Sep 152010
Authors: Kyle Grabowski

Looking for some Ram on Ram action?

Then look no further than Moby Arena tonight when CSU volleyball takes on the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams.

VCU is 1-11 on the season and has lost its last five matches by a combined score of 15-3.

Despite their struggles, CSU coach Tom Hilbert won’t count the match as an easy win.
“They’ve played a tough schedule, and that’s why they’ve struggled,” Hilbert said. “They can be very good if they keep their errors down, and you don’t want to catch them on a good night.”

VCU has committed 228 errors this season. By comparison, CSU has only erred on 143 occasions.

“They actually are a very big and physical team,” said Evan Sanders, a junior setter. “I’m not sure it’s going to be an easy win for us. I think they’ll put pressure on us, and I think that we’re gonna prepare, and we have the same mindset going into this as we would for a big top-name school.”

Senior outside hitter Mariel Frey leads VCU with 124 kills and is second on the team with 78 digs.

“She’s their glue player,” Hilbert said. “I think their other outside hitter (sophomore Kristin Boyd) is more physical, but that kid is lower error. She plays six rotations, and she makes less mistakes, so she’s like Jacque (Davisson) for us.”

Prior to tonight, CSU and VCU have never met on the volleyball court, which places unique challenges for the team.

“You see them on film, and they’re pretty complicated, actually. They’re challenging to prepare for because they run all over the place,” Hilbert said. “Your team just doesn’t know what to expect. They know the team’s record, and it’s hard for them to realize that this team is pretty good. They’re a lot better than their record shows.”

In 2009, VCU won 27 games and was the top overall seed in the Colonial Athletics Association tournament, but lost to George Mason in the final.

“We want to play every team at a high level. We want to worry more about our side of the court then what they’ve done,” said Danielle Minch, a senior outside hitter, “because teams sometimes have a tendency to play up to their opponent. They know they have nothing to lose, so they’ll play really well.”

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and can be heard on 90.5 KCSU-FM.

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