Wyoming Volleyball Loses Heartbreaker To Rams

Sept. 30, 2005


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After holding a 2-1 lead in the match, the Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball team (5-7 overall, 0-3 in the MWC) faltered in the final two games to suffer a disappointing five game loss (30-24, 27-30, 19-30, 30-21, 15-12) against the Colorado State Rams (9-3 overall, 3-0 in the MWC) on Friday night in Ft. Collins.

The Cowgirls were led by freshman outside hitter Kelsey Loop, who had 14 kills. She was followed by Rachel Smith with 13 and Angie Hellbaum with ten. As a team, the Wyoming hit .113 (51-32-168) and finished wiih 12.5 team blocks.

"It's a five game match," said head coach Pat Stangle. "We had some composure at times and they had composure at right times. They started making plays down the stretch that we made early, which made the difference in the match."

The Cowgirls kept it close in the early stages of game one, but the Rams would go on a 6-2 scoring run to go up by four, 9-5. Wyoming battled back scoring the next six of nine points to pull within one, 12-11. CSU quickly regained the lead by three, but the Cowgirls wouldn't go away as they even things up at 18 all. The two teams traded points back and forth until Colorado State, with the score even at 23 all, went on a 7-1 scoring run to close out the game 30-24.

Colorado State jumped out to a five point lead, 10-5, to begin the second game. The Cowgirls responded with four straight to pull within one, 10-9, unfortunately the Rams came back with 7-2 scoring run to increase their advantage to six, 17-11. UW wouldn't go away as rallied back to tie it all up at 17. After the two traded a couple of points back and forth, CSU scored four straight to go back up 23-19. Again the Cowgirls rallied back with seven unanswered to take their first lead of the game, 26-23, and they would hold on to it. Colorado State held off three game points, but Wyoming would come out on top 30-27.

In game three, the Rams took a very early 4-3 lead, but Wyoming scored eight unanswered to an 11-4 advantage. Colorado State scored three points to bring them to within four, 11-7. The Cowgirls came right back with a 10-6 scoring run to take what was their largest lead at the time of nine points, 22-13. CSU really never was able to overcome the deficit as UW scored the final 8 of 14 to win the game, 30-19, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Momentum seemed to shift on the side of the Rams to begin the fourth game as they opened up with the early 8-6 advantage. Wyoming evened it up at ten all, which was quickly answered with four points by CSU to go back 14-10. The Cowgirls had another come back in them as they not only tied it up but regained a 16-14 lead. It continued to be a game of runs as they lead went back and forth. With the score 21-18 in favor of Colorado State, they would finish out the game on a 9-4 run to force a game five, 30-21.

Wyoming took an early 4-3 lead to begin the game, unfortunately it didn't last long as a 5-1 run from CSU put them up 8-5 while the two teams switched sides. The Rams would extend their lead to five, 12-7, but Wyoming had one more comeback in them as they pulled to within one, 13-12. Unfortunately it wouldn't be enough as the Rams scored the final two points to win the game, 15-12, and the match 3-2.

The Cowgirls will now host their first two conference matches of the season beginning on Friday, Oct. 7 as they welcome the Utah Utes, then the BYU Cougars on Saturday, Oct. 8. Both matches are set to begin at 7:00 p.m.