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The No. 23 Colorado State volleyball team will be making its 23rd consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament after winning its 14th Mountain West Conference title and earning an automatic bid. The Rams will have a rematch with Michigan on Friday at 5:30 p.m. MT/4:30 p.m. PT.

Stanford, the No. 3 overall seed in the tournament, will play host to CSU, CSU Bakersfield and Michigan for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of each first round will play to try to advance to the regional semifinals on Saturday at TBA.

The Rams finished first in the Mountain West with a 17-1 record, while also dropping just eights sets and sweeping 14 conference foes. CSU played three teams this season that also made it into the 2017 NCAA Tournament – Michigan, Florida State and Colorado.

Colorado State and Michigan have met three times, including this season in Moby Arena when the Rams swept the Wolverines for their first win of the series.

The Rams have competed in the NCAA Tournament every season since 1995, and 28 times overall. Under Hilbert, CSU is 19-20 in the NCAA Tournament, including six ‘Sweet 16’ appearances. The Rams have won 13-of-21 first-round matches during Hilbert’s tenure.

CSU is the lone Mountain West school to be competing in the NCAA Tournament.

Featured Image Credit: Tomas Redondo, Colorado State Athletics