September 3, 2013

Bears to face in-state rival Colorado State Tuesday

After starting the season with wins against Cal Poly and Baylor, Northern Colorado and Colorado State enter Tuesday evening's match with identical 2-0 records and an identical goal: defeat their in-state rival.

The Bears took down Cal Poly in four sets and Baylor in three on Friday and Saturday, respectively, while the Rams swept both teams on the opposite days, setting the stage for tonight's battle.

Northern Colorado was incredibly efficient offensively as it had Alyssa Wilson, Brianna Strong and Andrea Spaustat all hit .395 or above, and the trio combined for 64 kills against just eight errors.

Freshman setter Ashley Guthrie also had herself an impressive weekend by posting 85 assists, 16 digs and seven kills in two matches, including a double-double (45 assists and 10 digs) in her first career match.

On the other side, Colorado State also started the season off hot by holding Baylor to a .071 hitting percentage while countering with a .566 percentage of its own. The Rams were led offensively by Adrianna Culbert and Kelsey Snider, who had 22 and 23 kills combined in two matches, respectively.

The Bears are 6-16 against the Rams all-time, and a victory Tuesday would not only be impressive given CSU's offensive domination through two matches, but it would also give Northern Colorado a 3-0 start for the second year in a row and avenge a loss to the Rams last season on the Bears' senior night.

The match begins at 7 p.m. at Moby Arena in Fort Collins.