Colorado State 3, Colorado 1Dec. 2, 2005

Fort Collins, Colo. -- Colorado State senior middle blocker Dre Downs dominated the match in Moby Arena tonight, leading the Rams to a four-game victory over instate rival Colorado in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in front of 2,917 fans. With the win the Rams improve to 21-8 on the season and 11-1 in NCAA matches in Moby Arena, while CU ends its season at 15-13 with the 26-30, 30-24, 30-19, 30-27 victory for CSU.

Downs led the match with a career-high 29 kills and a .532 hitting percentage. She was also one of three Rams (freshman middle blocker Mekana Barnes and freshman setter Ashley Fornstrom) with six blocks on the evening. Sophomore right-side hitter Tonya Mokelki chipped in 12 kills, while senior outside hitter Casey Bauer led the team with 12 digs and senior defensive specialist Amber Piel led the match with three aces.

Im proud of our players and how they kept their composure, said Colorado State Head Coach Tom Hilbert. Colorado is a good team and they keep their unforced errors down. I knew Dre had a huge match for us. She has the ability to make people better -- she was composed and was leading us in blocking as well.

Colorado was led by outside hitter Amber Sutherland with 14 kills, while senior Allie Griffin added 13 and Lara Bossow chipped in 10. Senior outside hitter Nicole Carr led the team with 13 digs and junior setter Ashley Nuu led the squad with three blocks.

Colorado State is now 16-16 all-time in NCAA matches and 3-0 against Colorado. The Rams are also 11-1 at home and will face third-seeded Washington (27-1) -- which defeated Siena earlier this evening in three games -- in a second round match tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m.

-- Courtesy Colorado St.