No. 10 Colorado State (3), New Mexico (1) 16-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19
The Rams established a new program record with their 24th consecutive victory. The previous mark of 23 was set in 2003. CSU is now one win shy of tying the Mountain West mark, which was set by Utah in 2006 (25).
The Rams haven't lost a regular season match since Oct. 25, 2012, a span of 32 straight contests. The streak is a program record and is the NCAA's active leader.
The win also extends CSU's program and Mountain West record for victories to start a season. CSU's previous record was 20-0, set in 2001.
CSU has now won 20 consecutive matches at Moby Arena, tied for third-best in program history and the third-longest active streak in the NCAA. Since the start of the 2011 season, CSU is 38-2 at home, the second-best winning percentage in the nation.
The victory is CSU's 15th straight to begin Mountain West play, setting a new record. The previous high was 14, when the 2003 squad went a perfect 14-0. The Rams can clinch a share of the MW title with a win Friday vs. Air Force.
CSU is one of two undefeated teams in the nation. Missouri is currently 29-0. The No. 7 Tigers' next match is Friday at No. 5 Florida.
The Rams improved to 47-23 all-time against New Mexico, including 25-8 at Moby Arena. Head Coach Tom Hilbert is 18-0 against the Lobos at home.
Junior Kelsey Snider led CSU with 15 kills on .345 hitting (15-5-29). In two matches against the Lobos this season, she has 33 kills on .343 hitting (33-9-70). She also added an ace and two blocks on Thursday.
Joining Snider in the middle was senior Samantha Peters, who had nine kills (.333 hitting) and a match-best eight blocks. She has recorded eight or more blocks in three straight matches and seven times in conference play this season.
Michelle Lawrence had a strong final two sets, finishing the match with 11 kills and two blocks. The freshman had eight kills over the final two sets (8-1-23) after hitting -.154 over the first two (3-5-13).
Junior Deedra Foss posted her eighth double-double of the season - and third in her last four matches - with 45 assists and 11 digs. She also tallied an ace, three kills and a pair of blocks.
Featuring the top two offensive and defensive teams in the Mountain West - CSU ranks first in hitting percentage and second in opponent hitting percentage, while New Mexico ranks second and first, respectively - both were held to sub-.100 percentages through the first two sets. CSU turned it on in Set 4, though, hitting .364 (15-3-33).
The Rams dropped the opening set of the match for just the sixth time this season. Each time, however, CSU has responded with a victory, including in four sets five times.
CSU's Set-1 loss marked just the second time this season that the Rams have lost a set at Moby Arena. The Rams are 12-0 on their home court this season, winning 36 of 38 possible sets.
Head Coach Tom Hilbert was recognized after the match for his 600th career victory, which occurred Saturday vs. Nevada. He is one of 10 coaches in NCAA women's volleyball history with 600 wins and a winning percentage above .770.
Set 1: CSU trailed by as many as nine, 16-7, but fought back using a 7-1 run. That was as close as the Rams would get, though, as New Mexico closed on a 4-0 run to win the opening set, 25-16. It tied for CSU's largest deficit of the season.
Set 2: The Rams jumped out to a 5-4 lead and led for the remainder of the set. After a New Mexico timeout at 17-13, the Lobos cut the score to 17-14 before Samantha Peters led CSU to a 5-0 run with a kill and four block assists.
Set 3: After six ties and five lead changes by the 11-11 mark, CSU used a 6-2 run to take a 17-13 lead and held the advantage for the remainder of the set. Freshman Michelle Lawrence, who hit -.154 through the first two sets, had five kills on .417 hitting (5-0-12).
Set 4: CSU jumped out to a 7-1 lead and did not trail, hitting .364 (15-3-33). Kelsey Snider had five kills on eight swings, and the Rams posted two service aces.
CSU will return to the court on Friday to face the Air Force Falcons (6-20, 3-11 MW). The Rams are 40-1 all-time against the Falcons, winning 40 consecutive in the series since 1982. CSU has swept each of the last 18 matches in the series dating back to 2005.