Oct. 31, 2013
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BOISE, Idaho — The No. 9 Colorado State Rams’ perfect season remained perfect on Thursday at Bronco Gym, sweeping Boise State in one of the team’s best performances of the season (25-19, 25-20, 25-13).
The win is CSU’s 20th of the season, tying the program’s best start (2001). It also marks the 19th straight season that the Rams (20-0, 11-0 MW) have won at least 20 matches, the fifth-longest active streak in the country.
“We played extremely well tonight, and it was a good win for us,” Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. “The team is preparing well, and they’re figuring out how to play well consistently. I’m super impressed with this group.”
The Rams hit .440 on the night, the second consecutive match above .400 and fourth time this season. What was more impressive, however, was that CSU committed a season-low five attack errors, including just one unforced error.
“To do that on the road is remarkable,” Hilbert said. “If we hit like we did tonight we can compete with any team in the country.”
Junior Marlee Reynolds led all hitters with nine kills, also adding a team-high-tying four blocks — all of which came in the first set. Four others had at least four kills, including middle blockers Samantha Peters and Kelsey Snider, who combined for 16 kills on .625 hitting.
“Everyone played really well tonight, but especially Marlee,” Hilbert said. “She had some pressure shots and got some great kills. If tonight is any indication as to how we’re going to play the second half of conference I’m really pleased.”
CSU held an 11-9 early in the match and forced Boise State (10-12, 4-8 MW) to burn both of its timeouts during a 7-3 run to take an 18-12 lead. The Rams would remain in front by at least four for the remainder of the set, out-hitting Boise State, .333 to .103. The Broncos hit much better in Set 2 (.310), but so did the Rams, recording 17 kills on 27 swings for .593 efficiency.
“We played consistently well throughout the course of the match,” Hilbert said. “When they played well in the second set we played better.”
Following ties from 1-1 to 4-4, CSU used a 15-6 run to gain major separation, leading by as many as nine. The Rams never trailed in Set 3 to complete the sweep.
With the win, CSU improved to 8-0 all-time against Boise State, with each victory coming in three sets. In six matches with Deedra Foss as setter, CSU has hit at least .374 each time. On Thursday, Foss finished with 34 assists and two service aces.
The Rams will now turn their attention to Utah State (15-7, 8-3 MW), which is tied for second place in the Mountain West standings and riding a six-match win streak overall. A victory Saturday would set a program record for CSU’s best start to a season and would mark the Rams’ second-longest winning streak overall. First serve is at 7:30 p.m. MT. The match can be streamed on the Mountain West Network.