look to keep its two-game win streak alive this week as it begins the three-game Rams Volleyball Classic. The first game CSU plays will be an exhibition match against Nova KBM Maribor of the Slovenian Pro Volleyball League.
â€œItâ€™ll be a challenge,â€ coach Tom Hilbert said on what problems Nova presents. â€œTheyâ€™re a pro team and understand the game more than our team.â€
One of the main difficulties that the Rams will face is the lack of knowledge of their opponent.
â€œThey definitely present a challenge to our style of play,â€ redshirt sophomore Tori Brummett added. â€œThe fact that we donâ€™t have much in terms of their game-tape will complicate things a bit.â€
The Rams plan on taking advantage of the early season exhibition to try out a variety of different starters on the court.
â€œWe will definitely mix up the roster combinations,â€ Hilbert added. â€œWeâ€™re using this as an opportunity to see how our bench and starters can do against a pro team.â€
Nova will feature Colorado native and Texas A&M grad Sarah Ammerman, who is the lone American-born player on the team. Ammerman, originally from Parker, started all four years at Texas A&M.
â€œSheâ€™s a remarkable athlete,â€ Hilbert said. â€œWe tried to recruit her out of high school. Sheâ€™ll provide a spark for their team.â€
The Rams are using this exhibition match as a tune-up for their opponent Saturday night, the Wichita State Shockers. The Shockers, who represent the Missouri Valley Conference in this tournament, went 21-8 last season, and are 3-3 thus far.
â€œWichita State is going to be the toughest opponent weâ€™ll face,â€ Hilbert added. â€œTheir team is more tactical than ours, and is faster too.â€
Game time for the exhibition against Nova will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, and doors open at 6. The team encourages fans to arrive early, as they expect a packed house once again.
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What: CSU vs. Nova KBM Maribor (Slovenia)
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Moby Arena
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