Oct. 1, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball team (8-6 overall, 2-2 in the MWC) had a rough day as they struggled offensively and fell in four games (27-30, 30-27, 15-30, 22-30) against the Colorado State Rams (8-6 overall, 3-2 in the MWC) on Sunday afternoon in Laramie.
Two Cowgirls finished the match in double-figures including senior middle blocker Andrea Seele. She recorded a season high 14 kills, seven block assists and a .281 (14-5-32) hitting percentage. Outside hitter Rachel Smith had 13 kills followed by Annie Meyers and Lauren Scott with nine. Sam Eley led the way with 17 digs, while setter Tasha Weishahn had 44 assists and ten digs. As a team, Wyoming hit only .090 (56-40-177) and were out blocked 26-9 by the Rams.
The Rams were led by Katherine Whitney, who finished with 17 kills, 12 digs and a .371 (17-4-35). She was followed by Jaime Strauss with 15 kills, 14 digs and Tonya Mokelki with 10 kills and 12 digs. Setter Ashley Fornstrom finished the match with 53 assists, 14 digs and 10 block assists. CSU hit .260 (62-34-150) and had three solo blocks and 46 block assists for the match.
"In game one, Colorado State made the plays to win and in game two we made the plays to win the game," said head coach Pat Stangle. "In the third and fourth games, we started to go away from the things that made us successful earlier in the match. I also felt our passing was off a bit, we quit going to our middle blockers and we become predictable. We have to find ways to play within ourselves and get out of those types of situations."
Colorado State jumped out to an early 4-2 lead in game one, but three straight from the Cowgirls gave them a one point lead, 5-4. The Rams scored the next four of seven to even it up at eight all. Wyoming responded with a 6-1 scoring run including four straight to open up a five point advantage 14-9. With the score 16-12 in favor of the Cowgirls, CSU went on a 7-3 run which would even up the score at 19. The Cowgirls quickly went back up three, 23-20, unfortunately the Rams scored seven of the next ten to take a 27-26 lead. They would close it out on a 3-1 scoring run to take the game, 30-27.
It was back and forth in the early going of game two as neither team gained more than a one or two point lead. With it all tied up at nine, the Cowgirls went on a 4-1 run to go up 13-10. Colorado State answered with five of seven points to even it up at 15, but Wyoming responded with a 6-1 scoring run to gain a five point lead, 21-16. They extended that lead to six points 28-22. The Rams made it interesting by pulling to within two, 29-27, but the Cowgirls held on to win the game 30-27.
The Rams dominated in the third game as they opened up an eight point lead, 13-5. The Cowgirls would score five of seven to pull within five, 15-10 unfortunately CSU went on a 7-2 run to extend their lead to double-figures, 22-12. Wyoming continued to struggle on the offensive end as they were out scored 8-3 the remainder of the way as Colorado State won the game 30-15 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
CSU jumped out to an early 5-3 lead which Wyoming answered with three straight to go up 6-5. The Rams scored four of seven points to tie it up at nine all. With the score 11-10 in favor of the Cowgirls, CSU went on a 7-2 run to open up a 17-13 lead. They continued to hold on to a four or five point advantage until the Cowgirls made a small run to pull within three 22-19. Unfortunately that would be as close as they would get as Colorado State closed out the game on an 8-3 scoring run to take the game 30-22 and the match 3-1.
The Cowgirls will be on the road next week for two MWC matches as they will take on the San Diego State Aztecs, on Thursday, Oct. 5, and the UNLV Rebels, on Saturday, Oct. 7. Both matches will begin at 8:00 p.m. MT.