At the flick of a broom, CSU swept its way to tie its best start in program history.
CSU expected Boise State to come out stronger than in the first appearance this season, especially since the Broncos would now be on home turf. It posed no threat, as the Rams collected its 20th win of the season defeating the Broncos (25-19,25-20,25-14).
“We came out playing very well, especially attacking,” Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. “We didn’t hit any unforced errors until the third set. We got blocked a couple times, but for the most part we played very well. They could not stop us.”
Along with continuing its undefeated record, CSU now remains one win away from breaking a 20-0 start in 2001, earning the best start in program history. Since 1995, the Rams have won 20 matches each year, becoming the fifth-longest streak in NCAA history.
“We have worked hard for each one of those wins,” Marlee Reynolds said. “It’s definitely a cool thing — it’s not something we think of constantly because I want to stay humble about it. It is an honor to be a part of this team and to have that kind of record.”
Headed into Saturday’s game, CSU knew it would need to earn two to three points more than in the last appearance, because Boise previously totaled 17 unforced attacker errors against CSU. In the final match up of the season between the Rams and Broncos, Boise struggled despite a stronger initial fight.
“They played better this time in the first two sets, but the third they were terrible,” Hilbert said. “It’s hard for a team like that to stay with us for an entire match. We’re physically better.”
The Broncos collected 35 kills on the night with 25 attacker errors on eight hitters. Because of this, Boise hit .101 with four blocks — not one attacker hit above eight kills. The Broncos were able to keep set one and two close, but faltered in the third set with a lack of momentum.
“I think we just took the wind out of their sails,” Hilbert said. “We came out in the third set and served tough. They made a couple mistakes early, we got a huge lead and I think they just sort of gave up a little bit.”
Compared to the CSU offense, Marlee Reynolds lead the offense with nine kills and a .261 hitting percentage. A success for the offense this season has been versatility, which continued to show as Samantha Peters, Adrianna Culbert and Kelsey Snider all earned over six kills tonight.
CSU had a combined attack total of 38 kills and 5 errors, hitting .440 and .333 in the final set.
CSU currently stands at the top of the MW with a perfect 20-0 record and 11-0 in the MW. The Rams broke into the No.9 rankings on Monday as one of two undefeated teams in the NCAA.
“I think we’re gonna keep pushing and trying to be the best,” Kelsey Snider said. “I think it’s knowing that we have beat each team, they are going to come out even harder and try to beat us. It’s important–we need to continue that competitive edge.”
Collegian Volleyball Beat Reporter Haleigh Hamblin at firstname.lastname@example.org.