Paige Named to COBRA Magazine All-West Region Team
Dec 7, 2011
Junior Earns Second Nod
The redshirt junior, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker from Sacramento, Calif., completed her 105th set of the season with 227 kills. Paige finished Mountain West play ranked first in hitting percentage (.362) and boasted an impressive 107 total blocks, ranking second on the team
Plourde, Steffan Named to All-Region Team
Dec 6, 2011
Hilbert Named Region Coach of the Year
The nod is Steffan’s first, while Plourde was selected for the third consecutive year, becoming the only player in CSU history to be honored three times. It marks the fifth straight season that two or more CSU players have been recognized.
Hawai'i Powers Past Colorado State
Dec 2, 2011
Rams End Season in NCAA Quarterfinals
The Rams concluded their season with a record of 24-6, marking the 17th straight year that CSU has won 20-plus matches. The Rams also won their third straight regular-season Mountain West championship and earned a berth in the NCAA tournament—its 17th consecutive—after sweeping its way through the Mountain West tournament.
Rams Stomp Ducks, Advance in NCAA Tournament
Dec 1, 2011
Plourde's Double-Double Emlimates #13 Oregon
“There are two things that we do pretty well,” Hilbert said. “We serve well and we block well. We are one of the better blocking teams in the country. I think that makes the difference. That ended up being the tale of the tape.”
CSU's Plourde Born To Compete
Nov 30, 2011
Junior MB Leads Nation in Blocking
Colorado State junior middle blocker Megan Plourde is the best blocker in the entire country. Her 1.68 blocks-per-set average is top in the nation entering this weekend’s start to the NCAA tournament, and the it would go down as the second-highest average in CSU history.
CSU Ends Regular Season With Win at NMSU
Nov 26, 2011
Rams Enter NCAA on 5-Match Win Streak
“They’re a good team to play to prepare for NCAAs,” senior Katelyn Steffan said. “They’re big and physical, and they simulate a first or second-round game. Getting this win gives us momentum going into the tournament.”
CSU Volleyball Players Spend Time at Werner Elementary
Nov 24, 2011
Student-Athletes Read, Talk to Young Students
"It was a lot of fun," Foss said. "I didn't really know what to expect, but the kids were so cute. It was a cool experience to spend time with the kids and read and talk to them."
CSU Sweeps UNLV for Conference Tournament Champinship
Nov 20, 2011
Steffan Named Tournament MVP
Being the No. 1 seed in a conference tournament is the toughest position to be in, Colorado State Head Coach Tom Hilbert said earlier this week. The Rams had a target on their back, with each team aiming to knock them off.
Rams Buck Cowgirls, Advance to Finals
Nov 19, 2011
CSU to Play in 7th Championship in 10 Years
"It was a great win," Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. "We knew it was going to be emotional and a battle. I was surprised by the point runs given up by both teams, but we survived and played well in end-game situations. It was a good, competitive experience for us."
CSU Cruises Past Air Force
Nov 18, 2011
Rams Hit .405 in the Win
Already witnessing one major upset earlier in the day--when No. 7 UNLV swept regular-season runner-up San Diego State--the Rams weren't going to let the same thing happen to them, as Colorado State swept Air Force (25-16, 25-12, 25-10) Friday evening in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Mountain West Volleyball Championship.
CSU's Steffan Named Conference Player of the Year
Nov 17, 2011
Foss, Hilbert, Cranston, Plourde, Paige Also Honored
“It’s a huge honor to get this award,” Steffan said. “I definitely wasn’t expecting it all. I owe it to my teammates and Tom (Hilbert) for giving me a chance to play on the outside this year. It feels really good.”
Brazilian Native Gaulia Makes Transition to CSU
Nov 15, 2011
Libero Brings Energy, Personality to the Court
Junior libero Izzy Gaulia is easy to distinguish on the court. She stands at 5-7—one of the smallest on the team—her position causes her to wear a different colored uniform and the energy she brings to the team and crowd is immeasurable.
Mountain West Championship Bracket Released
Nov 12, 2011
Rams Open as #1 Seed
CSU locked up the No. 1 seed in the Mountain West volleyball championship nearly a week ago, but Saturday evening, at the conclusion of the conference regular season, the rest of the bracket was announced.
CSU's Battles Past New Mexico
Nov 12, 2011
Loss Snaps 7-Match Win Streak
No. 23 Colorado State was slow out of the gate for the second consecutive match, but this time the Rams weren’t going to let a slow start result in a crushing defeat, as the Rams rebounded to battle past New Mexico Saturday afternoon 3-2 (19-25, 25-14, 25-19, 22-25, 15-11) in a heated match to close out the conference season.
CSU's Comeback Bid Falls Short at TCU
Nov 10, 2011
Loss Snaps 7-Match Win Streak
Despite a late comeback attempt, the Colorado State Rams came up short Thursday evening, falling to the TCU Horned Frogs in five sets (25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 20-25, 15-11).
Cranston Earns Academic Honor
Nov 10, 2011
Junior Selected to Academic All-District Team
There are two parts to being a student-athlete. It’s easy for fans to see Dana Cranston’s excellent play on the court, but on Thursday, the junior from Fort St. John, British Columbia, was honored for her excellence in the classroom, earning her second Capital One Academic All-District honor.
CSU Inks a Pair of Signees
Nov 9, 2011
Andrews, Culbert Will Enroll in 2012
On the first day of the early signing period, the CSU Rams volleyball team inked a pair of standout recruits in Adrianna Culbert and Acacia Andrews. Both are high school seniors who will enroll at CSU in the fall, after signing National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
No. 24 CSU Wins MW Conference Title
Nov 5, 2011
Rams Claim 9th Regular Season Champ in 13 Years
“It’s great to win a third-straight title,” Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. “It says a lot about the program we have here at CSU and the particular athletes we recruit. We feel like we know the type of athletes we need to win this conference, and we are patient with those athletes and we develop them into champions.”
No. 24 Rams Lasso Cowgirls
Nov 4, 2011
Steffan Celebrates Senior Night With 14 Kills
The night started with cheers for Katelyn Steffan, rewarding what she had accomplished in her career as a CSU Ram. The evening ended with cheers for what she had just done.
CSU's Steffan Finds Home in Colorado
Nov 3, 2011
Senior Prepares for Final Match in Moby
Senior opposite hitter Katelyn Steffan has lived in Colorado for more than four years and has yet to find something she doesn’t like about the Centennial State. The Dickinson, N.D. native came to Fort Collins in hopes of a successful volleyball career at Colorado State University but found so much more.
Paige Earns MW Player of the Week
Oct 31, 2011
Middle Blocker Hit .630 on the Week
Paige, a 6-2 middle blocker from Sacramento, Calif., averaged 2.83 kills per set on .630 hitting in sweeps over San Diego State and UNLV. In the six sets, she recorded 17 kills without making an error. Paige also added eight blocks, two digs and an assist in the pair of matches.
No. 25 CSU Dominates UNLV
Oct 29, 2011
Rams Sweep 6th Straight Opponent
“We took Vegas, from the beginning, out of their offense by tough serving,” Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. “We’re starting to play really well, so it was just a really good effort t by the Rams today.”
No. 25 CSU Sweeps SDSU
Oct 27, 2011
Rams Rock Aztecs
In a battle between the top two teams in the Mountain West, the Colorado State Rams showed why they are on top, sweeping the San Diego State Aztecs at Moby Arena Thursday night (25-21, 25-18, 25-21).
Rams Back in Top-25
Oct 24, 2011
Rams Ranked #25
From Nov. 2, 2009, to Oct. 10, 2011, a span of 26 weeks, the Colorado State women’s volleyball program was ranked in the AVCA Top 25 Coach’s Poll.
CSU Flies Past Air Force
Oct 22, 2011
Rams Sweep 4th Consecutive Match
"It's good to get this win and sweep this road trip," Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. "We got to play a lot of people, which is good. Our hitting percentage went down as the match progressed, but our service pressure and our blocking were good the entire match."
CSU Dismantles Boise State
Oct 20, 2011
Rams Run Past Broncos
“It was a consistent match,” Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. “All the way through, especially in serving and passing, we played really well. When we do that we can assert our physical dominance on other teams. I was very pleased with the way our team played.”
Steffan Earns Player of Week Honors
Oct 17, 2011
Senior Earns Second Honor This Month
For the second time this month--and the third time in her career--CSU senior Katelyn Steffan has been named the Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week.
Rams Sweep Lobos on National TV
Oct 15, 2011
Rams 6-1 at MW Mid-Point
Coming hot off a sweep of New Mexico Thursday night, the Colorado State volleyball team never slowed down, beating the TCU Horned Frogs in straight sets (25-14, 25-17, 25-15) Saturday afternoon at Moby Arena.
Rams Sweep Lobos on National TV
Oct 13, 2011
CSU Improves to 5-1 in MW Play
“I’m proud of our team,” said Head Coach Tom Hilbert. “It’s good to get this over with, and it’s good to get it as a sweep.”
No. 23 Rams Lose Heartbreaker to Cowgirls
Oct 7, 2011
Foss, Steffan, Cranston Notch Double Doubles
Despite winning the first two sets, the No. 23 Colorado State Rams fell to the Wyoming Cowgirls, 3-2, (25-15, 25-20, 23-25, 22-25, 16-18) Saturday night at the UniWyo Sports Complex. The Rams are now 11-4 overall, and 4-1 in MW action.
Snider Overcomes Heart Surgery to Play Volleyball
Oct 7, 2011
Redshirt Freshman Showcasing Skill at CSU
Redshirt freshman Kelsey Snider was born to be an athlete, competing in both volleyball and track throughout her adolescence. But midway through high school her parents told her she had to make a decision.
CSU Sweeps Seattle in Dig Pink Match
Oct 6, 2011
Rams Improve to 11-3 with Win
The Colorado State Rams came out tough Thursday night, winning the first set (25-18) and never looking back, sweeping the Seattle Redhawks, 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-14), in a non-conference matchup at Moby Arena.
Steffan Named MW Co-Player of the Week
Oct 3, 2011
Rams Undefeated in MW Conference Play
Katelyn Steffan had the weekend of her career, and in result, was honored with the Co-Mountain West Player of the Week award, the conference announced Monday.
No. 21 CSU Blows Past SDSU on National TV
Oct 2, 2011
Rams Improve to 4-0 in MW Conference Play
The Colorado State Rams continued their success through conference play, improving to 4-0 with a 3-1 win over host San Diego State (25-19, 25-20, 21-25, 25-18) Sunday afternoon at Peterson Gym.
No. 21 Rams Beat Rebels in Vegas
Sept 29, 2011
Steffan Has Career High 28 Kills
The No. 21 Colorado State Rams opened up their first road trip of the conference season with a 3-2 win over the UNLV Rebels (25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 24-26, 15-12) Thursday evening at the Cox Pavilion.
No. 20 Rams Buck Broncos
Sept 24, 2011
CSU Wins First Ever MW Contest With Boise State
The CSU Rams sprinted out to a hot start Saturday afternoon, taking an early 10-3 lead in Set 1, and had no problem putting away the Boise State Broncos, 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-20), at Moby Arena.
No. 20 Colorado State Sweeps Air Force
Sept 22, 2011
Rams Now 13-0 All Time vs Falcons
Conference action meant a new start for the Colorado State volleyball team, and the Rams took advantage of it, bouncing back from last week’s loss at Denver to sweep the Air Force Falcons (25-19, 25-14, 25-20), in front of 1,175 fans at Moby Arena Thursday evening.
No. 19 Colorado State Loses to Denver
Sept 16, 2011
Rams Now 14-2 All Time vs Denver
The No. 19 Colorado State Rams were defeated by the Denver Pioneers, 3-1, Friday night at Hamilton Gymnasium in front of 613 fans, many of them wearing green and gold. The loss is the second against the Pioneers in the 16-match series.
No. 14 Colorado State Beats UNC in 3
Sept 10, 2011
CSU Wins Ram Classic
It took a few hard-fought sets and some tiebreak calculating, but the No. 14 CSU Rams ended Saturday night at Moby Arena with the championship trophy in the second annual Rams Volleyball Classic presented by Poudre Valley Health System.
No. 14 Colorado State Falls to Wichita State
Sept 10, 2011
Cranston, Steffan Record Double-Doubles
After a tough battle, the No. 14-ranked CSU volleyball team fell to the Wichita State Shockers, 3-1, Friday night at Moby Arena.
Rams Defeat Nova KBM
Sept 9, 2011
Blocking Plays a Huge Role
The Colorado State women’s volleyball team came back from losing the first set (29-27) and won the next three, beating Nova KBM, Slovenia’s top national team, Thursday night at Moby Arena. The exhibition match against CSU marked Nova KBM’s eighth match played in the United States. The Rams are only the second team to have beaten them.
Plourde Named MW Player of the Week
Sept 5, 2011
Junior Earns Honor After Monumental Win
Still riding the high of a come-from-behind victory over No. 5 Nebraska on Friday night, Colorado State middle blocker Megan Plourde was named the Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Week, which was announced Monday.
Rams Roll Past Albany
Sept 3, 2011
CSU Improves to 5-1 on Season
After beating No. 5 Nebraska on Friday night, the Colorado State Rams volleyball team continued its winning ways by beating the Albany Great Danes, 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 27-25), Saturday night at Moby Arena.
Colorado State Rallies to Defeat Nebraska
Sept 2, 2011
CSU Sets Attendance Record at 6,750
The Colorado State Rams volleyball team recorded a signature win Friday night, coming back from down two sets to upset No. 5 Nebraska in front of a record-breaking crowd at Moby Arena.
Live Video Streaming Now Available for Volleyball
Sept 1, 2011
On-Line Streaming Through All-Access
Through the All Access subscription on www.CSURams.com, fans will now be ableto watch the video feed of all non-televised home volleyball matches and women'sbasketball games. The video can be watched on a fan's computer, and is linkedto the audio of the local radio broadcast.
Volleyball Announces Promotional Schedule
Aug 31, 2011
Rams to Open Home Season with Nebraska
Last season the Rams ranked 13th in the country with an average attendance of 2,180 fans per match. To help the record-setting fans cheer on the No. 15 CSU volleyball team this season, the athletic department has announced an exciting promotional schedule.
Rams Fall to Sooners
Aug 29, 2011
CSU Drops First Match at Hilbert Homecoming
Head Coach Tom Hilbert has spent countless hours in the McCasland Field House, home of the Oklahoma Sooners. Growing up in Norman, he got his bachelor’s degree and began his coaching career at OU. But for the first time since taking lead of Colorado State in 1997, Hilbert returned to Norman to face his old team.
Rams Sweep Way Through Arkansas Invitational
Aug 27, 2011
The Colorado State volleyball program couldn’t have started off the 2011 season any better, sweeping its way through the Arkansas Invitational after a 3-0 win over McNeese State on Saturday evening at Barnhill Arena.
Colorado State Denies MTSU
Aug 27, 2011
Cranston Shines in Sweep
For the second consecutive day, the Colorado State volleyball team disproved notions that it's too young and too inexperienced, as the No. 15 Rams swept their competition, this time against Middle Tennessee State, Saturday afternoon at Barnhill Arena in the Arkansas Invitational.
Colorado State Sweeps Arkansas
Aug 26, 2011
Veterans Lead Rams to Victory
The Colorado State women’s volleyball team has been labeled as young and inexperienced all preseason, needing to fill holes and answer uncertainties in order to succeed. On Friday night, though, the No. 15 Rams had it all together, sweeping the University of Arkansas in the season opener for both teams.
Colorado State Ranked 15th in Preseason Poll
Aug 15, 2011
Rams Begin Season Ranked in Top 25 for 4th Straight Year
"That's a bit high for a team that lost four starters," Head Coach Tom Hilbert said, "but it shows the respect our program gets nationwide."
Colorado State Kicks Off First Fall Practice
Aug 10, 2011
Four True Freshmen Compete for First Time
The Colorado State Rams women’s volleyball program kicked off its 2011 season Wednesday afternoon with its first official practice. While it was just Day 1, Head Coach Tom Hilbert, who begins his 15th season in Fort Collins, said he liked what he saw from the team’s first run-through.
Minch Named MW Female Athlete of the Year
July 21, 2011
Two-Time Conference POY Adds Another Honor
Former Colorado State volleyball standout Danielle Minch added another prestigious recognition to her sterling résumé on Thursday when she was announced as the Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year.
Cranston to Train with Canadian National Team
May 24, 2011
Rams Outside Hitter Awarded Top Honor
Colorado State junior Dana Cranston’s summer began a little differently than expected.
Instead of working, taking summer classes or hanging out with friends like many students her age, she will be training for a spot on the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team, the highest national team in her native country.
Rams Fall to Tianjin (China) in 5 Sets
April 26, 2011
Match Marks End of Exhibition Season
The Tianjin (China) Bridgestone team proved on Tuesday night that they aren’t ranked as one of the top professional teams in the world without reason.
CSU, Tianjin Match Quickly Approaching
April 19, 2011
Scrimmage Set for April 26th at Moby Arena
The Colorado State volleyball spring season is quickly drawing to a close, as the Rams – two-time defending Mountain West Conference champions - continue training and preparation for their exhibition finale against one of the top professional teams in the world, Tianjin (China) Bridgestone.
Volleyball to Scrimmage Top Chinese Professional Team
March 2, 2011
Scrimmage Set for April 26th at Moby Arena
Fans of CSU’s nationally recognized volleyball program are used to flocking to Moby Arena to cheer on the Rams during the fall season. In 2011, however, the Rams are giving the Moby faithful a reason to pack the house during the spring exhibition season.
Incoming Frosh Named to Fab 50
March 2, 2011
Thomas 18th CSU Recruit Named to Elite List
Thomas will join the Rams for their 2011 season as a 6-foot-1 outside hitter from Murrieta, Calif. She holds an impressive resume, including being named to the all-league team four consecutive years, and recognized by the highly regarded Prepvolleyball.com throughout her high-school career.
Minch Named College Female Athlete of the Year
January 10, 2011
Senior Honored by Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
Former outside hitter Danielle Minch continues to add to her impressive list of accomplishments, even after her career at CSU has come to a close.
European Tour Offers Hilbert Chance to Network
January 5, 2011
Ram Coach Reconnects with Former Player
In 2004 and 2008, fresh off of Mountain West Conference regular-season championships, Head Coach Tom Hilbert took his volleyball program on European tours.
Minch, Plourde Earn All-Region Nods
December 7, 2010
Ram Duo Await All-American Voting
Two-time Mountain West Conference Player of the Year Danielle Minch and back-to-back all-MWC selection Megan Plourde each added another honor to their career resumes Tuesday when the duo was selected for the second straight season to the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) all-West Region team.
Rams Fall to No. 2 Stanford in Second Round
December 5, 2010
Strong Start Not Enough vs. Cardinal
The No. 17 Colorado State volleyball program had its NCAA tournament run cut short Saturday night, falling at No. 2-ranked and third-seeded Stanford in straight sets, in the second round at the Cardinal’s Maples Pavilion.
Rams Rally Past Titans in NCAA's
December 3, 2010
Plourde's Record-Setting Performance Keys Victory
The Colorado State volleyball team was on the verge of elimination Friday evening at Stanford’s Maples Center in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, but a record-setting performance by sophomore middle blocker Megan Plourde led the Rams back from a 2-0 deficit against No. 24 Cal State Fullerton.
Paige Voted To COBRA Magazine All-Region Team
December 3, 2010
Middle Blocker one of 15 Players to Recieve Honors
COBRA Magazine celebrates the success of volleyball players of African descent in hopes of encouraging young African-American girls across the country to pursue the sport.
Three Rams Earn All-Conference Honors
December 1, 2010
Minch Takes Home Second Player of the Year Award
CSU’s Danielle Minch headlines the 2010 Mountain West volleyball all-conference team released Tuesday by the league office. She is joined by teammates Megan Plourde and Evan Sanders on the 15-player list.
Rams Tourney Run to Begin at Stanford
November 29, 2010
CSU Faces Cal-State Fullerton in 1st Round
The Colorado State volleyball team (25-4) will begin its quest for a national championship in Stanford, Calif., heading to the home of the six-time national champion Stanford Cardinal for the first and second rounds of the 2010 NCAA championships next weekend, the NCAA announced Sunday afternoon.
No. 14 CSU Defeats BYU
November 26, 2010
Rams to receive NCAA Seeding on Sunday
The No. 14 CSU Rams won their last conference match of the 2010 regular season, defeating BYU in four sets, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24, 25-21, Friday night at Moby Arena.
No. 14 CSU Upset by Utah
November 24, 2010
Rams Presented 12th MWC Trophy
On a night when the No. 14 CSU volleyball team was officially crowned as MWC champions, the celebration was dampened as the Rams fell to the Utah Utes in four sets - 25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 21-25 – at Moby Arena.
No. 15 CSU Sweeps Border War
November 18, 2010
Rams Clinch Share of Conference Title
The No. 15-ranked CSU volleyball team closed a series of three straight road matches with a sweep over the Wyoming, 25-20, 25-21, 25-13, clinching a share of the Mountain West Conference title.
CSU No. 15 in Latest AVCA Poll
November 15, 2010
Rams Drop Two Spots in National Rankings
After having its 13-match winning streak ended at New Mexico Thursday, the Colorado State volleyball team slid two positions in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I poll, to No. 15. The poll was released Monday afternoon.
Rams Rebound with Sweep of Horned Frogs
November 13, 2010
CSU Moves Closer to MWC Title
The Colorado State volleyball team got back on track Saturday, earning a road sweep of the TCU Horned Frogs – 25-18, 25-21, 25-16 – at TCU’s University Rec Center on Saturday afternoon.
Rams Streak Snapped by Lobos
November 11, 2010
CSU Falls to New Mexico
The No. 13 Colorado State volleyball team fell to the New Mexico Lobos, 3-0, Thursday night at UNM’s Johnson Center, snapping a 13-match winning streak.
CSU Signs One to National Letter of Intent
November 10, 2010
Rams Add Decorated Outside Hitter
The Colorado State volleyball program added outside hitter Kaila Thomas on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period. Head Coach Tom Hilbert made the announcement.
CSU's Cranston Earns Academic Honor
November 8, 2010
Sophomore Selected to
Sophomore Dana Cranston has been recognized for her tremendous effort in the classroom, as she was selected to the second-team CoSIDA/ESPN academic all-district team for District 7. The announcement was made Wednesday.
CSU Moves Up to No. 13 in AVCA Poll
November 8, 2010
Rams Jump One Spot in National Rankings
The Colorado State volleyball program moved up one spot to No. 13 in the Division I Coaches top 25 poll released Monday afternoon by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
No. 14 Colorado State Sweeps Air Force
November 6, 2010
Rams Win Streak at 13
The No. 14 Colorado State volleyball team improved its record to 22-2, 11-0 in the Mountain West, after sweeping Air Force (4-21, 1-11 MWC) Saturday at Moby Arena.
No. 14 Colorado State Defeats UNLV in 4 Sets
November 4, 2010
Hilbert Notches School Record 353 victories
The No. 14 CSU Rams held on to their undefeated title in the Mountain West conference on Thursday night against UNLV at Moby Arena.
No. 14 Colorado State Sweeps San Diego State
October 31, 2010
Rams Improve Winning Streak to 11
Even San Diego State fans clad in their Halloween costumes couldn’t cheer the Aztecs to victory in Peterson Gym on Saturday night.
CSU Moves Up to No. 14 in AVCA Poll
October 25, 2010
Rams Jump One Spot in National Rankings
The Colorado State volleyball program moved up one spot to No. 14 in the Division I Coaches top 25 poll released Monday afternoon by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Rams Sweep Wyoming 3-0
October 22, 2010
CSU Wins 25th Straight v. WYO
“We were able to chip away when Wyoming got strong starts in all three sets,” commented Head Coach Tom Hilbert. "That to me was the biggest victory for us as a team, that we competed and we stayed very composed and stayed very solid through the course of the middle of these sets, and we were able to break away at the end of all of them.”
No. 15 CSU Sweeps DU for 9th Straight Victory
October 20, 2010
Rams Swing Big in "Dig Pink" Match
Colorado State won its final non-conference match of the regular season, Wednesday night at Moby Arena, sweeping DU in three sets, 25-19, 25-14, 25-11. The “Dig Pink” win, on a night to raise awareness for breast cancer, improved the No. 15 Rams’ record to 18-2 overall.
No. 16 CSU Sweeps New Mexico
October 16, 2010
Rams Keep Streak Alive on Alumnae Night
The CSU football team wasn’t the only team to get a homecoming weekend win. The CSU volleyball team improved to 17-2 overall, 7-0 in the Mountain West, and pushed its winning streak to eight matches, sweeping New Mexico - 25-16, 25-21, 25-19.
CSU Tops TCU in 5-Set Thriller
October 14, 2010
Rams Keep Streak Alive, 6-0 in MWC Play
The No. 16 Rams walked away victorious once again on Thursday night, narrowly escaping with a five-set victory over second-place TCU - 25-22, 26-24, 20-25, 20-25, 15-12 – to put a little distance between themselves and the rest of the pack in the Mountain West Conference race.
CSU Moves Up to No. 16 in AVCA Poll
October 11, 2010
Rams Jump One Spot in National Rankings
The Colorado State volleyball program moved up one spot to No. 16 in the Division I Coaches top 25 poll released Monday afternoon by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
No. 17 Rams Run Win Streak to Six
October 9, 2010
CSU Sweeps Rebels, Undefeated in MWC Play
Dana Cranston and Megan Plourde tied for match-high honors with 10 kills each, leading the No. 17-ranked CSU volleyball program to a 3-0 victory at UNLV on Saturday afternoon.
No. 17 CSU Sweeps Air Force
October 7, 2010
Rams Start Strong, Close Hard-Fought Match
The 17th-ranked Colorado State volleyball team improved to 14-2 overall (4-0 MWC) on Thursday night with a 3-0 victory over the Air Force Falcons (3-14, 0-4 MWC) at the East Gym of the Air Force Academy.
CSU Moves Up to No. 17 in AVCA Poll
October 4, 2010
Rams Jump One Spot in National Rankings
The Colorado State volleyball program moved up one spot to No. 17 in the Division I Coaches top 25 poll released Monday afternoon by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
No. 18 Rams Cruise Past Northern Colorado, 3-0
September 28, 2010
CSU Serving and Defense Strong Against the Bears
For the second time in three matches Colorado State middle blocker Megan Plourde recorded a career high in blocks and led the team in kills, helping the 18th-ranked CSU volleyball team to a 3-0 road victory against in-state rival Northern Colorado on Tuesday night.
CSU's Plourde Tabbed Mountain West Player of the Week
September 27, 2010
Ram Middle Blocker Earns First Career POW Honor
Colorado State sophomore MB Megan Plourde was honored Monday afternoon as the Mountain West Conference Co-Player of the Week. It marks the first MWC weekly award of Plourde’s career.
No. 18 CSU Earns Road Sweep of Utah
September 26, 2010
Rams Improve to 2-0 in MWC Action
Senior OH Danielle Minch and sophomore MB Megan Plourde each recorded double-digit kills while hitting better than .550 to lead the 18th-ranked CSU volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over the Utah Utes on Sunday afternoon at Crimson Court.
No. 18 Rams Outlast Cougars to Open MWC Slate
September 24, 2010
CSU Downs Cougars in Five Sets
Sophomore middle blocker Megan Plourde recorded a team-leading 16 kills and tallied a career-best 11 assisted blocks, leading the 18th-ranked CSU volleyball team to a 3-2 victory at BYU to open up Mountain West Conference play Friday night.
No. 18 CSU Opens MWC play on the Road
September 22, 2010
Rams Open with Two Televised Matches
The Colorado State volleyball team opens Mountain West Conference action this weekend, traveling to Utah to take on the BYU Cougars and the Utah Utes.
Rams Fall at Home to No. 24 Long Beach State
September 17, 2010
CSU Drops 5-set Match to 49ers
The No. 14-ranked Colorado State volleyball team suffered its second loss of the season on Friday night, dropping a five-set decision (25-21, 31-33, 25-23, 15-25, 11-15) to the No. 24 Long Beach State 49ers at Moby Arena.
No. 14 CSU Outlasts VCU, 3-2
September 16, 2010
Minch Powers Rams to Ninth Win
In a battle of Rams, No. 14 CSU (9-1) defeated Virginia Commonwealth (1-11) 3-2 in CSU’s first five-set match of the year behind 16 kills by Danielle Minch at Moby Arena Thursday night.
CSU Volleyball Moves to No. 14 in AVCA Poll
September 13, 2010
Rams Face No. 24 Long Beach on Friday in Moby
Fresh off of a 3-0 showing at the inaugural Rams Volleyball Classic presented by Poudre Valley Health System, the Colorado State volleyball team moved up one spot to No. 14 in the latest AVCA Coaches’ Top 25 poll released Monday afternoon.
CSU Takes Rams Volleyball Classic Title
September 11, 2010
Rams Sweep Illinois State in Title Match
The Rams volleyball team finished strong Saturday night at Moby, sweeping Illinois State - 25-16, 25-14, 25-17 -- and placing first in the Rams Volleyball Classic presented by Poudre Valley Health System.
CSU Hosts Rams Volleyball Classic
September 9, 2010
Rams Welcome Texas Tech, Northeastern and Illinois State
No. 15 Colorado State returns to Moby Arena to host Texas Tech, Northeastern and Illinois State in the inaugural Rams Volleyball Classic presented by Poudre Valley Health System. The tournament runs Friday and Saturday and features six matches in two days.
Rams Catch Glimpse into Lives of Local Heroes
September 9, 2010
CSU Visits PFA Firehouse
To the thousands of Colorado State volleyball fans that flock to Moby Arena for each of the Rams' home matches, the players in uniform may be heroes.
Rams Suffer First Setback to No. 6 Florida
September 4, 2010
CSU Falls 3-1 to Gators
The Colorado State Rams faced their first nationally ranked opponent of the 2010 season on Saturday evening at the O’Connell Center, losing to the No. 6 ranked Florida Gators.
No. 15 CSU Improves to 5-0 With Albany Sweep
September 3, 2010
Rams Look Forward to Matchup with Gators
The No. 15-ranked Colorado State volleyball team improved to 5-0 on Friday evening, after sweeping the defending America East Conference champion Albany Great Danes – 25-16, 25-22, 25-13- in CSU’s second match of the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational.
No. 15 CSU Sweeps Bowling Green
September 3, 2010
Rams Push Win Streak to 4
The Rams captured their first road match win of the 2010 season Friday morning, sweeping the Bowling Green Falcons at the first contest of the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational at the O’Connell Center.
No. 15 CSU Sweeps Buffs in Moby
August 31, 2010
Rams Improve to 3-0
The win – 25-19, 25-22, 22-16 – marked the sixth consecutive for CSU in the series with Colorado, and gave CSU its sixth 3-0 start under Head Coach Tom Hilbert.
CSU Jumps to No. 15 in AVCA Poll
August 30, 2010
Nationally Ranked Rams Host CU Tuesday
Coming off of a successful opening weekend, the CSU volleyball team has moved up to No. 15 in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll. This new poll was released Monday afternoon.
No. 17 CSU Sweeps Furman
August 29, 2010
Rams improve to 2-0 Start
The No. 17-ranked Colorado State volleyball team improved to 2-0 to start the season on Saturday evening, sweeping the defending Southern Conference champion Furman Paladins – 25-16, 27-25, 25-21 – in CSU’s second match of the Coors Rocky Mountain Challenge at Moby Arena.
Record Crowd Cheers #17 Rams to win over Duke
August 28, 2010
Rams Down Duke in Front of 6,333
A record-breaking crowd of 6,333 was on hand Friday night to watch the No. 17 Colorado State program defeat the Duke Blue Devils, 3-1, to open the 2010 season. The crowd bested the program’s 22-year-old attendance mark of 6,260 vs. BYU in 1988. It also established a new Mountain West Conference home-match record.
Rams Picked to Repeat as MWC Volleyball Champs
August 17, 2010
Minch Tabbed Preseason Player of the Year
With five returning starters and an incoming freshman class ranked No. 15 nationally by PrepVolleyball.com, the CSU volleyball team, coming off of a 25-6 season that included an MWC title, a final No. 17 national ranking, and a trip to the NCAA Regional Semifinals, was selected as the preseason favorite in the Mountain West by the league's coaches and a panel of select media.
Volleyball Opens Season with Media Day and Booster BBQ
August 17, 2010
More than 80 Fans and Media Members on Hand Monday Night
Monday night at Moby Arena boosters and fans of the CSU volleyball program, along with members of the local media, caught their first glimpse of the highly anticipated 2010 incarnation of the Rams.
Rams Leaving Mark on USA Volleyball
June 4, 2010
Hirneisen, Sanders Performing on National Stage
Former Colorado State volleyball player and current video and data coordinator Jenni Hirneisen is headed to Europe with USA Volleyball as part of her internship leading up to the 26th annual Volley Masters tournament in Montreaux, Switzerland.
CSU Announce 2010 Volleyball Schedule
May 7, 2010
"Set Up Moby" Ticket Incentive
Matchups against seven programs that participated in the 2009 NCAA tournament, including perennial powers Florida and Long Beach State, plus a renewal of the rivalry with Colorado and a trio of home tournaments highlight the 2010 schedule for the Colorado State volleyball team.
Rams Add Foss for 2010
April 29, 2010
Decorated Setter to Join CSU
The Colorado State volleyball program added yet another talented freshman-to-be to its roster on Wednesday, when Head Coach Tom Hilbert announced that Deedra Foss would join the Rams in the fall.
Sanders Selected to USA Women's A2 Team
March 22, 2010
Junior-to-be Continues Tradition of Strong Setters at CSU
Colorado State’s all-conference setter, Evan Sanders, has been selected as part of the 24-player roster for USA Volleyball’s National A2 Program.
Volleyball to Tryout for National Team
February 19, 2010
Four Rams Head to Colorado Springs
Katelin Batten, Evan Sanders, Danielle Minch and Megan Plourde were elected to make the trip down I-25 for the chance to participate in four practices and a chance to expose their talent while trying out for the United States National team.
Trio of Rams Named Honorable Mention AVCA All-American
December 16, 2009
Rams Earn National Recognition
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced Wednesday the 29th annual Division I All-America teams for women's volleyball, and CSU junior outside hitter Danielle Minch earned honorable mention All-America recognition.
CSU Falls to Minnesota in Regional Semi-Finals
December 11, 2009
Host Gophers Hold Off Rams
The Colorado State volleyball team’s 2009 season came to a close Friday night at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion, as the host Gophers dispatched the Rams, 3-1, in the regional semifinal round of the NCAA tournament.
CSU Upsets #6 Washington for Regional Berth
December 5, 2009
Rams Down Huskies, Earn Trip to Minneapolis
The Colorado State volleyball team did something it hadn’t accomplished in six seasons on Friday night at Moby Arena, when the Rams defeated Washington, 3-1, to earn a trip to the regional semifinal of the NCAA tournament.
Match Notes: Rams Advance in NCAA Tournament
December 4, 2009
CSU to host #6 Seeded Washinton in Second Round
Junior outside hitter Danielle Minch tallied a team-leading 15 kills to lead Colorado State (24-5) to a five-set victory over Middle Tennessee State (25-10) Thursday night at Moby Arena in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Match Notes: CSU Hosts NCAA Tournament
December 2, 2009
CSU to Face Middle Tennessee in First Round
The Colorado State volleyball program (23-5, 15-1 MWC) makes its 15th consecutive appearance, and the program’s 21st all-time appearance, in the NCAA tournament.
#23 Rams Fall to Aggies in Regular Season Finale
November 28, 2009
CSU falls to NMSU 3-1
Danielle Minch tallied a match-high 17 kills, and Megan Plourde added 13, but it was not enough to lift the No. 23-ranked Rams past the New Mexico State Aggies in the final regular-season match for both teams.
CSU Caps Championship Run in Thrilling Fashion
November 21, 2009
Rams Outlast Rebels in 5 sets
The No. 25-ranked Colorado State volleyball team (23-4, 15-1 MWC) capped its outstanding run to the 2009 Mountain West Championship in thrilling fashion Saturday, picking up a 3-2 victory over the UNLV Rebels in front of 2,062 fans on hand at Moby Arena to help the Rams celebrate their seventh MWC regular-season title.
CSU Clinches Mountain West Title
November 14, 2009
Minch Leads Rams to win over BYU in 5
Colorado State was the last team standing in a five-set thriller Saturday night at the Smith Fieldhouse, shutting down BYU to clinch the Mountain West Conference title, 21-25, 25-23, 20-25, 27-25, 15-12.
Rams Beat Utes to Keep Conference Title Alive
November 12, 2009
CSU wins back and forth match in Utah
The Rams beat the Utes for a much-needed win to stay atop the Mountain West Conference Thursday night at Crimson Court. As usual the match went down to the wire in all four sets (25-20, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23), but CSU (21-4, 13-1 MWC) was able to hold off Utah (15-10, 8-5 MWC) to stay in front of TCU and change its luck in Utah.
CSU Sweeps SDSU for Milestone Win
November 7, 2009
Rams Battle for 700th Program Victory
One match after Head Coach Tom Hilbert celebrated his 500th career victory, the Colorado State volleyball team added another milestone win to the books. The Rams on Saturday registered their 700th program win Saturday, over San Diego State at Moby Arena.
Hilbert Earns 500th Victory
November 5, 2009
Rams Sweep Falcons for Milestone Win
Just more than one year after becoming the winningest coach in Colorado State history, Tom Hilbert added yet another milestone victory to his coaching resume on Thursday night.
Rams Overcome Slow Start to Sweep Cowgirls
October 30, 2009
Minch Impressive with 17 kills
With Jacque Davisson - half of the Rams’ usual 1-2 punch at outside hitter - sidelined with an injury, Danielle Minch stepped up with one of her biggest performances to date.
Rams Win Five-Set Thriller vs. Lobos
October 25, 2009
CSU snags tough road win at UNM
Despite a crowd of 2,123 fans, and a 10-minute delay following a fire alarm at the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Center, the No. 25-ranked Colorado State volleyball team got back into the win column and maintained its lead in the Mountain West standings with a thrilling five-set victory over the Lobos on Saturday afternoon.
Horned Frogs Snap Rams Winning Streak
October 24, 2009
CSU loses first MWC match
For the past two seasons, the TCU volleyball team has had the Rams’ number on its home court, the 1,500-seat University Rec Center.
Rams Sweep Utes, Take Control of MWC
October 17, 2009
CSU wins 12th straight on the court
Junior Danielle Minch recorded a match-high 19 kills, and senior Tessa Nelson added 11 more, as the Colorado State volleyball team took control of the Mountain West Conference race with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-15) victory over second-place Utah on Saturday afternoon at Moby Arena.
Rams Sweep Cougars for 11th Straight Win
October 15, 2009
Nelson, fast start propel CSU to victory
The Colorado State volleyball team used a fast start from senior middle blocker Tessa Nelson to sweep the BYU Cougars on Thursday night in front of 1,605 fans at Moby Arena, and push the team’s winning streak to 11 matches.
Nelson Leads Rams past Air Force
October 10, 2009
Rams win streak to 10, unbeaten in MWC
The Colorado State volleyball team used a stellar effort Saturday afternoon by Tessa Nelson to win its 10th consecutive match. The Rams (14-3, 6-0 MWC) defeated Air Force (8-11, 0-7), 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-20), at Clune Arena to remain undefeated in MWC play.
Rams Remain Unbeaten with Win Over Aztecs
October 8, 2009
CSU picks up another win on the road
The Colorado State volleyball team ran its winning streak to nine matches, and improved to 13-3 overall and 5-0 in the Mountain West Conference, with a 3-1 victory at San Diego State (6-10, 1-5 MWC) on Thursday night.
Rams Fend Off Cowgirls for the Sweep
October 2, 2009
CSU extends winning streak to eight
The Colorado State volleyball team extended its win streak to eight matches on Friday night, holding off “Border War” rival Wyoming, 3-0 (26-24, 25-15, 27-25), at the UniWyo Sports Complex.
Rams Hold Off Bears at Moby Arena
September 30, 2009
CSU earns five set victory over UNC
The Colorado State volleyball team extended its home and overall winning streaks to seven matches Wednesday night, but just barely, holding off a talented Northern Colorado squad in five sets (25-23, 22-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-13) in front of 1,687 fans at Moby Arena.
CSU Topples Streaking Frogs, 3-0
September 26, 2009
Rams remain unbeaten in MWC play
Using a balanced attack that saw five different players record at least five kills, the Colorado State volleyball team swept the TCU Horned Frogs, 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-20), in front of 1,298 fans on Saturday afternoon at Moby Arena.
Davisson, Plourde Propel Rams Past Lobos
September 24, 2009
CSU Sweeps New Mexico
In what Colorado State Head Coach Tom Hilbert called the Rams’ “most complete” match of the season, the CSU volleyball team held off the Lobos in a tight first set, and looked dominant in sets two and three, cruising to a 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-15, 25-18) in front of 2,135 fans at Moby Arena on Thursday night.
CSU Sweeps UNLV to Open MWC Play
September 18, 2009
Minch, Sanders lead Rams to 3-0 victory
The Colorado State volleyball team (8-3, 1-0 MWC) improved to 10-1 all-time in MWC openers and snapped a three-match losing streak in Las Vegas, sweeping the UNLV Rebels (1-7, 0-1 MWC) behind strong performances from junior outside hitter Danielle Minch and sophomore setter Evan Sanders.
Rams Capture Carolina Classic Championship
September 12, 2009
MVP Minch leads Rams to three wins in two days
The Colorado State volleyball team closed out the 2009 Carolina Classic on Saturday, defeating the Tennessee Lady Volunteers, 3-1, in the team's first match of the day, and sweeping host North Carolina in the night cap to take home the tournament championship.
Rams Hand Marshall First Loss
September 11, 2009
Davisson, Rams trample Thundering Herd
For the third time in two weeks, the Colorado State volleyball team has handed a previously undefeated opponent its first loss of the season, adding the Marshall Thundering Herd to a list that already included Georgia Southern and Ohio State.
CSU Winning Streak Snapped at Duke
September 9, 2009
Blue Devils hand Rams 3-1 loss
The Colorado State volleyball team snapped its four-match win streak Wednesday night, falling 3-1 at Duke, in the first match of a four-match road swing in North Carolina.
Rams Roll Past Mavericks for Hilton Classic Title
September 5, 2009
CSU sweeps UT Arlington for fourth consecutive victory
Playing in her first career match and earning her first start since high school, redshirt freshman Brieon Paige tallied eight kills and four assisted blocks to help guide the Colorado State volleyball team to a dominant 3-0 sweep of UT Arlington on Day 3 of the Hilton Classic volleyball tournament at Moby Arena.
Rams Outlast Ohio State in 5-Set Thriller
September 4, 2009
Davisson, Minch lift Rams over Previously unbeaten Buckeyes
If the Colorado State volleyball team was looking for a leader to emerge in place of departed seniors Mekana Barnes, Ashley Fornstrom and Jaime Strauss, the team may have found not one, but two on Friday night against Ohio State
Rams Down Mustangs for First Victory
August 30, 2009
CSU closes weekend with sweep of Cal Poly
The Colorado State volleyball team closed the 2009 Asics/Coors Classic at Moby Arena on Sunday with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19) victory over the Cal Poly Mustangs.
Rams fall to Oregon State in Asics/Coors Classic
August 29, 2009
Rams unable to overcome a strong offensive attack by Oregon State
Despite what Head Coach Tom Hilbert characterized as an improved performance by the Rams in a number of areas, the No. 24 Colorado State volleyball team was unable to overcome a strong offensive attack by Oregon State (2-0), falling to the Beavers 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-19) in the second round of the Asics/Coors Classic on Saturday night at Moby Arena
Waves crash winning streak at Moby
August 28, 2009
The No. 24-ranked Colorado State volleyball team suffered its first home loss in 29 matches on Friday night
Despite a raucous crowd of 3,876 fans, the Waves held on for a 25-23 victory in set 1 and cruised to the 3-0 win by scores of 25-17 and 25-14 in the second and third sets.
Looking Back on 2008
Head Coach Tom Hilbert , Jan 1, 2009
Every season lives on its own and, unless you are the National Champion, you always lose the last match you play. This year for us was a little different. The sting of losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament lasted longer than most years, primarily because we set a very high standard for the season. We all felt, and still feel, that we were a good enough team to compete for a regional championship and a spot in the Final Four. It is the standard we want for this program and that will not change. Having the audacity to take risks and set lofty goals takes courage. When others claim that just making the NCAA is good enough we ask “Why not be better?”
All that being said it is still time to reflect and feel good about ourselves as athletes, coaches and as a whole program. Here is what we did accomplish:
We qualified for the NCAA tournament for the 14th year in a row. Only eight programs in the country have accomplished that feat over time. We were ranked in the top ten in the country in home attendance averaging over 2400 per match. This is a testament to the great support of our community and athletic department. We went undefeated in Moby arena for the second year in a row, and our current home win streak is at 28. This includes wins over all the Mountain West including Utah and BYU. It also includes exciting wins against Arizona and #8 Florida where we had over 4000 fans in Moby, the biggest crowd since 2004.
It was a season of high expectation, great risk and reward. The reward lies in the fact that we dared greatly and in doing so put us in the company of some of the nation’s top programs. We took a step this year toward greatness and we don’t plan on moving any direction but forward. More on the 2008 season