Nov. 28, 2013
San Diego State 3, No. 9 Colorado State 2
15-25, 18-25, 25-21, 27-25, 15-13
- CSU suffered its first defeat of the season Wednesday, snapping the team’s run for perfection. The loss breaks several streaks, including:
>> 27-match winning streak – program and Mountain West record, second-longest active streak in the nation.
>> 27-0 start to the season – program and Mountain West record.
>> 21-match home winning streak – tied for second-best in program history, third-longest active streak in the NCAA.
>> 35-match win streak during the regular season, dating back to Oct. 27, 2012 – longest active streak in the nation.
>> 25 straight Mountain West victories, including 24 in a row at home (since 2010), and 50 straight at home to current members of the Mountain West (since 2005).
- Despite the loss, the Rams are still in position to claim the program’s best all-time winning percentage. A victory Friday at UNLV would set the mark, in addition to guarantee CSU the fewest losses in program history, and tie for the fifth-most victories. Currently, CSU’s best winning percentage came in 1999, when the Rams went 30-3 (.909). In both 1999 and 2003, the Rams had three losses.
- With a crowd of 3,087 on Wednesday, CSU set a single-season record for largest average attendance. Currently, CSU is averaging 3,185 fans per match, which ranks eighth nationally. CSU’s previous best average was 2,846, set in 2001.
- After CSU won the first two sets, San Diego State responded to win the final three, marking the first time in 17 seasons under Head Coach Tom Hilbert that the Rams have lost at home after leading 2-0. In his career, Hilbert’s Rams are 341-5 (.986) when leading 2-0.
- The Rams dropped to 34-16 all-time against San Diego State, including 17-6 at Moby Arena. Wednesday was just Head Coach Tom Hilbert’s third loss to the Aztecs, holding a mark of 31-3 all-time. The Aztecs were predicted to win the Mountain West in the annual preseason poll.
- Prior to Wednesday, CSU had won 39 of 41 sets played at Moby Arena this season. Despite dropping three sets to San Diego State, the Rams can still tie for a program record for fewest sets lost at home with a sweep of UNLV Friday. CSU lost five sets at home in both 2001 and 2011.
- The match was CSU’s fourth five-set match of the season, but first at home since Sept. 15, 2012, a loss to No. 2 UCLA. The last time the Rams played a five-set match at home against a Mountain West opponent was on Oct. 14, 2010, against TCU.
- Junior Marlee Reynolds led CSU with 17 kills and five blocks, both team highs. Also in double figures for kills was freshman Michelle Lawrence (14) and junior Kelsey Snider (12).
- In the back row, libero Jaime Colaizzi had 23 digs, her seventh 20-dig performance of the season.
- The Rams out-hit San Diego State, .265 to .180, and out-blocked the Aztecs, 11.5 to 9.0. They were nearly flawless through the first two sets, recording 31 kills an just four attack errors for a .458 hitting percentage.
- Setter Deedra Foss not only recorded 55 assists, but she also added five kills, three service aces, five digs and four blocks.
- Senior transfer Cayla Broadwater, who has played in just eight matches this season, recorded her first kill as a Ram, giving CSU its 25th point in Set 1.
- Sophomore Kaitlind Bestgen played in one set, her first action since Nov. 2 at Wyoming.
- Set 1: CSU out-hit San Diego State .481 to .028, with five players recording at least two kills. Leading 7-6 early, CSU used a 4-0 run to gain some separation, with freshman Michelle Lawrence recording a block and two kills.
- Set 2: The Rams secured the first two points of the set on San Diego State errors, and never trailed. CSU hit .438 in the set (16-2-32), with Marlee Reynolds and Kelsey Snider each tallying three kills. Deedra Foss paced the offense with 14 assists.
- Set 3: CSU led by as many as seven, 15-8, but San Diego State fought back, closing on a 12-2 run to win the third set. It was the largest lead that CSU has blown this season. The bright spot in the set was libero Jaime Colaizzi, who had nine digs. CSU’s seven-point lead was the largest the Rams have held during a set loss this season.
- Set 4: In a back-and-forth affair which featured 14 ties and six lead changes, neither team led by more than three points. The Aztecs led late, 24-23, but CSU fought off Set Point with consecutive points to set up Match Point, at 25-24. Despite needing just one point to win the match, the Rams couldn’t finish, allowing the Aztecs to take three straight and win the set.
- Set 5: San Diego State jumped out to a 5-1 lead, but the Rams didn’t give in, using a 5-1 run of their own to tie the score at 6-6. The Rams and Aztecs would be tied at every point from 8-8 through 12-12, and despite holding leads at 10-9 and 11-10, San Diego State closed on a 3-1 run to win the set and match. The Rams lost despite out-blocking San Diego State 4.5 to 0.0 in the deciding frame.
- The Rams will conclude their 2013 regular season on Friday, with a 7 p.m. match vs. UNLV. Prior to the match, CSU will honor its three seniors – Cayla Broadwater, Samantha Peters and Michelle Smith – and afterward, the team will be presented with the 2013 Mountain West championship trophy, the Rams’ fifth straight. Smith is the second player in CSU history to win five regular-season crowns during her career.
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