Rams Volleyball: 5 NCAA Tourney Teams on 2018 Schedule

FORT COLLINS. – The Colorado State volleyball team will have 15 home matches in 2018, including Illinois, Florida State and TCU, all of which made postseason appearances a season ago.

CSU opens with its first of three non-conference tournament weekends at Moby Arena. The Rams will host Illinois–2017 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 participant–in their season opener on Friday, August 24 at 7 p.m. MT. CSU will host UNC Wilmington from the Colonial Athletic Association the following morning, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m.

That match will precede the season opening football game between CSU and Hawaii at the on-campus football stadium at 5:30 p.m.

The Rams will travel to Greeley, Colo., on Aug. 28 to play Northern Colorado, before hosting their second non-conference tournament of the season. CSU will welcome 2017 opponents TCU and Florida State, with the addition of Cincinnati, into Moby Arena for a four-team round-robin tournament, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. The Rams defeated both TCU and Florida State in 2017 in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Seminoles lost to Washington State in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, while TCU accepted an invite into the National Invitational Volleyball (NIT) Championship and advanced to the Elite 8 for the first time in program history.

Following its home tournament, Colorado State will head to Ann Arbor, Mich., Sept. 7-8 for three matches. The Rams will begin the weekend playing their fourth 2017 postseason team with LSU on Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. MT, before playing at Oakland from the Horizon League that night at 5:30 p.m. CSU will finish the trip facing host Michigan on Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. MT in a rematch from the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

CSU will conclude its non-conference schedule hosting Indiana State of the Missouri Valley Conference on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. MT in Moby Arena. Colorado State will also play Portland State and in-state rival Colorado on Sept. 15 in Boulder, Colo., to close its non-conference slate.

Colorado State will begin its quest to defend its Mountain West title, while looking to add its 20th conference championship to its trophy case, at Nevada on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. MT. The Rams will host their first Mountain West match in Moby Arena on Sept. 22 against San Jose State–their lone conference loss in 2017. CSU will play 18 MW matches, playing each team twice aside from Nevada and San Jose State.

The Rams have been one of the nation's most consistently successful programs for more than two decades. CSU has reached 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments (the seventh-longest streak in the NCAA), reaching the 20-win plateau in each of those seasons. Under Hilbert, the Rams own a 538-126 overall record, while a 301-35 home record and have ranked in the top-20 nationally in attendance every year since 2004.