Aztecs lose conference game 1, turn things around, win game 2 – The Daily Aztec

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SDSU Women’s Volleyball changed their roster, which went well.

Parker St. Germaine

Junior Heipua Tautua’a smashes over the net against Cal-Berkeley on Aug. 26.

San Diego State Volleyball (3-10) opened Mountain West play last weekend with two games that saw differing results. They lost Game 1 of the conference to San Jose State, but ended up making key changes that led to a victory in Game 2 against the University of Nevada, Reno.

Throughout the week they hosted San Jose State (8-4) which they lost to 1-3 on September 22, and they also hosted Nevada (7-6) where the Aztecs won 3-1 on September 24.

Junior Heipua Tautua’a had a total of 10 kills over the two games. Tautua’a said playing against San Jose State was more of a practice for the start of the season.

“This game was more of a warm-up to see where we are, even though we had a pre-season we saw how our conference is going to go now and I feel like that taught us a lesson and we can learn from that and bring it into the game against Nevada,” Tautua’a said.

While those two games only signal the start of conference play, head coach Brent Hillard feels confident in the team.

“I feel good in the team. We got our health back and all games have been close and I believe all games will be close,” Hillard said. “We’re ready as we’re going to be.”

In the win over Nevada, Coach Hillard made one of the biggest moves of the start of the season. He decided to change composition.

“There are two factors why I changed the roster, one that we considered this roster and two Heipua couldn’t jump today, she was down and she played a little defense for us,” Hillard said.

The roster change proved to be a good fit as the Aztecs were able to win and end their tenth straight loss.

Freshman Madison Corf had a total of 32 kills over the two games. Corf said with the start of the conference she feels good and is happy the losing streak is over.

“It’s going to be a good conference. I know we started off on the wrong foot. We went back to the gym and as a team we worked hard and I think we’re going to do really well,” Corf said. “It feels so good, so much pressure has been released on us and we really needed this win under our belt.”

Now the Aztecs begin a two-week road trip, playing a total of four consecutive schools away from home. The journey began with a game against Fresno State on Sept. 27 where the Aztecs swept Fresno State 3-0, building on the momentum they built last week.

Then they head to Las Vegas to face UNLV on October 1 before finishing the road trip with games at Utah State on October 6 and Boise State on October 8.

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