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 wonâ€™t count the match as an easy win.
â€œTheyâ€™ve played a tough schedule, and thatâ€™s why theyâ€™ve struggled,â€ Hilbert said. â€œThey can be very good if they keep their errors down, and you donâ€™t want to catch them on a good night.â€
VCU has committed 228 errors this season. By comparison, CSU has only erred on 143 occasions.
â€œThey actually are a very big and physical team,â€ said Evan Sanders, a junior setter. â€œIâ€™m not sure itâ€™s going to be an easy win for us. I think theyâ€™ll put pressure on us, and I think that weâ€™re gonna prepare, and we have the same mindset going into this as we would for a big top-name school.â€
Senior outside hitter Mariel Frey leads VCU with 124 kills and is second on the team with 78 digs.
â€œSheâ€™s their glue player,â€ Hilbert said. â€œI 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 sheâ€™s like Jacque (Davisson) for us.â€
Prior to tonight, CSU and VCU have never met on the volleyball court, which places unique challenges for the team.
â€œYou see them on film, and theyâ€™re pretty complicated, actually. Theyâ€™re challenging to prepare for because they run all over the place,â€ Hilbert said. â€œYour team just doesnâ€™t know what to expect. They know the teamâ€™s record, and itâ€™s hard for them to realize that this team is pretty good. Theyâ€™re a lot better than their record shows.â€
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.
â€œWe want to play every team at a high level. We want to worry more about our side of the court then what theyâ€™ve done,â€ said Danielle Minch, a senior outside hitter, â€œbecause teams sometimes have a tendency to play up to their opponent. They know they have nothing to lose, so theyâ€™ll play really well.â€
Tonightâ€™s game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and can be heard on 90.5 KCSU-FM.
Volleyball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.