(Highlights by Olivia Landis/CTV11)
The No.12 Colorado State volleyball team still has not lost a set two games into the young season.
CSU (2-0) dominated UC Davis (0-2) in the second game of the Rams Volleyball Classic, sweeping the Aggies 3-0 by scores of 25-21, 25-19 and 25-17.
Adrianna Culbert recorded the first triple-double by a CSU player since 2007 when Ashley Fornstrom did it against Utah. The Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year had 10 kills, 20 assists and 12 digs in the game. The new 6-2 rotation the Rams have utilized has allowed her to make an impact in more areas.
“I don’t really care if I set or hit I like them both pretty much equally,” Culbert said. “Whichever one helps the team the best is what I like to do. I just like to win really.”
CSU head coach Tom Hilbert has said that he would be looking for mature play from his team in the opening weekend. He appeared to be content with how the team played against UC Davis in comparison to Friday’s match against Baylor.
“We did a way better job at getting balls to our (outside) hitters,” Culbert said. “I liked what Julia (Cubbedge) did coming in primarily at a blocker.”
Cubbedge, who did not play in the opener against Baylor, finished with four kills and two blocks during her first match as a Ram.
“Julia is a really good volleyball player,” Hilbert said. “She is typical southern Cali – they know how to play the game. She has a great deal of composure for her age, and I think that her chemistry coming in actually helped us a little bit too.”
Senior transfer Alex Reid agreed with her coach.
“I think it’s always awesome when a freshman can come in and make plays because that really gets the team pumped,” Reid said. “You don’t really expect them to do that so when they can do that and be as efficient and powerful as Julia it’s really exciting. It makes you want to work that much harder and get excited and be in it.”
Reid, who just made her Rams debut against Baylor, proved exactly why Coach Hilbert brought her onto the team as well. She finished with 10 kills against UCD, including the match point. Her 10 kills were tied for a team-best along with Culbert.
“It feels pretty great,” Reid said. “It’s definitely awesome to play in front of a big crowd and to play in my home state in front of my friends and family. It’s really awesome to finally play with this team because we have been talking about it and now we are finally doing it.”
Up next for CSU is a 7:30 p.m. match against Northern Iowa in the second portion of the doubleheader at Moby Arena. It will be the last game for CSU in the Rams Volleyball Classic.
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