Oct. 5, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (13-6 overall, 1-3 in the MW) had a tough night in the first season edition of the Border War as they fell in three sets (22-25, 13-25, 13-25) against the Colorado State Rams (10-5 overall, 3-1 in the MW), on Friday night, in Fort Collins.
Wyoming was led by sophomore Erin Kirby with a team high six kills and a .286 (6-2-14) hitting percentage. Camille Coffman and Jodi Purdy each added five kills, while Purdy added 13 digs. Setter Rachel Keyes finished with 19 assists while libero Becky Stewart recorded a team high 15 digs. The Cowgirls struggled hitting a season low -.028.
CSU was led by Megan Plourde with a match high ten kills and .316 (10-4-19) hitting percentage. Dana Cranston added eight kills and three total blocks. The Rams hit .198 (33-13-101) for the match and out blocked the Cowgirls 9-6.
"Colorado State played a great match tonight and was firing on all cylinders," said head coach Carrie Yerty. "We've lost a little of our confidence and we have to get better and learn from this experience. As a team, we need to regroup and get ready for UNLV and Fresno State next week."
Colorado State scored the first two points of the match, which was answered with three out of four points by the Cowgirls to give them their first lead 4-3. The Rams regained a one point advantage with two kills from Megan Ploudre, but Wyoming responded with a 7-4 run to give them an 11-9 lead. CSU answered with five straight points to put them ahead by three, 14-11. The Cowgirls chipped away at the lead started by a kill by Jodi Purdy to even up the score at 15 all. After a kill by Deedre Foss, two points from UW gave them a one point lead, 17-16. An attack error by Reese Plante evened up the score at 17 all and then the two teams traded scores for the next eight points. With the score at 21 all, a kill by Dana Cranston started a 4-1 scoring run for CSU to close out the set 25-22 for the Rams.
The momentum stayed with the Rams as they recorded the first three points of the second set. Two kills by Wyoming brought them to within one, 3-2. Colorado State responded with an 8-1 run to increase their lead to eight, 11-3. A kill from Plante would stop the run, unfortunately CSU went on another long scoring run to give them a double-digit lead, 18-4. A couple of points by the Cowgirls stopped the Ram scoring but Wyoming couldn't make a comeback as they fell 25-13 in the set.
In the third set, Wyoming scored three of the first four points to take a small 3-1 advantage. The Rams responded with eight straight to give them a 9-3 lead. A kill by Erin Kirby ended the run, but another 9-4 run by the Rams increased their lead to double-figures, 18-8. It was never close as Colorado State won the 25-13 and the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls will continue their road swing next week. They will face the UNLV Rebels, on Thursday, Oct. 11, and the Fresno State Bulldogs, on Saturday, Oct. 13. Both matches are set for 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time.