CSU volleyball tallies 2 impressive weekend wins

Jack Taylor

It’s satisfying to beat the opposition in their own house, and the Colorado State women’s volleyball team finished the weekend by adding two road wins to bring their overall record to an impressive 18-1.

The Rams tallied a 3-2 win against Boise State Thursday and a 3-0 sweep against Utah State on Saturday. These wins extend the Rams’ win streak to 17 and assert CSU as the team to beat in the Mountain West, with a commanding 8-0 conference record.

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Coming into the week, the Rams were on a 15-game win streak, sitting at 6-0 in conference play. Collectively, the team and fans were more than optimistic about the team’s chances of continuing the win streak. However, nothing is certain, especially on the road.

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Katie Oleksak (22) serves the ball against the University of Northern Colorado. (Luke Bourland | The Collegian)

The Boise State Broncos came into the Thursday matchup with a 12-6 record and star players Lauren Ohlinger and Janell Walley; the duo entered the contest with 461 combined points on the season. With the Broncos at home, the atmosphere was in their favor. The fans looked to do their part to help the Broncos dethrone the Rams.

However, it wasn’t enough to dismantle CSU. The match finished dramatically. It was a five-set game, with the Rams pulling away for a 3-2 win.

Thursday’s game displayed the dominance of the Rams defense. Nationally, CSU ranks second in opposing hit percentage, holding teams to an average hitting mark of .100%. On Thursday, Boise State was held to a hitting percentage of just .045, a season-low for the team.

The Rams defense finished with 16.5 blocks, a solid performance from their blockers.

Against the Broncos, CSU’s offense was on pace to put fast food chains out of business, with double-doubles littering the stat sheet. The chefs in the kitchen were Breana Runnels and Katie Oleksak. Runnels recorded a scorching double-double, tallying 17 kills and 15 digs. Oleksak also registered a double-double, her fifth of the season.

With amazing performances on Thursday coming from both the offense and the defense, CSU came into their Saturday game against Utah State with their heads held high. The Rams looked to take full advantage of their good form.

Utah State has had an abysmal season thus far, with a 2-18 record coming into Saturday. CSU held the Aggies to 32 points and pressured Utah State into 19 errors. The Rams made quick work of the Aggies, ending the game with a sweep and posting double the points their opposition could muster. Saturday marked another dominating victory on Colorado State’s road to the Mountain West Championship.

The Rams’ next battle is at home, where they will face San Jose State Thursday, Oct. 24.

Jack Taylor can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @J_taylr.

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