Volleyball: Team to host Colo. State, Air Force in weekend games

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    The Horned Frogs volleyball team opens up its second round of conference play as it hosts the Colorado State Rams and the Air Force Falcons this weekend at the University Recreation Center.The team, which is 16-6 overall and 4-4 in conference play, heads into this weekend after two consecutive wins against New Mexico and Texas Pan-American last weekend.

    Freshman middle blocker Kourtney Edwards said the team felt good coming off of last weekend’s performances.

    “We all came together as a team,” Edwards said. “We really seemed to put everything together.”

    Senior middle blocker Anna Vaughn said the team is ready for the second round of conference play.

    “Now we know specifically about the different teams that we’ve played,” Vaughn said. “We know strategically what we need to do to take care of them this time.”

    The team will face the Rams Friday at 7 p.m. The Rams, which are 12-6 overall and 6-2 in conference, swept the Frogs at their last meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Head coach Prentice Lewis said the Frogs are excited for the opportunity to play Colorado State again.

    “Every night, anybody can beat anybody,” she said. “And we’ve shown that we’re the type of team that can do that every once in a while, so we’re hoping we do that Friday night.”

    Vaughn said she has no doubt her team can beat the Rams.

    “We’re usually a really good defensive team and last time we played them, it just wasn’t clicking for us,” Vaughn said.

    The Frogs will face the Falcons, who are 3-15 overall and 0-8 in conference, Saturday at 7 p.m. Vaughn and Edwards both said it’s important for the team to start the second half of their conference schedule with two wins.

    However, Lewis said the team’s season doesn’t rely on winning these next two matches.

    “Of course that would be nice,” Lewis said, “but it’s not going to ruin our season if it doesn’t happen.