October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to help support the cause the CSU volleyball team will wear pink uniforms during tonightâ€™s Dig Pink game against Seattle University.
â€œIt gives you something else to play for,â€ senior opposite hitter Katelyn Steffan said. â€œSomething that you normally donâ€™t keep in the back of your mind when youâ€™re preparing for a game, and itâ€™s something that all of us have to be aware of as females too.â€
Seattle enters the game 4-12 following its win Tuesday at Boise State, and the Redhawks are looking forward to the opportunity to play at CSU.
â€œIâ€™m excited to bring my team to Moby Arena,â€ Seattle head coach Shannon Ellis said. â€œItâ€™s one of the best places in the country to play volleyball.â€
Senior outside hitter Cristin Richards leads Seattle with 4.81 kills per set and a .354 hitting percentage this season. The Ramsâ€™ best players in those categories, Steffan and junior middle blocker Breion Paige, average 4.05 kills per set and a .308 hitting percentage, respectively.
â€œWeâ€™re a good blocking team, so weâ€™re not going to do anything different except that if sheâ€™s getting kills per game sheâ€™s getting a lot of sets. So weâ€™re going to prioritize her and hopefully the matchup is in our favor,â€ CSU coach Tom Hilbert said. â€œI feel like we can block most teams, and hopefully weâ€™ll be able to at least contain this kid.â€
CSU is by far the highest ranked and best blocking team Seattle has played this season, but that doesnâ€™t concern coach Ellis.
â€œWeâ€™re telling our hitters to hit high, and if they get blocked then weâ€™ll tell them to hit higher,â€ she said. â€œWeâ€™re not going to back down. Good teams do what they do, and weâ€™re trying to be a good team.â€
Seattle only has four wins this season. They have defeated Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, and Mountain West Conference participants Air Force and Boise State.
â€œI think Seattle is better than people think. Theyâ€™ve had a couple of interesting wins this year,â€ Hilbert said.
The Rams are not concerned about a letdown in tonightâ€™s game despite Seattleâ€™s poor record and their match against Wyoming looming Saturday.
â€œWe already learned that you canâ€™t over look teams,â€ junior middle blocker Megan Plourde said, â€œso I think we just want to take this game and help improve the areas we need to.â€
Volleyball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Who: Seattle University vs. CSU
- When: Tonight, 7 p.m. Moby Arena
- Tickets: Free with a student-ID
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