MSU Opens Home Season Friday at 7 p.m.
Sept. 11, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Missouri State volleyball team finished its season-opening eight-match road trip Wednesday with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-19) loss at the hands of a talented Colorado State team at Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colo.
Missouri State fell to 6-2 on the season after its five-match winning streak was snapped. The Rams, who sit one spot out of the AVCA Top 25 and have qualified for 18 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, improved to 8-0.
The Bears fell behind 2-0 in the first set and played catch-up the rest of the way despite never trailing by more than the final four-point margin. A CSU attack error tied the score for the first time at 17-17, Amber Doolittle and Kayla Walton combined for a block for 18-18, and the Rams missed a serve for 19-19 before scoring the next two points. The Bears were unable to tie the score again as the Rams closed on a 3-0 run for the 25-21 win, thanks in large part to a .406 team hitting percentage.
Colorado State again grabbed a quick lead in the second set, going ahead 3-0 and never trailing in the 25-17 win. A 4-0 run for the Rams that pushed their lead from 15-10 to 19-10 proved too much for the Bears to overcome as CSU’s offense continued to run on all cylinders with 17 more kills against just four errors in the period.
The third set began like the first two with Colorado State bolting to a 5-1 lead and the Bears playing from behind throughout. The Rams led by as many as six points at 16-10 and Missouri State cut the lead to two points at 17-15 thanks to a 4-0 run that included kills from Christine McCartney, Kayln Vlasin and Carly Thomas. A Kaitlin Jaeger kill kept that same margin at 20-18 when CSU ripped off a 4-0 run to gain match point at 24-18 and closed out the win two points later.
CSU’s .376 team hitting percentage was the highest against Missouri State this season by more than 100 points, while the Bears were limited to a .144 attack efficiency.
Doolittle led MSU’s offense with eight kills with Olivia Brand finishing with seven and Walton and Vlasin adding six apiece. Ashley Mason had eight digs as the teams tied 33-33 in that category. CSU recorded 11 blocks compared to four for the Bears.
Missouri State makes its home debut Friday at 7 p.m. against Middle Tennessee State in the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn/University Plaza Invitational. The Bears also take on Alabama A&M at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hammons Student Center.