Editor’s note: In the Friday print edition of this story, the headline reads “Rams win five-set thriller in MWC opener.” Colorado State’s MWC opener was a week ago at Brigham Young. The Thursday match against SDSU was the MWC home opener. The Collegian regrets its error.
Moby Arenaâ€™s scoreboard could barely keep up with the Rams on its last night of service, as Colorado Stateâ€™s volleyball team beat San Diego State in a five-set track meet.
CSU will unveil its new $1 million scoreboard at the next home match on Oct. 14. The scoreboard will feature four video boards in the center of the arena and revamped scoreboards will be added to each concourse.
Though the match lasted five sets, it was completed in only one hour and 56 minutes. The Ramsâ€™ three prior five-set matches this season took well over two hours to complete.
â€œThis match was about service point scoring,â€ head coach Tom Hilbert said. The Rams committed ten service errors on the evening while SDSU erred nine times.
Senior outside hitter Danielle Minch finished the match with 16 kills, tying her season high.
â€œI thought Danielle Minch was really good,â€ HIlbert said. â€œâ€œShe hit very smart. I think when she is seeing the block, she does very well.â€
Setter Evan Sanders finished just shy of a double-double, registering 43 assists and nine digs. San Diego Stateâ€™s reigning Mountain West Player of the week, sophomore Andrea Hannasch, tallied 12 kills while hitting .364 to lead the Aztecs.
Across the net from Hannasch was CSU middle blocker Megan Plourde, who managed eight kills and four blocking assists.
â€œMegâ€™s not used to getting blocked,â€ Hilbert said. â€œIt just wasnâ€™t her night.â€
In the three sets they won, CSU hit .429, while hitting just above 6 percent in the sets they lost. â€œWe played very good at times and not so hot at others,â€ Minch said.
â€œWe were serving pretty tough,â€ commented Hilbert. â€œWe were passing pretty well, but in Game 2 and Game 4 we softened up a little bit in serving and they got some momentum.â€
During their first two victorious sets, Ramsâ€™ sophomore middle blocker Breion Paige was lined up opposite Aztec senior Kelsey Manasco instead of Hannasch. In the fourth set SDSU coach Deitre Collins-Parker switched Manasco and Hannasch to better defend Paige.
Hilbert reworked his lineup to capitalize on the advantageous match up in the fifth set to seal the victory for the Rams.
â€œWhatever I can to do to help the team,â€ Paige said. â€œThere was some good energy in there tonight.â€
The win over the Aztecs was the Rams fourth match in seven days. The hectic week included playing in four different cities, with three different matches going the maximum five sets.
â€œWe need some rest,â€ Minch said. â€œWe may not feel it, but our bodies need to recover.â€
CSU will not play another match until next Thursday, when the team travels to Colorado Springs to take on Air Force.
CSU improves its record to 13-2 on the season, including a perfect 3-0 start in conference.
Volleyball beat reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at email@example.com.