was outdone by Nevada in kills (39-36), hitting efficiency (.184 to .183) and blocks (9-7) and blocking errors (0-6), but managed to pull off the home sweep, issuing Nevada its eighth straight loss. The Aggies outserved the Wolfpack 4-1 in aces and garnered eight extra points on service errors (13-5).
  • Utah State’s Gabi Shumway and Nevada’s Camryn Rocha each posted 12 kills in the match. Shumway hit just .171 (12-6-35), while Rocha turned in a .320 effort (12-4-25).
  • Nevada thwarted three Utah State match-point attempts in Set 3, before committing a hitting error to cap the 25-22 Aggie win and the sweep.

  • Air Force boasted a 58-48 advantage in kills and 7-1 edge in aces, but was outhit .244 to .216 and outblocked 15-8, while giving away 14 points on service errors (to 4) in the loss to New Mexico.
  • Lauren Twitty (14) and Tai Bierria (13) paced the Lobos offensively in the win, while Mariessa Carrasco added nine kills and nine blocks, and Yasmin Tan put up seven stuffs.
  • Denise Ssozi (16), Elizabeth Pennington (15) and Abigail Miksch (13) led the way for Air Force with double-digit kills tallies. Ssozi and Pennington each hit .300 or better, while Pennington also chipped in three aces alongside Shanleigh Conlan.
  • Air Force led 8-4 in Set 4, before the Lobos charged back with nine of the next 11 points to go up 13-10. The Falcons were back within one at 15-14, but New Mexico outscored them 10-3 down the stretch, sealing the victory on two Air Force hitting errors.

  • San Jose State won its third straight road match, outhitting Boise State .250 to .123 and posting 11 more kills (44-33) and one more ace (4-3).
  • The Spartans notched nine or more kills led by Caitlin Bettenay‘s 10 kill, 11-dig double-double. Haylee Nelson and Latahevai Lousi added nine putaways apiece, while Ryann Thomison put up a team-best eight blocks and seven kills.

  • Wyoming used an efficient hitting night (.330 to .139) to register  a sweep of San Diego State on Saturday and even the season series (following a 5-set loss at SDSU on Sept. 29).
  •  Halie McCardle was the lone player in the match to post double-digit kills, notching 10 on a .409 hitting effort for the Cowgirls. Four players – two for each team – turned in eight putaways.

Next Up

Wyoming heads to Colorado State for a 9 p.m. ET Tuesday match.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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