Katie Oleksak records 45 assists in victory over Oakland

After sweeping LSU Friday morning, Colorado State volleyball (6-2) defeated Oakland in four sets Friday evening. The Golden Grizzlies took the first set, 25-14. CSU rebounded to win the following three sets by scores of 25-15, 25-16 and 25-17 though. 

In the match, three Rams recorded double-digit kills, including Jessica Jackson, who had a career-best 12 kills in the victory. Along with Jackson, Breana Runnels and (11) and Kirstie Hillyer (13) helped pace the offense as well. 

“I started the match with a different lineup than usual and it didn’t work. Oakland was able to build up a big lead and our players were uncomfortable and we played a poor set," head coach Tom Hilbert said in a release. 

"We recovered in set two after we went back to our normal lineup and we played better. We hit and blocked better also in set two. We still need to serve and block better if we want to be successful. Sasha (Colombo) had a great serving run in set four. It came down to serving and blocking tonight I thought Kirstie (Hillyer) and Paulina (Hougaard-Jensen) had a great match and Olivia (Nicholson) played well in a lot of different areas. She was passing and playing defense and also did some really smart ball handling things that I really liked. I still think we haven’t played our ‘A’ game yet this weekend, so I hope that is coming tomorrow.”

Katie Oleksak finished with nearly twice as many assists as anyone else in the match, finishing with 45 in the four-set match. The performance came after Oleksak recorded 30 assists in the victory over LSU. 

CSU will face No. 20 Michigan Saturday evening, starting at 5 p.m. MT. The Rams defeated the Wolverines in each of the 2017 matchups. 

“We are going to have to be much more aggressive tomorrow night and we’ll have to have a lot faster tempo in our offense," Hilbert said.

"We don’t have much of an offense right now, but I thought we passed the ball better tonight and if it continues into tomorrow night that would help our blocking. We are going to have to be very aggressive in our serving game and also take big competitive swings every time we get an opportunity. If we can do those things, we have a chance.”

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