FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Backed by only 10 attacking errors, 15th-ranked Colorado State opened the Rams Volleyball Classic with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-23) victory over Texas Tech on Friday evening in front of 1,940 fans at Moby Arena.
With the Rams (6-1) accurate on the attack, Tech (2-5) committed 26 errors of its own but was still able to remain a threat in each set, while almost pushing the match to a fourth set. Amanda Dowdy led all players with 13 kills and almost added her second-consecutive double-double with a team-leading nine digs in the match.
"I thought this might be a tough match for us because Colorado State is good for so many reasons," Tech head coach Trish Knight. "They had a pretty loud crowd behind them and they didn't commit many errors. That's what good teams do. I thought we played pretty well, though, and almost forced a fourth set. We're definitely getting better, so I'm hopeful we can play at a high level tomorrow."
Despite playing in front of a louder crowd, Tech got off to a quality start against the Rams with an early 8-7 lead. Colorado State began its rally from there, however, eventually taking a 19-12 lead before closing the set on a 6-3 run.
Colorado State carried its momentum into the second set as it led for its entirety. Tech pulled within two points at 10-8 early, but the Rams proceeded to answer with a 9-4 run that essentially put the set away.
The Red Raiders seemed ready to prolong the match and force a fourth set with a 17-15 lead midway through the third set. Colorado State came out of a timeout to win four of the next six points to retake the lead. Even with six kills by Dowdy, including several late in the set, the Rams were able to trade back-and-forth points to end Tech's rally.
Danielle Minch and Megan Plourde recorded 12 and 10 kills each for the Rams, who as a team posted a .297 attacking percentage. Colorado State had 14 team blocks to Tech's seven.
Aubree Piper added six kills for Tech, while Brandy Huskey had a season-high seven digs and Karlyn Meyers posted 30 assists in the match for Tech.
Tech will look to reverse its fortunes Saturday morning as the Red Raiders face Illinois State at 11 a.m CT in the first of two matches on the day. Tech closes the tournament at 5:30 p.m. CT against Northeastern, who fell to Illinois State, 3-0, earlier Friday evening.
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