FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Four Rams totaled nine or more kills in Colorado State’s 3-1 win over Florida’s Gulf Coast on Friday night at Moby Arena.
After losing the first two games of their four-game week, the Rams and head coach Tom Hibert begin to see the preseason learning process come to fruition with a win over the Eagles.
“We learn something every time we play,” Hilbert said. “Last night we learned some of our vulnerabilities and we actually improved a bit in those areas today.”
The Rams’ balanced offensive offense included Kennedy Stanford who led the team with 11 kills, while Karina Leber, Annie Sullivan and Jacqi Van Liedfe all ended the night with nine wins.
Colorado State lost the first set to the Eagles but came back in a crucial second set to tie the game at one set a play. In its two losses this season, Colorado State trailed 0-2. Fighting to regain momentum in the second set was something Hilbert pointed to as an obvious point of growth.
“[A balanced attack] gives them full confidence. Florida Gulf Coast actually had more kills than us in every set but the last, but they also made more mistakes, and we didn’t. I think we played very cleanly and became more aggressive as the game progressed,” said Hilbert.
The Rams also cleaned up their game from the service line, finishing the night with just seven service errors to FGCU’s ten. Junior Barret Power made a 6-0 serve in the third set to send the Rams 23-18 in the starting set. Helene Perez made a similar run in the fourth set, giving the Rams an 18-11 lead that would eventually hold for the win.
While the Eagles finished the night with 15 more wins than the Rams, Colorado State had just 11 offensive errors all night compared to FGCU’s 36. .
Colorado State finishes tomorrow in its own invitational tournament against Alabama State at 1:30 p.m. from Moby Arena.