Colorado State volleyball falls to 0-2 to start season

Taylor Paumen

Karina Leber spikes the ball down onto the opponents side.
Karina Leber (42) spikes the ball down onto the opponents side during the Colorado State season opening home game versus Northwestern University Aug. 28. CSU loses 3-1. (Devin Cornelius | The Collegian)

The Colorado State University volleyball team headed east Aug. 31 to take on the University of Northern Colorado Bears. The Rams seem to be having a rough start to the season beginning with a 0-2 record

The Rams made themselves a threat early in the first set with 13 kills spread through the roster and took set one 25-11. Karina Leber led the team with four kills to kick off the match. Although the green and gold team snatched the first set of Tuesday’s match and had a match-high of four blocks, the team couldn’t follow through in set two.


Stretching into the night, the two teams headed into set five.”

CSU took the lead starting 3-0 in set two, but the Bears stayed close by with both teams, tying 11 times in the set. The Rams pulled forward slightly, taking an 18-14 lead but was short-lived, as UNC grabbed six of the last seven points and tied the match to 1-1

After some adjustments to the line up, CSU headed into set three. The Rams stayed ahead of UNC for the majority of the set, allowing them to tie only four times until late in the set when the Bears got a second wind. The Bears pulled ahead to a 20-17 lead, but after several attack errors and multiple kills from Kennedy Stanford and Sasha Colombo, the Rams took back their match lead, winning 29-27, 2-1.

Heading into set four, CSU could see a light at the end of the tunnel, but the Bears shut that down, taking an early four-point lead with 9-5. The Rams struggled to fight back after adding nine attack errors to the Bears’ score as they led 15-12. UNC finished the set with kills and CSU added four more attacking errors to make a match high of 13 total, tying the match again 2-2.

Stretching into the night, the two teams headed into set five. Once again, Northern Colorado took an early 7-3 lead. The Rams fought back, tying 13-13 to try and steal the win. Ultimately, the Bears got the last two points of the night off a kill and attack error, taking the set 15-13 and the match 3-2

Although Colorado State added to their losing streak heading into their next games, several Rams added some great stats to the books. Stanford led her team with 19 kills, and Jacqi Van Leifde was close behind with 14 kills and also added six blocks. Colombo put four blocks and two aces to her stats while newly added Annie Sullivan tied with the senior on kills, both adding eight

The Rams will continue to be on the road their next two games as they head to North Carolina to take on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Friday evening at 5 p.m. and North Carolina State University Saturday at 5 p.m.

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