Volleyball Opens Up 2000 Conference Season

Sept. 20, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

September 20 (Wednesday)
* WYOMING at COLORADO STATE - Colorado State 3-0 - Box Score

The Wyoming Cowgirl VolleyballTeam opened up the 2000 Mountain West Conference season with a threegame loss to the nationally ranked Colorado State Rams, on Wednesdaynight in Ft. Collins.

The fourth ranked Rams dominated game one to open up the match, scoringthe first eight points. The Cowgirls could only manage to come up withfour points to fall, 15-4. The Cowgirls showed some promise in game twoscoring some points early. With the score at 6-4, the Rams would scorethe next four points and open the game up. When the Cowgirls seemed tobe out of it at 14-8, they would hold off three game points and scorefour unanswered. Unfortunately, they couldn't hold off a fourth, andwould go down 15-12 and 0-2 in the match. A change in the match seemedto come about in the third game with the Cowgirls jumping out to a 6-1lead. A lead which the Cowgirls couldn't hold onto, as the Rams wouldwin the game 15-7 and take the match 3-0.

"Our Achilles heel all year long has been nervousness at the beginningof matches, especially because of all the new players contributing. It'san excuse we've used all season, and we just can't do that anymore.We've played enough matches that we should be going out and executing,and that's an approach we need to take on for the rest of the season. Ithought we served well tonight, and kept them from doing things theywanted to do offensively. We just aren't doing the little things, whichwill be our focus over the rest of the season."

The Rams run their record to an impressive 12-1 and 1-0 on theconference season. They were led by Courtney Cox, who finished the nightwith 16 kills and 12 digs. Junior Angela Knopf also added 14 kills andsix block assists.

Freshman Michele Rauter led the way for the Cowgirls with 11 kills andfive digs. As a team, the Cowgirls only hit .125 on the night andfinished with five team blocks.

Wyoming is now 6-8 overall and 0-1 in the conference. They will travelto South Bend, Ind. to participate in the Golden Dome Invitational withmatches against Loyola-Marymount and Notre Dame.