TEMPE, Ariz. -- No. 8 Colorado State won the Residence Inn Invitational championship Saturday night following a sweep of North Carolina Central (25-15, 25-20, 25-12) at Wells Fargo Arena.
The Rams went 3-0 on the weekend -- including wins over No. 18 Arizona State and Pepperdine -- to finish the non-conference portion of their season 12-1.
Senior outside hitter Marlee Reynolds was named the tournament MVP, while freshman middle blocker Jasmine Hanna and junior libero Jaime Colaizzi were named to the all-tournament team. CSU has now won 26 consecutive regular season matches away from Moby Arena, a streak which dates back to Oct. 27, 2012.
Setter Crystal Young, a transfer from Blinn College, made her first CSU start, totaling 33 assists, three blocks and two kills.
CSU hit a season-best .493, while out-blocking NCCU 8.0 to 1.0. Hanna had 12 kills on .500 hitting while Reynolds was also in double figures for kills (10 kills, .562 efficiency). Senior middle blocker Kelsey Snider added eight kills on .583 hitting in addition to three blocks and two aces.
The Rams had a season-high eight service aces, including three from junior Kaitlind Bestgen. The defensive specialist also had a team-most nine digs.
Colorado State rolled past Pepperdine in three sets (25-13, 25-23, 25-20) earlier on Saturday.
CSU out-hit Pepperdine .333 to .122, and out-blocked the Waves 12.0 to 2.0. But the biggest difference was the Rams’ ability to come from behind in sets two and three.
Reynolds had nine kills and six other CSU players had at least two, including Hanna, who had eight kills on .444 efficiency. Six Rams players had a solo block in the win, led by four total stuffs from freshman Alexandra Poletto.