LOGAN, Utah – Utah State women’s volleyball went point-for-point with Colorado State, but it was short bursts that proved to be the difference in the 3-0 Aggie defeat at home on Thursday night. The loss puts the Aggies at 6-8 overall on the year, including a 1-2 mark in the Mountain West. Colorado State moved to 9-5 and 3-0 in league play with the win.
Utah State finished the match hitting .250 (43-15-112) and was led by junior middle Carly Lenzen with a season-high 12 kills, marking her first double-digit kill outing of the season. Additionally, Lenzen was the most efficient hitter for the Aggies, hitting .526 with only two errors on her 19 attempts. Senior outside Kaylie Kamalu-Smith joined her in double figures, totaling 10 kills and continuing a streak of eight matches with double-digit numbers.
Defensively, senior libero Hannah Gleason recorded double-digit digs for the fifth consecutive match, tying for the lead on both teams with 15. Colorado State’s Cassidy Denny matched the effort as the Rams hit .311 (50-13-119) on the night and were led by Kirstie Hillyer in the middle with 13 kills, hitting .522 (13-1-23).
“This match was tough, and tough because we had chances,” head coach Grayson DuBose said. “We just gave too much away in each game, and each game there was a lapse where we would give up four or five points. That gave them enough cushion and made the difference in each game.”
Utah State had a five-point advantage in the first set, leading 12-7 following a kill by sophomore middle Lauren O’Brien. Colorado State countered with a five point run to tie the match at 12-12 and the teams then battled through five ties, leading up to a 24-24 deadlock. The Aggies were able to even the score at 24-24 after fighting off a pair of Colorado State set points behind back-to-back kills by Lenzen. However, CSU closed out the first set behind a USU service error and a final block to take it, 26-24.
The teams swapped the lead three times over the opening rallies of the second set and ultimately played to a 14-14 tie midway through the frame. Colorado State then put together three straight, taking a 17-14 lead and then held on down the stretch. Utah State cut the margin to within one at 18-17 and 19-18, but a closing kill by the Rams put the visitors up 2-0 with the 25-20 win.
The third set played out very similar to the first two, with the teams going back-and-forth through nine ties, leading up to an 11-11 deadlock. CSU then scored four straight, creating a 15-11 cushion and then held off Utah State advances during the remaining rallies. The Aggies came to within three on three different occasions behind kills by junior outside Lauren Anderson, blocks by Lenzen and senior setter Erica Moscoso and a kill by Lenzen, but ultimately lost the set, 25-18.
Utah State will return to Kirby Court at the Wayne Estes Center on Saturday, hosting Wyoming at 6 p.m. Fans can follow the action via live stat and video links online at utahstateaggies.com.
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