The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

The Student News Site of Colorado State University

The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Print Edition
Letter to the editor submissions
Have a strong opinion about something happening on campus or in Fort Collins? Want to respond to an article written on The Collegian? Write a Letter to the Editor by following the guidelines here.
Follow Us on Twitter
Five Things We Learned Delivering Over Half a Million Orders for NoCo Restaurants
Five Things We Learned Delivering Over Half a Million Orders for NoCo Restaurants
November 8, 2023

  In May 2019, Nosh began as a humble restaurant co-op with just three people. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, while many businesses...

CSU volleyball wins 1st conference game at home against SDSU

Collegian | Avery Coates
Defensive specialist Ruby Kayser (49) serves the ball to the San Diego State University players Sept. 28.

Despite losing back-to-back conference matchups against Boise State and Utah State, the Rams had a chance to combat defeat and take home their first conference win this season. 

The Rams were able to knock off San Diego State in a tight 3-1 (25-2, 25-22, 25-1, 25-23) victory. 


Malaya Jones and Kennedy Stanford started off strong with multiple kills. They were able to continue this momentum for the rest of the match, with Jones leading the match with 16 kills.

“Staying high and seeing what’s open and being really smart with my shots,” Jones said.

It was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams, despite the aggression from CSU’s offense, SDSU was able to combat the Rams’ attack. 

Poor defense and a few mental errors from the Rams gave the Aztecs the first set in spite of a few late kills from Annie Sullivan

An early block from Jones and Naeemah Weathers in the second set defined the tone for the rest of the match, as the Rams sought to foster an early lead. The energy picked up after a few aggressive kills from the Rams; however, it was a closely fought battle throughout the rest of the match — except for the third set. 

“I think that we did a lot of things that we felt good about at the beginning,” Stanford said. “But we didn’t close it out at the end. We were really focused on if we get a lead holding it and then if we get a lead holding it past point 20.”

The Rams caught fire in the third set, putting them in a prime position to get their first conference win. 

“We had to serve a lot harder; we had to get a lot of assists in so they could stop running their middles,” Jones said. “And then just really clamp on the outside. … I think also just scrappy defensive plays: We need to make better plays, and we did make those plays.”

Stanford was unsteady to start off the match, but she was able to recover from her mistakes by producing multiple game-changing kills along with getting an ace for match point that would set up Sullivan for the game-winning kill.


“You have to let every play be every play (and) move on quickly from even the good plays so you’re not just dwelling on the last points,” Stanford said. 

The team’s ability to move on and focus on the next play gave the Rams the ability to close out the match with a victory.

“I’m really really proud of Kennedy coming back,” head coach Emily Kohan said. “She was keyed on last weekend and didn’t have her best offensive weekend last weekend. I think she hit over .350, which is astronomical as an outside hitter.”

The Rams prepare to take on the No. 1 team in the Mountain West, UNLV, at noon Saturday for the start of Ag Day.

“I think UNLV is a good team, and they also have the best player in (the) conference,” Kohan said. “It is exactly why we designed our preseason the way we did — to play other amazing teams, and we’ve shown we can play with anyone in the country, and I hope that the team’s able to take those memories and put it into effect against a really good UNLV team.”

Reach Luke Hojnowski at or on Twitter @Lukehojo.

View Comments (1)
More to Discover

Hey, thanks for visiting!
We’d like to ask you to please disable your ad blocker when looking at our site — advertising revenue directly supports our student journalists and allows us to bring you more content like this.

Comments (1)

When commenting on The Collegian’s website, please be respectful of others and their viewpoints. The Collegian reviews all comments and reserves the right to reject comments from the website. Comments including any of the following will not be accepted. 1. No language attacking a protected group, including slurs or other profane language directed at a person’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, social class, age, physical or mental disability, ethnicity or nationality. 2. No factually inaccurate information, including misleading statements or incorrect data. 3. No abusive language or harassment of Collegian writers, editors or other commenters. 4. No threatening language that includes but is not limited to language inciting violence against an individual or group of people. 5. No links.
All The Rocky Mountain Collegian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • A

    AGSanderOct 3, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    Great story coverage of entire game.
    Well written with a action flow of events that was easy to follow.
    Excellent reporting.
    AG Sander