Utah State Volleyball Loses in Three at Colorado State
Senior outside Lauren Anderson led the Aggies with 10 kills
Nov. 2, 2017

Box Score

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Utah State women’s volleyball lost at Colorado State on Thursday night, 25-16, 25-18, 25-14, as the Rams hit .404 (52-10-104) to the Aggies’ .161 (29-14-93). With the loss, USU is now 13-12 overall on the year and 5-8 in the Mountain West, while CSU won its 13th straight in league play, moving to 13-0 in the Mountain West and 23-2 overall.

Senior outside Lauren Anderson led Utah State offensively with 10 kills, hitting .231 (10-4-26), and finished second on the team with four blocks. Junior middle Lauren O’Brien led the Aggies at the net, recording a team-best five blocks, while junior libero Tasia Taylor led the USU back row with a team-best 16 digs.

Colorado State jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first set, but Utah State answered with a three-point run of its own behind kills by Anderson and senior opposite Kayla DeCoursey, tying the match at 3-3. The Rams countered with a four-point run and held an advantage throughout the rest of the frame, taking set point at 24-15. Freshman middle Bailey Downing extended the set with a kill, but CSU put the finishing touches on the set with a kill on the next rally, taking the frame, 25-16.

Utah State had an early 4-1 lead in the second set, following three consecutive attacking errors by the Rams. Colorado State bounced back and tied the set at 6-6, and then broke a 7-7 deadlock with three straight points to take a 10-7 lead. The Aggies were down by as much as 11, 20-9, before making a late push and out scoring Colorado State 9-5 down the stretch. Utah State fought off three straight CSU set points behind kills by O’Brien, senior outside Rachel Gale-Hammond and an ace by Anderson. However, a final kill by the Rams punctuated the set for the home side, 25-18.


 

 

Utah State took another early lead in the third set, scoring the first two points of the frame behind a kill by Anderson and a block by Anderson and O’Brien. The Aggies continued to lead at 5-3, but Colorado State countered with a four-point run, taking a 7-5 lead and never trailed again. The Rams finished the match on a four-point run to take the victory, 25-14.

CSU was led by a trio with double-digit kills in Breana Runnels with 14, followed by Kirstie Hillyer with 13 and Jasmine Hanna with 10. Runnels and Hillyer both hit .500 and Paulina Hougaard-Jensen led both sides, hitting .571 with nine kills on 14 attempts and only one error. Amanda Young finished the night with a match-high 17 digs and Hillyer finished the contest with a match-high six blocks.

Utah State will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 4, facing Wyoming on the road. The match will be the second of three straight on the road for the Aggies and is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., in Laramie, Wyo.

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-USU-

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