FORT COLLINS, Colo. – It’s stretch time for Colorado State’s women’s volleyball team, and setter Deedra Foss knows the energy and leadership she brings to the court will be crucial for the Rams.
Foss, a 5-foot, 9-inch sophomore setter from McKenna, Wash., leads the Rams into a pair of crucial home matches in Moby Arena this week. Thursday night, the Rams face UNLV at 7 p.m. on Social Media Night and Orange Out, then face Fresno State Saturday at 1 p.m.
“I think these matches are definitely going to be tough, but playing them at home will give us an advantage,” Foss said. “We beat UNLV at their place in three, but the scores were all really close, and we lost to Fresno State in five on the road.”
Colorado State is not only chasing a fourth consecutive Mountain West championship, but also the school’s 18th consecutive in the NCAA Tournament berth.
Colorado State is 15-7, 8-3 in the Mountain West, just a half game behind league-leading San Diego State (18-7, 9-3), following a three-set sweep at Wyoming last week played before a raucous crowd on the road.
“That gives us a lot of momentum. It gives us a lot of confidence, too, knowing we’re good enough to win these road games. Now we have to take care of it at home. We’re really excited for these home matches,” Foss said.
Foss, the team’s starting setter all season, has 846 of the Rams’ 957 assists this year, and ranks third on the team in blocks. Her continued consistency, as well as her leadership, will be crucial in this week’s matches.
Thursday, Foss and her teammates will be wearing orange uniforms and fans are encouraged to wear orange gear as a tribute to the school’s former colors, pumpkin orange and alfalfa green. Social Media Night As part of the Social Media Night promotion, fans who Like CSU volleyball on Facebook will have access to two specials, including a $1 off coupon. Fans can print the coupon and receive a dollar off admission into the match. This coupon is valid only the night of the match and cannot be redeemed prior to Thursday’s contest.
Fans can also win a trip to Boise to see the Rams play Boise State in both football and volleyball on Nov. 17. When a fan Likes the Facebook page, they will have access to an additional coupon, where they can enter to win the trip to Boise. Fans must fill out the online entry, print out the confirmation code, and submit it on the north concourse of Moby Arena the night of the match. Fans must be present to win. The drawing will take place Thursday night at the match with UNLV.
The grand prize includes a trip for two to Boise. The winner receives roundtrip airfare from Denver to Boise, and a pair of tickets to both the football game and volleyball match. In addition, 20 fans will also receive free T-shirts courtesy of CSU.
Also part of Thursday night’s promotions is Twivia (Twitter trivia). During breaks in the match, a trivia question will be read, and the first person to tweet the correct answer to @CSUvolleyball will win a prize pack. Fans can also post photos of themselves at the match on Twitter using the hashtag #CSUvb. Photos will later be uploaded to the volleyball Facebook page.
Tickets are available in one of the following convenient manners:
In person: Tickets can be purchased at the McGraw Athletic Center ticket window, which is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
On the phone: Fans can call toll free at 1-800-491-RAMS (7267) to purchase tickets to any Rams sporting event.
Online: Tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week at CSURams.com, the official Web site of Rams Athletics.
Note: Prices do not include fees for processing ($1 per ticket) or delivery - $2 print-at-home, $7 mail and $10 will call.