LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming volleyball team (13-5, 2-3 MW) had its two-match winning streak snapped with a three-set loss (16-25, 21-25,23-25) against the seventh-ranked Colorado State Rams (17-1 overall, 5-0 MW) on Tuesday night in Laramie.
Two Cowgirls finished the night with eight kills led by middle blocker Laura Beach. She recorded eight kills, two block assists and hit .353 (8-2-17). Sophomore Kayla Slofkiss finished with eight kills and five digs. Senior Erin Kirby led the way with six blocks while setter Courtney Chacon had 24 assists. Wyoming hit .167 (34-16-108) for the match but out blocked the Rams, 10-6.
Colorado State was led by Kelsey Snider with 15 kills and a .571 (153-21) hitting percentage. She was followed by Jasmine Hanna with 14 kills. Adrianna Culbert recorded 15 digs, while Jaime Colaizzi and Deedra Foss had 13 and 11 respectively. The Rams hit an impressive .343 (51-14-108) on the night.
"I thought the tone was set for the match in the first 15 points and we couldn't ever recover from it," head coach Chad Callihan said. "We worked hard, but when you are playing a great team all the pieces have to be clicking at the same time. There were two or three pieces working well tonight unfortunately the full team effort wasn't there. CSU did a good job serving, taking us out of system and they have a good block."
The Rams scored the first two points of the match, which three unanswered by the Cowgirls to give them a 3-2 lead. CSU scored on the next side out and the two teams traded points. With the score all even at seven, Colorado State ran off five straight points to gain the 12-7 advantage. A kill by Beach ended the Wyoming scoreless stretch, but the Rams scored the next five of six to increase the lead to eight, 16-8. Unfortunately, the Cowgirls weren't able to cut into the Ram lead as CSU won the first set, 25-16.
Wyoming shifted the momentum to its side in the second set by building an 8-2 lead. A service error by the Cowgirls gave the Rams their third point of the set, which was answered with four straight points to increase the Cowgirl advantage to nine, 12-3. After a timeout by Colorado State, a kill by Foss started a 10-2 run for the Rams to close the gap to one, 14-13. A block assist from Kirby and Shanahan stopped the Wyoming scoring drought, but two points from CSU evened it up at 15 all. The Cowgirls regained a 17-15 advantage. Colorado State evened it up and the two teams traded scores over the next several points. Down 20-19, the Rams closed out the set on a 6-1 run to win, 25-21, to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Colorado State picked up where it left off to begin the third set by opening up an 8-4 lead. After a Cowgirl timeout, a kill by Kayla Henderson got UW back in the scoring column and started 9-5 to close the gap and evened it up at 13. The Rams answered by scoring five of the next eight to pull back ahead by three, 19-16. Wyoming chipped away at the deficit and pulled to within one, 23-22. Unfortunately, CSU won the set, 25-23, and the match 3-0.
The Cowgirls wrap up this four-match home stretch on Thursday against the Fresno State Bulldogs. The match is set for 7:00 p.m. MT. It will be the "Dig for the Cure" match and fans are encouraged to wear pink. There will be several promotions surrounding the match.