After showing signs of life in their first win of the season
against Wyoming Friday night, the San Diego State Aztecs looked
nearly extinct Saturday versus the CSU women’s volleyball team.
The Rams treated the Aztecs to a three-game match loss in San
Diego in just an hour and 19 minutes by scores of 30-23, 30-23 and
The No. 9 Rams (12-1, 4-0 Mountain West Conference) won their
12th straight game against an SDSU (1-14, 1-2) team that broke its
13-game losing streak the day before.
The Aztecs, down by 2-0 in the second game, benefited from three
straight CSU unforced errors and added two blocks of their own to
gain a 5-2 lead over CSU. But senior middle blocker Bri Frech
turned it into high gear and ended the Aztecs’ scoring with a sharp
The Rams regained the lead with a kill from junior right-side
hitter Dre Downs followed by a service ace by sophomore libero
As a team, the Rams hit .414 and held the Aztecs to .148 and
just seven kills in the first game. The Rams offense was led by
junior outside hitter Tess Rogers, who had 16 kills and a .652
hitting percentage with just one hitting error. Frech had 12 kills
and Downs added 10.
“Both Tess and Dre were unstoppable tonight,” said CSU head
coach Tom Hilbert. “The entire team did a good job of keeping down
our unforced errors.”
The Rams did make 13 serving errors but turned in a better
performance than in the UNLV game.
“We played with much greater composure than we did on Thursday
(against UNLV),” Hilbert said. “We played really great tonight,
except for quite a few missed serves. I continue to see Bri take on
more of a go-to roll for us, which is exciting because it gives us
two really effective middle attackers.”
The Aztecs struggles continued, with no player hitting more than
eight kills in the match. Both junior outside hitter Melissa
Stapley and sophomore right side hitter Audra Dent had eight kills
to lead the team. Freshman Kristen Castillo had two service aces
with 28 of 30 assists.
The Rams return home at 7 p.m. for a match versus border rival
Wyoming on Friday at Moby Arena.