May 7, 2010
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Matchups against seven programs that participated in the 2009 NCAA tournament, including perennial powers Florida and Long Beach State, plus a renewal of the rivalry with Colorado and a trio of home tournaments highlight the 2010 schedule for the Colorado State volleyball team.
The Rams, who advanced to the regional semifinal round of last year's NCAA tournament, and closed the season ranked 17th nationally by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), will begin the quest for a 16th consecutive national tournament berth, Aug. 27-31, when they co-host the Coors Rocky Mountain Challenge with the rival CU Buffaloes. The Rams will face ACC power Duke (Aug. 27), and Furman (Aug. 28), before closing the final week of action against CU at Moby Arena on Aug. 31.
CSU continues action with three tough road matches, including a battle against the host Florida Gators, which closed 2009 ranked No. 15, as part of UF's Campus USA Credit Union Invitational. The Rams open the tourney with two matches, against Bowling Green and Albany on Sept. 3, before facing the Gators on Sept. 4.
Colorado State will then host a second tournament in front of the Moby faithful, squaring off against Texas Tech (Sept. 10), Northeastern (Sept. 11) and Illinois State (Sept. 11).
The final home tournament of the non-conference season features Virginia Commwealth and Long Beach State, the 2009 Big West Conference champions, on Sept. 16 and 17, respectively.
Head Coach Tom Hilbert and the Rams begin defense of the 2009 Mountain West Conference championship Sept. 23 and 25, with a BYU-Utah road trip that will likely set the tone for the conference race.
The Rams return home Sept. 28 for a brief out-of-conference battle with in-state rival Northern Colorado, a 2009 NCAA tourney participant from the Big Sky Conference, in Greeley, Colo.
Following another pair of MWC road games, at Air Force (Oct. 7) and at UNLV (Oct. 9), CSU will play four straight in the friendly confines of Moby Arena, facing TCU (Oct. 14) and New Mexico (Oct. 16), in back-to-back matchups with NCAA tourney teams from the previous season. CSU briefly steps out of conference again to host Denver (Oct. 20), and closes the homestand by renewing the "Border War" with rival Wyoming (Oct. 22).
The Rams take an MWC road trip to San Diego State (Oct. 30), before hosting UNLV (Nov. 4) and Air Force (Nov. 6). The Rams then travel to New Mexico (Nov. 11), play at TCU (Nov. 13) and at Wyoming (Nov. 18) before closing the regular-season slate at home against Utah (Nov. 24) and BYU (Nov. 26).
CSU launches "Set Up Moby" program and "Early Bird" family plan
CSU volleyball is providing new incentives for those interested in purchasing 2010-11 season tickets.
The CSU athletic department has launched a new program called "Set Up Moby" that gives current season-ticket holders the opportunity to save up to 50 percent by referring other fans to purchase season tickets.
In addition, an "Early Bird" family plan is being offered until June 1 that allows new customers to receive two adult and two youth general-admission season tickets for just $95.
Season-ticket packages include admission to all 17 home matches and give fans the chance to watch notable nonconference schools such as Duke, Long Beach State and Colorado compete at Moby Arena.
Other season ticket packages include $90 for reserved tickets (Sections D, E, F, O), $80 for adult general admission, $76 for faculty/staff tickets and $46 for youth general admission (ages 3-17).
Season tickets can be purchased online at CSURams.com, over the phone at 1-800/491-RAMS or in person at the McGraw Athletic Center.
Full program rules for the "Set Up Moby" promotion can be found by clicking here.
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