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Authors: Stephanie Lindberg

After showing signs of life in their first win of the season

against Wyoming Friday night, the San Diego State Aztecs looked

nearly extinct Saturday versus the CSU women’s volleyball team.

The Rams treated the Aztecs to a three-game match loss in San

Diego in just an hour and 19 minutes by scores of 30-23, 30-23 and


The No. 9 Rams (12-1, 4-0 Mountain West Conference) won their

12th straight game against an SDSU (1-14, 1-2) team that broke its

13-game losing streak the day before.

The Aztecs, down by 2-0 in the second game, benefited from three

straight CSU unforced errors and added two blocks of their own to

gain a 5-2 lead over CSU. But senior middle blocker Bri Frech

turned it into high gear and ended the Aztecs’ scoring with a sharp


The Rams regained the lead with a kill from junior right-side

hitter Dre Downs followed by a service ace by sophomore libero

Kristen Karlik.

As a team, the Rams hit .414 and held the Aztecs to .148 and

just seven kills in the first game. The Rams offense was led by

junior outside hitter Tess Rogers, who had 16 kills and a .652

hitting percentage with just one hitting error. Frech had 12 kills

and Downs added 10.

“Both Tess and Dre were unstoppable tonight,” said CSU head

coach Tom Hilbert. “The entire team did a good job of keeping down

our unforced errors.”

The Rams did make 13 serving errors but turned in a better

performance than in the UNLV game.

“We played with much greater composure than we did on Thursday

(against UNLV),” Hilbert said. “We played really great tonight,

except for quite a few missed serves. I continue to see Bri take on

more of a go-to roll for us, which is exciting because it gives us

two really effective middle attackers.”

The Aztecs struggles continued, with no player hitting more than

eight kills in the match. Both junior outside hitter Melissa

Stapley and sophomore right side hitter Audra Dent had eight kills

to lead the team. Freshman Kristen Castillo had two service aces

with 28 of 30 assists.

The Rams return home at 7 p.m. for a match versus border rival

Wyoming on Friday at Moby Arena.

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