Oct 282010
Authors: Kyle Grabowski

Colorado State’s volleyball team looks to stay classy and undefeated in Mountain West Conference play Saturday night against San Diego State.

The Aztecs (4-4, 11-11 MWC) rank exactly in the middle of the conference pack at fifth, sandwiched between BYU and Wyoming.

SDSU pushed the Rams (19-2, 8-0) to the brink in their September match at Moby Arena, falling in the fifth set after a hotly contested back-and-forth match.

“It proves how good they are,” said senior outside hitter Jacque Davisson. “They’re gonna show up to play us. We’re in their gym now, and they took us to five in ours, and they played well in ours. So definitely there’s a lot more focus.”

The Aztecs are 8-4 at Peterson Gym this year, which is 4,600 feet lower in altitude than Moby.
“It’s a challenge to go down to sea level and serve and pass,” said coach Tom Hilbert. “We’ve got to make that adjustment and keep errors down.”

SDSU freshman setter Johnna Fouch leads the conference with 10.67 assists per set, while CSU junior Evan Sanders ranks second at 10.41.

“I didn’t even know that she was (ranked first),” Sanders said. “I’m not a huge stats person or rankings person. I could have the least number assists in the conference, and as long as we’re still 8-0 I am as content as can be.”

Davisson will be playing her final regular season game in her home state of California Saturday.
“It’s really sweet,” she said. “I love playing in San Diego because all my family gets to come and see me play.”

Davisson grew up in Placentia, Calif. and starred at Valencia High School, where she was named her team’s MVP three times.

The Rams finished the first half of their MWC slate undefeated and in first place, racking up five wins at home. They should have a more difficult second half due to the higher proportion of road games.

“I’ve always said the advantage always goes to the team that lost before,” Hilbert said. “They know more about what they’re going to have to do to win.”

New Mexico and Utah are tied for second place behind CSU at a relatively distant 5-3 mark in conference play.

“We know it’s going to be a battle,” Sanders said. “We’re looking forward the second half, and we’re going to have to grind it out just as hard as we did the first time around.”

Volleyball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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