Some things in life just aren’t supposed to happen. They just
don’t seem fathomable.
Like the Florida Marlins in the World Series. Here’s a team that
sits near the bottom of the payroll list and could barely bribe
10,000 fans to show up back in June.
Or the Denver Broncos reverting to the two quarterbacks they cut
at the end of training camp after seeing their top two QBs suffer
Or a college basketball team being led to the national
championship by freshmen. Teams are supposed to be led by seniors
(if they haven’t bolted for the pros, yet).
But it’s instances like these that make sports so alluring. They
get you back in your seat the next game.
That’s why your fanny should be in the seats this weekend at
Moby Arena. To watch the remarkable. To watch the unfathomable. To
watch one of the most dominating athletic teams CSU has ever
The CSU volleyball team, which has won Mountain West
regular-season title the last three years, completed the first half
of its conference schedule last weekend. Five of the seven matches
were held somewhere other than Moby. Six of the seven matches were
won in straight games. Seven of the seven matches were commanding
The Rams’ first two conference victories came at the homes of
the only other MWC teams to come within a sniff of a national
ranking this year: BYU and Utah.
CSU first swept BYU and then shut down Utah, three games to one.
CSU, now No. 18 in the country, gets BYU (7 p.m. Saturday) and Utah
(4 p.m. Sunday) at home this weekend. And the Utah game will
actually be shown on live TV (College Sports Television, available
through satellite services). It is the first time a regular-season
CSU match has ever been aired on TV.
But if you ask me, that No. 18 ranking is as whack as Jack
Black. No. 12 Santa Clara has six losses, one of which is to
The Rams are 16-4. Those four defeats came at the
bump-set-spikes of four ranked teams, three of which now sit Nos.
6,7,8 in the country (Stanford, California, Kansas State,
respectively). Minnesota was the fourth victor over CSU, and it’s
The Rams then entered league play, and after losing that one
game to Utah (in Game 3 of the match), they rattled off wins in 16
straight games! I don’t care if you’re in the Pac-10 Conference or
the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, winning that many
consecutive games is harder than passing a 21-credit semester.
But to top all this off — what makes this team more astounding
— is something I alluded to earlier: Seniors should lead the way.
Like how Bradlee Van Pelt and Drew Wood lead the football team. And
how Brian Greene led the basketball team last year. And how I lead
(or attempt to) my intramural co-ed volleyball team.
Yeah, well, the CSU volleyball team has no seniors. Not a one.
It has as many seniors as the Colorado Avalanche does
Hall-of-Fame-worthy goalies. Zilch.
After playing a schedule like this team has played this year,
and dominating the conference like this team has dominated this
year, next year could be even more intriguing.
A Mountain West championship might not be the only championship
Talk about one of those things in life that just isn’t supposed