Rams fall to No. 20 Michigan

Colorado State volleyball traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan last weekend to take part in the Michigan Challenge. After winning its first two matches, first sweeping LSU and then defeating Oakland, the Rams ultimately were swept by Michigan, 3-0.

“I thought we played really well for about 75 percent of the match,” head coach Tom Hilbert said in a release.

“We got the ball to the right people and we out hit Michigan in the first set, but we got service aced. They had one good player that aced us seven times and if we avoided that, we would have been in pretty good shape. I thought some good things came from the match from an offensive stand point. We did not defend great against Michigan, we blocked some of the stuff, but we couldn’t stop No. 1.”

Kirstie Hillyer led the offense with 11 kills, while hitting .500 in the match. Hillyer also added six blocks which was tied for team-high with Olivia Nicholson.

Game Notes from csurams.com:

- Olivia Nicholson helped control the net, putting up six blocks.

- Paulina Hougaard-Jensen recorded eight kills, while hitting .400 and adding five blocks, including one solo.

- Breana Runnels floored nine kills and tallied the only two service aces for the Rams.

- Katie Oleksak dished out 32 assists.

- Michigan racked up seven aces on CSU, while Colorado State held control of the net with an 11-6 blocks advantage.

PHOTO: CSU Volleyball Twitter (@csuvolleyball)