Nov 172010
 
Authors: Kyle Grabowski

Border War weekend kicks off tonight in Laramie, Wyo. when the Colorado State volleyball team travels north to take on the Cowgirls.

Wyoming comes into tonight’s match in fourth place in the Mountain West Conference and having won its last four matches. At stake for the Rams is at least a share of the conference title.

“We know that if we keep winning, obviously we’ll win the conference championship,” said senior outside hitter Danielle Minch. “And that’s our goal, but we’re trying not to look too far ahead.”

CSU split two matches last weekend, losing its first conference match of the season at New Mexico and bouncing back with a sweep of TCU.

“Our players really wanted to go undefeated (in the conference),” said coach Tom Hilbert. “They were disappointed to lose to New Mexico, but I really feel like they want to win every game and win out.”

The Rams currently hold a two-match lead over second place New Mexico with three matches remaining this season.

Wyoming has won its last four games in Laramie and holds an 11-2 mark on its home floor.

“They get this sort of swagger because they know they’re a high altitude place to play and they train there ,and they have comfort in that facility,” Hilbert said.

Additionally, the Cowgirls are one of the best serving teams in the conference, leading the MWC in service aces by more than 30.

Four Wyoming players rank in the conference’s top 10 in terms of aces per set.

They get very aggressive at their place,” Hilbert added. “We’re going to need to pass the ball well and compete and play through long rallies better than we did at New Mexico.”

The CSU defense will undoubtedly be focused on Wyoming sophomore Jodi Purdy, as she is averaging 3.3 kills per set, which ranks fifth in the conference.

“[She] has a huge arm swing,” senior outside hitter Jacque Davisson said, “so she’s going to be a challenge for us.”

Tonight is the last time CSU will play away from Moby Arena during the 2010 regular season.
Overall, the Rams have compiled a 9-2 record on the road.

“We try to make it a focus,” Minch said. “Earlier in my career we weren’t necessarily that great on the road, we just decided as a team that we needed to make that a goal for ourselves.”

Volleyball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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