BOULDER, Colo. The Colorado State volleyball team picked up its second sweep against Portland State on Saturday afternoon in the CU Events Center. Breana Runnels was the lead target for the Rams, recording 17 kills and hitting at a .306 clip.
The Rams got off to a bit of a slow start in the first set as the Vikings jumped out to a 5-1 lead, but Colorado State fought back to tie the game 6-6. The score remained close throughout the heart of the frame but CSU widened their lead to 22-15 with a service ace from Paulina Hougaard-Jensen. The Rams finished strong from there, closing out the set 25-17.
The second set was a battle from the beginning with 14 tie scores, and neither team led by more than five points the whole set. Colorado State had set point at 24-23, but Portland State took the rally to tie the frame 24-all. After a 26-26 tie score the Rams regained their composure and finished the set with a Vikings attack error and a block assist from Ellie Gubser and Paulina Hougaard-Jensen.
In the final frame, the Rams defense caught rhythm with their offense and cruised to earn the sweep. CSU held Portland state to a .000 mark while the Rams offense hit at a .481 clip.
STAT OF THE DAY
Breana Runnels paced the Rams with 17 kills in 36 attempts, giving her a hitting percentage of .306. She also recorded four digs and four stuffs.
-Paulina Hougaard-Jensen recorded four service aces in the match
-Katie Oleksak dished out 46 assists, while adding three blocks
-Paulina Hougaard-Jensen was dominant on the net recording six blocks while also contributing 12 kills swinging at a .556 mark
-Olivia Nicholson led the back row with 11 digs
-The Rams finished hitting at a .320 clip while holding the Vikings to a .102 mark
-CSU also totaled eleven blocks while PSU had two
Colorado State will face its rival the University of Colorado tonight at 8 p.m. in the CU Event Center.