After going 3-1 on the road to start the season, the Rams head home to face their third ranked team in a week.
Things wonâ€™t be much easier for the Rams, who will probably be considered an underdog against the University of Nebraska. This assumption, however, doesnâ€™t seem to bother the team too much.
â€œThe name on the front of the jersey really doesnâ€™t mean anything,â€ junior Brieon Paige said. â€œWeâ€™re going to play with nothing to lose, and will definitely be up to the challenge.â€
The challenge the Rams face is that Nebraska is ranked fifth in the nation, coming off a 29-3 campaign in 2010. The team has also won three National Championships in the past 15 years.
â€œObviously Nebraska is a great team,â€ said senior Katelyn Steffan. â€œBut to say that weâ€™re afraid to face them isnâ€™t true, we look forward to the contest for sure.â€
Nebraska will feature a key contributor, sophomore Megan Broekhaus, who is from Colorado Springs. Despite being an underclassman, Broekhaus leads the team in blocks (13), and kills (28).
â€œIâ€™m definitely excited to get back to Colorado,â€ Broekhaus said. â€œTo be able to play in front of my friends and family will definitely be special.â€
Nebraska is well aware of the tradition that surrounds Rams volleyball, and expects a challenge on the road.
â€œColorado State is a great program,â€ Broekhaus added. â€œWe know theyâ€™ll put up a fight, and we look forward to it, as theyâ€™ll force us to play at our best.â€
The Rams hope to pack Moby Arena for the contest, and expect the game to have some NCAA Tournament buzz.
â€œThis game definitely has a kind of championship game feeling,â€ Paige said. â€œI think that these tough matches will definitely get us ready for conference play, and possibly the tournament down the road.â€
The Rams have learned from their loss on Monday against Oklahoma. Some have even said the loss might have actually been somewhat beneficial, as it focused the teamâ€™s visions squarely on Nebraska. â€œAfter winning the first three games like we did, there was definitely a sense of achievement,â€ Steffan said. â€œThe loss definitely showed us our flaws, and now we know what we need to work on to succeed against quality opponents down the road.â€
Doors for the game will open at 6 tonight, but the team advises fans to show up early, as they are expecting a near sell-out crowd.
The game will also be a â€œwhite outâ€ so spectators are encouraged to wear white clothing to enhance the home-court experience.
Volleyball Beat Reporter Chris Boan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.