If the CSU volleyball team ends up winning the Mountain West, this past week will be a big reason why.
The Rams have won three five-set matches in a row, the latest a 22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 15-9 victory at San Diego State on Thursday.
CSU (18-7, 12-2 MW) struggled offensively much of the night and had difficulty with San Diego State’s (14-14, 6-8 MW) block.
The Rams went down 2-1 in sets and trailed late in the fourth before rallying to force a decisive set. In that fifth CSU was dominant, blocking SDSU four times and hitting .462 to finish the win.
“We had a really great run in the fifth set. We’re not going to play our A-game every night, every point, but we’re playing hard,” CSU coach Tom Hilbert said. “We’re doing good things in serving and passing at key moments.”
It’s CSU’s third five-set win in a row after taking crucial home matches over UNLV and New Mexico by 3-2 scores last week. It’s the first time since 2010 that CSU has played three consecutive five-set matches.
Co-MW leader Boise State (21-6, 12-2 MW) also won Thursday night, but Wyoming (17-10, 10-4) lost to drop back in the title race. CSU plays at Boise State on Wednesday.
In Thursday’s game, Olivia Nicholson had 11 blocks to go with six kills. Alexandra Poletto had eight blocks and 12 kills and Kirstie Hillyer had eight blocks and nine kills. Jasmine Hanna had 11 kills.
“We have some players really stepping up,” Hilbert said. “They’re making key plays at big times.”
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CSU 3, SDSU 2
Next up: CSU at Nevada, 2 p.m. Saturday