Colorado State’s volleyball team looks to stay classy and undefeated in Mountain West Conference play Saturday night against San Diego State.
The Aztecs (4-4, 11-11 MWC) rank exactly in the middle of the conference pack at fifth, sandwiched between BYU and Wyoming.
SDSU pushed the Rams (19-2, 8-0) to the brink in their September match at Moby Arena, falling in the fifth set after a hotly contested back-and-forth match.
â€œIt proves how good they are,â€ said senior outside hitter Jacque Davisson. â€œTheyâ€™re gonna show up to play us. Weâ€™re in their gym now, and they took us to five in ours, and they played well in ours. So definitely thereâ€™s a lot more focus.â€
The Aztecs are 8-4 at Peterson Gym this year, which is 4,600 feet lower in altitude than Moby.
â€œItâ€™s a challenge to go down to sea level and serve and pass,â€ said coach Tom Hilbert. â€œWeâ€™ve got to make that adjustment and keep errors down.â€
SDSU freshman setter Johnna Fouch leads the conference with 10.67 assists per set, while CSU junior Evan Sanders ranks second at 10.41.
â€œI didnâ€™t even know that she was (ranked first),â€ Sanders said. â€œIâ€™m not a huge stats person or rankings person. I could have the least number assists in the conference, and as long as weâ€™re still 8-0 I am as content as can be.â€
Davisson will be playing her final regular season game in her home state of California Saturday.
â€œItâ€™s really sweet,â€ she said. â€œI love playing in San Diego because all my family gets to come and see me play.â€
Davisson grew up in Placentia, Calif. and starred at Valencia High School, where she was named her teamâ€™s MVP three times.
The Rams finished the first half of their MWC slate undefeated and in first place, racking up five wins at home. They should have a more difficult second half due to the higher proportion of road games.
â€œIâ€™ve always said the advantage always goes to the team that lost before,â€ Hilbert said. â€œThey know more about what theyâ€™re going to have to do to win.â€
New Mexico and Utah are tied for second place behind CSU at a relatively distant 5-3 mark in conference play.
â€œWe know itâ€™s going to be a battle,â€ Sanders said. â€œWeâ€™re looking forward the second half, and weâ€™re going to have to grind it out just as hard as we did the first time around.â€
Volleyball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.