Colorado State (19-10, 12-6 MW) vs. San Diego State (10-19, 8-10)
Moby Arena, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 // 4:00 pm
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What do you need to know
- The path to the Mountain West Tournament Championship will mean the Rams play and defeat the Aztecs on Wednesday afternoon, earning them a game with No. 2 San Jose State on Thursday at 4:00 pm. If the Rams can pull off a win against the Spartans, they will likely see #1 UNLV for the second time in just one week in Friday’s 6:30 pm championship game.
- The other side of the bracket consists of No. 5 New Mexico and No. 4 Utah playing in the first round, with the winner of that game advancing to take on the top-seeded Rebels.
- San Diego State wraps up an important final week of the regular season with victories over Nevada and San Jose State. The Aztecs needed to win both games last week to reach the Finals, and they did just that, losing only two tournament teams in November, Utah State and UNLV.
- If the Rams make it to the second round of the tournament, they will face San Jose State, who received a first-round bye in second place. The Spartans are the only team to have beaten the Rams twice this season, and they’ve looked very athletic in the previous two games this season against Colorado State, but home court advantage could come in handy against the Rams.
- This week will be officially the last time the head coach Tom Gilbert will coach at Moby Arena. The 26-year-old head coach will retire at the end of this season and boasts 12 Mountain West Coach of the Year awards and 22 combined regular season and Mountain West tournament titles.
- The first time Colorado State had beaten the Aztecs on the road, all three sets were competitive and close, but the Rams were able to close all three sets well.
- In their second game of the season, the Rams defeated San Diego State 3-1, losing the first set and then winning three in a row. Annie Sullivan led the way with 17 kills while Kennedy Stanford closely behind with 16. Karina Leber had seven blocks over the Aztecs with Siera Pritchard only two service aces.
Series against the Aztecs: 48-17
Home against the Aztecs: 22-6
Gilbert against the Aztecs: 45-4
- The Rams ended their final week of the regular season 1-1 last week by beating Wyoming in the Border War on Tuesday before heading to Las Vegas to play UNLV on Saturday. The main participants in both matches include Leber, Jackie Van Liefde, Malaya JonesPritchard and Naima Weathers.
- Leber led Colorado State’s Wyoming offense with eight kills at a .615 efficiency. She also added three blocks over Cowgirls.
- Van Liefde also finished with eight kills over Wyoming and also added five digs.
- Jones hit the ball at .565 against UNLV, which is good for a team leading in 14 kills. She was also the third ram to complete eight kills against Wyoming earlier in the week.
- Pritchard hit three aces on pitch against the Rebels on Saturday, including two straight aces in the second set. Thanks to this performance, the elder passed the mark of 100 career aces.
- Weathers continues to be an effective front-row hitter for the Rams as the junior hit .385 against the Cowgirls on Tuesday and then hit .625 against UNLV for 12 kills over the weekend.