Nov. 21, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The No. 10 Colorado State Rams set a Mountain West record Thursday with its 26th consecutive victory, a 3-0 sweep over San José State (27-25, 25-14, 25-15) at The Event Center.
With the win, the Rams remain undefeated (26-0, 17-0 MW), and won their 16th consecutive true road match.
"We played well tonight, and I'm proud of this team for getting the win," Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. "I thought we got better as the match went on."
Things started out slow for the Rams, as they couldn't find a rhythm and were out-hit in the opening frame despite recording a .308 hitting percentage. CSU led 19-16 and 24-22, but the Spartans (8-20, 5-12 MW) fought off consecutive Set Point opportunities to tie the set at 24-24. After the two teams alternated points, sophomore Adrianna Culbert posted a kill, followed by an SJSU attack error to conclude the first frame.
"They out-hit us in the first set, but we had a low amount of mistakes, low errors," Hilbert said. "I think they missed five serves and we missed two, and that was probably the difference. That's one of the things we warn our team about; teams are going to step up and play well against us. We have to just accept it and play with them. That's what we do."
The Rams played with much more poise in the next two sets, winning by large margins and hitting with great efficiency. In the third frame, CSU hit .455, compared to SJSU's .038, and out-blocked the Spartans, 5.5 to 1.0.
"I'm very happy with our hitting," Hilbert said. "It was good. It's just a matter of you have to be a half-step quicker on all of the blocking and defensive skill areas to beat anybody."
Senior Samantha Peters had a team-high 12 kills without committing an error, hitting .706. She also had a team-high-tying three blocks.
"Sam does what she always does," Hilbert said. "She doesn't hit an error, she gets kills, and she does it so quietly you don't even notice. She hit .700; it was ridiculous. She's just so solid and smart in what she does."
Junior Marlee Reynolds had 10 kills on .360 hitting while Michelle Lawrence and Kelsey Snider each had eight kills. As a team, CSU hit .368. Culbert had a team-most 11 digs, while setter Deedra Foss had 34 assists. CSU had five service aces in the win, including two from Snider.
"One the reasons we're playing well on the road is we're serving well on the road," Hilbert said.
The Rams will conclude the road portion of their conference season Saturday at Fresno State. The match will begin at 11 a.m., and can be streamed on the Mountain West Network.
"We have to play better Saturday to beat Fresno State, but I think this team will be up for the challenge," Hilbert said. "They continue to rise to the occasion each night."
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