This Week in Rams Athletics: Volleyball sponsors scrimmages in Sterling

Danielle Minch

Danielle Minch

April 6, 2009

By Matt Pucak
Athletic Media Relations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – In its first action since making a 14th-straight appearance in the NCAA tournament, the CSU volleyball team will sponsor two scrimmages on Saturday in Sterling, Colo., against regional rivals Colorado and Denver.

The exhibition will feature the three teams playing each other once, as CSU will open with Denver at 10 a.m., Denver and Colorado will square off at noon, followed by CSU vs. Colorado at 2 p.m. The event will take place at the Bank of Colorado Events Center at Northeastern Junior College.

The games will be a homecoming for CSU outside hitter Danielle Minch, a 2007 graduate of Sterling High School.

Tickets for the event are $3 and are available at the scrimmage or by calling the Colorado State ticket office at 970/ 491-RAMS.

Outdoor track and field to split up for busy weekend
With the majority of last weekend’s Tom Benich Invitational being postponed due to inclement weather conditions, the CSU outdoor track and field team should be well rested for the upcoming weekend.

CSU will send around 25 athletes to Arizona State for the Sun Angel Track Classic, while the rest of the team will head to Boulder for the CU Invitational.

CSU hosted the throwing portions of the Tom Benich on Friday, which were the only events to take place before the postponement of the meet. Alex Godell and Megan Berg continued their strong spring starts to the outdoor season, each again reaching regional-qualifying distance with their weight throws.

It has yet to be determined when Northern Colorado will host the rescheduled meet.

Softball travels for three games
The CSU softball team (17-18, 1-1 in MWC play) finally opened the home portion of its schedule, splitting home games against Brigham Young and Utah.

The women dropped the home opener to the Cougars, but bounced back the following day to defeat Utah, 8-5, before weather interfered, postponing the Saturday game against the Utes.

The Rams will return to the road this week, playing one game at San Diego State on Thursday and then two games against UNLV, one each on Friday and Saturday.

After concluding the road trip, CSU will then have a six-game homestand.

Women's tennis
The CSU women’s tennis team will head to Albuquerque, N.M., for two MWC matches this weekend.

The Rams dropped two tough contests over the weekend against San Diego State, 6-1, and No. 58 UNLV, 7-0, but CSU felt that both matches were closer than the score indicated.

The Rams (5-10, 0-4 MWC) will face No. 28 TCU on Friday and New Mexico on Saturday.

Men's golf
After the Shocker Classic at Wichita State was cancelled due to a snow storm, the CSU men’s golf team will be ready for action again when it travels to Phoenix, Ariz., for the Thunderbird Classic on Friday and Saturday.

The Rams, ranked 17th in the nation, have already won five tournaments this season, tied for the most in CSU history, and will be looking for a record-setting win this weekend at ASU’s Karsten Golf Course (par-71, 7,057 yards).

The Rams will face some stiff competition, including returning champion and host Arizona State, a squad that has won 13 of the past 20 tournaments.

Other teams competing in the strong field will be Arizona, Ball State, BYU, California, Cal State Northridge, Denver, Fresno State, UC Irvine, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, San Diego State, Texas Christian and UNLV.

Women's golf
The CSU women’s golf team has added a dual against Colorado to its schedule. The Rams and the Buffaloes will meet on Saturday at the Boulder Country Club for the dual.

CSU had the opportunity to add the dual to its schedule after the Spartan Invitational in San Jose was rained out in early March.

Water polo
The CSU water polo team (14-15, 9-5 Western Water Polo Association) wrapped up the regular-season portion of its schedule last weekend, going 1-3.

CSU defeated Cal State San Bernardino, 13-9, on Sunday, good for the Rams’ third victory over the Coyotes this season. CSU also took No. 18 UC San Diego to the brink on Sunday, losing 8-7.

The Rams now have almost three weeks off until the WWPA tournament, which will begin on April 24 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Football
Spring football practices will continue this week, as the Rams were able to get in a full complement of practices last week despite some weather challenges.

The Rams will plan on practicing Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Saturday morning practice will be a scrimmage that is scheduled to take place at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

The spring practice session will conclude with the annual spring game and free pancake breakfast on April 18, with the football portion beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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