Sep 292010
 
Authors: Kevin Lytle

The Colorado State volleyball team returns to Moby Arena tonight to play its first home conference match of the season as it faces San Diego State at 7 p.m.

CSU is jumping back into Mountain West Conference play after facing Northern Colorado in Greeley Tuesday night, a match that ended in a resounding 3-0 sweep that the Rams hope will carry over Thursday’s game.

“It gives us good momentum,” said sophomore Megan Plourde after Tuesday’s win. “San Diego State is going to be a really tough team.”

The two teams enter Thursday’s match with 2-0 conference records and are sitting atop the MWC standings together.

The Rams will be looking to continue their dominance of the MWC at Moby Arena.

CSU (12-2, 2-0 MWC) has won 24 consecutive conference matches at home, a streak spanning three seasons. The Rams last home conference loss came against Utah in November of 2006.

San Diego State (7-7, 2-0) is the team first tasked with trying to end the Ram’s streak.

The Aztecs are coming off of two straight wins to start conference play against New Mexico and TCU. Those wins broke a six-match losing streak.

The Rams know that they are in for a tough task and feel that the way they prepared for UNC will help them in their match against the Aztecs.

“I think they are going to be similar,” Plourde said. “We’re going to be well-prepared because of our preparations for (UNC).”

Not only is SDSU facing the long home winning streak of the Rams, the Aztecs are also facing a long history of CSU dominating the all-time series.

CSU is 27-14 all-time against the Aztecs, including 16 straight wins for the Rams in the series.

Thursday’s match will also feature an intriguing game within the match, as Co-Player’s of the Week Plourde and Andrea Hannasch face off against each other.

The two sophomore middle blockers will undoubtedly see a lot of each other on Thursday, but the focus is on the game rather than the individual matchup.

The Rams will be looking to show continued improvement in their play. CSU had one of its best serving games on Tuesday night, something that it has stressed throughout the early part of the season.

Coach Tom Hilbert was happy to see that and hopes it continues.

“We served tough, and we hit the right people and we caused problems for them,” Hilbert said after Thursday’s win. “That is a really good thing to see from this team. You do the serving and passing thing, that’s like a good running game in football. It keeps everything kind of in line going your way.”

The Rams are looking for another dominant performance against the Aztecs as they try to take hold of the MWC. The team feels like it is starting to round into form and are playing like they need to.

“We’re starting to see some maturity elements come out,” Hilbert said.

Volleyball beat reporter Kevin Lytle can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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