No. 21 Colorado State Crushes UNLV in Sweep

  0 Wendy Mayer | September 23rd, 2017 | College - Women's Indoor, Division I Mid-Major, News


  • No. 21 Colorado State def. UNLV 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-8)
  • Colorado State moves to 12-2, 2-0 Mountain West; UNLV falls to 4-11, 0-2 MW
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Attendance: 2,386
  • Box Score

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – No. 21 Colorado State dominated UNLV to move to 2-0 in the Mountain West with an easy sweep.

The Rams more than doubled up on the Rebels in kills (44-17), while hitting at a .425 clip and holding UNLV to a -.042 effort with 11 blocks. CSU won the block 11-5 and edged UNLV 5-4 in aces.

Senior outside hitter Jasmine Hanna was the lone player in the match to post double-digit kills, tallying 12, while redshirt freshman outside Breana Runnels added nine for the Rams. Sophomore setter Katie Oleksak racked up a team-best five blocks for CSU, while senior middle blocker Alexandra Poletto and redshirt sophomore middle Kirstie Hillyer added four apiece. In the backcourt, sophomore libero Amanda Young posted a match-high 13 digs. Freshman defensive specialist Maddi Foutz served up three of the team’s five aces.

Senior middle Ashley Owens notched a team-best seven kills for UNLV, followed by junior middle Elsa Descamps‘ four. Owens also managed a team-best three blocks. Sophomore libero Leka Kiner-Falefa pulled up a team-leading six digs, followed by freshman defensive specialist Shania Scott and freshman outside Marlena Hayden, with five apiece.

Colorado State made just two errors in Set 1, hitting at a .448 clip. CSU pulled away early and never looked back, turning a 7-2 lead into a 16-6 advantage midway through. Three blocks and three Runnels kills helped the Rams to the 10-point lead. Putaways by Hanna and Poletto pushed the margin to 11 at 19-8. UNLV got within single digits at 21-12 on an ace by Kiner-Falefa, and again at 23-14 on a perfects serve by Riley Jacobs. Down 24-14 after a Oleksak putaway, the Rebels kept the game going with help from a CSU service error and an ace by Hayden. Hanna stopped any hopes of a UNLV comeback with a kill at 25-16.

The Rebels came out firing in Set 2, scoring four of the first five points, including two CSU miscues. Colorado State tied it up at 4, but UNLV went up 7-5 with a Elena Ivanova ace and Hayden kill. The Rams took control with a 5-0 run, capped by two Rebel errors. UNLV fought back to tie it at 11 on back-to-back blocks by Descamps, but the Rams put the game out of reach with a 9-4 run, which made it 20-15. Three blocks coupled with three Hanna kills gave CSU the edge it would not relinquish. Four Runnels putaways upped the lead to 24-18 and Hanna closed the door at 25-19.

In the final stanza, CSU forced nine UNLV errors and a -.533 hitting effort, while posting a match-best .474 hitting effort of its own. A trio of stuffs and a pair of Hanna kills put Colorado State up 8-0 in Set 3. It was an 11-point game soon after at 15-4 and the Rams wrapped up the stanza and the match with a 6-0 run. A stuff by Poletto and Hanna followed three Rebel miscues and a Jenna Heinemeyer ace in the final stretch.

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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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