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During one point in No.7 Colorado State’s three set sweep against San Diego State, head coach Tom Hilbert pulled seniors Marlee Reynolds and Kelsey Snider aside and told them to soak it all in.
In front of an announced 4,370 pumpkin and alfalfa-clad fans, CSU defeated the Aztecs 25-22, 25-21, 25-16, making it the Rams 24th win in their past 26 matches.
“Every time we have these combos with football and these orange out stuff it always is great for us. 4300 people here tonight I think they had a good time, its a great way to celebrate our history,” Hilbert said of the volleyball-football doubleheader that took place Saturday.
The Rams started off strong gaining momentum early into set one though the Aztecs were never too far behind. With every run CSU went on, SDSU would follow to pull within two or three and even a tied score at 15 in the first set.
While CSU rallied late into the first to earn a 1-0 set lead over SDSU, the Aztecs came into the second set determined to even the score. Set two had eight ties and three lead changes before the Rams ultimately closed it out.
“I was upset with a few individual plays especially in set two in sort of a crutch time, we struggled with some serve receive issues today,” Hilbert said. “I think it is a lack of composure. I don’t understand quite why that is happening but we can fix it because we have been better.”
After regrouping during the intermission, CSU found a turning point in the match against a team that handed them their only regular season loss of the 2013 season.
“We were saying we don’t want to let them think they had a chance so we just came out in that third game and crushed them and said this is Moby, welcome to Moby Arena,” Foss said.
“That third set is probably as good of transition game as we have had, we made 20 kills which means were digging balls and converting them because we did not get 20 side out kills and that’s because of this lady right here,” Hilbert said of Foss.
Foss ended the night with 42 assists which led an offensive explosion by Snider with 13 kills, Jasmine Hanna with 12 and Adrianna Culbert with 10. Saturday was also another strong performance by the CSU defense and libero Jaimie Colaizzi who ended the night with 14 digs.
Collegian Sports Reporter Haleigh Hamblin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on twitter @haleighhamblin.