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Fans can celebrate volleyball's amazing success

November 13, 2013

CSU volleyball fans can celebrate coach Tom Hilbert's 600th career victory and support the No. 10 Rams as they look to extend their win streak at 7 p.m. Thursday vs. New Mexico during the annual "White Out" at Moby Arena.

Hilbert hits 600

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CSU's coach Tom Hilbert and daughter Myles were all smiles after he recorded his 600th career win.

Fans stormed the court in 2011 after the Rams rallied from a 2-0 deficit to stun No. 5 Nebraska before a record crowd at Moby Arena.

Tom Hilbert's 2012 team won its fourth consecutive Mountain West title and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 18th consecutive year.

Tom Hilbert celebrates in 2011 after beating UNLV and recording his 353rd win at CSU, making him the winningest coach in school history.

Tom Hilbert waves to the Moby Arena crowd in 2008 after his Rams upset No. 8 Florida for one of the biggest wins in program history.

 

Hilbert, who notched his 600th win last week with a victory over Nevada, is one of the most successful coaches in the country and has established himself as one of the best coaches in CSU’s athletic history. His 600-176 career record includes at 426-104 record in 17 seasons at CSU, making him the winningest Division I coach in any sport in the state’s history.

The popular coach has now earned his 200th, 300th, 400th, 500th and 600th career victories at CSU. He is the 17th active Division I volleyball coach to reach 600 victories. He will be honored following the conclusion of the match.

Hilbert and the volleyball program were featured Wednesday on Colorado Public Radio’s “Colorado Matters” in a story that detailed the program’s remarkable success.

In addition to the Hilbert ceremony, fans can participate in the popular “White Out” by wearing white. CSU has averaged 6,241 fans the past three years since instituting an annual “White Out” game. The first 500 fans will be given a commemorative poster.

The Rams (23-0) will be looking to break a school record with their 24th consecutive victory. They are one of two unbeaten teams in the country and need to win their final six Mountain West matches to complete the first perfect regular season in school history.

Winning tonight, however, is anything but a given. New Mexico (20-5) is tied for second place in the Mountain West and took the Rams to five sets earlier this season in Albuquerque.

Tickets for tonight’s game are available online, at the McGraw Athletic Center ticket office prior to 5 p.m. and at the gate.