No. 18 CSU volleyball (19-3, 12-0 MW) earned their 12th straight Mountain West win against Nevada in a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-14, 25-19).
The Rams took a quick lead in the first set, but faced trouble with Nevada’s notoriously quick offense during the end of the set.
The combination of CSU volleyball beginning to play sloppily and Nevada playing to the best of its ability led to the Wolf Pack gaining points and closing in on the Rams’ lead.
“We started off the first set with a really nice long point run and then they kind of heated up… But we kept siding out with them. We wouldn’t let them score on us, so we won that game,” CSU head coach Tom Hilbert said.
Nevada climbed back a bit from a ten point deficit, 21-11 at one point, to falling short to the Rams 25-18 in the first set.
The Rams re-collected themselves on the court and came out dominating the second set, winning 25-14.
“We really shut them down,” Hilbert said of the second set. “We did some nice things with service pressure today.”
However, the Rams found themselves back in trouble during the beginning of the third set. The start of the final set of the match went back and forth between CSU volleyball and Nevada.
“In the third set they got a little lead, really because of our unforced errors,” Hilbert said.
The Rams were 14-13 with the teams going back and forth, until they finally put on a run to win the set 25-19 on a kill from Acacia Andrews.
“It was a really nice complete match for a lot of people and I thought the blocking was really really for most of the night,” Hilbert said.
Senior Alex Reid was nothing but content after the match with CSU’s performance against Nevada.
“Yeah, it’s always nice when you can get a win and especially in three (sets),” Reid said. “We have been working really hard and just trying to grow in each game.”
No. 18 CSU heads on the road for matches against the Air Force Academy and New Mexico to defend their undefeated Mountain West record. The Rams take on the Falcons at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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